My wife Debbie and I stayed at the Shamwari Bayethe Lodge the week of January 22. It was an excellent experience in every respect. Most importantly, our Ranger, Mino, was wonderful. Not only did he track and locate hundreds of animals for us during our three days of drives, but also provided us the details of their behavior, their place in food chain of the reserve and their background. He tied everything together to provide us with an understanding of the entire Shamwari ecosystem from termites right up to the lions. Mino is a great ambassador for Shamwari and more importantly for the wildlife and environment, and took care of our every need during our stay. As for the Bayethe Lodge, the food was excellent, the lodging luxurious and the scenery beautiful. The staff was very friendly and always helpful. As a word of warning, this is a great experience but also a tiring one. Up at 5 AM most mornings and back from dinner after 8 PM with a mid-day rest. The roads are rough and the ride in truck is bouncy. If you can tolerate that, you are in for an experience of a lifetime.
- 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