This was our first trip to Shamwari and our first safari, and everything far surpassed our expectations. We stayed at Eagles Crag, which is in a superbly laid out setting within what nature designed, offers peace and tranquillity, but still with a family of monkeys right at the front door! Food was great, service was great and the people were great. The individual lodges are luxury itself, and there's absolutely nothing lacking.
But of course we were there for the game drives, and were simply blown away. From the very first drive when our ranger Jan used his skills to seek out a leopard, and having sat patiently for about 10 minutes it calmly walked out of the undergrowth towards us! As one of our party said 'magical, simply magical'. I could fill 10 reviews with the all the fantastic experiences we had on the game drives, and all the fabulous spread of animals, birds and flora we came across, and having someone like Jan at the helm meant that we were never left in ignorance about anything, and there was always a new surprise around the corner.
A truly memorable experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A mere 75 km from Port Elizabeth towards Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Shamwari is the crown jewel of private game reserves situated in the malaria free Eastern Cape, the birth place of Nelson Mandela. This privately owned 25 000 hectares of prime natural terrain has received numerous international awards. Shamwari is an exploration of nature with close encounters of free roaming wildlife and the coveted big five with a choice of unique lodges, an exclusive private villa and the adventurous Explorer Camp. Luxury accommodation is offered in 7 different game lodges on Shamwari Game Reserve, all of which are 5 Star graded. Choose a game lodge that perfectly compliments your ideal African experience. EAGLES CRAG LODGE - Exclusivity, privacy and serenity for the most discerning of travelersBAYETHE TENTED LODGE - The ultimate in luxury tented accommodationSARILI LODGE - A colonial and bush experience. Perfect for families or small partiesLONG LEE MANOR - Refined elegance from a bygone era. RIVERDENE FAMILY LODGE - Colonial Africa in an elegantly restored CHILD FRIENDLY frontier home. VILLA LOBENGULA - Villa Lobengula is a beautiful and tranquil space tucked away in the depths of the valley bushveld. Booked on an exclusive use basis only. EXPLORER CAMP - Camping & walking experience among the Big 5 on the magnificent Shamwari Game Reserve ON SAFARI - Game drives can last up to 3 hours each and are conducted twice a day in open vehicles / Guided walks / Star gazing RELAX - Various treatments can be enjoyed at our Relaxation Retreats which are situated at Eagles Crag, Lobengula Lodge, Bayethe Lodge and Long Lee Manor ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shamwari Game Reserve Hotel Shamwari Game Reserve