Shamwari Game Reserve is one of the best malaria free big five safari reserves in South Africa and is unarguably the best of the private reserves in the Eastern Cape / Addo area. What makes Shamwari stand out is the size of the reserve (at 25,000 hectares it is around 3 times the size of nearby Amakhala) and the relatively small number of lodges and guests on the reserve at any given time. The primary advantage of a larger reserve is that it provides a more natural and less constrained habitat for the animals providing guests a more authentic safari experience.
Shamwari also offers an excellent standard of guiding and only 7 exclusive 5 star lodges. For adults our favourite option is Explorers Camp with just 3 tents and walking safaris, whilst for families, Riverdene and Sarili Lodge are extremely child friendly.
For clients doing Cape Town and the Garden Route, Shamwari is a superb safari option with a convenient location and usually preferable to having the hassle of the extra flight and transfers to get to the Kruger or Madikwe.