Stayed here for 3 nights at the end of a 2 week visit to S Africa. 5 choices of luxury accommodation at this fab reserve. We went for the tented accommodation - Bayethe - certainly never stayed in such an opulent "tent" before - complete privacy and your own plunge pool on the decking.
Not cheap to stay here but an experience I would definitely repeat. 2 game drives a day - 5.30am and 4pm. Don't be tempted to lie-in, you never know what you might miss !!
Great game viewings, excellent personal ranger (Chris) and comfy vehicle to spend your 4 hours in. All food (great quality) and drinks inclusive, including the fantastic sundowners that you get whilst out on your early evening drive.
Probably only mistake we made was to end our hols here, rather than starting with this experience - time over the two weeks to catch up on the early morning starts would have been a bonus!
- 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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