Shamwari Game Reserve

Shamwari Game Reserve is an excellent safari destination being malaria-free and home to fantastic wildlife including all of the legendary “Big 5”.

Situated on South Africa’s pristine Eastern Cape, Shamwari Game Reserve is an excellent safari destination for its fantastic wildlife including all of the legendary “Big 5”, with the added advantage of being malaria free. Around 62,000 acres in size, this reserve encompasses five distinct ecosystems and offers six individual accommodation options to suit a range of travellers.

Breathtaking Eagles Crag Lodge features 9 suites of glass-and-stone with soaring views of the landscape. The most premier option on the property, guests here enjoy access to private pools, two magnificent lounges, a spa retreat, library and boutique. Bayethe Tented Lodge provides upscale accommodation in 12 tented suites complete with personal plunge pools. 9-room Riverdene Lodge and 5-room Sarili Lodge are great options for families, being the most relaxed in atmosphere, whilst Long Lee Manor sleeps up to 30 in 15 double room ensuring a convivial stay. For the ultimate in privacy, choose 6-suite Lobengula which can be booked for the exclusive use of a group, with ample space for individual travellers to mingle or spend time alone.    

Things to do on the Shamwari Game Reserve include game drives twice daily to coincide with periods when animals are most active as well as thrilling walking safaris with the opportunity for exceptional bird-watching especially around lakes and dams. There are a number of conservation and rehabilitation programs on the premises where guests can learn about endangered, injured or orphaned species such as lion and cheetah as well as the measures in place to protect particular species or to facilitate the release of individuals back into the wild.     


How to get to Shamwari Game Reserve

The most convenient way to access Shamwari Game Reserve is to fly into Port Elizabeth, where you are met and transferred by road to your lodge, a journey of a little over one hour  (100 km).

Activities at Shamwari Game Reserve

  • Game drives morning and afternoon
  • Guided bush walks
  • Bird-watching
  • Conservation and rescue centre visits
  • Children’s programs (Riverdene Lodge)

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Shamwari Game Reserve Highlights

  • One of South Africa’s most successful private conservation initiatives
  • Malaria-free, providing guests with peace of mind
  • Six luxury lodges to choose from, each individual in style and character
  • Home to all of the “Big 5” plus amazing birdlife
  • Experience big game safaris and visit animal rehabilitation centres

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Malaria Free accommodation

Below are some of our preferred tented camps and lodges in malaria free game reserves. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Malaria-free Kwandwe Private Game Reserve on South Africa’s Eastern Cape offers five safari lodges, each designed to showcase the remote beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Madikwe River Lodge

Family-friendly Madikwe River Lodge is a relaxed, comfortable safari lodge set in South Africa's wonderful, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve which is home to all of the iconic "Big 5" and much more.

Shamwari Game Reserve

On South Africa’s pristine Eastern Cape, Shamwari Game Reserve is an excellent safari destination being malaria-free and home to fantastic wildlife including all of the legendary "Big 5".

Tau Game Lodge

Located on the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, Tau Game Lodge offers an authentic safari experience in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.

Tswalu Kalahari

South Africa’s largest private game reserve, Tswalu Kalahari is inhabited by over 80 mammal species including meerkat and desert rhino.

Tuningi Safari Lodge

On the vast Madikwe Game Reserve is the luxurious Tuningi Safari Lodge as well as family-friendly Little Tuningi, a self-contained private villa.


South Africa Itineraries

The following tours are private, independent and can be easily customised to suit your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin designing your personalised South Africa experience.

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