Shamwari Game Reserve

Welcome to Shamwari Game Reserve , the malaria free, private game reserve situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, has received numerous international awards, including the World’s Leading Conservation Company and best Game Reserve in South Africa for five consecutive years.

Design Holidays are proud to recommend our clients to stay at one of South Africa’s luxury safari lodges with the best rates from Design Holidays

  • Book 2 nights and receive 3 FREE nights at selected accommodations in Cape Town, Winelands or Knysna.


Eagles Crag Lodge at Shamwari

Eagles Crag Lodge is an avante-guard masterpiece of thatch, stone and glass for the most discerning of traveller who is looking for privacy and tranquillity.

Eagles Crag is nestled in a valley and provides the ultimate luxury for the most discerning of travelers. Each of the nine superior rooms have been built to maximize the privacy of the guest in the most tranquil of settings. The en-suite rooms boast a private deck with pool, as well as, indoor and outdoor showers.

Decorated in light and contemporary colours, with wall-to-wall glass doors on two sides, these rooms provide stunning views of the surrounding cliffs. Our luxury spa offers a wide variety of personlized treatments. The upper floor dining room and lounge, library, lounge and cocktail bar, all further complement the guests “African bushveld experience”.

Exclusivity, privacy and serenity

Longlee Manor at Shamwari

Refined elegance from a bygone era with gracious living.

Long Lee Manor, originally built in 1910, offers a distinctive Colonial experience. This splendidly restored Edwardian Manor House offers guests refined comfort, congenial service and enticing cuisine in the African bush. Long Lee Manor accommodates 38 guests in elegant en-suite rooms, all with air-conditioning and heating. Sumptuously prepared meals are enjoyed in the main dining room or around the open blazing fire at the Barn. Between game drives guests can laze around one of the two pools, relax in the beautifully appointed garden lounge, or experience a rejuvenating treatment in our spa. Long Lee Manor is a reminder of an era of gracious living – positioned as the flagship of Shamwari – it overlooks the sweeping plains leading down to the Bushmans River. Our River lapa is a great view point.

Bushmans River Lodge at Shamwari

Beauty of the Bushmans River valley with sweeping views.

Bushmans River Lodge is a beautifully restored victorian homestead.

The home-from-home atmosphere is a welcoming reminder of true South African hospitality. Beautifully decorated in an artistic ethnic theme, this lodge is another representation of the true uniqueness of Shamwari.

Relax under the thatched boma with a cocktail and absorb the sights and sounds of the Bushmans River valley, dine sumptuously inside or take casual meals outside overlooking the densely wooded valley. Bask in front of a glowing fire in the lounge during winter, in summer cool down in the delightful plunge pool and at night, retire to one of the four deluxe en-suite air-conditioned rooms. Bushmans River Lodge is pure unadulterated luxury, surrounded by the African wilderness. Activities from the lodge include morning and evening game drives or walking safaris, accompanied by your personal ranger. Shamwari Game Reserve prides itself on the knowledge and professionalism of their rangers.

An intimate experience.

Lobengula at Shamwari

Traditional African elegance in ethnic thatched surrounds Valley Bushveld tranquility. Lobengula Lodge, is a truly traditional African experience. Tucked deep in the valley bushveld, this thatched ethnically decorated lodge offers guests a tranquil, luxurious and exclusive getaway. The five luxury rooms are en-suite, with air-conditioning and heating, whilst the Chief suite boasts a large private lounge with fireplace and pool. Lobengula Lodge serves lavish meals either on the main deck or in the outside boma. A selection of fine South African wines from its cellar and well-trained staff ensure a high quality of service and satisfaction. After a game drive guests can relax, swim or enjoy a drink at the pool bar. The magnificent wooden deck overlooking the dense African bush is beautifully appointed for meals or mystical African storytelling in front of the fireplace. Guests are also invited to pamper themselves in the spa or workout in the gym. We also have a bush lapa on offer.

Valley Bushveld tranquility.

Riverdene Lodge at Shamwari

The Ultimate family lodge

A truly unique, educational and fun family safari. The colonial-style, Riverdene Lodge with nine inter-leading luxury rooms, rim flow pool, supervised playroom, spacious green lawns and jungle gym facility will ensure entertainment for the whole family.

Upon arrival, the children’s co-ordinator will discuss activity options with the family taking the family’s size, children’s ages and the weather into consideration. Children aged 5 and over are welcome on Game Drive.  There are Child minding facilities available for children under the age of 5. Each child will receive an age-appropriate gift pack.

Children can partake in various social, sporting and arts and cultural activities under the supervision of our children’s co-ordinator. Options could include: African bead making, clay making activities, face painting, star-gazing and African story-telling
All swimming activities must be supervised by parents at all times and accompany children under four years when visiting the Born Free Centre and Shamwari Wildlife Hospital.
Children’s menu available

Bayethe Tented Lodge at Shamwari

Tented luxury and riverine privacy.

“By-ye-ti”, the welcoming salutation you will receive on your arrival at this splendid stone walled and thatch roofed lodge. Absorb the pulse of the African bush from the viewing deck, overlooking river pools where local bucks venture for a twilight drink and crowned eagles glide on the darkening sky. While sitting next to the boma fire, savour the sounds of the wilderness and the distant howl of a jackal to serenade you into relaxation. Bayethe Lodge offers the ultimate in luxury, tented accommodation. Each of the nine tents are nestled along the bed of the river, camouflaged under trees allowing ample privacy and unsurpassed comforts. Each tent is air-conditioned and heated and has an en-suite bathroom, shower, private plunge pool and viewing deck. Early morning and evening game viewing drives in open land rovers as well as guided nature walks and bird watching are all part of this magnificent experience.

“Bayethe Nkosi”- “I salute you great one”


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