Shamwari Private Game Reserve | South Africa | Wild Safari Guide

Shamwari Private Game Reserve is located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and offers an exclusive safari experience. Nestled in the heart of the wild Eastern Cape, the private game reserve boasts an abundance of wildlife and a diverse natural landscape. Safari-goers to the game reserve can expect an unforgettable encounter in the great outdoors.

The Bushman’s River takes centre stage and carves its way through the reserve. Furthermore, five of South Africa’s eight biomes are found within the reserve, namely fynbos, grassland, savannah, subtropical thicket, and Nama Karoo. Shamwari provides a natural sanctuary to four of the Big Five and also offers numerous accommodation options meaning safari-goers can enjoy an African wildlife experience without forgoing the comforts of home.

Port Elizabeth Airport is approximately 70 kilometres from Shamwari Private Game Reserve, making it a convenient weekend getaway destination. Additionally, safari-goers opting for a self-drive experience can journey east from Cape Town and drive via the scenic Winelands. Self-drive safaris are the most popular ways of getting to the game reserve.


Q Can my toddler come with me on a game drive?

No, unfortunately not. Guided game drives often require safari-goers to be quiet during wildlife viewing, which can be a challenge for little ones. Safety is of the utmost importance, so children under the age of four are not permitted on game drives. Shamwari does have childminding services available on request.

Q What is the weather like at Shamwari?

South Africa boasts all four seasons, and generally a warm climate throughout the year. During summer, temperatures range between 18 and 36°C, while winter months experience anything between 6 and 22°C.

Q Are there self-drive options at Shamwari?

Shamwari does not offer self-drive options. If safari-goers would like to experience the game reserve, they'll need to book a stay at one of the luxury lodges within the game reserve.

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Shamwari Private Game Reserve boasts an abundance of wildlife and remains a top destination among safari-goers. Home to the Big Five, visitors can expect to see lions, elephants, buffalos, both species of rhino, and on occasion, the elusive leopard. The game reserve is home to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, where safari-goers can visit sick or orphaned animals. Furthermore, there is a large variety of antelope species, including the springbok and the red hartebeest.

Shamwari Private Game Reserve boasts over 275 species of bird, making it an excellent destination for avid birders. Species include the African fish eagle, the black bustard which is endemic to the area, and the martial eagle which is a common sighting.

Shamwari is a year-round destination as it boasts a semi-arid climate which means wildlife tends to congregate around water sources throughout the year. For prime wildlife viewing, however, the dry months are the best. The dry season is from June to September, and it is also the coldest time of year, so safari-goers should pack accordingly. For bird lovers, bird watching is ideal during the summer months—from November to April—when the migratory birds arrive and provide an incredible show.

Shamwari Private Game Reserve is one of the most popular safari destinations in the Eastern Cape and offers an exceptional experience in the wild. Guided game drives are conducted by trained and knowledgable rangers with a passion for wildlife and nature. There are morning and afternoon options, both of which provide optimal wildlife viewing, including spotting most of the Big Five. For those who prefer to explore on foot, the game reserve has guided bushwalking safaris so that guests can experience the wild side of life. Trained guides will point out tracks, spot birds, and provide valuable insight into the fauna and flora of the area, as well as its rich history.

Bird watching is popular in the game reserve, especially during the wet seasons, so avid birders are encouraged to bring along their gear for a phenomenal experience.

There are several lodges within Shamwari Private Game Reserve, each of which offers an exclusive getaway experience in the heart of nature. Those opting to stay a night or more can enjoy luxury amenities and fantastic facilities catering to family, solo travellers, honeymooners, and even business associates.

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