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shawani.jpg Shamwari Game Reserve, the malaria free, private game reserve situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, has received numerous international awards, including the World’s Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve for many consecutive years. It is situated in verdant bush along the Bushman’s River, halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown. A natural extension to the famous Garden Route.
Shamwari is about conserving a vanishing way of life and is the realisation of one man’s dream, and the success of many people’s passion.Steeped in Settler history, and dating back to the time when a multitude of game roamed wild and free, the 20 000 hectare reserve boasts five eco-systems, thus enabling the support of many forms of plant, animal and bird life. This is the ultimate African adventure and conservation effort coupled with responsible tourism.
• From Port Elizabeth to Port Elizabeth
• Drive in: 3 days, 2 nights

When you visit Shamwari Game Reserve, we want you to have the 'safari of a lifetime'...rangers dine with you - sharing daily experiences and providing further information.
Something you'll look back on in years to come, long after the video has been lost and the photos have faded.

We want you to experience, learn and enjoy the very best that African wildlife viewing can offer. To achieve this goal To achieve this goal, the staff at Shamwari Game Reserve have brought together the best that the area has to offer. There is great game viewing, of course, but we also provide modern Land Rovers converted into open viewing. Each vehicle has a trained ranger who will increase your enjoyment with his knowledge of both the flora and fauna. The rangers are in 2-way communication with each other at all times, so on any day they know where the game is, and how to find the elusive animals such as the rare Black Rhino.

Drive-in option:

Day 1
Meet your driver and depart Port Elizabeth for Shamwari. Port Elizabeth Airport is only 50 minutes drive from the Game Reserve. Enjoy the afternoon game drive, followed by sundowners and dinner.

Day 2
Game viewing is carried out morning and evening on game drives, when you are driven in your open vehicle (which seats up to 6) over the rolling hills and valleys. If you have a particular species you would like to see, please mention it to your ranger; he will be happy to merge your plans into the group. In the early morning (if you are keen) you will leave before dawn, spending up to 3-4 hours spotting before returning to your lodge for a hearty breakfast. Blankets are supplied for those cold morning starts!

The heat of the day is usually spent in the shade, playing tennis, swimming, reading and, of course, enjoying a delicious lunch. Between 4:00 - 5:00pm, you assemble again for the evening drive. As the animals emerge from their midday cover, you may see elephants browsing, rhino drinking at a waterhole, or perhaps the shy bushbuck motionless in the dense bushveld. At dusk, the Land Rover stops at some panoramic spot for a sundowner (from the icebox ) and snacks.

Then, as the light fades, your ranger will plug in a powerful hand-held light. With its help, you can sweep the veld, seeing first the eyes and then the forms of a variety of nocturnal animals. By 8:00pm you are back at your lodge where a drink in the bar with your ranger, amid cheerful recollections of the day's discoveries is followed either by another great meal expertly prepared by our chefs, or a barbecue next to a roaring fire. Finally, a hot shower and a well-earned sleep. Before repeating it again the next day!

Generally, you may not leave your vehicle when it is in the reserve. Guided walks can be arranged in the company of your armed ranger, in search of rare animals. These hikes can often be the highlight of your African trip, for it is really only then that you gain a perspective of this great continent.

Day 3
Following the morning game drive and breakfast, you will be met and transferred to Port Elizabeth

Shamwari Private Game Reserve Information
Meals Full Board and 2 Game drives daily, Guided Bush Walks
Luxury Wilderness Reserve
Departure Dates
On request
Transport Luxury, air conditioned vehicle.
Price Includes All meals, Accommodation, 2 game drives daily, Walks, Tourism Levy and VAT, Transfers
Price Excludes Private bar, Laundry, Shop purchases, Spa treatments, Telephone calls
Minimum Number
Climate Shamwari Game Reserve is Malaria and Disease Free. The average maximum temperature in January (summer) is about 78 F. The average maximum temperature in July (winter) is about 67 F. The annual rainfall is about 24 inches, and is fairly evenly distributed over the twelve months of the year. Game viewing is excellent throughout the year.
Best time to go Game viewing is excellent throughout the year.
Health Requirements None. Sun block essential for most of the year. Malaria free.
Combines well with Garden Route
Other Ideas Easily added to any of our longer escorted or self-drive tours
Child Policy Children under the age of 12 years are only accepted at Long Lee Manor. Regret no children at Lobengula/ Bushman River Lodge/ Riverdene Lodge/ Bayethe and Eagles Crag. No children under the age of 16 years are allowed at Eagles Crag and Lobengula.
Clothing Summer: lightweight clothing and swim wear, warm clothing for game drives. Comfortable walking shoes, sun hats, sun-glasses, sun screen. Cover yourself from the African sun.
Winter: Warm jackets, long trousers.
Things to remember Camera, binoculars, sunglasses.

Price Indication
Per person sharing Single supplement
Drive-in: (Port Elizabeth to Port Elizabeth) R13 700 R6 750
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Tour Associate Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa
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Tuminah, Malaysia
Thank you for organizing a wonderful tour for us and special thanks to Ince for being such a good guide. Hope to come to Cape again in future.
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