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    Shamwari Game Reserve

    Shamwari Game Reserve is an award winning, 5-star malaria free safari destination located in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Shamwari game reserve is 7000 hectares in size and boast 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. Conveniently accessible at only a 45-minute drive from Port Elizabeth Airport, the exclusive 5-star Shamwari Game Reserve is rated highly in the top malaria free safari destinations in South Africa.

    With exceptional game viewing year-round, 3-4-hour game drives are led by passionate and highly experienced game rangers offering you a wealth of information while tracking wildlife. The specialized open 4×4 safari vehicles offer an excellent chance to see and photograph the Big 5, giraffe, zebra, hippo, jackal, and a diverse community of antelope. Shamwari is renowned for its close up sightings with an excellent chance of spotting all of the big 5. Game drives take place in the early morning and late afternoon with sundowner stops in breath-taking locations.

    The Shamwari Game Reserve safari lodges offer guests diverse accommodation options in one of 6 luxury lodges. Accommodation options range from inter-leading family rooms to exclusive suites with floor to ceiling windows, private viewing decks and plunge pools. Each Shamwari lodge offers a unique feel and atmosphere. Decor ranges from a warm earthy tones at Eagle Crag and Bayethe lodge to light open spaces at Long Lee Manor house. Sarili is a private 5-bedroom safari lodge for families and groups of friends wanting a more personalized experiences with a flexible itinerary and private chef. Riverdean is the family friendly lodge and welcomes children of all ages. Here you will find a wealth children’s activities and a junior ranger program. All lodges at Shamwari have expansive views over the reserve.

    Game Drives:

    • Game drives take place twice a day in the early mornings and afternoons for a duration of 3-4 hours.
    • Game drives are led by an experienced guide.
    • Night drives and guided bush walk are permitted.
    • 6-seater vehicles.
    • 10-seater vehicles at Riverdene family lodge.

    Wildlife:

    • Shamwari is a Big-5 reserve and is home to the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.
    • Other wildlife include giraffe, hippo, zebra, cheetah and a variety of antelope species and more.
    • 275 bird species, including rare birds and birds of prey.
    • Leopard sighting are rare in any eastern cape game reserve.

    Highlights:

    • 25 000 hectares in size.
    • Seven 5-star lodges, an Explorer Camp and three wildlife rehabilitation facilities.
    • Bushman’s River is a prominent landmark providing a good water source to the animals.
    • Home to five of South Africa’s eight major biomes providing rich vegetation types for an array of varied wildlife.
    • Exceptional outdoor dining experiences.
    • Exciting Big-5 game drives with close up sightings.

    Location:

    Located in the Eastern Cape, along South Africa’s east coast.

    Getting there:

    • The closest commercial airport is Port Elizabeth (PLZ).
    • Shamari Game Reserve is a 50 minute drive from Port Elizabeth.
    • Flight time from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 10 minutes
    • Flight time from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 35 minutes

    Special offers:

    • Stay 4 nights and save 10% off your accommodation (vaild 1 May – 30 Sept).
    • South African resident rates are bookable 30 days prior to arrival date only.

    Packages:

    Cape Town and safari packages are designed by our on-trend team of travel experts. Packages include flights, transfers, accommodation, and full board safari experience. View packages or enquire via the contact form on the page below.

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    SA resident specials available at Shamwari Game Reserve up until 31 December 2024

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    Shamwari Lodges

    Shamwari Long Lee Manor

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    Shamwari Bayethe

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    From $ 520 per person per night

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    Shamwari Riverdene Family Lodge

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    From $ 500 per person per night

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    Shamwari Sarili Lodge

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    From $ 525 per person per night

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    Shamwari Explorer Camp

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    From $ 354 per person per night

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    Shamwari Sindile Lodge

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    Shamwari Travel

    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.

     

    Flying

    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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