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There’s always something happening at and around Shamwari Private Game Reserve. New guests booking in, old guests leaving as friends, game drives, various conservation efforts, the preparation of delicious meals and entertainment of guests… The list goes on and on. Keep abreast of the latest goings-on around Shamwari by having a look at what’s being written about us.

Shamwari is privileged to receive various accolades from former guests and external media sources. Read on to discover what they’re saying.

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Safe from Harm for 25 Years

This year marks 25 years since Born Free began our relationship with Shamwari and construction of our first big cat sanctuary, the Julie Ward Centre, on Shamwari Private Game Reserve started. We have been busy providing loving care for life for rescued lions and leopards ever since!

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www.getaway.co.za

South African Wildlife Conservation Series set to Appear on Netflix

Unwell leopards, orphaned rhino calves, clever hippos, and reluctant giraffes are some of the things the Shamwari conservation team deals with on a daily basis, all of which can now be seen in a 13-part Netflix series.

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Shamwari Private Game Reserve marks 30 Years of Conservation in the Eastern Cape

Marking its 30th anniversary this month, Shamwari Private Game Reserve is home to one of southern Africa’s most successful conservation projects.

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Conserving Africa’s Rhinos

Conserving rhinos is about more than just stopping poachers. We must also holistically consider other factors that put rhino populations at risk. Joe Cloete from Shamwari Private Game Reserve shares his insights on this today.

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www.farmersweekly.co.za

Celebrating Global Conservation Efforts on World Rhino Day

Saving Africa’s rhinos requires a multi-dimensional strategy, with private game reserves and national parks co-operating, and anti-poaching efforts working in tandem with education campaigns. This was according to Joe Cloete, CEO of Shamwari Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape.

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Travel: Sindile Luxury Tented Camp

“I dreamt a little dream, to visit a land not far that is destined to rejuvenate my spiritual core. That land is the Eastern Cape Province and my destination is Shamwari Private Game Reserve‘s, Sindile Luxury Tented Camp.” Monde Mtsi

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www.getaway.co.za

Shamwari – A Testament to 30 Years of Conservation Success

Thirty years ago, a ranger tied a chair to the back of a Willys Jeep to take a honeymoon couple on a game drive. It was a seminal event in one of the most enduring, successful, privately funded conservation projects attempted in South Africa.

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www.businessinsider.co.za

These Exclusive-Use Safari Villas are Among the Best in Africa for a Family or Group Holiday

If you’d rather avoid other guests on your next safari, and have a propensity for private chefs, butlers, and lavish surrounds, then booking an exclusive-use villa for your next holiday may be an option.

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www.getaway.co.za

Four Adult Lions Relocated from French Circus to Shamwari Game Reserve

Four adult lions who were sold as cubs and used as circus performers in France have taken their first steps on South African soil in Shamwari Private Game Reserve, after a gruelling four-year struggle.

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Shamwari Marks 30 Years Of Conservation Success

Shamwari Private Game Reserve is the embodiment of how a bold, ambitious conservation project can turn back the clock, restoring a piece of Africa’s natural heritage to what it once was. This year, as Shamwari marks its 30th anniversary, the reserve is lauded as a conservation success story, but when the project began the outcome was far from assured.

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Shamwari: A Luxury Game Reserve With Wheelchair Accessibility

The following article is one guest’s experience at Shamwari: “Long Lee Manor at Shamwari is the poster child for accessibility.” Read more to find out about this guests great experience and how Shamwari Private Game Reserve can accomodate guests with disabilities.

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Shamwari launches Biking in the Bush MTB getaway

“Mountain biking enthusiasts looking for a ride on the wild side can now book three-days of riding through big-five territory at Shamwari Private Game Reserve.

The Biking in the Bush getaway includes three-to-four hours of guided cycling each morning, afternoon game drives, guided walks and luxury accommodation to rest weary legs.”

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sandtontimes.co.za

The ultimate 3-day birding safari at Shamwari awaits

Ornithologists and enthusiasts alike can be confident of recording a good score when visiting Shamwari Private Game Reserve this Birding Big Day, on November 27.

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www.travelwrite.co.za

Birding Big Day

Birders visiting Shamwari Private Game Reserve this Birding Big Day (Saturday 27 November) will have a substantial advantage. Jéan Taute, senior ranger at Shamwari Private Game Reserve and experienced birder will host the weekend.

