Shamwari Game Reserve – A Luxury Wildlife Adventure

South Africa's Shamwari Game Reserve is a renowned big 5 destination covering some 20 000 hectares of gorgeous wild landscape in the Eastern Cape. A malaria free private game reserve, Shamwari draws many eager tourists to its exquisite lodges. A well-recognized tourist destination, Shamwari Game Reserve has been presented with several international awards.

Shamwari Game Reserve offers a complete, unforgettable game reserve experience. Beautifully situated along the Bushmans River, the reserve is only a 45 minute drive from the city of Port Elizabeth. Shamwari is dedicated to the conservation of South Africa’s natural heritage. Not only is the region rich in natural wonders and wildlife, but it also has great historical value dating back to the time of the settlers. Encompassed within Shamwari Game Reserve’s enormous bounds are five eco-systems creating a major diversity of plant life and wildlife. There is no doubt that this is a truly African experience, a magnificent blend of tourism and conservation.

Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa opens up a world of adventure to visitors. The opportunities for game viewing are endless. Visitors may want to book a safari tour with Shamwari aboard their open-top Land Rovers. Well trained game rangers provide tourists with additional information on the surrounding natural wonders of Shamwari. Good lines of communication between rangers means you will are certain to spot the more elusive animals. Game viewing trips are typically held during the mornings and evenings. The crisp morning air is fantastic for spotting animals of all sizes. During the day, when the animals are mostly in hiding, patrons can enjoy a number of other activities offered by Shamwari Game Reserve. Relax in the shade, take a dip in the pool or play a game of tennis. As evening arrives, the animals emerge from hiding and that is when you can head off for further game viewing. Night drives are popular. The ranger makes use of a strong light to spot several nocturnal creatures. Shamwari is a big 5 reserve, so you stand a chance of seeing elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards and buffalo in addition to cheetah, various antelope species, raptors and much more. Guided walks through the game park are available and provide a unique perspective of the African landscape.

An attraction within Shamwari Game Reserve is the Born Free Foundation. This great foundation works along with Shamwari to encourage conservation of South Africa’s animal life as well as the protection of vital habitats. Why not pay a visit to the Born Free Foundation Animal Rescue and Education Centre which also features a museum.

In addition to Shamwari Game Reserve’s fantastic game viewing and activities, the reserve boasts impressive luxury lodges. Eagles Crag Lodge is stunningly designed, combining stone, thatch and glass. Long Lee Manor dates back to 1910, giving tourists a truly colonial ambiance to their African adventure. Bushmans River Lodge in the valley is a lovely Victorian homestead which has been carefully restored. Lovengula with its ethnic thatching, gives an authentic African feel in the bushveld. Riverdene also offers a fantastic colonial African experience with all the comforts. Bayethe Tented Lodge is known for its private atmosphere and exquisite luxury. Each of Shamwari’s amazing lodges offer only the best in luxury, comfort, dining and service. Visitors to South Africa’s Shamwari Game Reserve will experience an African dream come true.

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