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Shamwari Game Reserve Lodges
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“Fantastic Shamwari”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

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

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

Highly recommend this safari if you want something authentic but still luxurious. Only 1 hr out of port Elizabeth.

Stayed at the Long Lee Edwardian manor, we had a honeymoon suite, it was very spacious and romantic! Mini bar was fully stocked and complimentary.

We saw everything! Our tour guide, the Indian ranger Mino, he went above and beyond to show us a memorable time. He catered to what the group wanted. We had a picnic out and he delivered what I asked for the morning I was departing, which was lions on a kill!!

Memorable experience to say the least. It was a wonderful 3days and 2nights for us. Above all I was able to have wifi access through out the whole manor, yes with warthogs running around a d giraffes coming right close to our estate.

Highly recommend this experience!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Our group was made out of 11 people - all family and family friends. We stayed at Long Lee and loved our entire stay. Accommodations, food and service was great! We were initially thrilled to see all the warthogs on the lawn going about their eating, but always had to watch out for poop or for where they were if we wanted to get back to our room.

Of course, the best part of the trip was our game drives. Even getting stuck out in the middle of a storm during an afternoon game drive was thrilling! Our rangers, Jessica and Abel, were fantastic.

It was also a pleasant surprise when the rangers brought out the drinks and snacks in the middle of our afternoon game drive. The attention to detail is great - from the blankets, ponchos and fleece warmers in the jeep to the juice, hot chocolate, brandy upon arriving back at the lodge after a drive.

We hope we get to go back soon!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

We recently stayed at the Long Lee Manor at Shamwari Game Reserve and absolutely loved it. We have never left a review on Trip Advisor but logged on especially to share our views on this amazing place.

The Long Lee Manor is a lovely old house in the middle of the reserve, you have to drive 7k up a bumpy drive to get on to the reserve and then a short drive inside the reserve to get to the manor. Once there everything is done for you. The accommodation is lovely, we were in the main house with views out over the reserve. The room was amazing with a huge bed and an old style bath tub plus a walk in shower. All of the food was delicious and the service was excellent.

The highlight was of course the game drives we went out in the afternoon and early morning and the ranger, Abul, made the trip for us. He was so dedicated to making sure we got as much as possible out of our trip. He was good fun and very knowledgeable about the animals, the reserve and the history. We were really lucky and managed to see lions, cheetah, elephants, giraffe and rhino all very close up. Nothing was rushed and we all loved every minute.

We were not sure whether safari was for us so this 2 night trip, as part of our honeymoon in South Africa, was a taster - we now cant wait to go back.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

After 2 weeks in South Africa, this was our last stop and it just made our vacation. Shamwari was incredible. The service is seamless, the accomodation is luxurious (we stayed in the bayethe tents), the tents have all the mod-cons you expect from a 5 star and more. We love the fire place, the free standing bath, and the linen was just pure luxury. The outside shower was also fun. We loved our private jazucci but unfortunately couldn't use it as it wasn't heated and in April it was a little cold - that's our only niggle.
Food is great quality and it doesn't stop - everything we had was tasty and they kept spoiling us with sunset drinks a nibbles, a great bbq, 3 course lunches and afternoon tea. You will not go hungry here.
Our ranger, Headman, was just fantastic - unbelievably knowledgeable and just had an incredible passion for wildlife. Similar to the other guides and to all the other staff at Shamwari, Headman went out of his way to accomodate our requests and make sure we saw as many animals as we could.
We loved everything about Shamwari and cannot recommend this reverse highly enough.
My review isn't going to add much - as I concur with all the great comments already written.
It's absolutely worth every penny. It's not pretentious in anyway and everything was so relaxed we loved it. Shamwari is one of the best places I have ever stayed in.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Independence, Kentucky
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

I had a slightly different experience at Shamwari - I was volunteering instead of staying at a lodge. I still wanted to write a review, though, because this was truly a once in a lifetime experience. Numerous people said they saw more elephants at Shamwari than they did at Addo (the nearby famed elephant reserve). I saw the big 5 within a few days.

As someone who is highly aware of wildlife and the environment, Shamwari was the best place for me. I was thrilled to see the wildlife, but I especially glad that I was seeing them in their natural habitats, not in cages for display. In addition, Shamwari thinks through every step of sustainability to help the environment. For example, collecting rainwater for water the plants.

As a volunteer I was able to learn about things some guests may not notice, but it was all the more reason why I would recommend Shamwari about some other reserves. Shamwari is their home and their passion. Staying their is truly like coming home and sharing their passion.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Devizes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We have just returned from spending 5 nights at Bayethe Lodge on the Shamwari Game Reserve. It is very difficult to fault anything with our stay as the accommodation, hospitality, food, etc. is excellent. The tents are luxuriously appointed with all the creature comforts we could have hoped for staying in the African bush. Our Ranger was Mino, who is a great host who was always attentive but never intrusive. He looked after us extremely well & he is thoroughly recommended. If you are lucky enough to be paired with him ask about his picnics & tandoori chicken - you will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Shamwari Game Reserve Lodges
Address: N2 between Port Elizabeth & Grahamstown, Shamwari Game Reserve 6000, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Shamwari Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Shamwari Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Shamwari Game Reserve Lodges 5*
Number of rooms: 56
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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