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maroelamedia.co.za

Staan opsy Covid, SA’ners wil trou, vakansie hou

Covid-19 en die warmer weer hoef Suid-Afrikaners net ‘n halwe kans te gee en die reistasse en trouskoene word nader gesleep.

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spice4life.co.za

Shamwari announces two more lodge openings this tourism month

“Shamwari Private Game Reserve has announced the opening of two more of its lodges this Tourism Month in anticipation of pent-up domestic demand and a small, but welcome, increase in international interest.

CEO, Joe Cloete, says that successive waves of the pandemic have made initial pessimistic forecasts about how long the recovery would take now appear bullish.”

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www.dailymaverick.co.za

Private game reserves are vital in battle to conserve environmental heritage

Rehabilitating land that was once extensively farmed, and helping to restore the ecology to what it was, is – contrary to what many critics choose to believe – not just for the enjoyment of a handful of wealthy overseas tourists.

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www.citizen.co.za

Five family-friendly destinations for proper wildlife experiences

Family travel is one of the best ways for parents and children to bond. Here are five family-friendly destinations where you can do just that, while also engaging in some of South Africa’s best wildlife experiences.

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Local visitors help private game reserves’ conservation efforts

“Some 2 500 years ago Sun Tzu, the Chinese military strategist and philosopher wrote: “In the midst of chaos there is also opportunity.”

Of course, he wasn’t talking about taking a holiday a year after the outbreak of a global pandemic, but the quote informs the unprecedented opportunity South African travellers now have to enjoy some of the country’s premium private game reserves at a fraction of the pre-COVID-19 prices.”

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www.tourismupdate.co.za

Fragile ecosystems can be restored

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day was ‘ecosystem restoration’ and, to celebrate, Shamwari TV released a short film about the impact of unsustainable human activity on fragile ecosystems and how these can be restored.

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sandtontimes.co.za

We went there: Shamwari’s $25-million dollar magical transformation

Shamwari Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape has made the best of lockdown, with a refurbishment as part of a $25-million investment, taking the guest experience into an ultra-luxury segment.

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www.after12mag.co.za

Flightless dung beetle and humble oxpecker star in World Environment Day TV special

This World Environment Day two unlikely protagonists, the Addo flightless dung beetle and the oxpecker, feature in a short film about the impact of unsustainable human activity on fragile ecosystems and how these can be restored.

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getitmagazine.co.za

A music safari … Craig Hinds unplugged in the bush

“Hard on the heels of the launch of Watershed’s seventh studio album, Elephant in the Room, frontman Craig Hinds will be hosting an exclusive unplugged session at Shamwari Private Game Reserve.

The Safari Unplugged weekend is a rare post-lockdown opportunity to attend a live performance by the acclaimed singer/ songwriter for one of South Africa’s most enduring and beloved bands.”

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www.iol.co.za

Safari on foot: 5 bush walks to add to your SA bucket list

Shamwari Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape offers daily guided walking safaris. Their top rangers provide insight on the reserve and other tidbits on the fauna and flora indigenous to the region.

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www.businesslive.co.za

Shamwari Game Reserve is back in the game

New owners and a $25m investment into Shamwari Game Reserve have put this iconic Eastern Cape reserve back on top of the five-star safari bucket list

In the late 1990s and early 2000s Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape was the byword for luxury SA safaris. The brainchild of local entrepreneur and conservationist Adrian Gardiner, Shamwari welcomed its first guests in October 1992. Back then it offered just a single lodge with game drives traversing 3,500ha of restored farmland.

Over the next decade the reserve’s footprint —and global reputation —grew, as the brand became synonymous with big five safari, drawing royalty and celebrities alongside well-heeled global travellers. More farmland was bought up and restored, stretching the reserve to its current 25,000ha, and historic homesteads were converted to the needs of the luxury hospitality business.

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Shamwari’s Sindile luxury tented camp

South African lodges are constantly reinventing its safari offerings, especially with the high demand from the international market. With the demand for glamping, many game reserves are creating out of this world accommodation that celebrates wildlife and its surrounding areas. Shamwari Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape recently launched Sindile, its new flagship tented camp.

