South Africa – wild and beautiful – one of the most perfect safari honeymoon destinations imaginable. Experience a safari honeymoon unlike any other with Shamwari, located in the breath-taking and scenic Eastern Cape.

An African Safari Honeymoon Is The Perfect Romantic Escape

Your wedding and subsequent honeymoon are some of the biggest and most important romantic events in your life. You deserve nothing but the very best experiences during these life-changing moments.

You have many options to choose from when deciding on the perfect honeymoon destination. The white, sandy beaches of a tropical island are a popular – if obvious – choice. Why not mix things up and treat yourself and your beloved to an African safari honeymoon?

The Eastern Cape promises you the best of both worlds: a unique South African safari honeymoon experience at Shamwari Private Game Reserve, all the while staying close enough to the coast to indulge in a beach day.

The city of Cape Town – known for its awe-inspiring natural landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point, as well as its stunning beaches – is a mere flight away from Shamwari via Port Elizabeth’s airport. Explore the surrounding wine country by sampling some of the fine wines on offer by internationally acclaimed local vineyards. Enjoy all this and more against the breath-taking scenery.

Learn about the diverse cultures of friendly South Africans in the region. Try new experiences, meet wonderful people and explore all there is to offer.  If you’d like to take the scenic route, travel along the Garden Route. The 300km long stretch of south-western coast is as expansive as it is beautiful. There is a plethora of attractions along the way and you could choose to just spend a few days exploring.

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Choose to end your honeymoon journey off with a few nights’ stay at Shamwari Private Game Reserve, where you’ll be made to feel as special as you did on your wedding day. Start every day off by admiring a magnificent sunrise and end it with drinks, gazing at a picturesque African sunset with your beloved by your side.

There’s just something special about an African sunset. It’s as though the sky has been hand-painted with vibrant water colours – definitely one of nature’s most gorgeous sights.

Booking your romantic safari honeymoon with Shamwari will assure that you’ll be looking back with fond memories forever. South Africa is famed for its natural beauty, diverse wildlife and friendly people. Shamwari can offer you all this and more in one place. Hospitality and ensuring our guests’ satisfaction is one of our top priorities.

Allow us to treat you like royalty and experience the African adventure of a lifetime.

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Shamwari Offers You One Of The Most Impressive Safari Honeymoon Packages

Most lodges offer guests safari honeymoon packages, but why look any further than Shamwari? We offer our newlywed guests an all-inclusive Honeymoon/Romantic Package, sure to tick all the boxes.

With a minimum of 3 nights’ stay, you can be sure to expect:

  • a romantic turndown – complete with some delectable treats,
  • private dinner on one night,
  • a guided bush walk and
  • one Couples Massage (45min back, neck and shoulders massage).

Shamwari has four lodges that offer the perfect escape for honeymooners:

Bayethe – Offering the ultimate in luxury tented accommodation, our luxurious tents are shrouded by dense vegetation, allowing for both privacy and seclusion.

Eagles Crag – Surrounded by imposing mountain cliffs, Eagles Crag boasts an elegant ambience amid nature’s beauty. Every suite acts as a secluded haven where guests can unwind in sheer comfort.

Lobengula – Tucked away in the valley bushveld, this exclusive villa is ideal for the private, tailor-made safari experience.

Sindile – To be completed by December 2019, Shamwari’s newest tented camp promises to be an unprecedented luxury tented safari escape into the wilderness.

All lodgings are unique and are located on our 25 000 hectares of pristine and private game reserve

Book ahead to avoid disappointment – we offer a 10% discount on the Honeymoon/Romantic Package between May-October.

Staying At Shamwari Guarantees A Luxury Safari Honeymoon Experience

Honeymoons are meant to be luxurious and indulgent affairs in order to start the marriage off on the right foot. Shamwari knows this all too well and we can guarantee our esteemed guests a luxury safari honeymoon experience without compare.

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We’ll be pulling out all the stops to make your stay a memorable one. Each of our lodges have their own unique energy and essence that pays homage to its surroundings and the animals roaming its doorstep. You and your new spouse will be basking in the wonders that the Eastern Cape has to offer – in style and in luxury, inspired by nature.

Every day of your stay at Shamwari will be a new adventure, immersed in our first class hospitality. Shamwari is the Shona word for friend and after your stay at our world class establishment, you and your new spouse are sure to leave as friends of the Shamwari family. Each and every member of our staff embodies Shamwari to the fullest. We believe in creating a memorable and luxurious stay for our guests that is sure to be unforgettable.

