The Shamwari Safari Experience

The Shamwari Safari Experience

Shamwari Private Game Reserve is home to pristine wilderness where an abundance of wildlife roam.  We not only offer our guests 5-star luxury accommodation, we pride ourselves on presenting wildlife interaction that is sure to be the highlight of their stay.  Guests have been witnessing some phenomenal game viewing as of late.

We’ve had prolific leopard sightings in both the North and South of the reserve. Thus providing spectacular sightings of this elusive animal for our guests.  Leopards occur in a wide range in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia.  These adaptable creatures are spectacular hunters and are known to prey on a variety of animals from reptiles to birds, rodents and baboons! Leopards are portrayed as seldom seen, however they are the most widely distributed African big cat. Ranger Darren Clough had the perfect sighting of this beautiful male leopard on safari.


Photographed by Ranger Darren Clough

Elephants and baby animals:

We’ve had a few elephant calf births among other animals. It’s been wonderful to see all forms of new life popping up across the reserve. Ranger James Moodie had a fantastic sighting of a parade of elephants walking toward his vehicle whilst on safari. A new-born elephant calf was walking alongside his mom and siblings right in front of the herd. Ranger James and guests watched in awe as this herd walked peacefully past his vehicle. The little ones were interacting whilst the older members were grazing. A picturesque scene of elephants going about their business in the wild.


Photographed by Ranger James Moodie

Antelope species have been copulating so we should start to see more new-born animals in Spring. Herds of impala, springbok, blesbok, eland, waterbuck, gemsbok, red hartebeest, kudu and a few other fascinating antelope species can be seen while out on safari at Shamwari. Did you know, giraffe calves congregate in nursery groups called creches to rest and socialise while mothers forage in the distance? Next time you find yourself on safari, look out for these creches of youngsters. They’re the absolute cutest! Ranger Jessica Tyrer recently had the privilege of seeing a new-born giraffe, the little one was only a few hours old. What a memorable sighting for Ranger Jessica and her guests to bear witness to its first precious hours of life.


Photographed by Ranger Jessica Tyrer

2018-09-18T12:34:20+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Categories: Experiences at Shamwari, Seen On Game Drive|2 Comments


  1. Suzanne Benedetti September 17, 2018 at 3:05 am - Reply

    I just returned from a 4 day stay in the reserve. Shamwari was a dream come true for me. I took over 300 photos and observed over 40 species of wildlife. The animals appeared content and ventured close to our vehicle. Our guide was especially helpful and informed. The hippo encounter took my breadth away when the dominant male let us know that we were encroaching his territory by opening his mouth and warning us with a growl that I’m sure could have been heard for miles. Having lunch in the bush with elephants nearby was an experience I never could have imagined. Cape buffalo were majestic and my favorite, the zebra, was a site to behold at sunset. Keep up the good work!

    • Shamwari Game Reserve September 18, 2018 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Suzanne. We’re delighted to hear that you had a memorable safari experience during your stay at Shamwari and certainly hope to see you return one day.

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