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Shamwari Private Game Reserve

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Mini bar
  • Outside Shower
  • Private plunge pool
  • Safe
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Viewing Deck

Restaurants

Dining at the Shamwari Game Reserve

Eagles Crag Lodge, Villa Lobengula, Long Lee Manor, Bayethe Lodge, Riverdene Lodge and Sarili Lodge all provide professional chefs who delight guests for breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner.  With prior arrangements, special dietary requests can be catered for.

Spa Facilities

Guests staying at the exclusive Shamwari Game Lodges are welcome to rejuvenate body, mind and soul at one of Shamwari's Relaxation Retreats. Inspired by the beautiful and tranquil surrounding nature, the vast selection of exclusive spa treatments cater for both men and women.

The calm and serene Relaxation Retreats at the Shamwari are at Long Lee Manor, Eagles Crag Lodge, Bayethe Lodge and Lobengula Lodge. Spa treatments can also be arranged for guests staying at the Riverdene Lodge and Shamwari's Bushmans River Lodge.

Spa facilities at Shamwari's exclusive Lodges:

  • Eagles Crag Lodge Retreat: 2 treatments rooms, a hydro bath, sauna and steam bath
  • Lobengula Lodge Retreat: 2 treatment rooms, a steam room and sauna
  • Long Lee Manor Retreat: 2 treatment rooms, a steam room and outdoor jacuzzi
  • Bayethe Bush Retreat: twin treatment room or guests can enjoy spa treatments in the privacy of their rooms

Wildlife Viewing

Game drives are available during the morning and evening accompanied by a professional game ranger in an open game viewing vehicle. Special interests of guests including bird watching and star gazing can be catered for. The game drives usually are between three and four hours and include a sundowner stop and a coffee stop in the morning.
 

Walking safaris

Guided walks are often the highlight of an unforgettable African trip as one learns about the fauna and flora which surrounds one. These steps are carried out by specially trained and qualified game rangers.

Bird watching

The reserve is home to a large variety of birdlife.   A wide range of different raptors can be observed here which include Black Harriers, Pale Chanting Goshawks, Black-shouldered Kites, Fish Eagles, Booted Eagles and Secretary Birds.

Furthermore, this reserve is home to water birds such as the Three-banded Lapwings, African Darters, Malachite Kingfishers, the occasional Spoonbill, African Shelduck and the strange looking Hamerkop.  The colourful and magnificent birdlife is enough to keep a bird-watching enthusiast interested for a few days.

Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

The aim is to rehabilitate and return all animals back into the wild.  The Shamwari Rehabilitation Centre is amongst the best in Southern Africa and is fully registered to provide veterinary care to young, abandoned, orphaned or injured animals.

On arrival, guests are met by a member of this caring team who presents the facilities and explains what it is that they do.  During the recovery phase, the animals are kept in custom built bomas.  

A visit to Animal Rehabilitation Centre includes:

  • animal Hospital to see the facilities and view any current patients
  • animal bomas to consider any larger patients
  • a brief “behind the scenes” look at where the popular TV series “Shamwari - a Wild Life” was filmed and edited at the movie unit
Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries

It is the mission of both The Born Free Foundation and this game reserve to promote the conservation of species and the protection of habitat while maintaining a balanced and compassionate approach to the welfare of animals.

In partnership with the actress and conservationist Virginia McKenna's Born Free Foundation, the reserve designed the Born Free Foundation Animal Rescue and Education Centre to incorporate a museum and educational facility which has the goal to create an awareness of how wildlife is exploited in captivity around the world.  Guests are able to visit the 2 Big Cat Sanctuaries.  Travellers are able to see some of these rescued animals at the Born Free Foundation Animal Rescue and Education Centre.

Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre

"The Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre" opened in June 2012 based on the rhino devastation which the country is facing.  It has been created as a place of information for guests to educate themselves about rhinos and the frightening growing epidemic of rhino poaching in South Africa.

The Wilderness Foundation has created nine unique rhino displays each of which has a powerful message along with photographs, statistics and general facts to emphasise the effect poaching has on conservation, the country, tourism and indeed future generations.

Spa treatments

Guests staying at the exclusive Shamwari Game Lodges are welcome to rejuvenate body, mind and soul at one of Shamwari's Relaxation Retreats. Inspired by the beautiful and tranquil surrounding nature, the vast selection of exclusive spa treatments cater for both men and women.

The calm and serene Relaxation Retreats at the Shamwari Game Reserve are at Long Lee Manor, Eagles Crag Lodge, Bayethe Lodge and Lobengula Lodge. Spa treatments can also be arranged for guests staying at the Riverdene Lodge and Shamwari's Bushmans River Lodge.

Spa facilities at Shamwari's exclusive Lodges:

  •  Eagles Crag Lodge Retreat: 2 treatments rooms, a hydro bath, sauna and steam bath
  •  Lobengula Lodge Retreat: 2 treatment rooms, a steam room and sauna
  •  Long Lee Manor Retreat: 2 treatment rooms, a steam room and outdoor jacuzzi
  •  Bayethe Bush Retreat: twin treatment room or guests can enjoy spa treatments in the privacy of their rooms

Conference venues at the Shamwari Game Reserve

Exclusive conference venues are available at the various camps which can be used for different types of formal events including incentives.