Upon your arrival, you will be served a refreshing welcome drink, before being taken to a delicious lunch. Afterwards you will have some time to yourselves in order to settle into your lavish suite before the afternoon’s activities commence. Afternoon tea is accompanied by something sweet or savoury.

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When going on a game drive, be sure to take along your complimentary bush pack, which includes a species checklist, as well as some other essentials for having the most fulfilling game viewing experience possible. Whilst out in the bushveld on an afternoon safari, you’ll be treated to some spectacular sundowners on Shamwari’s plains – the animals roaming peacefully in the distance. Drinks and snacks are provided.

Should the weather be a bit nippy, blankets are provided for extra comfort during your game drive. Bottled water is also readily available to quench your thirst. Upon your arrival back at the lodge, you’ll be greeted with a refreshing warm towel and a drink of some kind.  Turn down for the evening has taken place in your room during your absence – delectable treats welcoming you back.

During barbeque evenings, we feature South African traditional culture with drumming and dancing from the local community. Because of the immense size of our property, all lodgings are situated far from one another – assuring that you and your beloved can enjoy a private and memorable African safari experience.

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Luxurious accommodation offerings, including plush king-size beds, private plunge pools, fluffy towels, exceptional three course meals and friendly, attentive staff all await you at Shamwari. Where a lodge like Shamwari really outshines your typical hotel is at being experts in thoughtful, special touches that make the difference between your stay being a forgettable and a memorable one. Scattered flower petals, decadent chocolates, fine wine and relaxing bubble baths will be ready and waiting for you upon returning from your day’s excursions.

We understand a newlywed couple’s need for privacy. We’ll set up a private candle-lit dinner for you and your new spouse underneath the majestic African night sky. We can even arrange your own personal game viewing vehicle and ranger to assure you have the best honeymoon safari experience possible.

While you’re out and about on your game drive, your ranger can also set up a delightful picnic for two – right there in the bush – so that you can sit back and relax amidst the scenery.

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Highly Recommended Safari Honeymoon Activity Ideas

At Shamwari Private Game Reserve we have various memorable experiences to offer our guests. Whether you’re interested in an exhilarating outdoor adventure or spending relaxing quality time as newlyweds, we’ve got the perfect activity for you.

Safari Game Drives – Our highly skilled rangers will guide you on a wildlife experience unlike any other during our morning and afternoon game drives. You can also experience fauna and flora indigenous to the Eastern Cape on a professionally guided bush walk.

Bird Watching– The Eastern Cape is home to a diverse collection of beautiful birds. Everything from tiny feathered friends to majestic birds of prey can be seen at Shamwari.

Visit a Wildlife Conservation Centre – Shamwari places a great amount of importance on conservation efforts. Guests are encouraged to stop by the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre on their visit. Come and learn more about the good work we are doing to preserve and protect our local wildlife.

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Unwind and Relax – Depending on which of our fine lodges you are staying at, we have a variety of leisurely activities for you to indulge in. From lounging poolside with a drink in hand, to indulging in a spa treatment, Shamwari has all your relaxation needs met. You can download our spa treatment menu here.

The Eastern Cape Is One Of The Best Safari Honeymoon Destinations

The Eastern Cape has been blessed with both natural and cultural diversity. Especially renowned for the evergreen vegetation of the Tsitsikamma Forest at the end of the Garden Route. Furthermore, the Eastern Cape is home to the Baviaanskloof Wilderness, the slopes of the Drakensberg Mountains and part of the Great Karoo. This unique province has so much more than just one face to show you.

Another Eastern Cape point of interest is its awe-inspiring coastline. It’s the ideal place for water sport enthusiasts and beach bodies alike. Nearby Jeffrey’s Bay and Cape St Francis are a surfer’s paradise – a host of international surfing competitions are held here for good reason.

Keen anglers are also in for a treat, as there’s a multitude of fish to be caught in the region.

The region’s coastal winds can reach impressive speeds, which makes for exciting kite-surfing conditions, as well as sailing, windsurfing and other wind sports. Perfect for the adrenaline junkies out there.

For more general information about the province, visit the Eastern Cape’s official tourism board here.

The Eastern Cape has always been an area historically rich in wildlife. The grounds upon which Shamwari sit today were, however, in the past greatly impacted by over hunting and farming. During the last 25 years, Shamwari has managed to rehabilitate the grounds and allow the remaining wild animal species to increase their numbers. Locally extinct species were also reintroduced with great success during this period.

