Shamwari Private Game Reserve is a premier safari and hospitality destination in South Africa’s ecologically and culturally significant Eastern Cape Province.
Its manor house and six lodges each provide distinct experiences: from exclusive tranquility, effortless family enjoyment or the back-to-nature appeal of a luxury tented camp, all complemented by the very best local cuisine and thoughtful service.
Riverdene Family Lodge is designed for memorable family enjoyment. The rooms are interconnecting allowing for family time during the day and privacy for adults after the children are in bed. For parents wanting a bit of quiet time, the poolside, bar area, lounge and restaurant, with unobstructed views of a nearby waterhole, provide peaceful areas to relax.
Bayethe Tented Lodge combines the back-to-nature experience of being under canvas in the bush with the comfort of a suite. Each of the tented suites is carefully situated so guests can experience the seclusion and beauty of the African bushveld.
Lobengula Lodge is modelled on a traditional African kraal, and looks out over the mountains and valleys that are home to zebra, giraffe and many other indigenous species, an abundance of birds and Africa’s Big Five. The six generous rooms combine African décor and modern amenities, all of which have their own private plunge pools. There is also a large swimming pool and sundeck.
Sarili Private Lodge overlooks the Bushman’s River, and is ideal for a quiet family getaway. It’s five modern rooms can be booked exclusively, or the lodge can be shared by families enjoying a wilderness experience.
Long Lee Manor is a historically significant and beloved landmark in the heart of the African bush offering unsurpassed luxury and comfort and views of surrounding plains, which teem with wildlife, including Africa’s iconic Big Five. An extensive refurbishment has lovingly restored its original Edwardian-era features and the 18 new luxury suites focus on guests’ privacy and comfort while maximizing the commanding views of the area.
Eagles Crag blends exclusive luxury with the solitude of a remote bush camp. It’s set in a tranquil, forest-covered valley floor at the base of the cliff from which it takes its name. The nine suites blend sophisticated African-inspired interiors with the natural surroundings, each opening out onto a private deck in the forest with its own heated plunge pool.
Sindile Tented Camp, named for the matriarch of Shamwari’s leopards, consists of just nine luxury tents. It’s set in deep bush, on a ridge, providing excellent vantages over the Bushman’s River and surrounding plains. Each guest tent can accommodate two people and has a fireplace, heated plunge pool and generous lounge area. The dining room and bar are situated to make the most of the surrounding scenery, with focal points including a large harvest table and fire pit.
Explorer Camp is a tented safari camp from which guests explore the reserve on foot. From here you will experience what it must have been like when the migrating Nguni tribes, pioneers and explorers first discovered the natural bounty of the region.
By staying at Shamwari you are participating in an immensely successful conservation project, which arrested the impact of human activity and returned to 25 000 hectares the rich biodiversity for which the region was once renowned.
Over the past 25 years the project has restored much of the ecology and attracted or re-introduced an abundance of indigenous game and birdlife, from the big five to the humble ox pecker.
Today the Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, where sick and injured wild animals are treated before being released back into the wild, is globally recognised for its pioneering work. A long-term partnership with the Born Free Foundation provides a permanent home for rescued African big cats.
With daily airline connections from major South African cities, Shamwari is an unsurpassed wedding destination for local and international guests alike. With seven luxurious five-star lodges, Shamwari can accommodate groups of up to 70 guests. We offer a variety of unique and breathtaking venues that will help create the wedding experience of a lifetime.
We offer a variety of spectacular settings, including our Old Elephant Boma in the heart of the bushveld, our bomas at Riverdene and Long Lee Manor, as well as our new indoor banqueting venue at Long Lee Manor for a more glamorous and sophisticated celebration.
Depending on the size of your wedding party, each of our lodges can also be completely privatized for your use, setting the scene for an intimate and unforgettable reception.
Shamwari is currently running a Day Drive Special for South African residents, it includes a game drive, lunch at Long Lee Manor and a visit to our Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (R1500 per person and R750 for children (4 -11).
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted on game drive.
Guests are able to book directly via Reservations: 042 203 1111 or firstname.lastname@example.org for the Day Drives.