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 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. 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.
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Getting to Shamwari
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.
- 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