Shamwari’s Luxury Tented Camps Make Your Dreams a Reality

Need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city? Want to get closer to nature, without having to compromise on comfort? Shamwari’s luxury tented camps provide you with all the comforts of home in the great outdoors.

What are Luxury Tented Camps ?

Luxury and camping aren’t words commonly used within the same context. Shamwari Private Game Reserve proves that it is indeed possible to elevate camping to a higher, more comfortable, level.

There’s no better way to appreciate beautiful South Africa’s Eastern Cape province than by getting up close and personal with nature. We offer you the opportunity to do just that, without compromising on style or comfort.

Guests who want to enjoy an authentic vacation spent close to nature should consider the truly unique South African safari accommodation option of staying in a tented camp. Tented camps come in all shapes and sizes and can range from basic to opulent – such as those available at Shamwari. Most tented accommodations tend to be surrounded by rich vegetation, creating a nature-filled escape from the outside world.

Staying in a tented camp allows guests to form a true connection with nature. Going to sleep and waking up to the sounds of the bush is an experience unlike any other. These special memories will last you a lifetime.

If you’re looking into luxury camping ideas, Shamwari is able to offer guests one of the best luxury camping experiences on the market. Choose between staying at the more rustic, but still luxurious, Explorer Camp, our new flagship tented camp, Sindile, or the equally impressive Bayethe. Staying at either one of these is sure to make for a memorable vacation.

Our Explorer Camp is available for bookings during South Africa’s summer season. Guests are treated to a once in a lifetime guided walking safari of the surrounding land when staying here. You’ll be hard pressed to get any more in tune with nature than that.

The Explorer Camp consists of three tents, sleeping two guests each. As this camp acts as accommodation for guests interested in our walking safari, only those aged between 16 and 65 are permitted. Dining by the campfire is just one of the unique features of this tented camp.

Our new tented camp, Sindile, is a secluded, luxury haven set deep in the African veld, allowing our guests to get back to their roots by reconnecting with themselves and nature. Enjoy true peace and tranquillity away from the daily toil.

Sindile’s luxurious tented camp consists of 9 premier tents, sleeping a maximum of two adults each. Newly built in 2019 (to be opened on 20 December), this exclusive camp offers every tent’s inhabitants access to a private heated plunge pool. We regret that no children under the age of 16 are allowed.

Bayethe tented lodge gets its name from the African greeting, pronounced “By-ye-ti”. This translates to “I salute you” in English and is one of the warmest welcomes in the African culture in this area of the country. For a luxurious and malaria-free experience, look no further.

Our Bayethe camp features 12 superior tents that can sleep a maximum of two adults. All tents come equipped with a cosy fireplace – perfect for those cold bushveld nights. All rooms also have access to private plunge pools.

Luxury Tented camps

Luxury Tented Camps

Luxury Tented Camps

Call it what you wish – glamping or luxury camping – Shamwari Private Game Reserve makes it a reality.

Whether you prefer rustic and comfortable or sleek and exclusive, we have a luxury camping solution to suit your needs.

Our Luxury Safari Tents Provide So Much More Than Protection Against The Elements

Whether you choose to stay over in the Explorer Camp, Bayethe or Sindile, your safari vacation is sure to be a memorable one. Shamwari’s luxury safari tents provide the ultimate escape from the rat race.

Our Explorer Camp is inspired by nature. It is our firm belief that travel needs to be simplified by going back to basics. With this package we not only reflect the core ideals of our safaris, but we also aim to deliver an eye-opening encounter with nature.

The wilderness bush camp itinerary comprises a minimum 2-night trail (operational Tuesday-Wednesday) and Friday-Saturday, with an optional third night (Sunday) on request. This camp operates between October-April.

Our Explorer Camp is discreetly fenced in for safety reasons, but it retains its explorer ambiance. Tents are placed in close proximity without encroaching on each other’s privacy. The camp is set on a plateau, set among the only basalt and granite extrusions on Shamwari. A magical setting for sure.

Sindile’s nine luxurious free-standing tents are elevated above the surrounding bush. This gives our guests access to uninhibited views, unsullied by any man-made structures or light pollution. A harmonious, intimate design minimises the environmental footprint. The Sindlile camp’s dining area and bar are situated to make the most of the views on the reserve. Focal points include a large harvest table and fire pit.

