We stayed for 3days at Shamwari in Bayethe tented lodges. This accomadation is amazing and is a more safari feel being a huge tent but with 5star fittings including ; huge bed, log burner, fridge-mini bar, outside shower. large double slipper bath, twin sinks, outside private deck with plunge pool , oh and a tv(if your watching this then your missing out !!!)
Our Ranger was Mino what a guy ,he goes the extra mile to make sure you have an amazing experience .We saw all the big 5 and lots more; the elusive Leopard we sighted twice, elephants swimming and wallowing in mud .Mino took us on a game walk and we watched Cheetahs from metres away ,the Hippo rising out of the water at close range and walked from vehicle to closer view point to the rhinos wow all awesome !! Sundowners at end of the day on a chosen viewpoint was amazing. We stayed out all day one day and had a picnic at another amazing viewpoint ,all meals at the central lodge were excellent and plentyfull with excellent service, also went to Born Free foundation and animal rehab centre , this gives you an all round overview of animal conservation and puts all into prospective.
This was our first African Safari and we are so glad we chose Shamwari and spent our time with Mino a big thank you, from here we continued on our tour on the Garden Route ending up at Cape Town ,what an amazing country we must come back again soon.
If your trying to decide ponder no longer Shamwari is a must do !!!!
Clive and Josephine stayed 3 days 2nd -5th November 2013
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A mere 75 km from Port Elizabeth towards Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Shamwari is the crown jewel of private game reserves situated in the malaria free Eastern Cape, the birth place of Nelson Mandela. This privately owned 25 000 hectares of prime natural terrain has received numerous international awards. Shamwari is an exploration of nature with close encounters of free roaming wildlife and the coveted big five with a choice of unique lodges, an exclusive private villa and the adventurous Explorer Camp. Luxury accommodation is offered in 7 different game lodges on Shamwari Game Reserve, all of which are 5 Star graded. Choose a game lodge that perfectly compliments your ideal African experience. EAGLES CRAG LODGE - Exclusivity, privacy and serenity for the most discerning of travelersBAYETHE TENTED LODGE - The ultimate in luxury tented accommodationSARILI LODGE - A colonial and bush experience. Perfect for families or small partiesLONG LEE MANOR - Refined elegance from a bygone era. RIVERDENE FAMILY LODGE - Colonial Africa in an elegantly restored CHILD FRIENDLY frontier home. VILLA LOBENGULA - Villa Lobengula is a beautiful and tranquil space tucked away in the depths of the valley bushveld. Booked on an exclusive use basis only. EXPLORER CAMP - Camping & walking experience among the Big 5 on the magnificent Shamwari Game Reserve ON SAFARI - Game drives can last up to 3 hours each and are conducted twice a day in open vehicles / Guided walks / Star gazing RELAX - Various treatments can be enjoyed at our Relaxation Retreats which are situated at Eagles Crag, Lobengula Lodge, Bayethe Lodge and Long Lee Manor ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shamwari Game Reserve Hotel Shamwari Game Reserve