It has been quite the year, hasn’t it? A luxury romantic weekend away is just what you and your beloved need to relax and rekindle your romance. Relieve yourself and your partner of the stresses of 2020 and feel rejuvenated as you enter the new year. Discover what makes Shamwari’s South African Residents Special the perfect comprehensive romantic getaway package.

Wind Down After a Whirlwind of a Year

Everyone has been through a lot in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic’s effects were, and still are, far-reaching. Yet, as South Africa has been downgraded to a less severe level of lockdown, restrictions have become more manageable and some sense of normalcy has returned.

With travel restrictions also having been eased, South Africans no longer have to remain confined to their own homes and provinces. Whether you and your partner were stuck together at home or haven’t been able to see each other for months on end, a retreat to strengthen your bond is just what you need.

Indulge in a luxury couples safari experience at one of the most exclusive private game reserves the Eastern Cape has to offer.

Shamwari’s Exclusive South African Residents Special

To celebrate the fact that movement has become less restricted again, Shamwari is offering local residents the opportunity to book a stay at Shamwari Private Game Reserve’s lavish Long Lee Manor for the special rate of R4 150 per person per night sharing. The rates for the South African Residents Special are never to be repeated and are only available for a limited period, up until 30 June 2021.

Our South African Residents Special is ideal for a romantic couples retreat and includes:

  • 2x game drives per day with a highly-skilled game ranger acting as your guide
  • Teas and coffees before setting off on the game drives
  • Drink stops on both the morning and afternoon game drives
  • Guided bush trails led by a dedicated game ranger
  • An experience at Shamwari’s new Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • Visits to Shamwari’s Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries
  • All meals

If you would like to celebrate a belated honeymoon or anniversary that should have taken place during the lockdown, or you wish to grow closer to your partner after months of relationship strain, then this is the ideal, once in a lifetime romantic getaway special offer for you. Be sure to book your stay as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Don’t miss out on spoiling your partner with a bucket list-worthy couples getaway package to end the year off on a high note and set the tone for your relationship for 2021.

For more information on the accommodation and activities included in our South African Residents Special package, read on.

A happy couple at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

*Please note that terms and conditions for the offer apply.

Travel to Shamwari and Experience a Romantic Getaway Unlike Any Other

Past and return guests will agree, ‘romantic getaways in the Eastern Cape’ are synonymous with Shamwari Private Game Reserve. With tastefully decorated lodge facilities, comfortable rooms, a host of relaxing and adventurous activities, fine dining and more, you and your lover are bound to have the time of your lives.

Discover what you can look forward to when making your romantic weekend or holiday reservation at Shamwari.

A grazing rhino at sunset

Romantic Getaways at Long Lee Manor

It’s all about experiencing gracious living inspired by nature when staying at Shamwari’s historic manor house. Long Lee Manor overlooks the reserve’s breath-taking plains. Having been newly renovated in 2019, the restored lodge pays homage to the rich heritage of the area and adds a touch of romance to every stay.

Long Lee Manor offers numerous unique features, such as gorgeous Edwardian-style suites and a marvellous rim-flow pool, that will ensure your stay is a comfortable and memorable one. The manor house redefines what elegance in nature can be and its design complements the surrounding landscape beautifully.

Whether you choose to stay for only a romantic weekend or a full-on holiday, this splendid accommodation option will make you never want to leave the reserve again.

Long Lee Manor Facilities

Romantic getaways in Long Lee Manor give you access to a variety of world-class facilities, including:

  • Relaxation Retreat Spa featuring 3x treatment spaces
  • Gift boutique
  • Fitness centre
  • In as well as outdoor dining facilities
  • Manicured gardens
  • An electric fence surrounding the accommodation’s perimeter
  • Boma overlooking the water hole

Please take note that spa treatments aren’t included in the South African Residents Special package but can be booked at an additional cost. Download our spa menu for a full list of treatments available to choose from at Long Lee Manor.

Long Lee Manor Rooms

The opulent accommodation at Long Lee Manor consists of 17 rooms which sleep a maximum of two adults each:

  • 11x Plains Rooms featuring an outdoor shower and veranda; 2x rooms are inter-leading, of which one is wheelchair-friendly
  • 4x Garden Rooms featuring a veranda; inter-leading
  • 2x Manor House Suites situated in the historic manor house itself and featuring upstairs balconies
  • 1x Family Suite that sleeps a maximum of 4 adults and 2 children, featuring 2x bedrooms, a living room, as well as a private plunge pool

Every room at Long Lee Manor includes the following amenities:

  • Private patio/balcony
  • En-suite bathroom fitted with both a shower and bath
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Minibar
  • Hairdryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Electronic safe
  • WiFi
  • International dial telephone
  • TV featuring selected satellite channels


From Luxurious Living to Adventurous Excursions

When you travel to Shamwari, you can rest assured that there is plenty for you and your partner to do and see on the reserve. Travel itinerary highlights include going on game drives, enjoying guided bush walks and visiting our Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries.

On the Move: Going for a Game Drive or Guided Bush Walk

Leave your luxury lodge for a bit to go on some of the best game viewing experiences of your life. Game drives at Shamwari take place twice daily: in the morning and again in the afternoon. This is because the wildlife is most active during the hours surrounding sunrise and sunset.

Our game viewing vehicles are comfortable, open and provide you with a panoramic view of the landscape. Each game drive is around 3-4 hours long and takes you throughout the reserve. A coffee stop is included on the morning game drive and a sundowner stop on the afternoon drive. If you or your partner have a specific area of interest, please inform your guide and they will try to include it along the way.

Couples who love to get their blood flowing should go on one of our professionally guided bush walks. During your walk, your dedicated ranger shares their intimate knowledge of the local fauna and flora, as well as their personal insights, making it both an entertaining and educational experience.

Thanks to the dedication and skill of our rangers and guides, you will leave every game drive and bush walk with a newfound appreciation of the natural world.


One of the elephants on the reserve

Stop by the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries

In collaboration with actress and author, Virginia McKenna’s Born Free Foundation, Shamwari designed and developed the Big Cat Rescue and Education Centres. The ultimate goal of the Rescue and Education Centres are to draw attention to the exploitation of captive big cats across the globe, rescuing them from dire situations. Two centres, the Julie Ward Centre and the Jean Byrd Centre, can be found on opposite ends of the reserve. Visits promise to be touching, as well as eye-opening.


Another must-visit location when you travel to Shamwari is the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. It is fully registered to deliver veterinary care to injured, abandoned, sick and orphaned animals and is considered one of the top centres of its kind in South Africa. As soon as the animals at the centre have recovered sufficiently, they get released back into the wild, where they belong.


Book One of the Best Weekend Getaways for Couples Specials Available

If you wish to reignite the spark in your relationship with a grand gesture of love, don’t delay booking your trip to Long Lee Manor and Shamwari Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. A luxury holiday at Shamwari is widely considered to be one of the top romantic getaways in South Africa.

Remember that the South African Residents Special rate of R4 150 per person per night sharing is only valid up until 30 June 2021. Book your stay for two today to avoid disappointment and put the passion back in your romance.