My husband and I stayed at Eagles Crag Lodge from 11 – 14th May, and it was the most unbelievable experience. Every aspect of the lodge from the rooms, to the service to the food is completely second to none and I would recommend this to anyone who wants a little luxury.
Safari – We were lucky to be paired with Graham, one of the top rangers in the park. He can read animals like no one else, and managed to get us up close and personal with most of them (bar the Buffalo, but not for the want of trying!). He even sought out 2 live Cheetah kills on 2 separate journeys home! He also provided hot water bottles, blankets, ponchos, hot drinks and snacks on a morning and alcoholic beverages and food on an afternoon. Really everything you need is provided for you. He also only carried up to 6 people in his 4 x 4 at any one time so you were never cramped or fighting for viewing space.
Food – So much of it, and all Michelin star quality. You have breakfast, continental and then there is a hot menu to order from, snacks on the safari, back for 3 course lunch, afternoon tea, snacks on the safari then a 4 course meal or BBQ. The choice of food is also great, with a huge selection of game meats to try (as well as normal stuff for us fussy eaters). There is a selection of wines for you to taste each evening and your room mini bar (which is included in the price) has an ample selection of wines, beers and spirits, which is topped up daily without fail.
Rooms – Massive, with a 4 poster bed (we were in No 4, Black Eagle), double sink, indoor and outdoor shower, free standing bath, a private plunge pool on the balcony and all of the little extras that you would expect from such a place. No need to worry about toiletries etc, they are all provided. They even have a plug converter for the UK and mosquito repellent.
We booked our stay at Eagle’s Crag directly through a small SA company at eastcapetours.com. They also go under the name of fifth avenue 4 x 4 adventures and NMB tours. I was a bit dubious at first dealing with a non-UK company, but I shouldn’t have been. Colin Dilland (firstname.lastname@example.org) and his wife were superb, and managed to book everything for us, including all of our stays and transfers in Cape Town for an unbelievable price. I doubt you will find anything as good in the UK, I tried, a lot, and failed.
My only regret is that I didn’t stay a day longer as I would have met John Travolta! Still it is a celebrity haunt so you never know who you will bump in to!
- 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