Shamwari Private Game Reserve, Eastern Cape
Did you know?
About 5 000 wild animals roam Shamwari's 25 000ha.
Shamwari Private Game Reserve stands in a class of its own. It has been voted the best game reserve and conservation company in South Africa for 10 consecutive years.
The reserve has even become a favourite among international celebrities. Golfer Tiger Woods got engaged here, and Hollywood stars Brad Pitt, Nicolas Cage and John Travolta have all visited Shamwari in the past few years.
Situated in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, Shamwari Game Reserve not only boasts Africa's most sought-after Big Five animals, it also aims to rehabilitate an ecosystem almost destroyed by centuries of farming.
Situated along the Bushmans River, the area comprises five of the country's seven biomes,so it's no wonder the 25 000 hectare area supports a stunning variety of flora and fauna. Because of the focus on responsible tourism, the reserve has received the Global Nature Fund Award for Best Conservation Practice.
Both the British TV series 'Safari School' and a popular Animal Planet programme ‘Shamwari: A Wild Life' were filmed here, showcasing this magnificent reserve to an international audience.
Shamwari Game Reserve is also home to two sanctuaries of the Born Free Foundation, which cares for lions and leopards that have been rescued from poor conditions in circuses or zoos around the world. Visitors are welcome to pay their respects to these 'pensioner cats'.
For families with children there is no better safari destination than Shamwari Private Game Reserve, which provides special programmes for kids.
With or without children, after a morning of admiring magnificent wildlife, you deserve a treatment in one of three luxury spas. You can also spend the afternoon on one of the local beaches nearby before enjoying the sunset back at the reserve, with drink in hand and the sound of jackals performing a suppertime serenade.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Shamwari Private Game Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)41 407 1000
How to get here
Shamwari Game Reserve is easily accessed by road. A transfer service is available between Port Elizabeth Airport and Shamwari. Bookings for this service can be made directly with reserve.
Best time to visit
You can enjoy Shamwari at any time of year.
Tours to do
The reserves offers a range of exciting eco-tourism activities to enjoy during your stay, from guided walks and drives, to African-inspired spa treatments and cultural excursions.
Once at Shamwari, you will be transported in the reserve's 4X4 vehicles.
What will it cost
Shamwari is an exclusive reserve and is priced accordingly.
Length of stay
At least two or three nights.
Where to stay
There are seven exclusive lodges to choose from, with Eagles Crag being one of the most popular.
What to eat
Look forward to superb five-star cuisine with wines to match.