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Shamwari Bayethe Lodge
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Reviewed 5 February 2016 via mobile

Absolutely no complaints. Lodges fantastic and spacious with all the little touches making it just so. The Rangers extremely pleasant and informative making for some fantastic game drives. Food fantastic every mealtime. Word of advice some warm long sleeved tops/jeans clothing and windproof jackets recommended as though it's warm can be very cold in the drives.

Stayed: February 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 January 2016

Stayed here at the end of October, and had an incredible experience. As we drove into the park we were greeted by animals, and to keep them safe from poachers I won't say exactly what they were - but it was fantastic to see. After an interesting drive on the main "road" (in places a deeply rutted track) we arrived at Bayethe lodge. We were made very welcome, and nothing was too much trouble. The tented cabins are very big, and well fitted. The main building overlooks a pond, where we saw Hippos and Elephants. We had 7 game drives, and Jacques Human was our brilliant ranger. We saw all of the big 5, although I was the only one to see (and take photos) of the elusive leopard. The food was excellent, and the massages were also excellent, and good value.

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  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

Our pre-cruise stay at the malaria free Shamwari Bayethe Lodge was fantastic. The attention to detail and quality of the service was superb. The food was very good as well. Our luxury tent personifies what Glamping is all about. Our tent was very spacious and very well appointed. We saw the coveted big five (lions, elephants, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopards) and much more (giraffes, velvet monkeys, springboks, zebras, eland, hippos and warthogs) over the course of three game drives. Rhyhart our game ranger was knowledgeable and adventurous. He made sure we saw as much of the wildlife as possible. He really loves what he does. Staying at the Bayethe Lodge was an experience of a lifetime.

Stayed: December 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 December 2015

THIS lodge is absolutely perfect. We were in cabin 10 which is away from the main lodge and had our visiting hedgehog family escort us home in the evenings. The food was good, the massages incredible, and the game drives - - there is nothing to say! Where else could you literally be inches away from bull elephants, see a newborn baby elephant feet away, black and white rhinos, tons of giraffes, water buffalo, cheetahs, elands (HUGE!), baboons, mongooses, kudus, wildebeasts - - our guide, Jacques, was incredible. I would cry out, "I want to see a red-knobbed coot" - - something listed in our book of animals and birds to see, and he would back the jeep up and point one out! This was one of the best experiences of our lives. We will never forget the people, the food, the safaris. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Room Tip: 10, 11 and 12 further away from the main lodge but more private. All rooms have private "plung...
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  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

Stayed here in early September.

It was absolutely brilliant.

The rooms (luxury tent) was amazing. The food was amazing. The staff were amazing.

And of course the safari was brilliant.

All very well organised. Our guide was Jacques and he was fantastic. Very funny and boy could he spot the animals.

I would never go on standard safari again. The game reserves are far better and much better chance of seeing animals still in their natural habitat.

We saw lions, lionesses, cheetah, leopard, elephants, white rhino, black rhino, giraffe, zebra, and the rest.

Best of all I proposed to Kathryn on safari and the lodge organised it all for me; drive out to edge of cliff overlooking valley, champagne and nibbles ready on table, all complete surprise to Kathryn. They were brilliant and did it all as part of service no extra charge (of course very large tip was left).

All in if in South Africa and want to go on safari then go here. End of!!

Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
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Address: Between Grahamstown & Port Elizabeth | Off the N2, Port Elizabeth 6130, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 83 Speciality Lodging in Port Elizabeth
Price Range: R 1 112 - R 17 151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Shamwari Bayethe Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shamwari Game Reserve - The Pride of the Eastern Cape!Bayethe Lodge offers the ultimate in Luxury Tented Accommodation.Bayethe is a splendid stone walled & thatch roofed Lodge with a large Deck Area overlooking a Waterhole. There is a double volume Lounge & Dining Area which spills out onto the Deck which is adjacent to the outside Boma for traditional fireside Dining under the stars. The 9 Luxury Tents are camouflaged under trees allowing for ample privacy & unsurpassed comforts. Each Tent is Air-Conditioned & heated & has an En-Suite Bathroom, Shower, private Plunge Pool & viewing Deck.The 3 Premier Tents at Bayethe Hills are the ultimate in tented luxury. These Tents offer the additional luxuries of a Fireplace, Satellite TV, Plunge Pool & Hammocks suspended out of the wooden Decks. Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, is the pinnacle of private game reserves and home to the coveted Big 5. Stretching 25,000 hectares over a malaria free landscape, it offers an award-winning nature experience and is one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa. ... more   less 

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