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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An amazing place, well worth 5 stars and I will not repeat all the great reviews. Just a few tips. Bayethe Lodge if you can book it is spectacular. Has way more character than the other options, based on what we saw. July weather meant the pool was unused, but the open fires and hot chocolate when you came back... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Arrived after a beautiful drive through amazing countryside and were met with homemade lemonade and an offer of delicious tapas before starting our first drive. Beautiful accommodation in a perfect setting. Staff were lovely from start to finish. Our ranger was full of knowledge, expertly answering all our questions. He went above and beyond to try and find nature at... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived from Port Elizabeth cruise port using Shamwari transfers. We stayed at Eagles Crag for 2 nights, 4 game drives. It was very secluded, the guides were excellent, the meals as well. We had such a good time, we will be back in the future. It was a bit of a drive to start the game drive as the... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in the Bayethe Tented Lodge for 4 nights in June 2016. Rooms were modern and clean and very well equipped for pretty much a tent. Fire, heated blankets, rechargeable hot water bottles it had it all to help you stay cosy during the winter months. The free standing bath was lovely and the Bed was very large and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What to say? Where to start? What an experience! We cant speak highly enough of all at Shamwari- one felt pampered, cared for and part of the family from the moment we arrived. The whole experience exceeded all our expectations and the staff were all so friendly, helpful and welcoming. Accessibility was great and nothing was too much trouble, further,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family trip from beginning to finish was incredible. The entire staff are lovely people who go out of their way to welcome you and the attention to detail is phenomenal. The food is delicious and I had an incredible massage by Zintle (sp?) The rooms are absolutely gorgeous and while the resort plays a huge role in the experience,... More 

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter and her friend and I recently (Jun 13-15) stayed at Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eagles Crag Lodge. I was torn on whether or not to spend the extra money on Eagles Crag vs. a less expensive option, and I am so happy that we decided on Eagles Crag... my rationale was that, as long as we're spending... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I can't say enough good things about our trip to Shamwari and our ranger, Mino. We stayed at Eagle's Crag for two days and had a great time. The room was nice, the food was delicious, and the game drives were amazing. Mino is a great ranger - one day, we followed fresh lion tracks all the way up a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Superlatives abound. Other than wishing it to be longer, there is nothing I would change about my stay at Sarili Lodge. From start to finish the service provided by Lisa, Michael, and the Sarili team was very warm and personal. My room was large and luxurious; the meals delicious and plentiful. The guides (Armand and Dylan) were great fun, very... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

We had a wonderful stay at Sarili lodge. The staff is fantastic, and ensures relaxation , delicious food and exciting game drives. The lodge had a fantastis location, and we could hear the hippos in the river nearby, and the lions out on the plain. This should be on everyones bucketlist.

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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 

Additional Information about Shamwari Game Reserve Lodges

Address: N2 between Port Elizabeth & Grahamstown, Shamwari Game Reserve 6000, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Shamwari Game Reserve
Price Range: $601 - $1,011 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Shamwari Game Reserve Lodges 5*
Number of rooms: 56
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