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Shamwari Game Reserve

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): South Africa  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 7000 South Africa Rand (ZAR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 8950 South Africa Rand (ZAR)

Stretching along the Bushmans River, Shamwari lies between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown and forms a natural extension to the Garden Route. The reserve covers 20 000 hectares and provides sanctuary for a wide variety of wildlife in a malaria-free area. Dwellings from the early 1800's have been restored to their original style and offer luxury accommodation.

Game viewing is carried out morning and evening on game drives, when you are driven in your open vehicle (which seats up to 6) over the rolling hills and valleys. If you have a particular species you would like to see, please mention it to your ranger; he will be happy to merge your plans into the group.

Check in time at Shamwari is 1300 when you will be shown to your room followed by lunch at the Lodge. You then have a couple of hours at leisure to relax, swim or play tennis before beginning your afternoon game drive. Later on, as the light fades, your ranger will plug in a powerful hand-held light. With its help, you can sweep the veld, seeing first the eyes and then the forms of a variety of nocturnal animals. Back at your lodge you can enjoy a drink in the bar with your ranger, amid cheerful recollections of the day's discoveries followed either by another great meal expertly prepared by our chefs, or a barbecue at the river next to a roaring fire.

Finally, a hot shower and a well-earned sleep before repeating it again the next day when in the early morning you will leave before dawn, spending up to 3-4 hours spotting before returning to your lodge for a hearty breakfast. The staff at Shamwari Game Reserve have brought together the best that the area has to offer. There is great game viewing, of course, but we also provide modern Land Rovers converted into open viewing. Each vehicle has a trained ranger who will increase your enjoyment with his knowledge of both the flora and fauna.

The rangers are in 2-way communication with each other at all times, so on any day they know where the game is, and how to find the elusive animals such as the rare Black Rhino. Shamwari has four lodges, including two smaller, less expensive self-catering options that sleep a maximum of six guests. The main lodge is Long Lee Manor, a delightful pink Edwardian mansion that looks past manicured lawns, fountains and white balustrades to grassy plains dotted with game.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Full board and game drives

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