Shamwari safari: luxury Eastern Cape game reserve

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Duration (in days): 4

From: Port Elizabeth

To: Port Elizabeth



Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Discover South Africa’s native wildlife in luxury with our Shamwari safari at the private Shamwari Game Reserve, a perfect stay to finish off a Garden Route self-drive. You’ll stay at the Bayethe Tented Lodge, where twice-daily game drives will take you through the reserve looking for leopards stalking the grazing antelope and elephants playing in the river. In the evening you might spot porcupines emerging to look for food as well as warthogs retreating  to their burrows. Dine under the stars each evening, telling stories of the wildlife you’ve encountered during the day – this is once in a lifetime safari experience at this malaria free Eastern Cape game reserve.

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.


  • Experience a malaria-free Safari at the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa
  • Look for lions, leopards and zebras on a game drive through the reserve
  • Sleep in a luxurious African-style permanent tent
  • Eat a delicious dinner under the stars

Day 1: Arrive Port Elizabeth

On arrival in Port Elizabeth you will be met at the airport and driven to the lodge in Shamwari Game Reserve where you will check in for three nights.

Days 2 & 3: Shamwari Game Reserve

Spend a few days exploring the reserve, looking for lion’s sun bathing on the rocks and hippos cooling off in the river. You’ll enjoy two game drives a day – venture out in the morning and your guide will help you look for lions emerging in the hazy morning air and white rhinos wiggling their ears to keep the flies away. Keep your eyes peeled for a pack of wild dogs as they chase the impala or blue wildebeest as they graze the meadows peacefully.

Bayethe is a tented paradise where each of the twelve units have their own individual plunge pool, surrounded by rich vegetation with views over the bush. Each night you can dine outside under the dark sky sharing stories of the wildlife you have seen before heading to bed in the cosy tented rooms, listening for the distant roar of the lions.

Day 4: Depart Port Elizabeth

After one final breakfast you’ll be driven back to Port Elizabeth in time for your onwards flight.



The climate is mild year round, however there are ‘seasons’ you may want consider when planning your trip along the Garden Route.  They tend to experience rainfall during the winter months (June to August) when it tends to be greener all round.  The rains come in with a cooler air, last maybe a day or two and are then usually followed by champagne days’ of crystal clear air, blue skies and brilliant colours!

The summer months (November to February) are usually warm or hot, and during December to January the surf is often at its best due to the south easterly winds.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • Accommodation for three nights
  • Full board meal plan
  • Morning and afternoon game drives
  • Transfers

Not included: 

  • Park fees
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Porterage
  • Anything not mentioned above

3 nights in luxury 5* tented accommodation.

Hotels in this category include:

  • Bayethe Tented Lodge, Shamwari Game Reserve


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