Conference venues at the Shamwari Game Reserve:

  • Long Lee Manor (The Barn)
  • Eagles Crag.

Conference seating capacities:

  • Long Lee Manor (The Barn) U-Shape 25 guests
  • Long Lee Manor (The Barn) Boardroom 35 guests
  • Long Lee Manor (The Barn) School Room 35 guests
  • Long Lee Manor (The Barn) Cinema 50 guests
  • Eagles Crag: Boardroom seating 18 guests.

  • Boardroom Facilities
  • Boma
  • Children's playground
  • Conference venue
  • Garden Terrace
  • Hotel Bar
  • Kid's Club
  • Lounge
  • Outdoor patio
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck
  • Wellness centre

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Braai & Barbeque
  • Concierge services
  • Health & Fitness Centre
  • Housekeeping service
  • Individual climate controlled room
  • Massage treatments
  • Porters
  • Safari drives
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
  • Wellness & Beauty treatments
Children Policy
    • The children policy at the Shamwari Game Reserve applies to all guests from 0 up to and including 11 years old
    • Guests from 12 years and older are considered as adults and will, therefore, require their room/suite at the applicable rates
    • Guests under the age of 16 years are not permitted on any walking safaris
    • Children are accommodated at the Shamwari Riverdene Lodge and the Sarili Lodge

    0 - 3-Year-old

    • No additional cost
    • Share with adults, depending on the availability of cots and rooms with a sleeper couch
    •  Not permitted on game drives

    4 - 11 Year old

    • Accommodated at 50% (half) of the adult sharing rate
    •  Share with adults, depending on the availability of rooms with a sleeper couch
    • Permitted on game drives
    • Sleeper couches can accommodate a maximum of one child each

    Additional notes:

    • Cots can be provided for a maximum of one child per cot
    • Rooms accommodating children sharing with parents contains one sleeper couch per room
    • Child minding is done by lodge staff and can be arranged at an additional cost
Children Activities
  • Kids on Safari at the Shamwari Game Reserve, South Africa

    The magnificent Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa offers guests a truly unique, educational and fun family safari holiday.

    On arrival, Shamwari's children’s coordinator at the Riverdene Lodge and the lodge manager at the Sarili Lodge discuss exciting activity options with the family taking the family’s size, children’s ages and the weather into consideration. Babysitting services are available to guests at Shamwari at an additional cost for children under the age of 4 as they are too young to join game drives.  Each child receives an age-appropriate gift pack.

    Visit the Born Free Foundation Big Cat Rescue Centre. Here the activities are focused on the conservation of species and the protection of habitat

    Shamwari Animal Rehabilitation Centre

    Kids may observe different types of wild animals or raptors which are being cared at that particular time, under special supervision by the Shamwari veterinarian team, for release back into the wild

    Riverdene Lodge

    Children staying at Shamwari's family welcoming Riverdene Lodge can take part in various social, sporting, arts and cultural activities under the supervision of the children’s coordinator.

    Indoor Activities:

    • Scrapbooks, paper, scissors, glue crayons, pencils & paints
    • Puzzles of varying sizes and difficulties
    • Documentary DVD on various conservation topics and animals, animated movies
    • Entertaining and educational children’s books
    • Board games

    Special Notes for Parents:

    • Sarili Lodge does not have a dedicated children’s coordinator and, therefore, a childminder must be requested before arrival (additional cost)
    • Parents must supervise all swimming activities at all times
    • Children younger than four years of age are too young to join game drives
    • Parents must accompany children of younger than four years when visiting the Born Free Centre and Shamwari Wildlife Hospital
    • Children’s menu are available at the Shamwari Game Reserve
    • Babysitting is charged at an additional cost if this service is required for “one-on-one” attention, pre-booking is essential

Available Rooms

Long Lee Manor: Family Suite

# Rooms:
10

Suite types at the Long Lee Manor, Shamwari

  • 1 Double bedded Honeymoon Suite with balcony
  • 1 Twin bedded Manor Suite with balcony
  • 4 Twin bedded Garden Suites (inter-leading)
  • 4 Twin bedded Sidbury Suite

Long Lee Manor Suite amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Patio or balcony
  • Fitted international adaptors
  • Television with selected satellite channels
  • International dial telephone
  • Private minibar
  • Hairdryer
  • En-suite bathroom with separate shower
  • Electronic safe

Riverdene Lodge

# Rooms:
9

The five star, children welcoming Riverdene Lodge at the Shamwari Game Reserve provides elegant comfort, particularly for families.  Many additional activities to entertain children of all ages are available.  Children may engage in the “Kids on Safari” programme which includes visits to the fascinating Animal Rehabilitation and Born Free Centers.

