Visit Shamwari Private Game Reserve
Perhaps the best known of the Eastern Cape private game reserves, Shamwari is home to the Big Five, as well as cheetah and some recently released wild dog.
Shamwari Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Shamwari is perhaps the best known of the Eastern Cape private game reserves, and is one of the largest private game reserves in the country.
In practice this means that you can range across large areas of land, covering many different landscapes and habitats, during the course of your game drives.
The Big Five
Shamwari is home to the Big Five, as well as cheetah and some recently released wild dog. The relatively low concentrations of the predators means that there is no sense of being in a large zoo - these are genuinely wild animals, and you will have to work hard at spotting and tracking to catch up with them!
The reserve's antelope species are remarkably well habituated to vehicles, and the likes of impala and springbok will only move leisurely away from the vehicle once you close to within a few metres - this allows you to get a good look at these animals, including the large numbers of males sporting superb sets of horns.
Speak to someone who's been there
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Accommodation in Shamwari Private Game Reserve
Long Lee Manor
A graceful and elegant place to stay while on safari, Long Lee is larger than the other lodges on the Shamwari Reserve and offers a convivial atmosphere without compromising on comfort or service.
Eagles Crag Lodge
A stunning lodge, which gets you amazingly close to nature, housed amongst the forest itself. The suites are a delight, very comfortable and spacious, with a really unique design and great views.
Riverdene is ideal for families, allowing children age four upwards on safari. They run a children's programme and have a playroom at the lodge, as well as extensive baby-sitting facilities.
For those who want to experience the pioneering spirit of camping out in the bush without compromising on the comforts of a modern lodge, Bayethe is an excellent option.