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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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How to Become a Game Ranger or Field Guide

Often referred to as guardians of nature, game rangers and field guides spend their days in the African bushveld working in close proximity with wildlife. Although they may..

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Work in the Wild – Nature Conservation Jobs

“Bringing nature into the classroom can kindle a fascination and passion for the diversity of life on earth and can motivate a sense of responsibility to safeguard it.” –..

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What to Pack for Your Safari Game Drive

South Africa is known for its beautiful landscapes, abundant wildlife and diverse bird species. Experience the beauty Africa has to offer first-hand on your next game drive. If..

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