Shamwari far exceeded our expectations. We stayed at Bayethe for 3 nights in a luxury tent, yes it is made of canvas, but resembles a 5* hotel room inside, air con, minibar and lots of comfort. The nice warm welcome on arrival continued throughout our stay, everyone was friendly and helpful, nothing was a problem.
Our ranger was Jacques, whose incredible knowledge of wildlife, the reserve and fantastic sense of humour was second to none (he also makes an excellent G&T!). Having to get up at 0500 to go on the morning game drive wasn’t a problem to us as Jacques always made sure we saw as much of the wildlife as possible and we knew the drive ahead was going to be worth all the effort.
We never expected to see such a variety of animals and up so close; sitting in an open jeep surrounded by elephants, watching families of lions strolling past, a pair of leopards mating, to name but a few was indeed an incredible sight, a fantastic experience, a memory that will stay with us forever.
The food was excellent at Bayethe; after the morning game drive we loved the way
we sat at breakfast joined by Jacques and our “drive” group enabling us all to discuss what we had seen that morning and plan what we’d like to see on the next drive.
We both made use of the spa, after bouncing around in a jeep through the bush for 3 or 4 hours, a back massage is very welcoming and the facility is great.
The whole team at Bayethe made our trip a fabulous experience, but Jacques he made it truly memorable, thank you Jacques.
We would thoroughly recommend a visit to Shamwari for a lifetime experience.
Dave & Angee - Scotland
- 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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