Our Tented Camps Make Your Dreams a Reality at Shamwari

The Luxury Tented Camps at Shamwari provide you with great comfort in the middle of the wild outdoors. This is perfect for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Want to get closer to nature, without having to compromise on a luxurious stay? Come and enjoy our Luxury Tented Camps experience.

What are 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 upraise camping to a higher, more comfortable level.

Guests that enjoy an authentic vacation spent close to nature should consider this. The truly unique South African safari accommodation option of staying in a tented camp. Tented camps come in all shapes and sizes range from basic to luxurious. Most luxury tented camps are surrounded by rich vegetation. This truly creates a nature-filled escape from the outside world.

Imagine waking up to the sounds of the birds and watching the sunrise with those you love. These special memories will last you a lifetime.

Our Premium Tented Camps

Shamwari offers guests one of the best luxury camping experiences available. You can choose between staying at the more rustic, but still luxurious, Explorer Camp. Our new flagship tented camp, Sindile, or the equally impressive Bayethe. Any of these camps will leave you satisfied.

Explorer Camp


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. You’ll be hard pressed to get any closer to nature than this.

This camp consists of three tents, sleeping two guests each. All those interested in the walking safari are accommodated here. Those aged between 16 and 65 are permitted.

Dining by the campfire is one of the unique features this tented camp is known for.

Sindile Tented Camp


The brand new Sindile is a secluded, luxury haven. It is set deep in the African veld, allowing guests to get back to their roots. Reconnecting with themselves and nature. Sindile luxury tented camp is your escape from the daily grind.

This luxurious tented camp consists of 9 premier tents. They are sleeping a maximum of two adults each. Newly built in 2019, this exclusive camp offers every tent’s guests access to a private heated plunge pool. We regret that no children under the age of 16 are allowed.

Our Tented Camps Feature All The Comforts of Home

Shamwari’s exceptional luxury tented camps options bring comfort to you. In fact, we believe our guests shouldn’t have to compromise their comfort in order to experience nature to the fullest.

All tented camps are exclusively furnished. Therefore, all guests are promised a unique experience indeed.

Our Explorer Camp’s tents are simplistic, yet comfortably equipped. All the modern necessities required to assure a memorable stay placed right in front of you.


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



  • 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.


  • 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



  • 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


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 escape to a private oasis in Eagles Crag and Lobengula, to reconnect 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 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 1990s, 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.

Our Guests

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.

Things To Bring Along On Your 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.