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After many years of decimation, Shamwari has managed to turn the lands back into a functioning and flourishing ecosystem. Yet, the job is never done – Shamwari Private Game Reserve, in cooperation with the Wildlife Department, continues looking for innovations to improve, grow and enhance the ecology, the land and the greater Eastern Cape area.

Because we make the responsible management and long-term ecological sustainability of the area a priority, Shamwari’s wildlife and plant life have flourished as a result. Being home to five of South Africa’s seven biomes, Shamwari truly is a destination unlike any other. There’s just so much to do, see and experience.

The area is host to a diverse biodiversity. Shamwari is rich in vegetation types that are suitable for an interesting variety of animal species. A healthy population of carnivores, including lions, cheetahs and leopards, are sustained by an equally healthy population of ungulates.

The white rhino makes its home in the grasslands, while the elephant and black rhino prefer browsing the subtropical thicket. Hippos can be found near the river. These animals – and many more – can be found wandering the protected grounds of Shamwari.

Ultimately, going on safari is unique each and every time, creating memories that fill a special place in your heart. You will never have two safari experiences that are alike. Each thrilling wildlife interaction will be different from the next.

Experiencing the thrilling sights and sounds of South Africa as your first married adventure together is wildly romantic and sets the tone for all future adventures to come. Going on a safari honeymoon will create unforgettable memories to cherish for a lifetime.

For more information regarding our conservation efforts and Shamwari’s history click here.

The Eastern Cape is a gem amongst South Africa’s provinces.

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Shamwari Has One Of The Best Honeymoon Safari Experiences – African Safari Honeymoon Reviews

Shamwari has widely received rave reviews and recognition from national and international guests, leading industry professionals and the like. Access to unbiased reviews are only a quick search and click away.

We received a 5-star rating from Honeymoon Dreams – a UK-based website, specialising in the review of honeymoon destinations across the globe.

Shamwari also holds an average score of 5 stars on TripAdvisor. There are multiple glowing reviews (+1000) on TripAdvisor to serve as proof of our commitment to excellence. A quick Google search will reveal that many of these reviews are written by honeymooners. You can find one happy honeymooner’s review here.

“When you stay at Shamwari you forget everything and you have the time of your life.”

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FAQs

When booking with us, we want you and your beloved to arrive as prepared as possible, so that you can get the most out of your South African safari honeymoon experience.

Start planning your adventure of a lifetime by going over some of our guests’ most frequently asked questions.

Q: What Are The Packing Essentials?

A: Shamwari is located in a malaria-free area – you only need to bring along your prescription medication.

We do, however, recommend that you bring along:

  • cameras, lenses and binoculars,
  • light clothing for summer safaris,
  • bathing suits for our pool areas,
  • comfortable walking shoes,
  • sunscreen and hats and
  • warmer clothes for stays during winter.

Q: What’s The Climate Like?

A: South Africa is fortunate to enjoy a warm climate year-round. Winter temperatures range between 7 and 22°C. Summer temperatures range between 16 and 36°C.

Q: What’s The Best Time Of Year for Viewing Game?

A: The weather, seasons and time of year have no effect on game viewing, as animals are active 365 days a year.

If there is something specific that you wish to see, consult with one of our friendly safari experts when booking your game drive.

Brining along warmer clothes is recommended, as it can get cold during the drive – regardless of the time of year.

Q: How Do I Get To Shamwari Private Game Reserve?

A: For your convenience, private road transfers and charter flights can be arranged and booked with your accommodation at an additional fee.

Alternatively, if you are driving to Shamwari, you can find directions to your specific lodge here.

Q: Is There A Daily Programme?

A: Shamwari follows one of two programmes, depending on the time of year.

Winter Programme: May-August

  • 06h30 Wake-up call
  • 07h00 Early morning refreshments are served
  • 07h30 The morning game drive departs
  • 10h30 The morning game drive returns
  • 11h00 Check-out time
  • 10h00 Brunch is served up until 14h00
  • 13h00 Arrival time
  • 14h30 Afternoon tea
  • 15h00 The afternoon game drive departs
  • 19h30 Pre-dinner drinks
  • 20h00 Dinner

Summer Programme: September-April

  • 05h30 Wake-up call
  • 05h45 Early morning refreshments are served
  • 06h00 The morning game drive departs
  • 09h00 A continental breakfast buffet and plated hot breakfast is served
  • 11h00 Check-out time
  • 12h30 Lunch is served up until 14h30
  • 13h00 Arrival time
  • 15h30 Afternoon tea
  • 16h00 The afternoon game drive departs
  • 20h00 Pre-dinner drinks
  • 20h30 Dinner

Please note that these times only act as a guideline, as all lodges operate independently. It is also subject to weather conditions, etc.

