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Shamwari Game Reserve

The 25 000 hectare Shamwari Game Reserve is about an hour's drive from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The reserve is home to no less than 60 different large animal species including the Big Five, more than 250 different species of birds, 60 species of trees and plant species and 25 species of reptiles. In the field for different types of plants, this mix of savannah grassland, acacia forests, Fynbos and Bushveld in the valleys ensures that many different species can earthen there. The existing rocks and the Bushman's River which meanders through the area, makes it even more attractive for the animals and for visitors.

Shamwari was created in 1990 when Adrian Gardiner, a successful businessman from Port Elizabeth, bought a piece African bush of 1200 hectares to stay the weekend with his family. Then in the area there were farmers who wanted to sell their land and Gardiner bought these pieces of land. Gardiner was aware that the Eastern Cape Province in ancient times was a very rich wildlife area and got the idea to reinstate the nature again. In October 1992 Shamwari opened and received its first guests, but only in 2000 the area was ready for lions. Gardiner's dream has succeeded fantastically and the wildlife in the area is back as in ancient times and there are already many awards won. Shamwari wildlife include: elephants, rhinos, lions, hippos, leopards, cheetahs, buffaloes, giraffes, hyenas, zebras, servals, ostriches and many types of goats.

Shamwari allows the use of their own comfortable open safari vehicles for game drives suitable for 6 people. Because you only have a small group on safari there is much opportunity to ask your questions to the experienced rangers. The safaris are offered in the morning with a coffee break and in the afternoon with a sundowner stop. Every game drive takes about 3 to 4 hours. Children younger than 4 are not, unfortunately, allowed join the game drive, but you can apply for babysitting opportunities. It is not allowed to do a game drive by yourself in the park. In addition to the game drives you can also walk with a safari ranger, visit one of the two Born Free Big Cat sanctuaries, the Rhino Awareness Centre or the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Here you can learn about African wildlife and the efforts made by Shamwari to maintain healthy wildlife.

All accommodation at Shamwari is 5-star and thus gives a wonderful feeling of luxury and good service. You can use the swimming pool, spa facilities, excellent cuisine, and children's activities or just relax. The team at Shamwari is committed to meet the needs of every guest and to give them the safari of their lives.