Who doesn’t want to escape the city to enjoy one of the top holiday destinations in South Africa? Shamwari Private Game Reserve offers locals the opportunity to indulge in a luxury getaway. However, you’ll have to act fast as resident-friendly rates are valid for a limited time only! Read on to learn more about what to expect from the Bayethe South African Residents Special.

Locals Only – Indulge in This Once in a Lifetime Safari Holiday Special

South African residents, this offer is just for you! Shamwari knows how frustrating it’s been – trying to travel outside our country’s borders throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It’s easy to forget all about the beautiful and interesting sights our own country has to offer. That’s why we’ve put together a special domestic travel package for the reopening of our exquisite Bayethe Tented Lodge in December 2021.

For a limited time only, locals get to indulge in a luxury safari holiday at a significantly discounted rate. You definitely don’t want to miss our Bayethe South African Residents Special! Book your stay today and only pay R4 750 per person sharing per night. To put that into perspective – the usual rate per adult sharing per night is from R8 835.

Families and friends who’ve been dreaming of a getaway opportunity – this is your chance to enjoy one memorable December holiday.

Terms and conditions apply (errors and omissions expected). This package excludes a conservation levy, as well as laundry services and any spa treatments. Guests 12 years and older are welcome. Please note that none of our specials is combinable with each other or any other promotions found in the marketplace. Guests’ stay is subject to availability at the time of booking.



All About Your Stay at Bayethe

All About Your Stay at Bayethe

It’s no exaggeration to say that Bayethe Tented Lodge is considered one of the best holiday destinations in South Africa. You only have to look up the hundreds upon hundreds of satisfied past guests’ reviews online. Some of them can be found on Tripadvisor, Booking.com, and SafariBookings.

One prior guest, user laurdan on Tripadvisor, had this to say about their stay:

“I will never forget the time I spent with the Bayethe Lodge team, everyone at the lodge works so hard for your stay to be perfect.

The food and wine is delicious and everything is thought out for your enjoyment. The lodges are great, the animals walk under your tent at night and in the morning the bird song is amazing.

I will never forget my time spent at the lodge and all the wonderful people that work there. Thank you so much for a perfect Safari stay xx”

During your stay at Shamwari’s Bayethe, you’ll also get to enjoy scrumptious meals, world-class accommodation, and incredible wildlife encounters. Whether you’re feeling adventurous or are in the mood to relax, your time on the reserve promises to be spectacular in every way.

World-Class Accommodation

Fun fact: the name of this premium tented lodge comes from an African greeting (pronounced as ‘By-ye-ti’). The English translation of this is ‘I salute you’. The greeting is considered one of the warmest welcomes you can get from the African people who inhabit this region of our country.

As Bayethe Tented Safari Lodge is situated in a malaria-free area, guests have nothing to worry about when it comes to their health and safety. All Shamwari’s facilities are also 100% compliant with COVID-19 guidelines. Our staff have undergone training to benefit both themselves and guests. Rest assured – the well-being of our guests and staff is one of our top priorities.

Vacationing at Bayethe means you’ll have the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the Eastern Cape wilderness. You’ll be surrounded by the abundant vegetation of the location, with birdsong and wildlife roaming close by.

Bayethe provides all guests with ample privacy. Its secluded feeling and breathtaking views of the surrounding bush will remain standout memories forever.

When it comes to shared and private facilities at Bayethe, only the best will do. Shared facilities include:

• Both indoor and outdoor dining facilities
• An outdoor deck area
• A lounge area, complete with TV
• Wi-Fi
• A Bush Relaxation Retreat spa
• A gift boutique

World Class Accommodation

The tented lodge consists of 12 superior tents, able to sleep a maximum of two adults each. Private amenities found in each tent includes:

• Electric blankets
• A fireplace
• An outdoor shower (three of the rooms have indoor showers)
• An en-suite bathroom with a bathtub
• A private plunge pool and deck area
• An electronic safe
• A hairdryer
• Fitted international adapters
• An international dial telephone
• Coffee and tea making facilities
• A minibar
• Air conditioning
• Wi-Fi

Treat Yourself to a Safari Spa Experience

Treat Yourself to a Safari Spa Experience

Guests looking to find relief for sore muscles and stressed-out bodies can visit Bayethe’s on-site spa. The Bush Relaxation Retreat offers numerous treatments that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated in mind, body and soul. Facials, hand and foot rituals, as well as full-body massages, are only some of the indulgent options available. “But what if mom and dad want to enjoy a pamper session?” you may ask. Either bring your little one(s) along for a bambino-friendly treatment or make use of Shamwari’s child-minding service.


Please note that all spa treatments and child-minding services are available for an additional fee. These services aren’t included in the cost of the Bayethe South African Residents Special.

Outdoor Adventures to Enjoy

What would a safari getaway be without a professionally guided game drive or bush walk? Included in your stay is two, 3-4 hour long game drives per day – one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Both drives include refreshment stops: a coffee/tea stop during the morning drive and a sundowner stop during the afternoon.

Shamwari’s skilled rangers and guides ensure that guests enjoy memorable interactions with the local wildlife. Experience the Eastern Cape’s diverse fauna and flora like never before in a way that informs and educates while remaining respectful.

Should you have a specific area of interest, please feel free to inform your designated guide about it before setting off on your game drive or walking safari. Your guide will then do their best to include it in your experience, if at all possible.

Avid birders will also be happy to hear that a great variety of native birdlife can be spotted frolicking around the reserve. Be sure to pack your binoculars and species checklist!



Conservation up Close

Conservation up Close

Conserving a vanishing way of life is one of the main focuses at Shamwari Private Game Reserve. This is, without a doubt, another (often overlooked) reason why Shamwari is considered one of the best holiday destinations in South Africa. During your stay at Bayethe, you’ll have the chance to visit two of the reserve’s conservation centres. The first being the Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and the second being our Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary.

At the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, a dedicated veterinary team cares for and rehabilitates injured, sick, abandoned, and orphaned wildlife. Once these animals are completely healed and rehabilitated, they are returned to the wild – where they belong. Upon arrival at the centre, you’ll be met by a team member. They will show you around the facilities and explain more about the good work done here.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

As part of a collaboration with the Born Free Foundation, Shamwari established its own on-reserve Born-Free Big Cat Sanctuary. Here, you’ll gain valuable insights into the plight of wild cats from around the world. You’ll learn how they’re often held captive, living a confined and impoverished life. The Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary is home to several leopards and lions, rescued from these unfortunate circumstances. A visit to the sanctuary is a must, enlightening all guests who walk through the doors.

Shamwaris Bayethe One of the Must Visit Holiday Destinations in South Africa

Shamwari’s Bayethe: One of the Must-Visit Holiday Destinations in South Africa for Sure

South Africans, now that you’ve had a taste of what a getaway at Bayethe can be, don’t miss out on your chance to stay at this deluxe tented lodge… For a very special price. Make the 2021 December holidays some of the most magical to date by surprising your loved ones with the festive season of a lifetime.

To avoid disappointment, be sure to book your stay today. For enquiries, contact the Shamwari Reservations Department at +27 (0) 42 203 1111 or [email protected].

Grow closer together and nature with a luxury safari inspired by nature.