Imagine arriving at your luxury air conditioned tent under a cloudless sky, pushing open the French doors, then walking past your chilled plunge pool on your private deck and finally gazing across a deep revine which contains at least a dozen shades of green while the score of "Out of Africa" plays somewhere from inside your tent (or head) whilst you hold a glass of champagne. That is how my story began and it only got better. This was my first time on a safari, so I was easily impressed with the game drives, but it certainly was not my first time in a 5 star hotel. The Bayethe lodge did not disappoint as a hotel and managed to tick all the boxes on service, cleanliness, attention to detail and cuisine. On the safari side, my guide, Headman, was remarkable and very capable in delivering all of the big 5 except the elusive leopard. However, the ultimate moment for me was when I went on a nature walk with Headman and another guide, Mino, which became an incredible adventure in tracking a hippo! and successfully at that, something which had not been accomplished in at least 3 months by a guest and guide on foot. This "walk" was by no means for the faint of heart but it is available by request and all precautions and care is taken. In the end, I could only hug everyone and thank them for exceeding my expectations on all levels and for simply making my dreams of Africa come true.
- 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