Beautiful safari lodges
Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary
Private conservation focussed reserve
Unique experiences
No booking fees!

What’s the deal?

Book for 4 nights and only pay for 3 – Valid from 1 May to 31 August

Bonus Special Offer Available:
Book 4 consecutive nights and more, and get 15% OFF your stay at selected Shamwari Private Game Reserve lodges between 1 May – 31 October and 1 – 15 December

Shamwari offers an array of experiences you can enjoy such as Game Drives, Birding, Walking Safaris, Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Photographic Safaris and is home to the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary.

When to travel?

Boasting one of the largest concentration of wildlife in the Eastern and Southern Cape, the reserve also forms a natural extension of the world-famous Garden Route.

The Eastern Cape climate boasts a blend of Mediterranean and sub-tropical weather. The east experiences higher levels of humidity and rainfall compared to the west with its dry weather conditions. During off-season (winter), temperatures range from 7°C to 22°C and during summer season, you can enjoy temperatures between 16°C and 36°C.

Shamwari Game Reserve

With the aim of restoring this area of the Eastern Cape to its former glory, Shamwari Private Game Reserve was born of a need to conserve the land and its abundant wildlife, birdlife and ecological diversity.

Because of our conservation efforts, Shamwari has officially been declared a Protected Environment. Today Shamwari comprises of 7 luxury lodges and 1 explorer camp, two different education and rehabilitation facilities and employs over 325 local staff. The land and buildings have been restored to its rightful state with the stunning Eastern Cape fauna and flora of yesteryear and the reserve flourishes with wildlife.

Luxury Lodges


A once-in-a-lifetime safari holiday, Bayethe Safari Lodge offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in utter tranquillity, surrounded by the rich vegetation of the unique location. This canopy paradise provides privacy and a feeling of seclusion with spectacular views of the African bush.

Adult rates from ZAR 8,835 per person per night
No children under 12 years


Eagles Crag blends exclusive luxury with the unprecedented perfection that nature offers. To ensure an unforgettable experience, the lodge’s upper deck with aerial viewing pods, provide panoramic views of the surrounding rock faces where eagles soar. The nine suites blend sophisticated interiors with the natural surroundings.

Adult rates from ZAR 10,750 per person per night
No children under 12 years


Tucked away in the depths of the bushveld lies the tranquil Lobengula Lodge. This private lodge experience has been designed to resemble a traditional African kraal, boasting views of the mountains and valleys. Allow yourself to be immersed in an African Experience at Lobengula Lodge. This hidden gem with a rustic atmosphere within the valley bushveld will leave you with a fulfilling experience.

Adult rates from ZAR 8,385 per person per night
No children under 12 years


Sindile, Shamwari’s new luxury tented camp is a secluded, luxury getaway set deep in the African veld. The camp mimics a solitary leopard’s sanctuary, blending with the surrounding bush while providing excellent vantages over the Bushman’s River and surrounding plains.The nine luxury free-standing tents are elevated above the surrounding bush, allowing uninhibited views, unsullied by any other man-made structures or light pollution. 

Adult rates from ZAR 11,825 per person per night
No children under 16 years


Overlooking the magnificent plains of Shamwari you’ll find the exquisite Long Lee Manor. This newly redesigned lodge boasts Edwardian styled suites and a stupendous rim-flow pool. Long Lee Manor redefines elegance in nature.

Adult rates from ZAR 8,925 per person per night
Children welcome


Riverdene Family Lodge has a welcoming ease and warmth and is a place where families are always at home and where guests become friends. Surrounded by a wealth of natural beauty, Riverdene Family Lodge overlooks the widespread bushveld of the Eastern Cape. The newly renovated lodge is the ideal place for families to bond for hours as gentle giants roam in the distance, while children can engage in the Kids on Safari programme.

Adult rates from ZAR 8,505 per person per night
Ideal for families


Children are most than catered for at Shamwari, with a dedicated Kids on Safari programme is perfect for the family. We’ve created family safari holidays, where children and adults alike can be educated about our conservation practices. Children can enjoy various outdoor activities, as well as indoor activities such as arts and crafts and a variety of toys and games.

Riverdene Family Lodge is the ideal option for families. Contact us today to receive a free, no obligation quotation – we’ll also never charge a booking fee.

  • Child rate is 50% of the adult sharing rate.
  • Child rates apply to children from 4–11 years old.
  • Children age 0-3 year olds are accommodated at no additional cost.
  • Kids under the age of 4 are not permitted on game drives.
  • Childminder services are available at an additional cost.


Conservation and sustainability at Shamwari Game Reserve is second-to-none. During the past 25 years, pristine and agricultural land was consolidated and rehabilitated. Remaining wild animal species were allowed to increase in numbers and species locally extinct were reintroduced. Experienced veterinary staff, qualified ecologists and some of the most advanced anti-poaching units in the country, are responsible for the management of the Shamwari ecosystem.

Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries
In collaboration with the Born Free Foundation, the Big Cat Rescue and Education Centres aim to draw attention to the plight of wild cats, confined in impoverished, captive environments throughout the world.

Guests can visit the sanctuaries during their stay at Shamwari.



  • Luxury Accommodation
  • 3 Meals per day
  • 2 guided game drives per day
  • All beverages excl. French Champagne and premium products
  • Guided walks
  • Tourism levy and VAT
  • Visits to Educational Centres
  • Persons under the age of 16 are not permitted on walking tours


  • Conservation Levy R150 per person per night (subject to change for 2022)
  • International airfare
  • Local airfare and transfers to/from Shamwari
  • Visas and other entry costs
  • Travel insurance
  • Laundry
  • PCR testing for your journey home (if applicable)
  • Personal expense such as extra drinks/food, phone calls, curio shop purchases
  • Gratuities for your guide, waiters/staff at accommodations
  • Optional extensions available around South Africa, including Johannesburg, Hoedspruit, KwaZulu Natal and Cape Town

Let’s talk and plan your exciting safari in Africa.
No obligation free quotation and absolutely NO BOOKING FEES!

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