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Interactive safari game drives at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Game drives take place in the tranquil moods of sunrise and sunset. Survey the areas, witness the birds of prey or spot one of the Big 5 from the comfort and safety of our open game viewing vehicles. Our rangers and guides are passionate about wildlife and knowledgeable in their respective fields of expertise. Expect to take away new insights, an appreciation for Africa, and an unforgettable experience.

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Drive Through the Wild

Our game viewing drives are available for morning and afternoon trips, as this is when the animals are most active. Our vehicles are open and comfortable, and give you a panoramic view of the area.

If you have a particular area of interest, you’re welcome to inform your guide who will include it along the journey, if possible.

Pack the Essentials

In order to ensure that you have a memorable experience, we want you to be prepared and comfortable.

We highly recommend you bring:

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Warm Clothing

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Sunscreen & Hat

Important Information

The game drives themselves last for approximately three to four hours and take you through the reserve. Included on the game drive is a coffee stop for the morning drive and a sundowner stop in the afternoon. Unfortunately, no children under the age of 4 are permitted on the game drives; however, we can arrange a childminder at an additional cost.

What Can You Expect to Learn

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Animal Habitats

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Animal Tracks and Dung

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The Area and Its History

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Take a Walk on The Wild Side

In addition to spectacular game drives, Shamwari Private Game Reserve also offers professionally guided bush walks. Our rangers share their intimate knowledge of the reserve and their own expert insights to make each natural encounter a special event. Here, you can gain a true perspective of the fauna and flora indigenous to the region. Your guide can also point out animal tracks, dung, birds and can educate you on the area and its rich history.

You may see a herd of wild buffalo, but the tiny ox peckers on their backs are the real conservation success. If you want a true walking safari experience, you can stay at Explorer Camp where the focus is on bush walks rather than game drives.

Important Information

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No children under
the age of 16

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No adults over
the age of 65

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Pregnant women are not
permitted on the walk

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Request this activity at
the time of booking

South Africa’s Eight Major Biomes

Shamwari Private Game Reserve is home to five of South Africa’s eight major biomes, providing rich vegetation types that are suitable for an array of animal and plant species to thrive in.

Vegetation Types

These five vastly different biomes bring about a wide variety of animal, bird and plant life for guests to catch sight of at Shamwari Private Game Reserve.

Thicket Biome

The dominant vegetation type in this area is the thicket biome and more specifically known as the Albany Thicket.
This biome sustains and bolsters a healthy population of animal species including kudu, elephant, black rhino, monkey and bushbuck. Additionally, the Addo flightless dung beetle, unique to the Eastern Cape, is another conservation success story. A recent discovery was made of the Albany Adder which is a puffadder snake endemic to this area. Spekboom and Spike Thorn trees are also specific to this biome.


Book a stay at one of our lodges

For a chance to see the Big 5 or walk among the animals, book your stay at one of our luxury lodges.

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