Bayethe Tented Lodge offers guests a once in a lifetime safari holiday experience. The opportunity to immerse yourself in utter tranquillity, surrounded by the dense vegetation of this special location. Our Bayethe tented camp provides guests with privacy and a feeling of seclusion, while also showcasing spectacular views of the African bush.

Our Luxury Tented Camps Accommodation Features All The Comforts of Home

Shamwari’s exceptional luxury tented camps options are kitted out with all the comforts of home. We believe our guests shouldn’t have to compromise their comfort in order to experience nature to the fullest.

As each of our luxury tented accommodation options are unique, with their own distinct character and ambiance, they all have features unique to them.

Our Explorer Camp’s tents are simplistic, yet comfortably equipped with all the modern necessities required to assure a memorable stay.

Explorer Camp shared facilities include:

  • Deck on the basalt extrusions
  • Plunge pool
  • Outdoor bathroom with shower
  • Dining tent

Each Explorer Camp tent includes:

  • 2x comfortable single beds and bedding
  • LED light for night time use
  • Guest amenities including insect repellent, shower gel and shampoo, as well as other essentials

Meals at the Explorer Camp are enjoyed around the campfire with exquisite silverware. Guests also get to wake up to freshly brewed tea and coffee, served in front of their tents every morning.

A classic portable bar equipped with fine crystal glassware allows for guests to enjoy a classic gin and tonic on the viewing deck.

While all safety precautions have been followed when setting up these facilities, guests are still treated to gorgeous panoramic views of the landscape.

Our new Sindile luxury tented camp’s shared facilities include:

  • Reception and lounge
  • Gift boutique
  • Dining room with fireplace
  • Bar and lounge with fireplace and big screen TV
  • Deck with firepit
  • Boma
  • Relaxation retreat spa
  • WiFi connection

Each of Sindile’s premier tents include:

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

Communal features of our elegant Bayethe tented lodge include:

  • Bush relaxation retreat spa
  • Gift boutique
  • Lounge area with TV
  • In and outdoor dining facilities
  • Outdoor deck
  • WiFi

Each of Bayethe’s superior tents include:

  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • International dial telephone
  • Fitted international adapters
  • Electronic safe
  • Hairdryer
  • En-suite bathroom with bath
  • Outdoor shower
  • Private deck and plunge pool
  • Fire place
  • Electric blankets
  • 3 rooms have access to indoor showers

If you like what you see and are on the lookout for luxury tent accommodation, Shamwari Private Game Reserve will provide you with unparalleled luxury and comfort during your stay. To book any of our luxurious tented safari accommodation options, please click here.

We’re Ranked As One Of The Top Luxury Safari Lodges In South Africa

Shamwari Private Game Reserve is one of the finest luxury safari lodges South Africa has to offer.  We are honoured to be featured on lists such as The Luxury Safari Company’s Top 10 Luxury Safari Lodges South Africa.

Our commitment to quality when it comes to our guests and preserving the local environment is what has helped Shamwari achieve this status. Sensational game viewing and intimate accommodation options close to nature are just some of Shamwari’s charming characteristics. Staying with us is exclusive and extraordinarily memorable.

Today, Shamwari offers guests several lodgings to choose from when booking their stay. Each unique in their offerings and identity, yet all remaining refined and elegant. From a family friendly safari at Riverdene, to escaping to a private oasis in Eagles Crag and Lobengula, to reconnecting with nature in our luxurious tented camps – there’s an exceptional accommodation offering suitable for everyone’s needs at Shamwari.

The Shamwari experience in its entirety is best described in by its name. “Shamwari” is Shona for “friend.” There is a harmony about our private game reserve where guests can tranquilly coexist with nature – admiring the animals roaming the African bush. Our guests are treated as though Shamwari were their home away from home; the welcoming atmosphere is sure to be felt upon arrival and for the duration of your stay.

Previous guests can testify that the phrase, “arrive a guest and leave as a friend”, is very much true when staying at Shamwari’s luxury safari lodgings.

For a full list of our luxury accommodation offerings, click here.

Shamwari Has So Much More To Offer Than Luxury Tented Camps

Shamwari Private Game Reserve offers so much more than luxury tented lodges – it is the crown jewel of private game reserves offering a premier safari and holiday destination in the malaria free Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

In the early 1990’s, many species were eradicated from this historically ecologically rich area by means of irresponsible hunting and farming practices. Shamwari set out to rehabilitate and consolidate the land, which allowed for the increase of multiple wild animal populations over the years, including the infamous members of the Big Five who can now be found roaming the plains and valleys of our reserve. During the course of the last 25 years, Shamwari has returned the land to its original state and helped it flourish. The region is renowned for its biodiversity.

