The 10 best hotels and lodges in Shamwari Game Reserve (2023)

The 10 best hotels and lodges in Shamwari Game Reserve (1)

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The 25,000 hectare Shamwari Game Reserve is a wildlife-rich private conservation area in South Africa's Eastern Cape accessible from Port Elizabeth.

There are several luxury lodges in Shamwari Game Reserve to choose from including the fantastic onesEagles Crag Lodgein the photo above. We wrote this guide to help you choose the best lodge in Shamwari Game Reserve.

First, let's give an introduction to the Shamwari Reserve.

The animals you can see on the luxury lodge and scout camp game drives include all members of the Big 5, namely lion, cape buffalo, elephant, elusive leopard and rhino.

However, there are many other animals to see in the Shamwari Reserve including giraffes, hippos, brown hyenas, cheetahs and a wide variety of birds. The reserve is home to the highest concentration of wildlife in the Southern and Eastern Cape.

A malaria-free landscape, the Shamwari Reserve encompasses five of South Africa's seven biomes, including savannah habitat. There are several luxury lodges, a private villa and a scout camp at Shamwari Game Reserve.

Scout Camp is for adventurous walking safaris for 2-3 days. We will go through all of the different hotels, lodges, spas and sanctuaries in the Shamwari Game Reserve to help you make the most of your time in this amazing part of South Africa.

Each of the lodges offers its own unique charm and each has been built to blend in with the surrounding landscape. Each lodge and camp has its own highly qualified management team, cooks, hosts and field guides to create a fantastic and unforgettable safari experience.

As some examples thatRiverdene family accommodationIt's an excellent option for families with young children, as rooms have sofa beds and suites are spacious enough to accommodate family groups. Another fantastic option for families is theself log, which has large decks and a large pool.

Let's go through the Shamwari Game Reserve Lodges and Camps to help you choose the best Shamwari Game Reserve experience.

  1. Bayeth Zelt

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    Bayethe Tented Lodge offers open plan accommodation and lodges that follow the layout of a large luxury tented camp. With fantastic views of the Shamwari area, Bayethe Tented Lodge allows you to immerse yourself in the African wilderness whilst enjoying all the amenities and facilities of a luxury 5 star lodge.

    Comprised of 12 standalone stores, each accommodating a maximum of two adults, comprising three superior stores and nine deluxe stores. The tents have been equipped to offer optimal comfort. The three upper tents also offer a private patio, hammock area and fireplace.

    All tents have a plunge pool, air conditioning and a private bathroom. The main community area features a bush relaxation retreat, central lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, outdoor deck with pool and wireless internet.

    From Bayethe Tented Lodge, enjoy a morning and evening game drive with highly qualified rangers and guides to spot elephant, rhino, cheetah, giraffe, buffalo and more. Tours are conducted at the optimal time for wildlife viewing so you can get the most out of your visit. In addition to safaris, you can go on bird watching tours and visits to the various wildlife sanctuaries that we will mention at the end of this article.

    Bayeth Zelt

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Africa

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  2. The protection of the cliff of the eagles

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    Offered as the epitome of luxury at Shamwari Game Reserve but without the tented camp design of Bayethe Lodge above, Eagles Crag Lodge still offers some amazing views of the Shamwari area. Enjoy classically designed suites with a focus on glass and stone to blend into the landscape. The glass provides a constant visual connection to the surroundings with the beautiful views and wildlife that can be seen from the lodge itself.

    Eagles Crag Lodge offers 5 star accommodation with delicious cuisine and views of the surrounding cliffs and habitats frequented by a variety of eagles and other birds of prey. The 9 different suites have been designed to offer first class comfort while fitting into their own private and secluded niche.

    Suites feature air conditioning, ensuite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, bird watching, and a private patio with plunge pool. Other hostel facilities include a lounge with a fireplace, two therapy rooms with spa baths, a steam room and sauna, and a business center.

    In addition to luxurious accommodation, enjoy twice daily game drives, bird watching tours and visits to the various protected areas. Visit the Shamwari Game Reserve run by experienced game rangers to find some of the Big 5 as well as many other animals, plants and beautiful scenery.

