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    Shamwari Explorer Camp

    For the adventurous at heart who are not too concerned about life’s luxuries, indulge yourself in the essence of nature in this authentic African bush experience at Shamwari Explorer Camp in the Eastern Cape. The Explorer Camp is discreetly fenced for safety reasons and is offered as a 2 or 3-night expedition, available seasonally from October to May. Three tents are located in a magical bush setting and facilities include a viewing deck, plunge pool, and dining lounge. Wake up to coffee served in front of your tent and enjoy culinary campfire feasts under the stars. There is a portable bar to enjoy your drink of choice out on the viewing deck. This incredible Eastern Cape safari experience is completely off the grid, allowing guests to get in touch with nature and learn about the fundamentals of wildlife and the reserve.

    The experience takes you on a guided walking safari around the game reserve and offers an excellent chance to see and photograph the Big 5, giraffe, zebra, hippo, jackal, and a diverse community of antelope. All guided walking safaris and activities at Shamwari Explorer Camp are led by passionate and highly experienced game rangers offering you a wealth of information while tracking wildlife and discovering the reserve.

    Conveniently accessible at only a 45-minute drive from Port Elizabeth, the exclusive 5-star Shamwari Game Reserve is an ideal inclusion at the end of your Garden Route travel itinerary. This private game reserve boasts 7000 hectares of beguiling landscapes over 5 of South Africa’s 8 biomes. The rich and diverse vegetation makes the landscape an ideal habitat for varied wildlife and an impressive selection of birdlife. In addition to the Explorer Camp, Shamwari is home to a collection of 5-star luxury lodge; Eagles CragBayethe Tented Lodge, Sarili Lodge, Long Lee Manor and the Riverdene Family Lodge .


    • Walking Safari
    • Bird watching
    • Tracking game
    • Learning the fundamentals
    • Camp fires
    • Swimming pool


    • Tented accommodation
    • Walking safaris
    • Big 5 sightings
    • Eco Camp
    • Camp fire dining

    Closest airport

    Port Elizabeth International – 79km

    Children policy

    Explorer Camp welcomes the ages of 16 – 65 years.


    Walking safaris, activities, all meals, soft drinks, and selected alcoholic beverages.


    Premium brand drinks and transfers.


    High:  01 October – 31 May

    Terms & conditions

    • Rates are per person sharing, per night
    • Single supplement of 30% applicable
    • Rates displayed are valid to 31 May 2023

    Accommodation Options

    Tented Camp

    Sleeps 2 Adults

    Tents are comfortable and equipped with all the modern amenities required. The tents feature 2 single beds (or one king), en suite bathroom with a shower, and all the other essentials such as shower gel, shampoo and insect repellent.

    Refer to seasons and T&C's above

    Price £ 310 per villa, per night

    Best-price guarantee

    Enquire at Shamwari Explorer Camp


    By Road

    The reserve is a 60-minute drive from Port Elizabeth or a 9-hour drive from Cape Town, both on the scenic N2 highway. Driving from Cape Town takes you through the Garden Route for approximately 815km from which you will turn to the reserve entrance.



    Flights from all major centres in South Africa to Port Elizabeth airport.


    Flight Duration

    • Cape Town to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 10 minutes
    • Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 35 minutes
    • Durban to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 20 minutes
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