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:
Sunscreen & Hat
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
Animal Tracks and Dung
The Area and Its History
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.
No children under
the age of 16
No adults over
the age of 65
Pregnant women are not
permitted on the walk
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.
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.
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.
Browse through some of the wildlife you can encounter during one of our game drives.
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.