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Wilderness & Wine lands

Following a scenic hour’s drive to Eagles Crag at Shamwari Private Game Reserve, I’m met by the ultimate of wildlife at the gate entrance. A herd of elephants cross the path before me as I pull in to the majestic property, and already I can tell I’m in for quite a safari. Situated along the Eastern Cape, Shamwari may be less known to safari goers than say, Kruger National Park, but there’s a certain appeal in that. Seven uniquely luxurious five-star graded lodges and one explorer camp occupy the massive private reserve across 27 square miles of natural glory home to the coveted Big 5. The region holds a vastly different terrain than other parts of South Africa, with its evergreen vegetation, rocky cliffs, and awe-inspiring coastline. I’d come prepared and vaccinated, but Shamwari holds a major advantage over the northern country in that there is no malaria present. This is especially appealing to those looking to get pregnant anytime soon, or anyone who would rather forgo the anti-malarial pills and its pesky side effects.

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The Perfect Winter Vacation Idea: 6 Reasons To Choose A Safari At Shamwari.

Winter is arguably one of the best times of the year for going on safari, between May and extending all the way through to Spring in September. Here are a few reasons why...

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31 October 2022 | PUBLISHED BY admin

Wildlife Conservation | 30 Years Of Success

Shamwari Private Game Reserve has established itself as one of the best game reserves in the country. With a longstanding history and connection to the African landscape, our reserve is one of the most sought-after safaris. While Shamwari competes for the title with the likes of lodges in The Kruger Park, it holds its own. With the stunning landscape of the Eastern Cape, it is no wonder that it is one of the top 10 private game reserves in South Africa. Our Game Reserve is more than just a luxury safari vacation. This year, we are celebrating our 30th year

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10 Reasons To Go On A Luxury African Safari Vacation

There are plenty of incredible safari holiday destinations located across the continent and country worthy of a visit. So then why should you choose to have your luxury safari holiday at Shamwari Private Game Reserve? We give you a breakdown of just why your safari holiday at Shamwari will be one of the greatest getaways of your life. Your Ideal African Safari Vacation 2022 Destination It’s high time you and your loved ones take a well-deserved break somewhere special – especially after the strange and unusual events of the past year. And what vacation destination could be more idyllic than

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A Bush Vacation That Reconnects You With Yourself And Mother Nature

Let go of the stresses and anxieties of daily life by reconnecting with yourself and nature at Shamwari. This bush retreat promises to be both a relaxing and eye-opening event. Leave your worries behind and restore your mind, body, and soul in the heart of the Eastern Cape wilderness. Read on to learn more. What To Expect From Our Luxury Bush Vacation The tranquil surroundings of South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province make it the perfect destination for a restorative bush retreat. Feel all your cares fade away and regain a fresh perspective on life as you immerse yourself in the

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Personal Safari Experiences At Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Exclusive safari experiences at Shamwari Private Game Reserve gives you a private introduction to South Africa’s breath-taking wildlife. If you’ve been dreaming about this and want to tick it off your bucket list, this private safari experience is definitely for you! Personalized Safari Experiences – The Best Way To Experience Nature And Wildlife A private safari at Shamwari Private Game Reserve is the perfect solution for guests who prefer not to share their game drive experience with strangers. The private safaris are available at an additional charge during our low season and occasionally during peak season as well. Treat yourself

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This Week’s Tribute is Lucky Khumalo.

As Shamwari celebrates its 30th Anniversary, we would like to pay tribute to the staff who have been loyal throughout the years and have helped shape Shamwari into what we are today. This week’s tribute is Lucky Khumalo. His story started in 1989, even before Shamwari officially opened to guests in 1992. As we continuously acquired land, he witnessed species such as black rhino, elephant, lion, and leopard being reintroduced. He was one of our first guides and after many years, he moved over to lodge management and is currently the assistant maintenance manager. He has many incredible stories to

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The Perfect Winter Vacation Idea: 6 Reasons To Choose A Safari At Shamwari.

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Which South African Game Reserves Are The Best?

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The Best Year End Function Venue For Your Employees

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Enjoy One of the Best South African Safari Experiences of Your Life

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Experience One of the Best Holiday Destinations in South Africa at Shamwari’s Bayethe Tented Lodge

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Game Lodge Specials You Don’t Want to Miss: Shamwari’s Long Lee Manor South African Residents Special

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