Situated in the pristine bush of South Africa’s breath-taking Eastern Cape you will find an enchanting malaria-free reserve where the Big 5 and a plethora of other fauna and flora live out their lives in the golden African sunshine. When you make a booking here and select Shamwari Game Reserve as your South African safari destination of choice you are opening yourself up to thrilling experiences in the bush, tempered by lavish hotel-style accommodation and world-class facilities. Whether you have come here for a fun-filled family safari holiday, a soothing spa safari break, or a romantically wild getaway with your special someone, Shamwari is sure to make all your dreams come true.

Holiday resort information

Room Types

There are 6 different luxury lodges located in Shamwari Game Reserve, including two lodges especially designed to cater to families enjoying a one-of-a-kind wilderness vacation. All of the lodges boast spectacular views of the bush and are equipped with a range of must-have amenities. There is also a seasonally operated tented camp.
  • Eagles Crag Lodge

    Eagles Crag is named for the dramatic views it offers of the surrounding rock faces where eagles soar and make their nests. There are 9 different lavish suites available here, divided into 7 with king-size beds and 2 with twin beds. All suites feature a gleaming en-suite bathroom, a private deck with pristine plunge pool, a mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities among their luxurious amenities.
  • Long Lee Manor

    Long Lee is a gracious Edwardian-style manor nestled among manicured gardens and facing out over the awe-inspiring expanse of wilderness. There are 10 suites and 5 luxury rooms to be found here, all with twin beds, though they can be converted into a super king-size bed if required. Room features include an en-suite bathroom with separate shower, a private patio or balcony, and a mini bar.
  • Explorer Camp

    Explorer is a seasonal tented camp operating from October through to April and allowing guests to savour a compelling 2-night walking safari trail through the African bush. Each uniquely decorated tent comes equipped with comfortable beds, en-suite bathroom facilities, LED lighting, and an outdoor washbasin. Insect repellent is also provided.
  • Sarili Lodge

    Occupying a prime location overlooking the Bushman’s River is Sarili Lodge, one of the Reserve’s two family-friendly accommodation options. There are 2 Luxury Rooms with balconies, 2 Luxury courtyard rooms, and 1 sumptuous suite with a balcony. All room types feature en-suite bathrooms, a mini bar, TV and under-floor heating among their luxury amenities.
  • Riverdene Family Lodge

    Riverdene provides an elegant but relaxed home-from-home for families on safari in Shamwari. There are 9 stunning twin-bedded suites to choose from, 3 of which come with an extra sleeper couch for your convenience. All accommodation features such must-have conveniences as a private patio, tea and coffee making facilities, an en-suite bathroom, microwave and WiFi.
  • Bayethe Tented Lodge

    For spectacular tented accommodation enhanced by panoramic views of the African bush look no further than Bayethe, which is named for the heart-warming traditional greeting that translates as ‘I salute you’. Bayethe is home to 12 detached tents, divided into 3 superior tents and 9 luxury tents. The superior tents each boast an en-suite bathroom, hammock, fireplace, a private deck and plunge pool while the luxury tents feature en-suite bathrooms, a plunge pool and private mini bar among their amenities.
  • Villa Lobengula

    Boasting awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, this remarkable villa – designed to resemble an African kraal – offers serenity, privacy and luxury to discerning travelers. The villa features 6 impeccably furnished suites, all of which come with en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor shower facilities, as well as mini bars and private patios.


All of the lodges at Shamwari have their own top-notch facilities.

Villa Lobengula features a lounge with satellite TV, a deck lounge with a fireplace, private swimming and plunge pools, a Relaxation Retreat and a Fitness Room.

Sarili Lodge boasts a lounge area with satellite TV, indoor and outdoor dining areas and a swimming pool with a shallow section for kids.

Eagles Crag Lodge is home to an impressive range of facilities. These include a lounge with a fireplace and big-screen TV, an upstairs lounge with fireplace and terrace, a well-appointed Relaxation Retreat, a library and boardroom, a Business Centre and a gift boutique.

Explorer Camp’s facilities include the tents, a viewing deck and a portable bar.

The stately Long Lee Manor features among its facilities 2 swimming pools, a Relaxation Retreat, indoor and outdoor dining facilities and a gift boutique. You will also benefit from a fitness centre and steam room, and there is a conference facility available for up to 35 delegates.

Last but not least, Bayethe Tented Lodge boasts an outdoor deck with a pristine swimming pool, indoor and outdoor dining facilities, a central lounge area, a gift boutique and a Bush Relaxation Retreat.

During your stay at Shamwari you will be able to enjoy some truly unforgettable experiences, including birding, morning and evening game drives, and visiting the park’s Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries.

Shamwari is also home to a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre. Meanwhile young visitors to the park can take advantage of the Kids on Safari programme while grown-ups relish the pampering spa treatments provided by the reserve’s different Relaxation Retreats.


Delicious dining is available at the reserve’s different lodges, some of which have both indoor and outdoor dining facilities.


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