Game Drives

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.

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.

Drive Through the Wild

What Can You Expect to Learn

  • Animal Habitats

  • Animal Tracks and Dung

  • The Area and Its History

  • Wildlife

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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.

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