Shamwari Private Game Reserve Travel Guide

Map of Shamwari

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

Meaning "My Friend", Shamwari Private Game Reserve is home to Africa’s Big 5 (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard) and is situated in a malaria free area in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
Luxury safari accommodation is offered in 7 different lodges on this private game reserve. With its verdant bush along the Bushmans River, halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, a pleasant drive from Cape Town it forms a natural extension to the famous Garden Route. 
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. This reserve has received numerous international awards, including the World’s Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve for many consecutive years.


Top things to do in the Shamwari Area:


  • Go on a game drive in search of the Big Five
  • Explore the African Bushveld with knowledgeable game rangers