We arrived at the reserve after visiting Cape Town for 3 days sight seeing and we could not wait to get out there! We arrived at lunch time so we checked in which took seconds as we were expected, we were shown to our room and asked if we wanted to go out with our ranger on the afternoon we should dress for safari and head up for a spot of lunch. 3 course meal was offered which did was very nice indeed, we ate and hit the road with Frans our ranger for the stay. We were in the jeep for less than an hour and we came across 5 lions looking skinny and in need of a good Sunday roast Frans told us that we should follow as they were looking for a feed! Within the hour we had witnessed a kill poor little wart hog, 5 lions just over a couple of metres away which was amazing but not if that makes sense. We found ourselves 200 metres down the road on a toilet break, nuts, crisps, red wine, vodka and whisky is a cool box Superb! In the whole stay of 3 days and nights we saw Lions on a kill, Cheetahs on a kill, Jackal on a kill, and even a small cat like jackal eating a rat, Hippo's, Monkeys, Impala, Giraffe, Elephants, Wart hogs, White Rhino, Monkeys and many birds, foot prints and other amazing animals that you only see on Animal Planet!
The day started early as you had to been in your jeep by 7.30am for 1st stint we were back for noon and down for lunch at 1pm ish for 3 course lunch, then back in the jeep for 2.30 - 3pm for the 2nd safari which can last until as late as 7pm if you manage to bump into something that you have not seen on the way back to the lodge! Arriving back to the lodge the staff are there to welcome with a warm wipe and a nice hot chocolate which was well in need as the temp this time of year was cold you will need jeans, sock's, 3 layers + coat and gloves and scarves its fresh! Back at the lodge you had time for a shower and a quick drink and it was time for dinner another 3 courses and a nice glug of wine which was reasonably priced and an early night as the alarm is set for 6.30am! Thanks to all the staff at Eagles crag and Frans the sharmazin ranger who made the whole experience even more memorable!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shamwari Game Reserve - The Pride of the Eastern Cape!Eagles Crag is nestled in a Valley & provides the ultimate Luxury for the most discerning of Travellers. Each of the nine Superior Rooms has been built to maximize the privacy of the Guest in the most tranquil of settings. The En-Suite Suites boast a Private Deck with Pool, as well as, Indoor & Outdoor Showers. Decorated in light & contemporary colours, with wall-to-wall Glass Doors on two sides, these Suites provide stunning views of the surrounding cliffs. There are various dining venue options to enjoy the exquisite cuisine served at Eagles Crag. There is the upper floor Dining Room, the expansive balconies with stunning views of the cliff, the lower deck & the outdoor Boma under the stars around the fire. Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, is the pinnacle of private game reserves and home to the coveted Big 5. Stretching 25,000 hectares over a malaria free landscape, it offers an award-winning nature experience and is one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa. ... more less