Shamwari Game Reserve

The prestigious Shamwari Game Reserve is an award-winning, luxury safari destination, as well as a highly praised conservation practice, education facility, and sanctuary for rescued wild animals. This private reserve in South Africa’s pristine Eastern Cape region offers the best in 5 Star accommodation, while its dedication to protecting endangered species, such as the rhino, make it more than just a safari lodge.

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Shamwari has 6 luxury lodges on the reserve, which was land previously utilised as farmland, and has been rehabilitated to cater for a diverse population of wild animals, and bringing the wilderness back to the area. Each lodge offers numerous activities for game viewing, as well as taking part in and contributing to conservation. Families with kids are happily accommodated with specialised activities aimed at children. This is a very special private South African safari experience.

Accommodation in Shamwari Game Reserve

Shamwari Explorer Camp

Shamwari Explorer Camp

Shamwari Explorer Camp is a unique walking experience, ideal for guests looking for an adventurous and authentic option offering the ambience of a tented bush camp of old safari lore. The camp is located on a plateau set amongst the only basalt and granite extrusions on Shamwari. A truly magical setting awaits. The camp sites at all our Explorer Camps are unfenced to provide the true explorer ambience.

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Sarili Lodge

Sarili Lodge

Sarili Lodge at Shamwari Game Reserve is the perfect combination between a colonial and bush experience. Perfect for families or small parties, a villa with a spacious deck overlooking the Bushman’s River with expansive views of the plains. The lodge is positioned in the southern region of the reserve. The décor emulates an old traditional farmhouse with interiors that reflect an easy living home lifestyle in a natural environment.

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Riverdene Lodge

Riverdene Lodge

Shamwari’s Riverdene Lodge has nine inter-leading luxury rooms, a rim-flow pool, supervised playroom, spacious green lawns, and a Jungle Gym facility, ensuring entertainment for the whole family. Rooms are fully air-conditioned; all feature television, telephone, and small lounge area, en suite sandstone bathroom, and private balconies leading onto the landscaped gardens. Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, is the pinnacle of private game reserves and home to the coveted Big 5.

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Long Lee Manor

Long Lee Manor

Long Lee Manor, originally built in 1910, reminisces of old-world African travel. This splendidly restored Edwardian Manor House offers guests refined comfort, congenial service, and enticing cuisine in the African bush. Long Lee Manor accommodates 38 guests in 15 elegant en suite rooms and 3 luxury suites. Sumptuously prepared meals are enjoyed in the main dining room, under the pepper tree, or around the open blazing fire at the barn.

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Lobengula Lodge

Lobengula Lodge

Tucked away in the depths of the bushveld lies Lobengula Lodge. This tranquil lodge has been designed to resemble a traditional African kraal, boasting panoramic views of the mountains and valleys.  For guests travelling as a group, they may consider exclusive use of the villa for a private, personalised experience. Shamwari offers an award-winning nature experience and is one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa.

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Founders Lodge

Founders Lodge

Founders Lodge is a character-filled 1940s manor house, situated on a private 400 hectare reserve directly adjacent to Shamwari Game Reserve. Founders Lodge was the private residence of Adrian Gardiner, founder and visionary of Mantis Collection and Shamwari Game Reserve. Used as the Gardiner family’s personal holiday home for 20 years, it has been newly renovated to accommodate guests in exquisite 5-star comfort.

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Eagle’s Crag Lodge

Eagle’s Crag Lodge

Shamwari’s premier lodge, Eagles Crag, offers the ultimate in luxury and privacy, with breath-taking scenery. Eagle’s Crag Lodge comprises suites fashioned of glass and stone. Not only is the accommodation classically beautiful, it is exposed to uninterrupted views of the surrounding rock faces where eagles soar. As each suite is well secluded, guests can enjoy the utmost privacy during time of rest and relaxation.

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Bayethe Tented Lodge

Bayethe Tented Lodge

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 in this area of the country. For a luxurious, malaria-free experience, look no further than Bayethe Tented Lodge. This tented paradise offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in utter tranquillity, surrounded by the rich vegetation of this unique location.

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