South Africa- Shamwari Private Game Reserve

From €369pp per night full-board
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South Africa
From €369pp per night full-board
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Your chance to spot the 'Big 5' up close as they roam free under the African sun.

Shamwari encompasses 25,000 hectares of protected land teeming with indigenous wild animals and plants. This is the perfect option for a safari experience at the end of the garden route.


Made up of six distinct luxury lodges, there is an option for all types of guest. For couples or honeymooners, we recommend the newly refurbished Eagles Crag Lodge, with nine suites each featuring an elegant bedroom with four poster bed, opening onto a private deck with plunge pool and sun loungers.

Riverdene Lodge, also newly refreshed, is perfect for families, offering an infinity pool, playroom, outdoor adventure area and supervised ‘Kids on Safari’ programme.



Each of the stunning five star lodges are organised and operate as individual properties, each with staff, chefs and dining areas. Indoor and outdoor dining options are available and usually alternate.

You’ll enjoy two game drives a day, during which, as well as the famed Big Five, you’ll have the opportunity to spot an abundance of other wildlife, including cheetah, zebra, giraffe, hyena and hippo.


The reserve also demonstrates a fierce passion for wildlife conservation and guests can join a poignant tour of the Born Free Foundation’s Big Cat Rescue Centre, to learn about animals rescued from captivity around the world, as well as visit the Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre.


In partnership with actress, author and wildlife campaigner, Virginia McKenna’s Born Free Foundation, Shamwari Private Game Reserve designed the Animal Rescue and Education Centres to incorporate the sanctuary and educational facility.

Their goal is to create awareness of the horrific way in which wildlife is exploited in captivity around the world. The centres aim to draw attention to the plight of wild big cats, confined in impoverished, captive environments throughout the world.

Over the years the Born Free Foundation has been able to rescue several big cats from impoverished situations. Born Free focuses on promoting the conservation of species and the protection of habitat whilst maintaining a humane and compassionate approach to the welfare of animals.


Price per person is based on 2 adults sharing and includes:

  • 1-night half-board accommodation at the 5* Shamwari Private Game Reserve: choose your desired stay duration

Please ask us about:

  • Flights from Ireland
  • Add this Game Reserve experience to a longer African holiday- ask our experts for recommendations
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra special luxury upgrades like going through private airport security
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

 For more information on this luxury holiday, please get in touch:

  • Call us on 021 427 7094 or 01 696 5135
  • Email
  • Request a call-back using the red button
  • Or submit an enquiry through the form below

 Honeymooners can call our specialist on 0818 22 44 55 or email

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