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Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Shamwari, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Experiences – Family Vacations, Wildlife & Safari, Romantic Escapes, Cultural Journeys

Getaway Experiences
> Experience guided wildlife interactions by trained rangers 
> Explore the indigenous fauna and flora on a professionally guided bush walk
> Birding Experiences 
> Photography Safaris
> Learn all about Shamwari’s conservation practices
> An opportunity to visit and experience the Born free centre and a Wildlife Rehabilitation centre 

  • Premier safari & holiday destination
  • A chance to see the Big 5
  • A range of accommodation options where each lodge offers a unique experience
  • Experience the serenity and tranquillity reserve
  • Some of the lodges offer supervised kid’s club 
  • A Born free centre and a Wildlife Rehabilitation centre
  • Overview
  • Rooms
  • Services & Amenities
  • Tariffs & Packages
shamwari private game reserve

Shamwari Private Game Reserve is a premier safari and holiday destination in South Africa’s ecologically and culturally significant Eastern Cape Province. This 25000 hectare, malaria free reserve is a home to Africa’s big five. Shamwari Game Reserve has 7 luxury lodges and 1 explorer camp, all of which are 5 star grade, providing distinct experiences. Each one has its’ own unique energy and essence, designed in harmony with their surroundings, where guests can experience nature in supreme comfort. It also hosts one of two Born Free big cat sanctuaries in the world and a fantastic Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre


Shamwari Private Game Reserve is located an hours drive (approximately 75 kms) from Port Elizabeth Airport in Eastern Cape  Province of South Africa. 


Shamwari has 7 lodges and 1 explorer camp each providing diverse experiences. They range from exclusive tranquillity to fun family enjoyment, from the back-to-nature appeal of a luxury tented camp to contemporary lodges overlooking the river.

  • Sindile

    TRANQUILITY INSPIRED BY NATURE Sindile, Shamwari’s new luxury tented camp is a secluded, luxury getaway set deep in the African veld. The camp mimics a solitary leopard’s sanctuary, blending with the surrounding bush while providing excellent vantages over the Bushman’s River and surrounding plains. The nine luxury free-standing tents are elevated above the surrounding bush. The harmonious, intimate design minimises the environmental footprint. The dining area and bar are situated to make the most of the views over the reserve, with focal points including a large harvest table and fire pit.

  • Eagles Crag

    EXCLUSIVITY INSPIRED BY NATURE A sophisticated safari experience, Eagles Crag provides exclusivity and spectacular views. Making efficient use of its idyllic setting, Eagles Crag blends exclusive luxury with the unprecedented perfection that nature offers. To ensure an unforgettable experience, the lodge’s upper deck with aerial viewing pods, provide panoramic views of the surrounding rock faces where eagles soar. The nine suites blend sophisticated interiors with the natural surroundings.

  • Bayethe

    LUXURY SAFARI INSPIRED BY NATURE The name for this Shamwari lodge comes from the African greeting, pronounced “By-ye-ti”. The English translation for this word is “I salute you” and is one of the warmest welcomes in the African culture. The Lodge offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in utter tranquillity, surrounded by the rich vegetation of the unique location. This tented paradise provides privacy and a feeling of seclusion with spectacular views of the African bush.

  • Long Lee Manor

    GRACIOUS LIVING INSPIRED BY NATURE Overlooking the magnificent plains of Shamwari, the lodge boasts Edwardian styled suites and a stupendous rim-flow pool. In addition to the rolling landscapes, the extravagant Long Lee Manor boasts the original Manor House and offers several unique features that will keep you comfortable during your stay. The accommodation is tastefully designed to enhance its location, while the Manor House has been lovingly restored to pay homage to the area’s rich heritage, adding a bit of romance to any stay.

  • Riverdene

    FAMILY RELAXATION INSPIRED BY NATURE Riverdene Family Lodge has a welcoming ease and warmth and is a place where families are always at home and where guests become friends. Here you will enjoy sunsets under the expanse of the African sky, leaving you and your loved-ones with memories to treasure forever. Surrounded by a wealth of natural beauty, Riverdene Family Lodge overlooks the widespread bushveld of the Eastern Cape. The lodge is the ideal place for families to bond for hours as gentle giants roam in the distance, while children can engage in the Kids on Safari programme.

  • Lobengula

    PRIVACY INSPIRED BY NATURE Tucked away in the depths of the bushveld lies the tranquil Lobengula Lodge. This private lodge experience has been designed to resemble a traditional African kraal, boasting views of the mountains and valleys. Be immersed in an African Experience at this hidden gem with a rustic atmosphere within the valley bushveld will leave you with a fulfilling experience.

  • Sarili

    CONTEMPORARY COMFORT INSPIRED BY NATURE A private oasis for families, groups and friends, Sarili Lodge not only boasts majestic views of the Bushman’s River and the grassy plains, but also offers supreme comfort, magnificent sunsets and a wildlife experience that you’ll never forget. Perched on the banks of the Bushman’s River, Sarili Lodge provides the perfect bush experience. The modern interiors coupled with exclusive amenities, mean you’re never too far from superior comfort in the heart of the Eastern Cape.

  • Explorer Camp

    ADVENTURE INSPIRED BY NATURE During South Africa’s summer season, Shamwari Private Game Reserve expands its offering even further by opening the Explorer Camp. This once-in-a-lifetime experience takes guests on a guided walking safari of the surrounding land, allowing you to get up close and personal with nature. This not only reflects the core ideals of the safari, but aims to deliver an eye-opening encounter with nature. The tents are placed in close proximity without encroaching on the other tents’ privacy, while the camp is located on a plateau set among the only basalt and granite extrusions on Shamwari – a truly magical setting.

Services & Amenities

> 7 Lodges and 1 Explorer Camp
> All Inclusive basis 
> Game Drives in the 25000 hectare private game reserve
> Spa Treatments

Tariffs & Packages

Estimated Average Price: Sindile - From ZAR 11000 per adult sharing per night, all inclusive Eagles Crag: From ZAR 10000 per adult sharing per night, all inclusive Bayethe: From ZAR 8200 per adult sharing per night, all inclusive Long Lee Manor: From ZAR 8300 per adult sharing per night, all inclusive Riverdene: From ZAR 7910 per adult sharing per night, all inclusive Lobengula: From ZAR 7800 per adult sharing per night, all inclusive Sarili: From ZAR 7155 per adult sharing per night, all inclusive Explorers Camp: From ZAR 4900 per adult sharing per night, all inclusive

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  • The estimated average price listed is for the base category room and is only indicative and may /may not include taxes. Please speak to or mail our luxury travel consultants with your dates of travel or fill out our enquiry form and we will revert with the best currently available price / offer for the chosen room category
  • The exclusive and/or special offers, if listed, are subject to availability and can be withdrawn without prior notice. Proof of eligibility maybe required to avail of some types of special offers (eg: honeymoon offers)
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  • Check in time for most hotels worldwide is 1400 hrs and check out time is 1200 hrs. Early check in will be on request and is subject to availability
  • We do not levy any booking fees or service charges