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Shamwari Private Game Reserve is a premier safari and holiday destination in South Africa’s ecologically and culturally significant Eastern Cape Province.

Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, is the pinnacle of private game reserves and home to the coveted Big 5. It’s a place where guests can exist in harmony with nature, however fleeting the moment, where wildlife roam the landscape under the relentless African sun.

Shamwari has 7 lodges and 1 explorer camp; each providing distinct experiences. From exclusive tranquillity, effortless family enjoyment or the back-to-nature appeal of a luxury tented camp.

Luxury Inspired by Nature

A stay at Shamwari Private Game Reserve is one that will remain with you forever. Due to its location in the heart of the Eastern Cape, the reserve offers abundant wildlife, fauna and flora exclusive to the area and unforgettable encounters with nature.

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Conservation Philosophy

Conservation Philosophy

Staying at Shamwari means you are participating in and experiencing an immensely successful conservation project, which returned the land to the rich biodiversity for which the region was once renowned.

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to empower, engage and educate yourself with our conservation efforts in conserving a vanishing way of life by visiting one of our awareness centres.

wildlife rehab centre

The wildlife centre assists in the rescue, rehabilitation and care of sick, injured abandoned or orphaned wildlife under the care of a team of veterinary specialists.

Born free big cat sanctuaries

In collaboration with the internationally-acclaimed Born Free Foundation, the Big Cat Sanctuaries are dedicated to the plight of wild cats.

Conservation Story

During the past 25 years, the land was consolidated and rehabilitated in an attempt to restore it to its former glory.

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Our Experiences

Enhance your stay by partaking in the range of experiences offered at our reserve, underpinned by our philosophy of respect to nature and each other.

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Up Close and Personal Encounters with Nature

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Shamwari Blog

What happens at Shamwari is worth sharing, from ranger interviews to wildlife rescue stories. We are a passionate group of individuals who love what we do, and do it for the love of nature. Welcome to the Shamwari Community.

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Shamwari’s Family Holiday Packages Allow You to Return to the Wild in Luxury

Your family can now experience the unspoiled wilderness of South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province at Shamwari Private Game Reserve. Shamwari’s Family Holiday Package is sure to..

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The Way of Life and Cultural Experience of the San, Ju/’hoansi and Khoisan

In remote areas of Africa and Southern Africa, a small population of the indigenous people of the Ju/’hoansi, San and Khoisan cultures remain. They live minimalistic lives,..

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The Heart-warming Lions of Lyon arrival at Shamwari

It was the perfect morning at the Born Free Big Cat Rescue and Education Centre in the North of the reserve. The sun was out and there was a feeling of excitement in the air with..

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