Q: What Are The Requirements To Enter South Africa?

A: Entering beautiful South Africa is usually a hassle-free process. All visitors need to be in possession of a valid passport. Visas are, for the most part, not required, depending on which passport you are travelling on and the number of days you intend to be in South Africa.

Per South African law, you need to ensure that your passport has at least two full pages open for stamps upon arrival in the country.

If travelling with a minor (those under the age of 18), please take note that, as of June 2015, you are required to be carrying an unabridged birth certificate, in addition to their passport.

Travellers over the age of one (1) year coming from a high risk area need to bear a Yellow Fever inoculations certificate.

For the latest visa requirements, please contact your nearest South African Embassy or consulate.

Q: Travelling To South Africa

A: Travelling to South Africa from abroad is as easy as hopping on a plane to one of the country’s many airports. The final stretch of your journey to Shamwari Private Game Reserve, however, will require making use of the N2 highway either by car or bus.

Guests can also fly to Port Elizabeth airport and either hire a car or make use of our transfer service at an additional fee.

You can find more information with regards to our transit service here.

Q: What Are The Facilities In South Africa Like?

A: Shamwari Private Game Reserve’s 5-star luxury lodgings are accredited by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa on an annual basis.

Thorough inspections have been conducted in accordance with South African tourism standards. Our country is home to world-class infrastructure, which includes transport, telecommunications, banking, manufacturing, mining and medical facilities.

Q: Electricity?

A: Our electricity supply in South Africa is 220/230 volts AC 50Hz.

Adapters might be in short supply, so please be sure to travel with the correct adapters for all your gadgets. Remember to always check your device specifications and requirements before utilizing our local power supply sources.

As a precautionary measure, all Shamwari Lodges are equipped with standby generators in case of power outages.

Q: Driving?

A: South Africans drive on the left hand side of the road. Wearing seat belts is compulsory here.

Foreign visitors are permitted to drive if they possess a valid driver’s license in their home country – it must, however, be in English and have a photograph and signature of the holder.

If yours doesn’t meet these requirements, an international driver’s license will be required.

Q: What Language Is Spoken In South Africa?

A: South Africa has 11 official languages, including English which is widely spoken.

Q: What Is South Africa’s Healthcare Like?

A: Our country has many world-class medical facilities and a large network of hospitals that provide excellent care.

It is, however, best to ensure that you have adequate health insurance before travelling. You know the old saying: rather safe than sorry.

Q: Does Shamwari Offer Any Shopping Experiences?

A: Yes, indeed we do. All of Shamwari Private Game Reserve’s lodges have a gift boutique, where you can purchase a keepsake of your romantic safari honeymoon.

Q: What Forms Of Payment Do You Accept?

A: We accept debit cards and all major credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa.

The country’s local currency is the South African Rand (R1 = 100 cents). The exchange rate is extremely favourable with major international currencies.

Our foreign guests are reminded that they can have their VAT (value-added tax at 15%) refunded at their point of departure, provided they present their original tax invoices.

Guests are discouraged from travelling with large sums of cash. Those who do prefer to pay with cash at Shamwari, please take note: we only accept ZAR, GBP, EUR and USD.

Q: Am I Expected To Pay Any Gratuities?

A: There are no compulsory gratuities at Shamwari. However, should you wish to leave a gratuity, envelopes are available at reception. Alternatively, you can add it to your final bill and settle by debit or credit card.

Q: Is There WIFI Available?

A: All of Shamwari’s lodges and guest rooms have access to WIFI. Our reception and/or connectivity is fairly good, but it is also dependent on your network carrier.

Our Explorer Camp unfortunately has no access to WIFI.

Q: Do You Offer Any Day Drive Opportunities?

A: In order to experience Shamwari’s exquisite fauna and flora for yourself, guests are required to book into one of our luxury lodges.

Regrettably, no day drives or self-drives through the reserve are permitted.

Do you have any further questions? Please do not hesitate to contact us here.