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Shamwari Safari Highlights:

  • See all of Africa's Big 5: Black Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Lion
  • Famous for it's Big Cat sightings
  • Shamwari Game Reserve is in a malaria free area
  • Family safari destination - children welcome
  • Close to the beach combine a beach and safari holiday
  • 5 of South Africa's 7 biomes are found on Shamwari


Introduction to Shamwari Game Reserve Port Elizabeth

Less than an hour north of Port Elizabeth and to the East of the Addo Elephant National Park is the privately owned Shamwari Game Reserve, winner of many international awards, including the worlds leading Conservation Company and Private Game Reserve for five years in a row. The Shamwari Game Reserve is around 200 square kilometers in size and is famous for its big cat sightings.

Family Safari Destination

Shamwari Game reserve is an excellent safari holiday destination for the whole family. Unlike many other reserves, children are not only welcome, but encouraged.

Kids Safari

When you arrive, the children’s co-ordinator will go over the safari options with you, taking into account, your family size and the ages of your children. Children's Safari: Any Child over the age of four is able to go on game drive, with child minding facilities are also available at an additional cost for children younger than four years. Each child also receives a gift pack which includes a cuddly toy, activity workbook and other surprises.

Educational Experience

Apart from the game drives, children can visit the Shamwari Wildlife Hospital to see animals that are being cared for at the time, with the aim of being released back into the wild. >> More on Family Safari Holidays Here.


Animals at the Shamwari Game Reserve

Shamwari has all of the true Big 5 (the black rhino and not the white rhino) as well as a huge range of other African wildlife, below are just a few highlights to look out for on Safari:

Big 5

Other Large mammals:

  • White Rhino
  • African Painted Wild Dog
  • Cheetah
  • Caracal
  • Serval
  • Aardwolf
  • Brown Hyena
  • Hippo
  • Giraffe

Spa Treatments at Shamwari Game Reserve

To really spoil yourself, why not treat yourself to a morning at the Spa. Many of the lodges at Shamwari have luxury spas including Long Lee Manor, Eagles Crag and Lobengula Lodges. Treatments can also be arranged for guests staying at the other lodges.

Accommodation at the Shamwari Game Reserve

There are 7 Safari lodges located within the reserve all of which would be described as luxury accommodation, but each with it's own character. These lodges all have trained field guides (safari guides) that will take you out on game drive as well as bush walks. Game drives are generally at dusk and another in the late afternoon, with a brief stop at sunset for some refreshing sun-downers at a picturesque spot and then returning to the lodge for a shower and then dinner.

Bushmans Lodge

This restored and converted Victorian house looks over the Bushmans river on the eastern side of Shamwari Game reserve.

Eagles Crag Lodge

The thatched chalets that form part of Eagles Crag Lodge in the Shamwari Game reserve are hidden within a canopy of tall trees and all have a wonderful views of the bush opening out in front of them and each with their own private pool and deck.

Lobengula Lodge

Lobengula Lodge is for those seeing some solitude with only five luxury rooms. It is located in the north eastern part of Shamwari game reserve.

Long Lee Manor

This is an incredible restored Edwardian Mansion that was built by the family of a settler from York in England in 1910. Long Lee Manor is located on the Western side of Shamwari and overlooks some plains in front of the Bushmans river.

Other lodges that you may consider are Riverdene Bayethe Lodge, a luxury tented lodge in the northern section of Shamwari game reserve & Sarili.

Best Time To Visit Shamwari Game Reserve

Generally the game viewing at Shamwari is excellent all year round, with the usual advice being that it is easier to spot animals at winter when the grass is shorter, the foliage less thick and animals (especially water dependant ones) tending to not travel too far from permanent water sources. However it can get cold in winter especially during the night and early mornings and you miss out on many of the summer blooming flowers.

Summer is from November to January, with winter from May to July.

Map of the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa

Below is a map showing the location of the reserve as well as other points of interest in the area.


Contact Details

For more information on safari lodge accommodation within the Shamwari Game Reserve:

Shamwari Game Reserve
Tel: +27(0)42-2031111

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