- Summary:Luxury safari in a malaria-free environment
- Feature:Ultimate family safari destination near to the Garden Route
- Rooms:5 Lodges, including Eagles Crag, Sarili and Riverdene
- Location:Port Elizabeth ,
Eastern Cape ,
- Nearest airport:Port Elizabeth Airport
Location and transfer
Approximately 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport by private car transfer.
Shamwari Game Reserve is located in a malaria-free area and welcomes children of all ages at its Riverdene Lodge, where activities might include social events, sports, arts and cultural activities, supervised by the lodge's Children's Coordinator who, upon guests' arrival, will discuss activity options, taking into consideration the size of the family, the children's ages and also the weather. Children are also welcome to participate in Shamwari's 'Kids on Safari' programme. Children's menus are also available. Sarili Lodge is an alternative option for families, but it does not have a dedicated Children's Coordinator.
Health & Fitness
Guests at Eagles Crag Lodge enjoy the facilities of the Relaxation Retreat, which comprises a hydro bath, steam room and a sauna.
When To Go
Because game-viewing is not affected by weather, seasons or the time of the year, Shamwari Game Reserve is a great option, year-round. In general, the Cape enjoys a climate very much like that of the south of France. Summer occurs from October to April and is warm with rain showers; late summer is often cooler and dryer and perhaps more pleasant. Winter (May to September) is cooler and traditionally wetter.
Animal Rehabilitation Centre/ Animal Hospital
One of the best in southern Africa, the Animal Rehabilitation Centre provides vetinary care for young, abandoned, orphaned or injured animals. Visiting guests are met by a member of the care team and are escorted around the facilities, with possible opportunities to meet any patients in care. The rehabilitation centre operates on donations, so any contributions will be gratefully welcomed.
Dr Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre
Created in conjunction with the Wilderness Foundation to highlight the devastating effect of rhino poaching, the awareness centre offers guests an opportunity to learn more about the rhino, its plight and anti-poaching activities currently underway at the lodge.
Born Free Foundation, Animal Rescue & Education Centre
A unique partnership with actress and conservationist, Virginia McKenna, the Born Free Foundation, Shamwari Born Free Foundation, Animal Rescue & Education Centre incorporates a museum and educational facility with the goal of bringing awareness to the horrific way wildlife is exploited in captivity around the world.
Game-viewing is carried out in the morning and evening on game-drives, when you are driven in your open 4x4 vehicle (which seats up to six guests) over the rolling hills and valleys. If you have a particular species you would like to see, please mention it to your Ranger, who will be happy to merge your preferences into the group. The Rangers are in two-way communication with each other at all times, so on any day they know where the game is and how to find the elusive animals, such as the rare Black Rhino. Early-morning drives leave before dawn, spending up to three to four hours spotting before returning to the lodge for a hearty breakfast. Blankets are supplied for cold morning starts. Evening drives to spot nocturnal animals are completed by 8pm.
The Explorer Camp is dedicated to getting your body and soul back into the African bush, cooking over the open fire and sleeping under the stars in specially located dome tents and facilities - a true adventure. Walking distances can vary, but can last up to four hours on foot (not suitable for children under 16 years old). Due to its rustic nature, accommodation at the Explorer Camp is not quite the same as if you were staying in one of the lodges. Please ask our Travel Consultants for more details.
Weddings & Honeymoons
Shamwari Game Reserve presents a fabulous wedding venue in the heart of South Africa's premier safari destination.