I first visited Shamwari Game Reserve in 2017 and immediately fell in love with the destination. On the drive into the reserve before we had even reached reached reception we spotted two rhino from our car, so of course we had to stop and get out our cameras. We knew at this point we were in for a treat during this stay.
We only had 2 nights at the reserve as we were visiting a number of the properties in the area during this trip, but this was one of our absolute favourites. We stayed in Long Lee Manor and had a beautiful room that looked right out onto a small waterhole that was regularly visited by zebra, giraffe and warthog during our trip. The food was delicious and varied and between breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner we certainly didn't go hungry at any point! I really liked the mix of indoor and outdoor eating venues so every meal felt a bit different, and offered different views.
There are a variety of lodges available on the reserve to appeal to different travellers. There are family focussed lodges, private lodges for groups, small intimate luxury camps and a beautiful traditional style manor.
The games drives we did during our trip were fantastic, there are a range of terrains throughout the reserve and each area offered a new experience. We saw a wide range of animals including lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, zebra, warthog and plenty of birds. We spent ages with one elephant herd as the babies were so playful and really inquisitive about the 'big green truck'. Our guide that we had assigned to us for our stay (Alex) was so incredibly knowledgeable and could answer all of our many questions! She was clearly passionate about conservation, and the work that Shamwari does to protect wildlife both within the reserve, and by rescuing wildlife that is suffering harm around the world.
Within the Shamwari Game Reserve is the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary that rescues abused cats and seeks to create awareness of the horrific way in which wildlife is exploited in captivity around the world. Also on the reserve is the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre on the reserve, which helps to rehabilitate and care for sick, injured, abandoned or orphaned animals under the care of their professional veterinary team. Once these animals have been nursed back to health, they are released back into their natural habitat.
Any of the properties on the reserve can be included in our tailor-made itineraries . Shamwari Game Reserve offers a great start or end to any tour that takes in the beautiful Garden Route of South Africa
You can find out further information about the lodges and experiences on the Shamwari Game Reserve below...