I had high expectations for my 1st African safari and the Eagles Grag lodge at Shamwari surpassed them all.
We landed in Port Elisabeth after a 12 hour flight and drove straight to the reserve to find them waiting for us with a nice warm drink and a car ready to take us out on our 1st drive of the stay. The guides and the staff in general are always excited about making your stay the best possible stay.
As for the main reason that you're there...the safari drives...unbelievable. The rangers manage the drives between them selves really well so you rarely see another car and feel as though you have the park to yourself. Even in a fantastic sighting they will ensure that there are only a couple of cars there at a time which really adds to the experience.
As for sightings, we saw it all. Three prides of Lions, including following them on a hunt, Cheetahs, Leopards, Hippo, Baboons, Elephants with babys, Wart Hogs, Black and White Rihno with babys and a Giraffe in labour.
Food was 1st class, service was 5 star and the room was breathtaking. A perfect start to our honeymoon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shamwari Game Reserve - The Pride of the Eastern Cape!Eagles Crag is nestled in a Valley & provides the ultimate Luxury for the most discerning of Travellers. 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 Suites boast a Private Deck with Pool, as well as, Indoor & Outdoor Showers. Decorated in light & contemporary colours, with wall-to-wall Glass Doors on two sides, these Suites provide stunning views of the surrounding cliffs. There are various dining venue options to enjoy the exquisite cuisine served at Eagles Crag. There is the upper floor Dining Room, the expansive balconies with stunning views of the cliff, the lower deck & the outdoor Boma under the stars around the fire. Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, is the pinnacle of private game reserves and home to the coveted Big 5. Stretching 25,000 hectares over a malaria free landscape, it offers an award-winning nature experience and is one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa. ... more less