Unfortunately, because of delayed flights, we arrived very late at our superb luxury tent, and also missed a game drive. The tents are fantastic and very well appointed with everything you would expect in a 5star hotel. We arrived in the dark and I have never seen such brilliant stars in the sky. Even showering in the outside shower at 5am before a game drive, one could see the milky way. One could not fault the organisation of the game drives or our guide, Ben. He had amazing knowledge and took us so close to all the animals, driving off piste over rough terrain. We saw all big 5, even a week old baby elephant being gently pushed along by its mother. Lionesses with young ones and the big male lion who put on his best show for us. Cheetah brothers were lying together on one drive and eating a 'kill' on the next. We saw every variety of antelope.
Food, cooked by Marshall was second to none. Whatever you wanted was prepared for you. Sundowner snacks were very appetising, including the small shortbread biscuits which melted in your mouth. I now have a new recipe but I'm sure they wan't taste as good as on a game drive! Breakfasts overlooked the waterhole where elephants came to drink and at night strange night noises and shadowy creatures wandered across while we sat silently listening. Night time dinners were either inside or out with a braai one night where we could choose from soup, then steak or kudo, garnished with a variety of salads. We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 night stay at Bayethe and one day would love to revisit. Thank you to all the staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shamwari Game Reserve - The Pride of the Eastern Cape!Bayethe Lodge offers the ultimate in Luxury Tented Accommodation.Bayethe is a splendid stone walled & thatch roofed Lodge with a large Deck Area overlooking a Waterhole. There is a double volume Lounge & Dining Area which spills out onto the Deck which is adjacent to the outside Boma for traditional fireside Dining under the stars. The 9 Luxury Tents are camouflaged under trees allowing for ample privacy & unsurpassed comforts. Each Tent is Air-Conditioned & heated & has an En-Suite Bathroom, Shower, private Plunge Pool & viewing Deck.The 3 Premier Tents at Bayethe Hills are the ultimate in tented luxury. These Tents offer the additional luxuries of a Fireplace, Satellite TV, Plunge Pool & Hammocks suspended out of the wooden Decks. 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
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