Located in the wild and beautiful Eastern Cape province, the Shamwari Game Reserve was bought by Adrian Gardiner – a successful Port Elizabeth businessman – in early 1990. Adrian spent the next two years acquiring neighbouring land and extending the reserve to an impressive 7000 ha. In 1992, Shamwari Game Reserve officially opened its doors and put in to practice Adrian’s philosophy of conservation alongside tourism. Today, Shamwari Game Reserve comprises over 25 000 ha and over 5000 heads of game, with six distinct lodges, employing over 300 local staff – a remarkable success story.
Shamwari Game Reserve is well stablished Big Five country, and is completely malaria free – making it a great family destination. Easily accessible from Cape Town, Shamwari makes for a great end or start to a Garden Route itinerary. The six lodges provide ample accommodation options to suit all types of travellers’ profiles and budgets. Honeymooners will love Bayethe, while families should choose Long Lee – the biggest of the camps with beautiful, rolling green lawns. Kids are well looked after, with Shamwari’s brand of bush ‘edutainment’. For families or intimate groups wanting exclusive use , then Sarili Lodge is ideal.