Shamwari Eagles Crag

Game Lodge, Eastern Cape Game Reserves


Ideal for safari virgins or those coming from Cape Town or the Garden Route, malaria-free Shamwari Game Reserve boasts Big Five game and six superb lodges across a 25,000 hectare reserve.  Home to prolific game and exceptional game rangers,  Shamwari is well known for their intense conservation practices, and their ethos is to 'conserve a vanishing way of life' which is apparent at each of their lodges.  

Most luxurious is Eagles Crag, a gorge-side hideaway made from thatch, glass and stone.  Surrounded by lush vegetation and sheer cliffs, this nine-suite lodge delivers a seclusion perfect for amorous couples or parents seeking a little quietude.


The nine suites are spaced out along the plant-filled ravine to ensure privacy.  Each is fabulously luxurious, with air-conditioning, outdoor showers, a lazy deck and your own plunge pool.  Eagles often ride thermals nearby, explaining the property’s name and the provision of bird-watching telescopes.  Inside, wall-to-wall glass doors on two sides deliver more breathtaking cliff views, and light woods and colours set an airy, easy-going vibe.


After a day of game drives, the Relaxation Retreat stands ready to remove any aches or pains via its personalised treatments, hydrobath, steam room and sauna.  Equally indulgent are the two-floor main lodge’s two lounges, each with fireplaces and terraces, cocktail bar and cigar room.  Dinners are served in a contemporary dining room, or romantically in the al-fresco boma around another fire. 


Included in your board are 4x4 game drives at dawn and dusk, each lasting 3-4 hours.  You’re very unlikely to see vehicles from Shamwari’s other lodges, but odds-on to spy the Big Five and numerous other beasts.  Also complimentary are guided nature walks and visits to the Rhino Awareness Centre, the Born Free Centre and a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Hospital – where guests can have one-to-one experiences with current patients.  As all this suggests, Shamwari is extremely conservation-minded, scooping regular awards for its efforts. 

Child Policy

Only children aged 12 and over can stay.  However, the reserve’s Riverdene Lodge and Sarili Lodge welcome all ages.



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