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.
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.
During the past 25 years, the land was consolidated and rehabilitated in an attempt to restore it to its former glory.
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.
Memories the little ones will treasure for a lifetimeStart them young with our special Kids on Safari Programme, which aims to entertain and educate kids about the importance of nature conservation.
Ornithologists and bird watchers alike are treated to an array of birdlifeThe malaria-free area of the Eastern Cape is home to a host of beautiful birds, from tiny feathered friends to majestic birds of prey.
The pride of Shamwari – offering unsurpassed game drives in Big Five territoryGuided by our trained rangers, you can experience wildlife interactions unlike any other during our morning and afternoon game drives plus experience fauna and flora indigenous to the Eastern Cape Region on a professionally guided bush walk.
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Karien – Shamwari Game Ranger Q&A
Ranger Karien guides out of Riverdene Family Lodge. She is friendly, has a warm smile and fun personality. Karien absolutely loves teaching children about nature and the animals..READ MORE
The Magnificent Flightless Dung Beetle
There are over 800 species of dung beetle in Southern Africa. Unbeknown to many, there is a rare sub-species of dung beetle endemic to a few areas in Southern Africa. This special..READ MORE
Westley – Shamwari Game Ranger Q&A
Westley has been with the Shamwari rangers’ team for about 7 years. He’s a passionate about showing guests all the wonders of Shamwari, especially the smaller, often..READ MORE