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One of the ultimate luxury private reserves in Africa, Shamwari game reserve is situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Set in a malaria free area, this game reserve in Africa is visited by many tourists from across the globe. Home to the coveted Big 5, Shamwari means “my friend” in Shona and is the pinnacle of private game reserves. It’s a place where guests can exist in harmony with nature, however fleeting the moment, where wildlife roam the landscape under the relentless African sun. This ultimate African safari destination run along the Bushman’s River, that is halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahams town and forms a natural extension to the famous Garden Route. From an ecological point of view Shamwari Game Reserve is a very rich and diverse ecosystem, comprising five of South Africa’s Biomes with fourteen vegetation types represented. Dating back to the time in pioneer history when a huge number of game roamed wild and free, the reserve boasts five eco-systems, thus enabling the support of many forms of plant, animal and bird life. Due to its location in the heart of Eastern Cape, Shamwari game reserve offers abundant wildlife, flora and fauna and an unforgettable encounter with the nature. Ideal for families, children and elderly people, Shamwari game reserve is one of the tourist attractions in South Africa. From the Big 5 to various other endangered species can be seen roaming around in the reserves allowing the opportunity to witness the amazing wildlife of this game reserve in Africa. The Shamwari Nature Reserve now protects the highest concentration of animals on the Eastern and Southern Cape. For those who are looking to spend few days at the reserve, it has luxurious accomodation option that provides ultimate comfort and experience to the visitors.

Best Time To Visit Shamwari Game Reserve

Shamwari game reserve can be visited throughout the year, however the wildlife viewing time in Shamwari is during the driest winter months of June to September. During these months, it can be cold at that time of the year but the lacks of water at the bushes drive these animals easier to spot. In winter, temperatures range from 7°C to 20°C, and in summer, from 16°C to a balmy 26°C. The months from June to September can be an ideal choice to visit as the temperatur4e remains pleasant and cool throughout the day. 

Things To Do In Shamwari Game Reserve

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Game Viewing

Game drive safari in South Africa is one of the top things to do In South Africa. However, game drive safari in Shamwari game reserve is usually done both in the morning and evening that is accompanied by a profesional game ranger. The safari is held in an open jeep that allows the visitors to get up close and personal with the species.

Walking Safari

To understand more about the flora and fauna of Africa, walking safari in the wilderness of the country can be an ideal choice to do so. An experienced professional guide you through the tour and allows you to explore the abundant wildlife of Africa.

Bird Watching

Home to large variety of birdlife, Shamwari game reserve has wide range of raptors which include Black Harriers, Pale Chanting Goshawks, Black-shouldered Kites, Fish Eagles, Booted Eagles and Secretary Birds. Bird lovers have an excellent opportunity to view these amazing species up close and personal.

Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

This rehabilitation centre in Shamwari game reserve is a must visit place as it is among the best and is fully registered to provide veterinary care to young, abandoned, orphaned or injured animals.

Visit to the Big 5 cat sanctuary

Shamwari game reserve designed the Born Free animal rescue centre which is built to create awareness of how wildlife is exploited in captivity around the world. The travelers have an opportunity to see these rescued animals and their way of living.

Spend your day at the spa

Visitors staying this private game reserve in South Africa allows them to rejuvenate their mind, body and soul by spending their day at the one of Shamwari‘s Relaxation Retreats. The vast selection of exclusive spa treatments caters for both men and women.

How to Reach Shamwari Game Reserve

The nearest airport to the Shamwari game reserve is O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg or Cape Town International Airport in Cape Town. From there you can either hire a private cab or a self drive tour would be an excellent option if you want to explore the famous garden route. Self drive tour to the game reserve is the best option as it allows you to drive through one of the scenic routes of South Africa. 

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