“If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on a big 5 safari holiday once again.” – Karen Blixen

A Big 5 Safari Holiday is an experience unlike any other and can even be described as magical!

You’re out in the fresh air and there is a constant feeling of excitement as you hope to spot your favorite member of the Big Five. Many safari-goers fall in love with the African continent and gain a new appreciation for nature as they witness wild animals interacting in their natural habitat.

When it comes to choosing a safari destination – South Africa spoils you for choice. While there are many destinations to choose from, they all have one thing in common – they offer the very best in terms of luxury and wildlife experiences.

1. Experience Luxury at Its Finest

South African Safari Lodges are the epitome of luxury.

Set in magnificent settings where wildlife roams free – it’s hard to beat. With tasteful safari-inspired interiors, king-size beds, luxurious bathtubs, and majestic, jaw-dropping views – it’s easy to become a fan of the South African safari holiday experience.

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Unlike hotels, luxury safari lodges specialised in tailored experiences to suit your specific holiday needs.

Whether you prefer to spend your days out on safari, getting pampered with rejuvenating spa treatments or lazing by the pool – there is a tailored safari holiday package for you.

Luxury safari lodges will go the extra mile with special touches like delectable treats in your suite and hand-written welcome notes that will make you feel like royalty.

You will also experience world-class South African hospitality – with friendly, warm staff members that will make your safari holiday unforgettable. Nothing will ever be too much trouble and their ever-so-helpful nature will make you never want to leave.

You will also experience world-class South African hospitality – with friendly, warm staff members that will make your safari holiday unforgettable. Nothing will ever be too much trouble and their ever-so-helpful nature will make you never want to leave.

Each lodge is unique and pays homage to its surrounds. Whether you’re traveling with family, friends or business associates, Shamwari has the perfect lodge for you.

Click here to browse through our lodges and experience luxury inspired by nature.

2. Discover the Magic of the African Bush

There are many destinations to choose from when planning your South African safari holiday–but the Eastern Cape should be at the top of your list.

The Eastern Cape, located on the East Coast of South Africa, is home to some of the most striking scenic diversity in the country. It makes up the second largest province in South Africa and is a prime destination for a safari holiday. Especially considering it is a Malaria free area – making it the ideal no-fuss destination.

Shamwari Private Game Reserve is the perfect choice for a luxury safari holiday in the Eastern Cape. This area is rich in biodiversity, this allowing for fantastic birding experiences and Big 5 game drives with an array of fauna and flora.

You also have the chance to spot the highly endangered Black Rhino – a rare sight.

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3. Witness Incredible Wildlife Encounters

The iconic Big Five – the lion, rhinoceros, elephant, leopard and buffalo – is the highlight of every safari, however catching a glimpse of these animals in their natural wild habitat is becoming increasingly rare.

Many species are decreasing in numbers due to habitat destruction and becoming the target of poachers. There is an increasing need for protected areas where the conservation of animals and their habitat is priority.

Safari destinations, such as Shamwari Private Game Reserve, are conserving a vanishing way of life – where animals roam free and are respected and protected by people. Shamwari also gives you the opportunity to witness this way of life and incredible animal interactions on a guided game drive.

On a Shamwari big 5 safari game drive, you will be guided by our trained rangers and experience wildlife interactions like no other.

The sight of member of the Big Five as well as other wonderful species is an eye-opening and rewarding experience. Safaris allow you to see wild animals in their natural environment, without having a negative impact on the animal’s well-being.

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Going on a safari and seeing these powerful animals for the first, or even twentieth, time is without a doubt one of the most humanising and incredible experiences. To hear the roar of a lion and have it look you straight in the eye – is a moment you’ll never forget. While being in the middle of a herd of African Elephants and hearing the matriarch rumble as she calls her calf – will leave you speechless and humbled at the same time.

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4. Aid in Conservation

With thousands of animal species being endangered, conservation efforts are becoming increasingly important.

You can help conservation efforts by going on safari.

Safari destinations, such as Shamwari Private Game Reserve, protect their animals and their habitat at all costs. By going on safari, you are supporting conservation efforts and helping to conserve a vanishing way of life and preventing the looming extinction of endangered species.

David Attenborough once said; “The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?”.

By staying at Shamwari, you are participating in and experiencing a hugely successful conservation project.

To find out more about Shamwari’s conservation projects – click here.


Many game reserves have volunteer programs where you can help with conservation efforts hands-on.

The Shamwari Conservation Experience offers you the opportunity to take part in a variety of wildlife and conservation management projects.

Check out Shamwari’s volunteer program here.

5. Create Memories that will Last a Lifetime on a Big 5 Safari Holiday

A Big 5 safari holiday at Shamwari is a once in a lifetime experience where you will create unforgettable memories – while educating yourself and aiding in conservation.

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