    The protection of the cliff of the eagles

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Africa

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  3. Contact the lodge

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    If you are sitting in seclusion in the northern part of the Shamwari Reserve and want the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity, you can book the entire Lobengula Lodge villa. Reserved for exclusive use only, Lobengula Lodge was designed as a traditional African kraal and offers panoramic views of the beautiful mountains and valleys of Shamwari.

    When you reserve your exclusive villa, the package includes not only the entire villa for you, but also your group's private guide, chefs and staff to complete your experience.

    Lobengula Lodge has 6 suites with space for a maximum of two adults per suite. These include a master suite with private plunge pool, lounge and fireplace, two junior suites with twin or king beds and private plunge pools, and three junior suites with twin or king beds adjacent to the hostel's pool area.

    All rooms and suites offer air conditioning, private terraces and indoor and outdoor showers. Then the hostel has a lounge with satellite TV, a terrace lounge with a fireplace, private pools and plunge pools, a relaxation place, a gym and WiFi.

    In addition to your private villa, enjoy game drives in the reserve for a traditional safari experience looking out for elephant, cheetah, buffalo, lion, leopard, rhino, hyena and many different birds. To complement the wildlife, you will enjoy the stunning landscapes of the Shamwari Reserve.

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    Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Africa

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  4. The Riverdene family country house

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    A great place for families with children, Riverdene Family Lodge offers luxury family accommodation in the Shamwari Game Reserve. Located in the southern portion of the conservancy, just south of the Bushman River, Riverdene Family Lodge offers spacious suites, spacious living areas, delicious cuisine and great views.

    The hostel has 9 connecting deluxe rooms that can accommodate two adults and one child. The hostel rooms and suites consist of six deluxe suites with two single beds and three deluxe suites with an additional sofa bed.

    All suites have air conditioning, a private terrace, an en-suite bathroom with a separate shower and WiFi. The lodge generally features an infinity pool with a shallow children's section, a supervised children's playroom and jungle gym, a boma overlooking the Bushman River, a bar/lounge, and indoor and outdoor dining areas.

    With your comfortable stay at Riverdene Family Lodge, enjoy twice daily game drives to spot elephant, rhino, lion, cheetah, raptors and kingfishers and enjoy panoramic views of the river and Shamwari Reserve.

    Your tours are led by highly qualified and very knowledgeable guides and rangers to create a fantastic family safari. Please note that children under the age of 4 are not permitted on safaris, however the lodge can hire a baby sitter at an additional cost.

    The Riverdene family country house

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Africa

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  5. La Logia itself

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    Sarili Lodge offers luxury accommodation in the Shamwari Game Reserve, situated on the Bushman River in the southern part of the reserve. With another luxury family lodge, you'll enjoy incredible views and a large decking area to enjoy breakfast and dinner.

    Even from the lodge itself you can see the river and the Shamwari reserve with interesting animals and beautiful scenery from the comfort of your accommodation. Given the large decks, this is an especially fantastic place to enjoy sunrises and sunsets.

    All rooms accommodate two adults and consist of two deluxe rooms with river view balconies, two deluxe courtyard rooms with a connecting corridor and one balcony suite with river view.

    All rooms and suites have air conditioning, underfloor heating and a private bathroom with a separate shower. The lodge also offers a heated pool with a children's shallow area, WiFi, a lounge area with satellite TV, and indoor and outdoor dining areas.

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    After relaxing in the very comfortable lodge you can go on morning and evening game drives to see elephant, lion, cheetah, hippo, rhino and an incredible variety of birds. Along with the wildlife, enjoy the panoramic views and learn about the area from your highly qualified guides and rangers.

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    Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Africa

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  6. Die Long Lee-Villa

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    The famous Long Lee Manor, the first tourist lodge in the Shamwari Game Reserve, originally opened in 1992 and was the home of the Fowlds family who lived here circa 1916.

    Restored with modern facilities but retaining the original design, the mansion now offers luxury accommodation to experience the reserve and is a popular choice for those with an interest in the history of the Shamwari Reserve.

    Long Lee Manor is a stately Edwardian property with an elegance that only historic buildings can match. The mansion is surrounded by manicured gardens, swimming pools and terraces overlooking the surrounding area of ​​the Shamwari Reserve.

