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Become part of the award-winning team at Shamwari Private Game Reserve. All lodges
operate independently, each with a full staff complement including its own
management team, chef brigade, hosts and experienced field guides.

Driven by our passion for conserving a vanishing way of life, joining the team means you will become part of the family who live by our motto of respect for nature and each other.

Current Openings

Below are the current positions we are hiring for. Take a look and see if we have an opening for you. Please note only South African citizens will be considered.


The core function of the cook is to assist with daily preparation of meals and snacks in the kitchen. Shamwari Private Game Reserve is home to several lodges with incredible kitchens where magic happens. Five-star meals are prepared for our guests daily in a great environment. This candidate must be eager to learn in this fast-paced hospitality industry. This candidate will have the opportunity to work alongside talented and respected chefs and acquire skills. One year working experience in a similar 5-star establishment or as a kitchen assistant is required as well as a diploma in cooking at a recognised training institution.

Chef de Partie

The primary purpose of a chef de partie or line chef is to manage anarea of production in a restaurant. This will include daily preparation of meals that are of a five-star standard. This position requires a candidate that works well under pressure. This person must be someone that can give orders within their section of the kitchen and carry out tasks handed down to them by the sous chef and head chef. This will be an amazing opportunity for someone who has had experience in a five-star establishment working as a commis chef.  It would be beneficial for this candidate to be knowledgeable in his/her speciality as a chef.

Junior Sous Chef

Shamwari Private Game Reserve is a world-renowned conservation orientated establishment. We require a junior sous chef to join our team. The core function of the junior sous chef would be to take responsibility for the kitchen, its equipment, the stock as well as the junior chefs working under him/her. To understand the importance of hygiene and safely measures in the kitchen and to implement these measures. This candidate will also get to prepare out of this world meals for guests daily. If you are looking to join an incredible team of like-minded chefs in a wonderfulwilderness environment, this is just for you.

Assistant Wildlife Manager

We require an assistant wildlife manager to join our wildlife team here at Shamwari. The core purpose of this position will be the management and maintenance of all aspects throughout Shamwari from fences and roads to game counts. This vacancy requires a diploma in nature conservation and a minimum of five years of wildlife work experience. It will be beneficial for this candidate to have good management skills as well as people skills.  At times they will be asked to assist the wildlife department with other duties within their capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity for someone who is eager to join the Shamwari team.

Assistant adventure centre co-ordinator

Shamwari Private Game Reserve has a one of a kind Kids Adventure Centre at Riverdene Family Lodge. We require someone to assist the primary adventure centre coordinator. The primary purpose of an assistant adventure centre co-ordinator is to assist in overseeing, coordinating and directing the operations, service, logistics and activities of the Kids Adventure Centre. This person will take responsibility for the efficient operation of the Kids Club as their primary responsibility. This position will require someone who is willing and able to work with children of all ages. It would be advantageous for the candidate to be a team player and have good guest relations.

Field Guide

Our exceptional ranger’s department is looking for an enthusiastic and capable field guide to join the Shamwari team. The candidate will be required to host guests and conduct an advanced game drive experience. This vacancy requires FGASA level 2 (Advanced Field Guide) and/or a trails or specialist qualification or related tertiary education. The candidate must also have minimum of two years’ experience with big five game and five-star clientele.  This is an incredible opportunity to work alongside some of the best rangers in the industry. Andrew Kearney, who heads our ranger’s department, creates a great environment for rangers to excel in a world-class establishment.


We are looking for someone to join the Shamwari reservations team. This candidate must possess four years’ experience in a similar position and in a related environment. This person must be efficient in all duties related to bookings, be well organised, have excellent communication skills and high telephone etiquette. It would be beneficial for this candidate to be a team player that is also capable of working independently and meticulously. Consider joining the amazing Shamwari team of providing the best safari experience in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Born Free Education Manager

Shamwari Private Game Reserve is a world-renowned conservation orientated establishment. We require a Born Free education manager to join our incredible team. The primary purpose of this position is to manage and execute the strategic development, planning and delivery of Born Free Foundation’s education programme at Shamwari with a specific focus on community engagement. This person will also be responsible for the guidance and management of all education projects undertaken in line with the Born Free Foundation’s objectives. A diploma or degree in conservation or education related fields with equivalent vocational experience is required.

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