Facilities at the five star Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

  •  Children’ supervised play room & jungle gym
  •  Gift boutique
  •  Boma overlooking Bushmans River
  •  Perimeter electric fence
  •  Business desk with internet access
  •  Rim-flow swimming pool with shallow area for children
  •  Bar/Lounge
  •  In and outdoor dining facilities

Room types at Shamwari's Riverdene Lodge

  •  9 Luxury rooms (7 of them are inter-leading) accommodating a maximum of 2 adults, sharing with one child, subject to the availability of rooms with sleeper couches
  •  6 Twin bedded Luxury rooms
  •  3 Twin bedded Luxury rooms with sleeper couches

Luxury room amenities at Shamwari's Riverdene Lodge

  •  Hairdryer
  •  Electronic safe
  •  Ceiling fan
  •  Tea and coffee making facilities
  •  Private patio
  •  Air conditioning
  •  International dial telephone
  •  Private minibar
  •  Television, with selected satellite channels
  •  En-suite bathroom with separate shower
  •  Fitted international adaptors
Single Room R7230
Double Room R11120

Eagles Crag

# Rooms:
9
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Nespresso Coffee Machine
  • International Dial Telephone
  • Fitted International Adaptors
  • Electronic Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • En-suite bathroom with shower and bath
  • Outdoor shower
  • Private Deck with Heated Plunge Pool.
Single Room R9140
Double Room R14060

Bayethe Superior

# Rooms:
3
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • International Dial Telephone
  • Fitted International Adapters
  • Electronic Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • En-suite Bathroom with bath
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Private Deck and Plunge Pool
  • Fire Place
  • Electric Blankets
  • 3 Rooms have Indoor Showers.

Sarili Lodge - Courtyard

# Rooms:
2
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • International Dial Telephone
  • Television with Selected Satellite Channels
  • Fitted International Adapters
  • Electronic Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • En-suite Bathroom with Bath and Shower
  • Underfloor Heating In Bathroom
  • Private Patio or Balcony.
Single Room R6600
Double Room R10160

Sarili Lodge - Luxury River

# Rooms:
2
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • International Dial Telephone
  • Television with Selected Satellite Channels
  • Fitted International Adapters
  • Electronic Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • En-suite Bathroom with Bath and Shower
  • Underfloor Heating In Bathroom
  • Private Patio or Balcony.
Single Room R7050
Double Room R10840

Lobengula Lodge Junior Suite

  • Wi-Fi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • International Dial Telephone
  • Fitted International Adapters
  • Electronic Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • En-suite Bathroom with Bath and Shower
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Private Patio or Deck
  • 2 rooms have Private Plunge Pools
  • 1 room has a Fireplace and Plunge Pool.
Single Room R7230
Double Room R11120

Long Lee Manor: Manor House Suite

Long Lee Manor: Plains Room

Long Lee Manor: Garden Room

 

GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -33.466304

Longitude: 26.050135

Directions

Directions to the Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape:

Follow the N2 between Port Elizabeth towards Grahamstown for 65kms, turn left at the Shamwari sign, continue to drive on to gravel (R342) for seven km, turn right at the Shamwari sign.

Directions from Port Elizabeth to Shamwari:

Follow the N2 on the Grahamstown road for 65kms, turn left at the Shamwari sign on to gravel (R342) for seven km, turn right at the Shamwari sign.

Directions from Johannesburg to Shamwari:

(R32) turn left at Paterson (R342), follow the road for 11kms, turn left at the Shamwari sign.

Directions from Grahamstown:

Follow the N2 towards Port Elizabeth for 58kms, turn right at the Shamwari sign (R342) for 7kms, and right at the Shamwari sign.

Directions to the individual Game Lodges at the Shamwari Game Reserve

1.) Lobengula Lodge

Follow the N2 out of Port Elizabeth until you reach the N2 / N10 cross over. Follow the N10 to Paterson/Cradock bypassing Paterson. Travel for 11 km from Paterson until you reach the Alicedale turn-off. Turn right at the Lobengula Lodge sign board and travel for a further 12 km on a gravel road. Turn right at the Shamwari Gate and follow the sign boards to Lobengula Lodge.

2.) Eagles Crag Lodge and Bayethe Lodge

Follow the N2 out of Port Elizabeth heading towards Grahamstown bypassing the R342 turn-off. Continue along the N2 until you reach a sign board Eagles Crag and Baythe on the Sidbury Road. Turn left on the gravel road and followed this road passing through the Kwantu gate until you reach a T-junction. At the T-junction follow the sign boards right to Bayethe and left to Eagles Crag.

3.) Long Lee Manor, Riverdene Lodge, Bushmans River Lodge and Sarili Lodge

Follow the N2 towards Grahamstown. Take the turn-off towards Paterson on the R342 and travel 7 km on the gravel road. Enter at the 1st gate for Riverdene, Bushmans River Lodge and Sarili Lodge. Enter at the 2nd gate for Long Lee Manor.

Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star

Memberships

  • ATTA (African Travel and Tourism Association)
  • Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA)

Hotel Group(s)

  • Mantis Collection