Find the Big 5 at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

The Eastern Cape is blessed with vast tracts of pristine land and is home to a number of superb game reserves. Shamwari is at the pinnacle of these reserves and home to an authentic Big 5 experience with a number of luxury lodges to choose from. Here guests can blend in and be in harmony with nature for a fleeting moment to restore body and soul. And the reserve is malaria-free, making it ideal for families!  

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There are two game drives a day with different moods at sunrise and sunset. Take in the spectacular scenery while your knowledgeable guide points out herds of plains game, birds of prey and even one of the Big 5 – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo. New insights and a greater appreciation of Africa awaits you on this unforgettable safari.  

The team at Shamwari are passionate about conservation and their Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre helps to rehabilitate and care for sick, injured, abandoned or orphaned animals under the care of a professional veterinary team to ensure they can be returned to the wild.  

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In partnership with actress, author and wildlife campaigner, Virginia McKenna’s Born Free FoundationShamwari Private Game Reserve designed the Animal Rescue and Education Centres to incorporate the sanctuary and educational facility. Their goal is to create awareness of wildlife in captivitiy - particularly big cats - around the world.  

There are seven lodges and one explorer camp to choose from at Shamwari and we will give you a taste of the experience that awaits you at just a few of the camps on the reserve: 

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Long Lee Manor   

This lodge boasts Edwardian styled suites and a beautiful rim-flow pool. Long Lee Manor redefines elegance in a natural environment overlooking the magnificent plains and rolling landscapes. Long Lee boasts the area's original Manor House and offers several unique features that will keep you comfortable during your stay. The accommodation is tastefully designed, while the Manor House has been lovingly restored to pay homage to the area’s rich heritage, adding a bit of romance to any stay.  

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When you book at Long Lee Manor you’re treated to a host of world-class facilities such as:  

  • A large rim-flow swimming pool  
  • Relaxation retreat with three treatment rooms  
  • Fitness centre  
  • Gift boutique  
  • Indoor and outdoor dining facilities  
  • WiFi  
  • Manicured gardens  
  • Boma overlooking the water hole  

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Sarili Private Lodge  

This is an oasis of exclusive luxury overlooking the Bushman’s River. This five-bedroomed lodge is perfect for a large family or group of friends to relax together and spend time out searching for Africa’s Big 5.  The modern interiors coupled with exclusive amenities, mean you’re never too far from superior comfort in the heart of the Eastern Cape.  

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When you book your exclusive stay at Sarili Private Lodge every aspect will be tailored to your group’s needs, from meals to game drives and guided walks. Your exclusive, tailor-made stay will include: 

  • Personal staff including House Manager and Private Chef and Ranger  
  • All meals  
  • Selected beverages  
  • Personalised game drives with your dedicated ranger  
  • Guided bush walks  
  • Visits to Born Free and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre  
  • In-room spa treatments upon request  
  • Deck overlooking the Bushman’s River  
  • Swimming pool with shallow area for children  
  • Lounge with fireplace  
  • Indoor and outdoor dining  
  • Wi-Fi  

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Contact Thompsons for more information on this exciting safari destination in the beautiful and unspoiled Eastern Cape. There are many bush breaks packages to choose from or simply make up your own. 

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