Shamwari Private Game Reserve

N2 between Port Elizabeth


The ultimate luxury big five African safari adventure and conservation effort coupled with responsible tourism.

Shamwari Private Game Reserve is home to Africa’s Big 5 (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard), is malaria free and is situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

This reserve has received numerous international awards, including the World’s Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve for many consecutive years.

Luxury safari accommodation is offered in 7 different lodges on this private game reserve. Choose a lodge that compliments your ideal African experience.

Shamwari is about conserving a vanishing way of life and is the realisation of one man’s dream, and the success of many people’s passion.

Steeped in pioneer history, and dating back to the time when a multitude of game roamed wild and free, the 25 000 hectare reserve boasts five eco-systems, thus enabling the support of many forms of plant, animal and bird life.

Shamwari is situated in verdant bush along the Bushmans River, halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, a pleasant drive from Cape Town and forms a natural extension to the famous Garden Route.

Weddings and Honeymoons

If your dream wedding includes a luxury honeymoon to one of Africa's finest, luxury, Big 5 game reserves, then why not extend the dream and get married in the wild?

Shamwari offers a romantic wedding package based on two people (bride & groom) that does not include accommodation. Accommodation charges can be requested separately.

Conferences & Incentives

This 25,000 hectare game reserve provides the ultimate team building experience. Whether its working together to track wild animals, helping our vets with darting programmes or even assisting with the release of Big Five game back into the wild, there is no better way to develop teamwork skills whilst also supporting vital conservation efforts.

Picture your team sitting around the camp fire by night drinking sundowners and watching the evening sky change colour. They’ll be discussing the day’s risks and rewards whilst enjoying the African delights that our chef has cooked on the traditional Braai - and then working out how to perform better when the next challenge comes along!

Shamwari Game Reserve has a dedicated conference organiser who will work with you to tailor your company’s African experience. So whether you’re planning game drives and walking safaris, a night’s star gazing followed by a bush breakfast, or just want to make sure that the conference room is fully air conditioned and has all the presentation equipment you need, Shamwari Private Game Reserve has it covered.

Activities Overview

When you visit Shamwari Game Reserve, Shamwari would want you to have the 'safari of a lifetime'. Shamwari will assign a personal game ranger to your group of 6. Your game ranger and lodge manager will design your daily program with you.

Kids on Safari

The colonial-style, Riverdene Lodge with nine inter-leading luxury rooms, rim flow pool, supervised playroom, spacious green lawns and jungle gym facility will ensure entertainment for the whole family.

Upon arrival, the children’s co-ordinator will discuss activity options with the family taking the family’s size, children’s ages and the weather into consideration. Child minding facilities are available at an additional cost for children younger than four years as they are too young to join game drives.

Each child will receive an age-appropriate gift pack.