Having only booked one night at Shamwari, we were completely accepting of the fact we might not see much, if anything. However, thanks to our amazing ranger Abel, we saw an incredible array of animals - lions, cheetah, rhino, giraffe, hippo, zebra and more. Abel was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and seemed to be able to spot animals from a mile away!
The accommodation was also spectacular, with a huge room including separate lounge, two toilets, a bath and shower. Food was also lovely and the staff were incredibly polite and efficient. The only downside to the entire stay was the couple (English, like us, which was embarrassing), who made a huge show of refusing their dinner as they said it was too late and that the service had been "appalling". This was completely untrue and it's a shame they spoiled the experience for themselves and made untrue comments about the staff. To set the record straight: although dinner may have been a little slow purely due to the numbers arriving for food at the same time, the service was never less than superb and the food was beautiful. Shame they missed out!
As for us, we had an incredible time and would thoroughly recommend it. Even for one night, it's an experience you'll never forget. It might seem expensive but when you bear in mind you get two game drives, loads of food and drink and luxury accommodation (plus supporting their conservation programme) it really is worth every penny.
- 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