Shamwari Game Reserve


Shamwari Game Reserve is an award-winning 25,000 hectare reserve situated in the malaria-free Eastern Cape region. The reserve has five eco-systems supporting many forms of plant, bird and animal life, including the famed Big 5.

The reserve has a dedicated Wildlife Department (including qualified wildlife veterinarians, ecologist and environmentalist) with a breeding centre, a rehabilitation centre, an animal hospital, an education centre and an anti-poaching unit which has received the Global Nature Fund Award for Best Conservation Practice.

Luxury accommodation is offered in 7 different lodges at Shamwari Game Reserve, all of which are 5 Star graded. This is a premier Big 5 safari which is private and exclusive to Shamwari guests only.



Bayethe Lodge

Bayethe is a stone-walled and thatch-roofed lodge with a large deck area overlooking a waterhole. There is a double storey lounge and dining area which leads out onto the deck adjacent to the...


Eagles Crag Lodge

Eagles Crag is located in a valley and provides the ultimate in luxury safari accommodation. The suites are made of glass and stone, and all have expansive views of the surrounding rock faces...


Lobengula Lodge

Lobengula Lodge is a truly classical African experience. Set deep in the valley bushveld, this thatched lodge offers guests a tranquil, luxurious and exclusive getaway. Accommodation consists...


Long Lee Manor

Long Lee Manor was originally built in 1910 and offers a distinctive Colonial experience. This restored Edwardian Manor House offers guests comfort, congenial service and delicious cuisine in the...


Riverdene Lodge

Riverdene Lodge is a colonial-style lodge with nine luxury rooms (7 of which are inter-leading), a rim flow pool, supervised playroom, spacious green lawns and a jungle gym facility, making it a...


Sarili Lodge

Sarili Lodge is an environmentally friendly, private thatched villa with a spacious deck overlooking the Bushman's River with expansive views of the plains in the southern region of the reserve...


Day 1 - 3: Shamwari Game Reserve

Accommodation: Ant’s Hill Lodge

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

Spend time exploring the reserve, safari guides open up this pristine wilderness world.  Safari game drives, nature walks, horse riding and an array of dedicated activities for families are available.

Ant’s Hill is set on the edge of a cliff and is a bush home offering fantastic views across the Waterberg.

Ant’s Hill caters for a maximum of 16 guests. The rooms consist of two honeymoon cottages, one family cottage with a master bedroom and 2 twin rooms, a spectacular two bedroom cottage with vast living and veranda areas, as well as a plunge pool, and a twin/double room situated above the main lodge with a private veranda overlooking the gorge.

Day 4-6: Shamwari Game Reserve

Accommodation: Riverdene Lodge

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

Riverdene Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve is the ideal Eastern Cape location to continue a family friendly, malaria-free safari.  Dedicated big 5, safari activities, swimming pools, zipline, adventure zone, wildlife rescue and education centre are all on offer.

Riverdene Lodge reopened in 2018 with extensive and stylish refurbishments yet retaining its a colonial-style lodge with nine luxury rooms, a rim flow pool, supervised playroom, spacious green lawns and a new adventure playground for kids as well as the 'Kids on Safari' programme, making it a perfect choice for a family safari.

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