Went to eagles cragg on safari. Accommodation was amazing with each room having its own private deck with a plunge pool.
Service was 5 star and the quality of the food everyday was just amazing. The only downside- is that you eat breakfast and dinner with ur fellow safari guests and ur ranger (6 max at each table)- but that is really typical of any safari lodge.
Also, this place only does one activity- safari there is absolutely nothing else do here. Your day starts with a wake up call at 5am and ur to meet by 5.30am for coffee/tea and fruit kebabs before ur safari begins at 6am. You then come back for breakfast at 9am and then return to bed and waken for u lunch at 2pm.
The 2nd safari drive starts at 4pm-7/8pm and then dinner is between 8.30/9pm.
The safaris are out of this world- i have been on several others around africa and nowhere else have i come so close to the animals. We saw lions everyday- along with black/white rhino, elephants, and the usual smaller game. Our highlight however was the ability to track cheetah- ended up seeing 3 and a leopard. No where else have I been able to see such rare sightings and been so close to them.
Would recommend this lodge and game reserve to anyone- especially as u dont need to take malaria tablets!! I would only recommend the max of 3nights here as we stayed a bit longer and got a bit bored. Also, make sure u realise that the eastern cape has a wet season in their summer- we didnt and got soaked on the safaris!!!
We also stopped at longley manor- but for me it was very colonial and very old fashioned.
- 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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