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With the aim of restoring this area of the Eastern Cape to its former glory,
Shamwari Private Game Reserve was born of a need to conserve the land and its
abundant wildlife, birdlife and ecological diversity.

Shamwari is home to five of South Africa’s seven biomes, making it a destination unlike any other. It wasn’t always an award-winning piece of protected land or a pioneer in environmental education. This is our story.

Shamwari Back Then

In 1990, a small 1,200-hectare farm became available and was duly purchased. Shortly after, drought and financial difficulties led to a number of neighbouring farmers placing their land on the open market and further land was acquired to a total of 7,000 hectares.

Since then Shamwari has been actively restoring both the wildlife and flora, eradicating alien vegetation and striving to create an atmosphere where nature can flourish. Over the course of the next 25 years, Shamwari Private Game Reserve expanded to what it is today.

Shamwari Today

Because of our conservation efforts, Shamwari has officially been declared a Protected Environment. Today Shamwari comprises of 7 luxury lodges and 1 explorer camp, two different education and rehabilitation facilities and employs over 325 local staff.

The land and buildings have been restored to its rightful state with the stunning Eastern Cape fauna and flora of yesteryear and the reserve flourishes with wildlife.

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Our Vision

A concession of owners decided to return the land to its once pristine condition by paying respect to Mother Nature and Her many gifts.
This vision included the preservation of the history and fauna and flora of the bountiful Eastern Cape.

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A committed team shared the same passion, ethos and vision, and from this the viability of sustaining and growing this dream developed into the award-winning Shamwari Private Game Reserve of today.

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A commercial aspect was added, and in 1992 Shamwari Private Game Reserve was born with a small, passionate staff of seven, who had an immense commitment, intellectual capital and determination to make conservation in tourism profitable and sustainable.

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A systematic and scientific rehabilitation programme was launched, hand-in-hand with carefully considered game restocking procedures. Today, the reserve has a dedicated Wildlife Department with a team of veterinarians, ecologists and environmentalists.

Eastern Cape Trivia

Through research, it was discovered that the Eastern Cape used to be one of the richest wildlife areas in Africa in terms of biodiversity.

In fact, the legendary Big Five were first encountered in the Eastern Cape. Wildlife historians refer to the Cape Buffalo, Cape Leopard, Cape Lion and Cape Hunting Dog (Wild Dog) in their historical documents. The endangered Black Rhino also flourished in the Eastern Cape Region.

Unfortunately, due to hunting, over-farming and drought most of these species were eliminated during the 19th Century.

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Regional Info

The Eastern Cape boasts mild year-round weather and rich plant and wildlife

The gem of safari holidays in Africa, the Eastern Cape, is malaria-free, and offers unspoilt beauty in favourable weather conditions.

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