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The Cape – comprising Cape Town and the Winelands – is one of the biggest attractions for visitors to South Africa and has much to offer. Here our South Africa specialist (and former Capetonian) Annie gives her top five experiences for those looking for something new.
One of the best ways to take in the spectacular scenery that South Africa has to offer, rail travel couldn’t be further from a daily commute in the luxurious surroundings of Rovos Rail and the Blue Train. Here we give you the lowdown on what to expect and what separates these two outstanding experiences.
One of our South Africa specialists, Jen, recently saddled up for an exciting riding safari taking part in game census week at Ant’s Hill in the malaria-free Waterberg region of South Africa. Read on for more about Jen’s experience and all you need to know about exploring South Africa on horseback…
From the premier game viewing of the Kruger and malaria-free options in Madikwe and the Eastern Cape, to riding safaris in the Waterberg and getting off-the beaten-track in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve – there is truly something for everyone. Here we give our lowdown on all that South Africa has to offer safari-wise – now all you have to do is decide which one(s) will suit you best!
South Africa and Mauritius couple superbly for a safari and beach holiday or honeymoon. Whilst South Africa offers both world class safari and cosmopolitanism, Mauritius encapsulates the very essence of laid-back island life. Start your adventure on the plains of one of South Africa’s many game rich national parks, spending your days on safari, tracking the Big Five and sipping on sundowners, before exploring the country’s vibrant cities or impressive coastal routes. A short flight to Mauritius takes you to another world of sugar white beaches, kaleidoscopic reefs and a verdant green mountainscapes. There, you can choose to do as little or as much as you like, whether it be soaking up the island’s unique Creole culture or whiling away lazy days under the shade of a leafy palm. The ultimate safari and beach combination for a year-round adventure.
This off-the-beaten-track itinerary is perfect for those searching for an authentic, scenic and cultural adventure as well as some independence that only a self-drive holiday can offer. Explore the historic KwaZulu-Natal for a truly unique experience of South Africa.
Self-driving in South Africa is how a number of people decide to travel as it tends to prove a more adventurous and affordable option, as well as giving you the freedom to explore. Self-driving is a hugely rewarding way to travel and appreciate the always stunning and ever-changing scenery. Here we give you our tips for taking to the open road.
Contemporary Cape Town hotels, beautiful Cape Dutch wine estates and luxurious private game lodges, all combine to make South Africa the perfect honeymoon destination. Here we give our top ideas for making South Africa the perfect honeymoon destination for you.
The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s premier wildlife destination and is one of the biggest attractions in this diverse country. Those wanting a luxury safari experience away from the crowds tend to favour the private concessions and here we give our guide to these.
Known as the Mother City, Cape Town has it all – history, culture, gastronomy and breath-taking scenery. Here we give you the low-down on our top Cape Town experiences and homes-away-from-home…
South Africa is without doubt the most family-friendly country in Africa and offers a wide-range of experiences to suit all ages and interests. From an exciting malaria-free safari to exploring the beautiful Cape to the warm Indian Ocean beaches along the Garden Route, we can help you put together the perfect holiday for your family. Here we give our rundown on our favourite spots for families to get you started.
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We asked Charley Boorman, the charismatic modern-day adventurer, travel writer and motorbike enthusiast about his travels to Africa and particularly South Africa...
Andrew Rattray is one of the leading battlefields guides, having succeeded his father as the guide at Fugitives’ Drift, the lodge his parents began in 1989. His father, David, tragically died in 2007, but was well known for his tours and lectures about Zulu history and culture – a mantle which is now carried by Andrew. We asked him a little about life as a battlefields guide…
After living in beautiful Cape Town, our South Africa specialist Annie was looking for a new experience, and where better to head than KwaZulu Natal. Filled with breath-taking scenery, Zulu culture, history and wildlife – KwaZulu Natal is off-the-beaten-track in South African terms and well worth a visit, particularly for return visitors.
Shamwari Game Reserve
Eastern Cape, South Africa
Best for: Honeymoon, Spa, Wildlife
Shamwari Game Reserve is a malaria-free private game reserve at the end of South Africa’s Garden Route. With a variety of lodges, expert professional guides and trackers, friendly staff and a large concentration of game Shamwari is perfect for everyone.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Shamwari Private Game Reserve is an award winning 20,000-hectare malaria-free reserve, situated at the end of the Garden Route, only 45 minutes by road from Port Elizabeth. The reserve prides itself on its conservation efforts, responsible tourism and family-friendly lodges, allowing visitors to get the most out of their stay.
Accommodation at Shamwari is offered in six separate luxury lodges namely Long Lee Manor, Riverdene Family Lodge, Sarili Lodge, Lobengula Lodge, Bayethe Tented Lodge, Eagles Crag and the tented Explorer Camp. Built in 1910, Long Lee Manor is a splendidly restored Edwardian Manor House offering guests a distinctive experience. Long Lee Manor consists of seventeen luxury rooms and suites, and facilities include one large rim-flow swimming pool, spa and fitness centre. Lobengula Lodge sleeps a total of twelve people in 6 junior suites and is a truly traditional African experience. Tucked deep in the valley bushveld, this thatched, ethnically decorated lodge offers guests a tranquil, luxurious and exclusive getaway. Bayethe Tented Lodge is a luxurious, 5-star tented lodge nestled within the vegetation in Shamwari Private Game Reserve overlooking the Buffalo River, a tributary to the great Bushmans River. Each of the twelve Superior tents have a private plunge pool and deck with an indoor fireplace.
Family safaris are available at two of the Shamwari Lodges - Riverdene Family Lodge with nine interconnecting Luxury rooms, a pool , kids club and outdoor adventure centre, and Sarili Lodge with five Luxury rooms and a pool . In the warmer summer months, Shamwari expands its offerings to include Explorer Camp, perfect for those seeking a bit more adventure and something slightly more wild. This camp offers a simpler way to stay where guests can get up close and personal with nature on a walking safari into the surrounding bushveld.
Shamwari offers not only an excellent array of accommodation, but also an abundance of activities to keep guests entertained for days. Game drives are the best way to cover ground and to see as much of the bush as possible, experienced rangers and guides are on hand to track animals and seek the best wildlife experience possible. Walking safaris are equally as exciting, walking amongst the flora and fauna of the region allows a completely different perspective. A professional guide is also on hand to point out animal tracks, dung, hiding spots and offer some insight into the history of the area. Shamwari also pride themselves on their conservation efforts with the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries and their Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.
When to go
The Eastern Cape remains a great destination for the family to visit all year, combining Mediterranean and sub-tropical weather, temperatures remain pleasant and rarely reach extremes. The dry season runs from September until March with temperatures falling slightly until August, with midday temperatures reaching around 22°C (72°F).
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Visit the Shamwari Game Reserve's Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and see how the reserve helps to rescue, rehabilitate and care for sick, injured or orphaned animals. With experienced vets on site, the animals are nursed back to health and released back.
Game Drives in Eastern Cape
Included in your stay are morning and evening game drives. You will be guided by informative, professional rangers in open Land Rovers. Here you can explore the abundant wildlife, diverse vegetation and dramatic landscape of the Eastern Cape.
Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary
Take time to explore the education centres for the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary. The foundation works across the world with an aim to promote conservation and to protect the big cat species. Here you can see how Shamwari take on these efforts.