My husband and I stayed at the Bayethe tented camp for 5 nights. Though quite extravagant, we wanted the best chance to see as many animals on the game drives as possible...and boy did we!
We witnessed a kill [cheetah killing an eland] , saw back and white rhino, were almost trampled by a bull elephant, saw lion cubs eating a warthog, got on foot to be very close to cheetah, saw giraffes, and various birds. Ben, our host and game driver was outstanding, with fantastic knowledge of the terrain and the animals. No drive with him was without excitement.
The tented camps were absolute tented luxury! A private plunge pool, and a beautiful outside deck were a lovely sanctuary where monkeys would visit us from time to time.
I especially loved the outside shower, and the double sinks in the bathroom were lovely!
The meals were delicious, abundant and varied, and the wine flowed. We were never hungry or thirsty and really felt special.
I would return in a heartbeat to Bayethe! Excitement, luxury, nature, and beauty, all rolled into one. Amazing!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shamwari Game Reserve - The Pride of the Eastern Cape!Bayethe Lodge offers the ultimate in Luxury Tented Accommodation.Bayethe is a splendid stone walled & thatch roofed Lodge with a large Deck Area overlooking a Waterhole. There is a double volume Lounge & Dining Area which spills out onto the Deck which is adjacent to the outside Boma for traditional fireside Dining under the stars. The 9 Luxury Tents are camouflaged under trees allowing for ample privacy & unsurpassed comforts. Each Tent is Air-Conditioned & heated & has an En-Suite Bathroom, Shower, private Plunge Pool & viewing Deck.The 3 Premier Tents at Bayethe Hills are the ultimate in tented luxury. These Tents offer the additional luxuries of a Fireplace, Satellite TV, Plunge Pool & Hammocks suspended out of the wooden Decks. 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