Through our conservation efforts, Shamwari has been able to offer guests abundant and unforgettable fauna and flora encounters. It’s an African wildlife safari experience without peer.

Booking your stay at one of Shamwari’s fine accommodation options means that you are supporting a wildly successful ongoing conservation project.

Shamwari Luxury Tented Camps Near Me

Shamwari Private Game Reserve is located in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. Access to Shamwari can be obtained by various methods of transportation, depending on where you’re travelling from.

Both local and overseas guests will have to at least make the final leg of their journey to Shamwari by bus or car on the N2 highway.

Should guests not wish to drive themselves, we offer an airport pickup service from Port Elizabeth Airport at an additional fee.

For those who choose to make use of their own modes of transport, directions on reaching Shamwari’s various lodgings can be found here.

Please note that non-residents are permitted to drive in South Africa, should they possess a valid driver’s licence issued in their own country. It must, however, be in English and feature the photograph, as well as the signature of the holder.

Should your driver’s license not meet these criteria, an international driver’s license will be required.

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Sindile: Luxury Tented Camps Unlike Any You’ve Ever Experienced Before

To be officially unveiled on December 20th 2019, Sindile is set to become Shamwari’s crown jewel when it comes to the ultimate in luxurious tented camp accommodations. This elite safari camp’s nine large luxury camping tents are all elevated above the surrounding bush, allowing guests access to uninhibited views of Shamwari’s unparalleled beauty.

Shamwari CEO, Joe Cloete had this to say about the exquisite new Sindile camp: “We thought very carefully about the situation of this new tented camp and it is exceptional. It combines the peace and solitude of the bush with some of the best views on the reserve. Its design is the culmination of everything we’ve learnt at our other tented camps and luxury lodges, combining the romance of being under canvass with a premium hospitality experience.”

The Sindile camp, named after Shamwari’s famed leopard, mimics a solitary leopard’s sanctuary: blending in with the surrounding bush, while providing excellent vantages over the Bushman’s River and surrounding plains.

Sindile is isiXhosa for “survivor”, a testament to the celebrated leopardess’ tenacity that had driven her to survive numerous lion maulings and raise five litters of cubs. She provided guests with unique sighting opportunities, as she was prone to traverse all over the reserve. However, the new Sindile camp’s location was one of her most frequently visited spots – arguably her most favourite.

Sindile forms part of the second phase of a two year US$25 million investment programme at Shamwari.

For more information with regards to the Sindile luxury tented camp and its amenities, click here.

To book your stay at the exclusive new Sindile tented safari camp, click here.

Luxury Tented Camps

Luxury Tented Camps

Luxury tented camps

Luxury tented camps

Luxury tented camps

Luxury tented camps

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Praise For Our Luxury Tented Camps, South Africa

Our guests come from far and wide – nationally and internationally. Those who have stayed with us in one of our premier tented camps or one of our other fine accommodation options, leave with fond memories that will last a lifetime. An exquisite stay, friendly, attentive staff and an unforgettable safari experience will leave you aching to return.

We have received countless glowing reviews for not only Shamwari’s various lodgings, but also our services and safari excursions.

Here are just some of the good things our previous guests had to say with regards to our luxurious tented camp offerings:

“The most magical place on the planet! Shamwari and all the animals we saw being taken on game drives by Dillon, our amazing guide, who introduced us to the Big 5… just breath-taking. And the tents, the staff, the food… incredible. Can’t wait to return.” – Lesley Booth Ryan

“Truly incredible safari. My wife and I stayed for 3 nights in Bayethe tented lodge (number 12) in May 2018. We had a truly incredible experience – no words can describe how amazing it was! Overall it was the most magical and amazing experience which we genuinely can’t describe and can’t wait to be back. Thank you so, so much, Shamwari.” – James S, Leigh-On Sea, United Kingdom

