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Shamwari Game Reserve

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Big 5 Private Game Reserve.
- Non-Malarial area
- Variety of intimate luxury accommodations
- Family Friendly options

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Overview

Shamwari Private Game Reserve is a vast 25,000 hectares, non-malarial, Big Five reserve in the Eastern Cape. From humble beginnings this reserve was the first in the area to re-introduce game and is now a conservation and community success story. 5 of South Africa’s 7 biomes are found on this reserve which gives this reserve the unique and diverse landscape.

Some of the extraordinary work being done is showcased at the Dr Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre, Born Free Foundation and Animal Rehabilitation Centre which are all available for you to visit during your stay.

Your stay is inclusive of scheduled, guided game drives in open 4wd vehicles. Your day starts with an early wake up, continental breakfast and morning game drive. Time during the day at leisure, lunch at the lodge, meet again mid-afternoon for high tea and game drive. Return to lodge for dinner and relaxing evening.

There are seven intimate lodges, all five star rated scattered around the reserve. All with its own style, appealing to all tastes, here is a brief summary:

Eagles Cragg – 9 suites, an exclusive adult retreat

Bayethe Lodge – 12 tents, a luxury tented option

Long Lee Manor – 15 suites and rooms, refined colonial option for adults

Riverdene Lodge – 9 rooms, frontier style home perfect for families

Sarili Lodge – 5 suites, intimate colonial experience great for families.

Villa Lobengula – 6 suites, booked on exclusive use only, perfect for families/friends travelling together.

Explorers Camp – 3 tents, mobile walking experience

Riverdene and Sarili Lodge are the two child friendly options which offer supervised social, sports, arts and cultural activities. Only children over the age of 4 years may join game drives and over 16 years guided walks. A special children’s menu is available and optional child minding is available.

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  • Service rating : Brian and Lisa made sure everything was taken care of on our South African trip. We didn't have to worry about anything, but showing up and enjoying our trip. Thank you, Tourdust!
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  • We had a fantastic trip thanks to your organisation! No problems encountered at all! Simbavarti were a joy to stay and explore with; the hotel in Capetown perfectly positioned to allow us to walk to the conference, and Camps bay accommodation was just lovely. The flights, transfers and staff we met along the way we're all very friendly and helpful. Having a car at the end was a perfect finale. My 10 yr old daughter came home with new insights on the world.
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  • Service rating : Good engagement and all comments were incorporated in the itinerary proposal. Good availability and plenty of patience to accommodate changes. Clear itinerary and details about accommodations and activities. Could have been improved with SatNav details when places were in more remote places.
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