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Shamwari, Wildlife Safaris

  • Shamwari Group – Conserving a vanishing way of life

    Taking its name from the Shona term for ‘friend’, the world renowned Shamwari Group has been a pioneering leader in wildlife safaris, conservation and hospitality for over 20 years.  Today our portfolio boasts 12 lodges across 4 magnificent reserves in South Africa and 2 lodges in Rwanda.   

    Shamwari Game Reserve

    Shamwari Game Reserve is the crown jewel of private game reserves, located in the malaria free Eastern Cape.  At 25 000 hectares this world renowned reserve is the largest of the private reserves, offering the chance to explore 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.


    Long Lee Manor offers elegance from a bygone era in the form of a traditional Edwardian manor house.  Bayethe Tented Lodge allows guests to immerse themselves in the sounds of the bush from the comfort of their room.  Eagles Crag Lodge, each room complete with its own private plunge pool, is the epitome of luxury and ideal for those celebrating any special occasion.    Families will love Riverdene Lodge, with 9 interconnecting rooms and an abundance of family friendly facilities, and those with older children and groups will love the intimacy of the 5 room Sarili Lodge.


    Jock Safari Lodge

    Jock Safari Lodge is situated in the South-Western corner of the Kruger National Park.  Nestled where the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers flow as one, the lodge offers stunning views from both the main lodge and the 3 roomed Fitzpatricks at Jock, which is perfect for families and small groups.  With 6,000 hectares of exclusive traversing rights in an area of the park which is celebrated for its high concentration of Big Five game, Jock Safari Lodge offers spectacular game viewing experiences which will stay with guests for years to come.  Those looking for something even more thrilling can stay at our Explorer Camp, a tented experience based around walking into the bush to get you even closer to nature. 


    Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

    Seated at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountain Range in the heart of South Africa's Little Karoo and just a 3 hour drive from Cape Town, Sanbona is the Western Cape's premier wildlife destination.  Sanbona pays tribute to the San people who made this arid environment their home for centuries. Sanbona has an alluring atmosphere of stillness, an air of isolation amid the raw beauty and boundless plains. Sanbona offers 3 luxurious five star lodges and a back to nature Explorer Camp adventure, giving guests the chance to discover ancient fossils and bushman art, as well as the elusive Big Five.  Tilney Manor offers 6 large open plan suites, all with spectacular views of indigenous gardens.  Gondwana Lodge welcomes families, with children being able to join game drives from as young as 4.  Dwyka Tented Lodge is located in the stunning surroundings of a horseshoe shaped crater, and is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment due to re-open in September 2014.


    Nkomazi Game Reserve

    Located in the Barberton Mountainland which has a plant biodiversity higher than that of the entire Kruger National Park, Nkomazi Game Reserve is were great natural beauty and 3.7 billion years of natural history meet.  The Komati Tented Lodge provides 5 star luxurious tented suites, each with private sun deck & plunge pool.  Offering spectacular dramatic landscapes, fantastic wildlife sightings and the opportunity to see some of the oldest fossils on Earth, Nkomazi is sure to be a memorable experience for all. 


    Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Rwanda

    Located in Rwanda’s South Western district of Gisakura on the edge of Nyungwe National Forest Park, Nyungwe Forest Lodge effortlessly combines five star service excellence with African hospitality, ensuring a guest experience rich in local culture and history.

    Boasting twenty-two spacious villa rooms and two luxurious suites, Nyungwe offers you supreme comfort and style amongst the rolling hills of Rwanda.

    Experience a new African dawn where the hues of a golden sky, majestic mountains and some of the rarest living creatures and plants on earth welcomes the visitor to a unique natural forest.


    Gorilla's Nest Lodge

    Situated in Northern Rwanda's Musanze district is the Volcanoes National Park, where an awe-inspiring experience awaits you. Share the Mountain Gorilla's family space, soak up the serenity found in nature and be a part of the private lives of the abundant primates in this magnificent country.

    This beautiful lodge is positioned on the foothills of the Virunga Volcano range, providing breathtaking views of Rwandan hills.  The lodge is also the closest to the National Park, providing great access for those wishing to go and catch a glimpse of the Gorillas.  Accommodation is provided at the small and intimate Jack Hanna’s Cottage with accommodation for a maximum of 8 pax.

    Guests can enjoy a range of activities, including Mountain Gorilla & Golden Monkey trekking and visiting Diane Fossey's Karisoke Camp. In the evenings,  guests will enjoy authentic African cuisine and expertly prepared international dishes in a cozy and traditionally African atmosphere. 

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