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Shamwari Bayethe Lodge
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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.

Room Tip: They are all superb.
  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Pete_Sheffield_UK
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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
1  Thank Snackdaddy
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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 "plunge" pool.
  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank nancymcd1954
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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
Thank Markruddock
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Reviewed 13 December 2015

The Bayethe Lodge is very very nice, the terrace and main lodge are excellent, well laid out with a view over a dam and watering hole. Nice touches in the decor and we like the fact that there were a few Warthogs and Nyala antelope wandering around inside the resort area. The rooms are remote from the main lodge, a short walk down the path. Each of the (seven?) rooms are private. They have canvas walls with a permanent roof and structural internal walls to facilitate plumbing and air conditioning. Lovely big bed with petals spelling out a welcome on arrival. We were a little bit disappointed with the view from our room, with trees blocking a lot of any view we might have had. Private freezing plunge pool outside the room, might be welcome in mid summer, but was way too cold to be useful during an unseasonably cool November. Lunch was excellent, and unusual selection of local foods as well as some international standards. Breakfast and snacks were also very good. Dinner was good, but perhaps not up to the same highest standard as the other meals. We were also a little disappointed with some staff, who were a bit stand-off-ish and on one occasion quite rude. This was an exception, the majority most of the staff were helpful and friendly and were able to provide assistance and advice. I have covered the game drive section of the complete experience in a separate review, but it is fair to say the drives were magnificent.

  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled as a couple
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