“Our favourite place. Every day at Shamwari Private Game Reserve is a new adventure. Our family of four stayed at the Bayethe tented lodge. Everyone who works at Shamwari is warm, friendly, and helpful, and every staff member makes guests feel like family. Our favourite moments were on our daily game drives with our wonderful ranger. Sitting quietly, we had lions and elephants walk close to our truck, rhinos graze right in front of us, and giraffes stop and stare curiously as they walked slowly by. Shamwari is an incredible place, with such powerful images and unforgettable moments, I can still close my eyes and imagine I’m there.” – Carolyn M, Westport, Connecticut

“Shamwari Explorer Camp made for a brilliant safari. Yes, Shamwari is not quite the Kruger in size, but it is very extensive and some say it can make for a better overall experience – without malaria risk. The two guides were exceptional. Walking amongst the Big Five is no picnic, but it is an opportunity definitely not to be missed! It was wonderful. We absolutely loved every moment of this weekend and would absolutely recommend. Don’t miss it.” – Rev. Andrew Wright, Oxford, United Kingdom

“We specifically chose the Explorer Camp, being avid fans of walking safaris and the Explorer Camp did not disappoint! Livingston style luxury camping with gourmet meals and fantastic rangers. There is also an amazing deck with excellent views which is large enough to do a workout on. We are fans and will certainly be back to Shamwari.” – Laryngospasm, Calgary

Reviews specific to Shamwari’s various accommodation offerings can also be found widely on the internet via a quick Google search. Trip Advisor features a variety of these reviews.

To view one such TripAdvisor review specific to Bayethe tented lodge, click here.

To view one such TripAdvisor review specific to our Explorer Camp, click here.

Things To Bring Along On Your Luxury Camping Trip

Wondering what you need to pack for your luxury tented camping trip to Shamwari Private Game Reserve? We’ve compiled a list of recommendations, for your convenience.

The following will help you get the most out of your visit:

  • Cameras, various lenses and binoculars
  • Light clothes for hot summer safaris
  • Bathing suits to use in the designated pool areas
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen and hats
  • Warmer clothes for game drives in the night and winter stays

No need to worry about taking malaria medication – Shamwari is located in a malaria-free area.

Our gift boutiques – located at various Shamwari lodges – have some items of clothing available for purchase, should you forget something at home.


Have any questions before making your way to one of Shamwari’s luxury tented camps? We have compiled a list of our guests’ most frequently asked questions.

Q: What Is The Best Time Of The Year For Game Viewing?

A: Good news! Game viewing isn’t affected by either weather, the season or time of year. The wildlife is active 365 days a year. If you are looking to see something specific, talk to one of our safari experts when booking your game drive. Remember to bring along some warm clothes for your game drive, as it can get cold, regardless of the time of year.

Q: What Is The Electricity Situation?

A: South Africa’s electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50Hz. We highly recommend that you travel with your gadgets’ correct adapters, as they may be in short supply. Do be careful to check your gadgets’ device specifications and requirements before utilizing our power supply source. All of Shamwari’s lodgings are equipped with standby generators, in the event of a power outage.

Q: What Language Is Spoken In South Africa?

A: South Africa a melting pot of different cultures. We have a total of 11 official languages, which includes English. English is widely spoken throughout the country.

Q: What Are South Africa’s Health Facilities Like?

A: Have no fear – when visiting South Africa, you’ll have access to world-class medical facilities. A large network of hospitals offer excellent services. Do, however, be sure to have adequate health insurance as a safety precaution before your visit.

Q: What Currency Is Accepted In South Africa?

 A: The country’s local currency is the South African Rand (R1 = 100c). The rand to major international currency exchange rate is usually extremely favourable. Foreign guests can have their VAT (value-added tax at 15%) refunded at the point of departure – provided they have access to the original tax invoices. All major debit and credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa) are accepted by Shamwari. Shamwari accepts cash payments in ZAR, GBP, EUR and USD. Guests are, however, advised to not travel with large amounts of cash.

Q: Are Gratuities Compulsory?

A: No, gratuities are not compulsory at Shamwari Private Game Reserve. Envelopes are available at reception, should you wish to leave a gratuity. You can also add a gratuity to your final bill and settle by credit/debit card when checking out.

Q: Do All Of Shamwari’s Lodgings Have Access To WiFi?

A: All of Shamwari’s lodges and guest rooms provide guests with access to WiFi. Our reception/connectivity is relatively good, however is also depends on your carrier. We regret that our Explorer Camp doesn’t have access to WiFi.

Have any more questions you need answering? Click here to view a complete list of our FAQs. Alternatively, you can contact Shamwari here.