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Shamwari Game Reserve, the 20 000 hectares (49000 acres), malaria-free private game reserve and home to the Big 5 situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, has received numerous international awards, including the World's Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve for five consecutive years.

Situated in verdant bush along the Bushmans River halfway between Port Elizabeth (a 45 minute drive away) and Grahamstown, Shamwari is a pleasant drive from Cape Town and is a natural extension to the famous Garden Route.

Shamwari is about conserving a vanishing way of life and is the realisation of one man's dream, and the success of many people's passion. Steeped in Settler history, and dating back to the time when a multitude of game roamed wild and free, the 20 000 hectare reserve boasts five eco-systems, thus enabling the support of many forms of plant, animal and bird life. This is the ultimate African adventure and conservation effort coupled with responsible tourism.

Eagles Crag Lodge

Eagles Crag Lodge is an avante-guard masterpiece of thatch, stone and glass for the most discerning of traveller who is looking for privacy and tranquillity.

Eagles Crag is nestled in a valley and provides the ultimate luxury for the most discerning guests. Each of the nine superior rooms has been built to maximize the privacy of the guest in the most tranquil of settings. The en-suite rooms boast a private deck with pool, as well as indoor and outdoor showers.

Our luxury spa offers a wide variety of personalized treatments. The upper floor dining room and lounge, library, lounge and cocktail bar, all further complement the Shamwari guests’ "African bushveld experience".

Long Lee Manor

Long Lee Manor combines refined elegance from a bygone era with gracious living.

The Manor, originally built in 1910, offers a distinctive Colonial experience and accommodates 38 guests in elegant en-suite rooms and luxury suites, all with air-conditioning and heating. Sumptuously prepared meals are enjoyed in the main dining room or around the open blazing fire at the Barn. Between game drives guests can laze around one of the two pools, relax in the beautifully appointed garden lounge, or experience a rejuvenating treatment in our spa. Long Lee Manor, a reminder of an era of gracious living, is positioned as the flagship of Shamwari as it overlooks a waterhole and the sweeping plains leading down to the Bushmans River.

Bushmans River Lodge

Bushmans River Lodge is a magnificently restored Victorian homestead set in the beauty of the Bushmans River valley with sweeping views.

The home-from-home atmosphere is a welcoming reminder of true South African hospitality. Relax under the thatched boma with a cocktail and absorb the sights and sounds of the Bushmans River valley, dine superbly inside or take casual meals outside overlooking the densely wooded valley. Bask in front of a glowing fire in the lounge during winter, in summer cool down in the delightful plunge pool and at night, retire to one of the four deluxe en-suite air-conditioned rooms. Activities from the lodge include morning and evening game drives or walking safaris, accompanied by your personal ranger. Shamwari Game Reserve prides itself on the knowledge and professionalism of their rangers.

Lobengula Lodge

Lobengula Lodge is a truly traditional African experience. Tucked deep in the valley bushveld of Shamwari, this thatched, ethnically decorated lodge offers guests a tranquil, luxurious and exclusive getaway. The five luxury rooms are en-suite, with air-conditioning and heating, whilst the Chief suite boasts a large private lounge with fireplace and pool. Lobengula Lodge serves lavish meals either on the main deck or in the outside boma. A selection of fine South African wines from its cellar and well-trained staff ensure a high quality of service and satisfaction. After a game drive guests can relax, swim or enjoy a drink at the pool bar. Guests are also invited to pamper themselves in the spa or workout in the gym. We also have a bush lapa on offer.

Riverdene Lodge

Elegance in the wilderness, Riverdene Lodge offers a colonial-style African experience.

Riverdene Lodge sleeps a total of 18 guests. Rooms are fully air-conditioned; all feature television, telephone and small lounge area. Each en-suite sandstone bathroom has a 'his' and 'hers' vanity basin, separate shower and bath. Private balconies lead onto the landscaped gardens. The two elegantly furnished casual lounges and glorious sunroom, as well as a magnificent rim flow swimming pool entice guests to relax and restore their energies. The lounge opens onto a spacious outdoor ‘braaivleis’ (barbecue) area and we have a deck overlooking the river. As with all the lodges at Shamwari, guests receive personal attention from their assigned rangers for the duration of their safari.

Bayethe Lodge

Tented luxury and riverine privacy are yours at Bayethe Lodge, your safari home at Shamwari.

"Bayeti", the welcoming salutation you will receive on your arrival at this splendid stone walled and thatch roofed lodge. While sitting next to the boma fire, allow its crackling coals, a nightjar and the distant howl of a jackal to serenade you into relaxation. Bayethe Lodge offers the ultimate in luxury, tented accommodation. Each of the nine tents are nestled along the bed of the river, camouflaged under trees allowing ample privacy and unsurpassed comforts. Each tent is air-conditioned and heated and has an en-suite bathroom, shower, private plunge pool and viewing deck. Early morning and evening game viewing drives in open safari vehicles as well as guided nature walks and bird watching are all part of this magnificent experience.

Sarili Lodge

Sarili Lodge is a perfect combination between a colonial and bush experience. The private thatched villa with a spacious deck overlooking the Bushman’s River is perfect for families or small parties. Featuring a child-friendly swimming pool, dining and lounge areas and courtyard barbeque area, the Lodge consists of five suites. Each en-suite bedroom has a private balcony/patio, mini-bar and air conditioning. In addition the Lodge has its own Management team, chef, hosts, hostesses and experienced field guides to enhance your safari experience.

When you visit Shamwari Game Reserve, we want you to have the 'safari of a lifetime'...rangers dining with you, sharing daily experiences and providing further information to enhance your stay.

Game viewing is carried out morning and evening on game drives, when you are driven in your open safari vehicle (which seats only up to 6) over the rolling hills and valleys. If you have a particular species you would like to see, please mention it to your ranger; he will be happy to merge your plans into the group. In the early morning (if you are keen) you will leave before dawn, spending up to 3-4 hours spotting game before returning to your lodge for a hearty breakfast. Blankets are supplied for those cold morning starts!


(per person, per night, sharing)

Long Lee Manor - low season from R3850; high season from R6000

Lobengula Lodge – low season from R7030; high season from R7735

Bushmans River Lodge – low season from R3850; high season from R6000

Riverdene Lodge – low season from R3850; high season from R6000

Eagles Crag – low season from R7030; high season from R7735

Bayethe Lodge – low season from R3850; high season from R6000

Sarili Lodge – low season from R3850; high season from R6000

Rates include all meals, local beverages; safari game drives in open game viewing vehicles with experienced rangers and guided walks.

Please note that all rates are subject to change without prior notice and are subject to availability.  The rates may change for various reasons (e.g. rate of exchange fluctuation) and from season to season, and the above prices are to be used as an approximate indication only.

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Eagles Crag Lodge
Eagles Crag Lodge
Long Lee Manor
Bushman's River Lodge
Bushman's River Lodge
Lobengula Lodge
Riverdene Lodge
Bayethe Lodge
Sarili Lodge
Sarili Lodge
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