    Enjoy a delicious meal and then retire to one of the 15 double occupancy rooms to relax on your choice of twin or super king size beds. The 10 suites and 5 deluxe rooms have air conditioning, private bathroom with separate shower, television with selected satellite channels and access to the manor's facilities. These include two swimming pools, a recreation area, gym and steam room, indoor and outdoor dining areas and WiFi.

    Then enjoy twice daily game drives through the Shamwari Game Reserve to see some of the Big 5, giraffes, birds of prey, kingfishers, hippos and more. Not only will you be guided by experienced game rangers from the local South African area to see amazing animals, but you will also enjoy the beautiful scenery of the reserve.

    Die Long Lee-Villa

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Africa

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  7. Friends scout camp

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    Offering a luxury walking safari and scout camp in the Shamwari Reserve, the tour and itinerary were designed to reflect the way traditional African explorers experienced the African environment. Shamwari Explorer Camp is a great 2 or 3 day tour and also offers a great added experience with the luxury accommodation mentioned above.

    Enjoy a unique walking safari for two to three days for an authentic African experience. Explorer Camp's itinerary is more flexible than rigid safaris and itineraries are designed with the environment and wildlife in mind to provide the best experience for the time of your visit.

    At night, sleep around the campfire and relax in the comfortable tent to immerse yourself in the incredible scenery.

    Your highly qualified guide will help you explore the reserve, spot interesting birds, teach you about the area and track down some of the famous Big 5 animals such as lion, buffalo, elephant and rhino. Unfortunately, no one under the age of 16 or over the age of 60 is allowed on the walking safari (if you are over 60, exceptions will be made if you can provide a medical certificate).

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  8. Die Spas des Shamwari Game Reserve

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    Some of the above hostels offer a spa and massage room where you can relax after your safari. So that you don't miss it, in case it is interesting for you, the hostels with spa and massage facilities are as follows:

    • Eagles Crag Lodgewith two treatment rooms, whirlpool, sauna and steam room
    • Go to the Lodgewith two treatment rooms and sauna
    • Long Lee mansionwith two treatment rooms, steam room and fitness room
    • Bayethe-Zeltwith private double treatment rooms

    Spa treatments are a great way to unwind and are designed for both men and women. Though spas are scattered throughout the luxury units, you can still arrange for a spa treatment and massage if you'd rather stay at one of the other properties on this list without an on-site spa. Spa treatments include massages, facials, and hand and foot treatments.

  9. Das Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary

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    The Big Cat Rescue and Education Centers in the Shamwari Reserve are operated in partnership with the Born Free Foundation. The mission is to educate the public about the problem of captive feral cats around the world.

    Born Free and Shamwari Game Reserve are two organizations founded by Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers with the motto of keeping wildlife in the wild and promoting the conservation and protection of these amazing animals.

    The center's primary focus is rescuing lions and leopards from captivity and there are three institutions you can visit at the Shamwari Reserve including the Julie Ward Centre, the Jean Byrd Center and the Education Program which provides schools and colleges with the Goal of nature conservation taught . through education

    In addition to lions and leopards, the Born Free Foundation has grown to help all endangered animals including lions, elephants, tigers, gorillas, wolves, bears, sea turtles and more, with several sanctuaries around the world starting from the charity's base in The United States. Kingdom. You can visit the shrines from any of the lodges listed on this page.

  10. Das Ian Player Rhino Awareness Center

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    Rhinos are under increasing pressure from hunting and the rhino horn trade. In 2012, Shamwari Game Reserve opened the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Center to support rhino populations and educate the public.

    Named after the renowned South African conservationist, the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Center has been instrumental in saving the critically endangered white rhino from near certain extinction in the wild. Issues and threats faced by rhinos in the wild are displayed in the center to draw attention to these amazing animals.

    While enjoying your safari from one of the lodges on this page, you can visit the Rhino Awareness Center, see the animals cared for at the reserve and take a tour of the facility.

  11. Das Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

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    Besides visiting the above sanctuaries, you can visit the Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Center which helps to rescue and rehabilitate sick, injured, abandoned and orphaned animals. After the animals have received a health check, they are returned to their natural habitat. Led by the Shamwari Reserve's professional veterinary team, you can visit the animals and the center to complement your stay at the above Shamwari Game Reserve lodges.

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