Stayed there for 2 nights after Xmas 2007 with 2 kids 15 and 18. Stayed in one of the teneted lodges - basically a very large (hotel room) timber lodge with firm canvas sides, a lovely balcony and patio overlooking the river and a plunge pool. The accomodation is very good indeed with air con, etc.(with a rustuc in the bush feel to it) Some guests thought it was not up to ntheir usual standard but we felt it the only way to see the Bush. Other accomodation in Shamwari is no doubt more luxurious but beleive me, staying at Bayethe was a great experfience. It also the best situated of all the accomodations as it is in the middle of Shamwarii (that is split by a large farm) so you can access the North and South areas quickly (other areas you have a bit if travelling before you get to the action)
No TV which was great. On an evening just went to sleep to the night sounds of the Bush which was so relaxing.
Food was great at a Lodge in the centre with good variety.
Did 2 safari's at 5.30am and 4.30pm which each lasted about 3-4 hours and were brilliant (it was our first safari) We saw lots of stiff including a cheetah stalking and chasing an impala.We travelled in 6 seater open top trucks
You get your own guide who wakes you up and eats with you. We had a local guy called Headman who was brought up in the Bush. He was very good indeed and really did add value to our experience. Some people think it was hard sitting with the guide, but we learnt so much about the wildlife, and the area and culture in general.
- 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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