Let me preface my review by saying that I was on a garden tour of the Western Cape, and we ended our tour by staying two nights at Shamwari, November 15-17. I wasn't particularly interested in the animals, so I can't address how well this resort addresses that interest. That said, this was a fun place to stay. Rooms were beautiful (although bathroom was moldy), with panoramic views of the veldt. There was a watering hole perhaps 200 yards from our window, around which we'd see wandering animals---elephants, wildebeests, etc. Service was excellent. Guides were patient and knowledgeable. The only thing I did not like at all was fact guides ate with us at many meals. Our guide, Dumi, was hilarious, and great company, but he'd been up since 5am, ate dinner with us at 10 pm, and then he'd be up again at 5 am. This togetherness seemed forced. There was a couple there by themselves, and they'd be in a Landrover with a guide, and then would eat their meals with that guide, just the three of them. They looked uncomfortable, and conversation forced. If I hadn't been part of a group, this constant being with a guide would have wrecked the trip for me. It's like assigned seating at a wedding reception. This was the only reserve of the three we stayed in that had this policy. That said, we saw many animals, in great situations. We were charged by a rhino, threatened by a giraffe. You drive down a dusty road, and there are 4 lions relaxing. Food was ok. They need to clean the bird droppings off the chairs where outdoor breakfast is served.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A mere 75 km from Port Elizabeth towards Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Shamwari is the crown jewel of private game reserves situated in the malaria free Eastern Cape, the birth place of Nelson Mandela. This privately owned 25 000 hectares of prime natural terrain has received numerous international awards. Shamwari is an exploration of nature with close encounters of free roaming wildlife and the coveted big five with a choice of unique lodges, an exclusive private villa and the adventurous Explorer Camp. Luxury accommodation is offered in 7 different game lodges on Shamwari Game Reserve, all of which are 5 Star graded. Choose a game lodge that perfectly compliments your ideal African experience. EAGLES CRAG LODGE - Exclusivity, privacy and serenity for the most discerning of travelersBAYETHE TENTED LODGE - The ultimate in luxury tented accommodationSARILI LODGE - A colonial and bush experience. Perfect for families or small partiesLONG LEE MANOR - Refined elegance from a bygone era. RIVERDENE FAMILY LODGE - Colonial Africa in an elegantly restored CHILD FRIENDLY frontier home. VILLA LOBENGULA - Villa Lobengula is a beautiful and tranquil space tucked away in the depths of the valley bushveld. Booked on an exclusive use basis only. EXPLORER CAMP - Camping & walking experience among the Big 5 on the magnificent Shamwari Game Reserve ON SAFARI - Game drives can last up to 3 hours each and are conducted twice a day in open vehicles / Guided walks / Star gazing RELAX - Various treatments can be enjoyed at our Relaxation Retreats which are situated at Eagles Crag, Lobengula Lodge, Bayethe Lodge and Long Lee Manor ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shamwari Game Reserve Hotel Shamwari Game Reserve