We have just come back from our amazing trip in south Africa where we finished our 2 weeks with 1 night at Bayethe Lodge in Shamwari. It was excellent and wish we could have stayed longer.
Our ranger for our stay was called Mino who was brilliant. Considering we only did 2 drives, Mino managed to get great sightings of 4 of the big 5. On our 2nd drive we were very keen to see the elephants before we left. Mino drove us far and wide searching for them, which in the process was good fun as we saw many other animals and stopped for a morning tea overlooking the whole reserve as the sun came up. After lots of searching we finally found the elephants just as we were on our way back. What an absolute treat.
One other highlight was when we were with the cheetahs and Mino let us get out of the vehicle and walk up close to them!!
Our room/tent was also spotless and very comfortable.
Make sure you have a big appetite as all the food is so delicious and lots of it! Yum!
Thanks Mino and thank you Bayethe lodge.
- 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