You’ve never experienced luxury camping like this before. Shamwari Private Game Reserve is home to several unique luxury accommodation offerings. They are well-suited to meet different travellers’ holiday needs from family havens to romantic getaways and glamping paradises.

Why You Should Choose to Go to a Game Reserve for Your Holiday Safari

There are hundreds of reasons for us to convince you to go on holiday to a game reserve (private or national), but the one that tops it all is the safari experience. At Shamwari, you can be sure that the safari experience is second to none. You’ll get to make lifelong memories with your loved ones whilst marvelling at Africa’s sometimes weird and always wonderful creatures. Coupled with the most luxurious accommodation options, a safari holiday here will be hard to beat.

By staying at Shamwari Private Game Reserve you are participating in an immensely successful conservation project, which put a stop to the negative impact of human activity and returned 25 000 hectares to the rich biodiversity for which the region was once renowned.

A white rhino grazing within view of a Shamwari game viewing vehicle

The Luxury Glamping Options Available to You

At Shamwari, there are three intriguing glamping options available to you. The first option is for travellers who love being adventurous, those that enjoy hiking and exploring on foot. The second option is for travellers wanting to experience thrilling safaris in a pristine, tranquil spot and the third is for honeymooners or couples wanting an escape to a romantic, secluded paradise.

Explorer Camp

The Explorer Camp is one of the most adventurous ways of experiencing Shamwari’s natural wonders. Booking your stay here allows guests to go on professionally guided walks of the surrounding land, so you can get up close and personal with nature.

During these walks, our experienced guides share their extensive knowledge. Learn more about the history and culture of the region, the diverse flora, abundant insect and birdlife, as well as the many animals, large and small, you will encounter.

To fully experience this back-to-nature adventure, requires guests to book a minimum 2-night trail, operational Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Fridays and Saturdays with an optional 3rd night (Sundays) on request. The camp operates from October to May in South Africa’s summer months.

The viewing deck at Shamwari’s Explorer Camp

Camping Facilities include

  • Viewing deck – Showcasing one of the most magnificent views the reserve has to offer
  • Plunge pool – A gorgeous plunge pool for guests to take a dip in after an insightful bush walk
  • Dining and lounge tent – Where guests can relax, share meals and a drink

The dining and lounge tent at Shamwari’s Explorer Camp

The Tents

The Explorer Camp consists of 3 tents, making it an ideal holiday accommodation option for an active group of friends or a family.

This camp is discreetly fenced in for safety reasons but retains a true explorer ambience. The tents are placed in close proximity without encroaching on the other tents’ privacy. Each tent is simplistically yet comfortably equipped with all the modern amenities required to add extra ambience and comfort. All tents include the following:

  • Two single beds (king convertible)
  • En-suite bathroom with shower
  • LED light for night-time use
  • Guest amenities including insect repellent, shower gel and shampoo, as well as other essentials

One of the tents at Shamwaris Explorer Camp

Guest Reviews

Reviews are a great way to find out about an experience to ensure it’s something you’ll enjoy. Have a look at TripAdvisor for some guest reviews on the Explorer Camp.

“Since being a young child, I have always wanted to walk among the wild animals in Africa! Explorer Camp finally made this possible for me. We enjoyed every moment…. tracking a lone bull elephant and a rhino with a calf were particularly exciting. The camp itself is comfortable (and I can confirm that there is a hot shower and a flushing toilet in each tent). I did not come for the food…. but hats off to the camp staff, the meals were outstanding, and a glass of champagne watching the sun go down will stay with me always! Thank you to rangers Wesley and Keenan; and thank you to Armand and his team. Unforgettable!” – Jeannine

Click here to book your luxury camping safari in South Africa at Shamwari’s Explorer Camp.

A group of tourists on a Shamwari walking safari encounter an elephant

Bayethe Tented Lodge

Bayethe Tented Lodge combines the incredible safari experience of sleeping beneath a canvas ceiling in the bush with the comfort of a suite. The name of this lodge comes from an African greeting, pronounced “By-ye-ti”. It translates to “I salute you” in English and is one of the warmest welcomes in the African culture.

It is located in the north of the reserve, surrounded by rich vegetation and consists of twelve tents. The lodge’s spacious central lounge leads to indoor and outdoor dining areas, as well as a sundeck where guests can relax in-between game drives. Enjoy luxury camping like never before.

