Shamwari Lodges

Location: Eastern Cape | South Africa

Price guide: £££££ £350-£500 per person per night

Voted as the World’s Leading Safari and Game Reserve and Conservation Company for several consecutive years, Shamwari is truly the crown jewel of private game reserves. Situated amidst 25,000 hectares of untouched African wilderness, track the reserve’s Big Five by day on a game drive or on foot, before returning to your stylish lodge or tented suite for an evening of good food and wine in a spectacular setting.
Perfect forFamilies, as children can get close to nature on the ‘Kids on Safari programme’, couples who want to tick off the Big Five, and honeymooners looking for a secluded getaway on their African safari.
In the knowWith a bird-spotting telescope in each room at Eagles Crag, this is a perfect lodge for bird lovers and amateur twitchers - treated to an array of sightings, keep an eye out for booted eagles, secretary birds and hamerkops and keep your ears open for the iconic sound of the African fish eagle.

Recommended for...

  • Family-friendly
  • Guiding
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Beach

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

These lodges are located in the beautiful (and malaria-free) Shamwari Game Reserve, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. 

Rooms at Shamwari

There are seven different lodges in Shamwari Game Reserve, all of which are 5-star graded, as well as a luxury tented camp, all offering distinct experiences.

For utter exclusivity and privacy, we recommend Eagles Crag as, with only a handful of suites, it is perfect for the most discerning of travellers. Tucked away deep in the valleys between the imposing mountain cliffs, the suites have been fashioned out of glass and stone, offering expansive views over the wildlife-rich bush. The rooms have thatched roofs and four-poster king-sized beds, and lead out to private decks with a plunge pool.

Food & Drink

Indulge in fine cuisine prepared by expert chefs either at the main lodge or around a traditional boma, tasting many South African dishes under the clear skies at night. There's also a cocktail and cigar bar - perfect for a drink or two after an exhilarating day. 


In between meals and game drives, you can relax in the lounge with a blazing fire or read up on the reserve’s history in the cosy library. Cool off in the pool or spend some quality time poolside, and unwind in the African-inspired spa.

Activities at Shamwari

Enjoy memorable morning and evening game drives with your experienced tracker and guide, where you will be able to spot the huge quantity of wildlife, including lions, elephants, white rhinos and cheetahs. Get up close to these wild animals in one of the Born Free sanctuaries and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, which offer a rare opportunity to see the current patients. 

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Hotel location

The Shamwari lodges can be reached in a drive of approximately 1 to 1.5 hours from Port Elizabeth airport.

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