Shamwari Game Reserve
Eastern Cape, South Africa
Shamwari Game Reserve is situated in the malaria-free Eastern Cape region among verdant bush along the Bushmans River, halfway between Port Elizabeth (45 minutes drive outside the city) and Grahamstown, a pleasant drive from Cape Town, forming a natural extension to the famous Garden Route. Steeped in Settler history, and dating back to the time when a multitude of game roamed wild and free, the 20 000 hectare reserve boasts five eco-systems, thus enabling the support of many forms of plant, animal and bird life. This is the ultimate African adventure and conservation effort coupled with responsible tourism.
There are six different lodges on the Game Reserve property all offering exclusivity, privacy, serenity and great game viewing as well as being close to the infamous Garden Route of the Eastern Cape region. Day and Evening game drives and walking safaris are conducted at all lodges.
Eagles Cragg Lodge is an avante-guard masterpiece of thatch, stone and glass nestled in a valley and providing the ultimate in privacy, tranquility and luxury for the most discerning of travelers. Each of the nine superior rooms have been built to maximize the privacy of the guest in the most serene of settings. The en-suite rooms boast a private deck with pool, as well as, indoor and outdoor showers. The luxury spa offers a wide variety of personalized treatments. The upper floor dining room and lounge, library, lounge and cocktail bar, all further complement the guests "African bushveld experience".
Long Lee Manor, originally built in 1910, offers a distinctive Colonial experience, with refined elegance from a bygone era. Long Lee accommodates 38 guests in elegant en-suite rooms, all with air-conditioning and heating, as well as family suites for the children. Sumptuously prepared meals are enjoyed in the main dining room or around the open blazing fire at the Barn. Between game drives guests can laze around one of the two pools, relax in the beautifully appointed garden lounge, or experience a rejuvenating treatment in our spa.
Riverdene Lodge is elegance in the wilderness with a colonial African experience. Rooms are fully air-conditioned. All feature television, telephone and small lounge area. Each en-suite sandstone bathroom has a 'his' and 'hers' vanity basin, separate shower and bath. Private balconies lead onto the landscaped gardens. The two elegantly furnished casual lounges and glorious sunroom, as well as a magnificent rim flow swimming pool entice guests to relax and restore their energies. The lounge opens onto a spacious outdoor barbecue area.
Bayethe Tented Lodge offers the ultimate in luxury, tented accommodation at this splendid stone walled and thatch roofed lodge. Absorb the pulse of the African bush from the viewing deck, framed by riverine trees and overlooking river pools where antelope venture. Enjoy a twilight drink while crowned eagles glide on the darkening sky. Each of the nine tents are nestled along the bed of the river, camouflaged under trees allowing ample privacy and unsurpassed comforts. Each tent is air-conditioned and heated and has an en-suite bathroom, shower, private plunge pool and viewing deck.