Bayethe Tented Lodge’s outdoor deck

Luxury Camping Facilities include

  • Bush Relaxation Retreat – Where you can treat yourself to a spa treatment after a thrilling game drive
  • Gift boutique – Should you wish to buy a keepsake to take home or gifts for your loved ones
  • Lounge area with TV – For ultimate relaxation
  • In and outdoor dining facilities – Where you can enjoy a different ambience during different meals
  • Outdoor deck – Where you can enjoy the incredible view
  • Wi-Fi – To keep you connected with loved ones back home

The Luxury Tents

All of the tented suites are carefully situated so that guests can experience the seclusion and beauty of the African bushveld.

Each luxury tent includes:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • International dial telephone
  • Fitted international adapters
  • International dial telephone
  • Electronic safe
  • Hairdryer
  • En-suite bathroom with bath
  • Outdoor shower
  • Private deck and plunge pool
  • Fireplace
  • Electric blankets
  • Three rooms have indoor showers

A close up of the bed found in one of Bayethe Tented Lodge’s suites

Guest Reviews

Bayethe Tented Lodge is one of our most popular glamping accommodation offerings. Guests have left us with a plethora of wonderful reviews, that you can have a look at on TripAdvisor.

“Six of us spent a fantastic four nights in this beautiful game park. We had a brilliant guide for our eight game drives: Headman was knowledgeable and skilful, and we were lucky enough to see all of the ‘big five’ including two magical encounters with a leopard. The Bayethe tents were luxurious and all the staff were exceptionally attentive, they couldn’t do enough for us. The food was delicious and perfectly cooked. We will definitely return.” – Chris

Click here to book your luxury camping safari in South Africa at Bayethe Tented Lodge.

One of the Bayethe suites’ private deck


Sindile, Shamwari’s newly built luxury tented camp, is the perfect escape for honeymooners. This tented camp is a secluded luxury getaway, situated deep within the African bushveld.

Named for the matriarch of Shamwari’s leopards, the camp consists of just nine luxurious tents. It’s set deep in the bush, on a ridge, providing excellent vantages over the Bushman’s River and surrounding plains. This is luxury camping at its finest.

Shamwari’s luxury tented Sindile camp

Luxury Camping Facilities include:

  • Reception and lounge – Experience out of this world views
  • Gift boutique – You can buy a keepsake to take home or gifts for your loved ones
  • Dining room with fireplace – Featuring outstanding views of the surrounding plains
  • Bar and lounge with fireplace and big-screen television – For ultimate relaxation
  • Deck with firepit – Where you can sit and simply enjoy being outdoors
  • Boma – Where you can experience traditional South African cuisine under a starry sky
  • Relaxation Retreat – Where you can treat yourself to a spa treatment after a thrilling game drive
  • Wi-Fi – To keep you connected with your loved ones back home
  • Hairdryer

Sindile’s beautiful dining room

The Luxury Tents

  • Air conditioning
  • Electronic safe
  • En-suite bathroom with a bath and shower
  • Fitted international adapters
  • Hairdryer
  • Indoor fireplace
  • International dial telephone
  • Lounge area
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Outdoor shower
  • Private deck with a lounging area underneath a pergola
  • Private heated plunge pool
  • Private minibar
  • WiFi

Sindile’s beautiful dining room

Guest Reviews

As Sindile was only opened in December 2019, there aren’t too many reviews to show just yet. However, there is a brilliant one that was left on TripAdvisor that we were absolutely delighted about:

“Having last had a family safari holiday over ten years ago, we decided it was time to visit the bush again and so after much research by my wife, we chose the new Sindile luxury tented lodge in the malaria-free Shamwari Game Reserve for our Christmas holiday. Every aspect of our four days was superb! The friendly welcome, amazing six-star accommodation, each tent with its own private pool and sun deck overlooking the river and plains teeming with game, simply took our breath away. The tented lodge including reception area, bar, dining area, fire pit and multiple viewing decks was amazing and the design, facilities, decor and staff at this luxury tented camp made for a truly memorable holiday where nothing was too much trouble and we felt incredibly welcome and pampered…” – S3761OXcraigb

Click here to book your luxury camping safari in South Africa at Sindile.

Elephants walking by the Sindile luxury tented camp

So, if you’re looking for a glamping or luxury camping holiday, look no further than Shamwari in South Africa’s scenic Eastern Cape Province. You won’t be disappointed!