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

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South Africa Overview

Why travel to South Africa? 
Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape. 

 When is the best time to view animals in South Africa?
Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing. 

What is the culture of South Africa? 
There are many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. As a result, there are many unique culinary dishes as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture is also a highlight of South Africa’s cape. 

What is the climate in South Africa? 
The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C). 

What can I combine South Africa with?
South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.  

How to get to South Africa?
Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. There are also many regional and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area. 

US – South African Airways fly’s directly to east coast cities including New York and Washington. Delta Airlines is another option to consider flying directly to Johannesburg from Atlanta.  

UK / Europe – There are direct flights to OR Tambo International Airport with South African Airways from London-Heathrow, Frankfurt and Munich. Major European Airlines flying directly into Johannesburg include British Airways, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines.  

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