Lobengula & Bayethe Lodges, Shamwari Private Game Reserve
Did you know?
A large chunk of Shamwari’s land is set aside for endangered species like the Cape mountain zebra.
There is a sunny lightness and warmth about Shamwari Private Game Reserve. Maybe it has something to do with being in the Eastern Cape, where many of the flowering plants you’ll see in South African gardens originate.
In addition to thorn-tree savannahs, you’ll see valley thicket brightened by the sky-blue flowers of sprawling plumbago; bright orange trumpets of honeysuckle flowers; and bush violets clambering up the aloes. All of this is interspersed with candelabra euphorbias, pink-flowering crossberry bushes and starry white-flowering num-nums.
The Eastern Cape’s flora is almost as much an attraction as its Big 5 and other notable animals. No fewer than 5 of South Africa’s major biomes are found here and are represented in the reserve.
Part of the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany global biodiversity hot spot is found in Shamwari.
Shamwari Game Reserve, which also has the virtue of being malaria-free, has 7 lodges on its 25 000 hectares. All offer 5-star luxury, but Shamwari’s Lobengula and Bayethe lodges have suites that offer just that little bit more.
At Bayethe, the premier suites have fireplaces, satellite television, their own plunge pools and hammocks suspended over wooden decks.
At Lobengula, the chief suite also has a fireplace and plunge pool.
The spa facilities at Shamwari are an attraction on their own. At Lobengula, there are 2 treatment rooms, along with a sauna and steam room. At Bayethe, you can opt to have your treatments in the privacy of your own suite.
Apart from the fact that Shamwari is 1 of South Africa’s premier private game reserves, it also provides a home for many African animals that once lived miserable lives in rundown zoos or other forms of captivity.
Guests are welcome to visit the 2 Born Free Foundation Big Cat Sanctuaries. Here these wild animals can finally live out their years with quality of life on African soil.
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Who to contact
Shamwari Game Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)41 509 3000