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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 23 April 2013

We really stayed at Bayethe Lodge for 4 nights whilst on our honeymoon and I can not recommend Shamwari high enough. There was nothing the staff would not do to make your stay better. The tent was beautiful and exceptionally clean everyday. The food is amazing and plentiful. The game drives are great fun. We had Headman as our ranger...

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United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 April 2013

I stayed at Shamwari on a working holiday and we had 2 nights in the main lodge and the 3rd in the tented accomodation. For me the night in the tent was just - special - we had our own plunge pool and balcony overlooking a watering hole, with an outdoor shower. To say it was magical is a huge...

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Jersey, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 April 2013

We had 3 nights here at end of our SA trip and it was absolutely brilliant. We stayed at the Riverdene lodge with our 2 kids and had a great family suite with 2 very spacious interconnecting rooms which were of a very high quality. The lodge is enclosed so the kids could potter around outside. We had 2 drives...

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Reviewed 20 April 2013 via mobile

The staff were very welcoming and accommodating. Our ranger jack was absolutely fantastic and a real credit to the Shanwari Reserve. The passion, enthusiasm and fantastic knowledge was second to none. There was nothing he didn't know continued to provide information from the plants to the animals and threw in some astronomy information for good measure. Great interaction with his...

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Reviewed 19 April 2013

We spent two days in this luxury class game reserve. Accommodation - Bayethe tents lodge - as well as service, meals and quality of staff were very top notch. Most impressive was Mino - "The Indian Ranger" - who was extremely knowledgeable as well as fun and got us the most out of our four game drives. It was definitely...

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Aberdeen
Reviewed 19 April 2013

Shamwari far exceeded our expectations. We stayed at Bayethe for 3 nights in a luxury tent, yes it is made of canvas, but resembles a 5* hotel room inside, air con, minibar and lots of comfort. The nice warm welcome on arrival continued throughout our stay, everyone was friendly and helpful, nothing was a problem. Our ranger was Jacques, whose...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 17 April 2013 via mobile

Highly recommend this safari if you want something authentic but still luxurious. Only 1 hr out of port Elizabeth. Stayed at the Long Lee Edwardian manor, we had a honeymoon suite, it was very spacious and romantic! Mini bar was fully stocked and complimentary. We saw everything! Our tour guide, the Indian ranger Mino, he went above and beyond to...

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Manila, Philippines
Reviewed 17 April 2013

Our group was made out of 11 people - all family and family friends. We stayed at Long Lee and loved our entire stay. Accommodations, food and service was great! We were initially thrilled to see all the warthogs on the lawn going about their eating, but always had to watch out for poop or for where they were if...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 April 2013

We recently stayed at the Long Lee Manor at Shamwari Game Reserve and absolutely loved it. We have never left a review on Trip Advisor but logged on especially to share our views on this amazing place. The Long Lee Manor is a lovely old house in the middle of the reserve, you have to drive 7k up a bumpy...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 12 April 2013

After 2 weeks in South Africa, this was our last stop and it just made our vacation. Shamwari was incredible. The service is seamless, the accomodation is luxurious (we stayed in the bayethe tents), the tents have all the mod-cons you expect from a 5 star and more. We love the fire place, the free standing bath, and the linen...

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A mere 75 km from Port Elizabeth towards Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Shamwari is the crown jewel of private game reserves situated in the malaria free Eastern Cape, the birth place of Nelson Mandela. This privately owned 25 000 hectares of prime natural terrain has received numerous international awards. Shamwari is an exploration of nature with close encounters of free roaming wildlife and the coveted big five with a choice of unique lodges, an exclusive private villa and the adventurous Explorer Camp. Luxury accommodation is offered in 7 different game lodges on Shamwari Game Reserve, all of which are 5 Star graded. Choose a game lodge that perfectly compliments your ideal African experience. EAGLES CRAG LODGE - Exclusivity, privacy and serenity for the most discerning of travelersBAYETHE TENTED LODGE - The ultimate in luxury tented accommodationSARILI LODGE - A colonial and bush experience. Perfect for families or small partiesLONG LEE MANOR - Refined elegance from a bygone era. RIVERDENE FAMILY LODGE - Colonial Africa in an elegantly restored CHILD FRIENDLY frontier home. VILLA LOBENGULA - Villa Lobengula is a beautiful and tranquil space tucked away in the depths of the valley bushveld. Booked on an exclusive use basis only. EXPLORER CAMP - Camping & walking experience among the Big 5 on the magnificent Shamwari Game Reserve ON SAFARI - Game drives can last up to 3 hours each and are conducted twice a day in open vehicles / Guided walks / Star gazing RELAX - Various treatments can be enjoyed at our Relaxation Retreats which are situated at Eagles Crag, Lobengula Lodge, Bayethe Lodge and Long Lee Manor ... more   less 

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Address: N2 between Port Elizabeth & Grahamstown, Shamwari Game Reserve 6000, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Shamwari Game Reserve
Price Range: $905 - $1,621 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Shamwari Game Reserve Lodges 5*
Number of rooms: 56
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“All rooms will be first class as this place is idyllic”
 of 5 bubbles Brawbaws2, 12 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Only nine room, 7,8,9 I would say are better positioned.”
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“Ther are all good rooms!”
 of 5 bubbles johnwE3137FG, 4 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Room SIx is a fabulous suite, with a large lounge, bath/shower room and separate bedroom”
 of 5 bubbles 187alisond, 29 Jan 2017 | Read review
“every room gives you views of the reserve...and depending on location, a family of warthogs to greet you in the morning”
 of 5 bubbles nyc131262, 11 Jan 2017 | Read review
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