Shamwari Game Reserve - Long Lee Manor

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.  Among them is Long Lee Manor, a classy Edwardian-style estate which deliberately recalls colonial days of yore.  From wood-panelled drawing rooms to manicured gardens, pools and verandas looking across wildlife-packed plains to the Bushmans River, the overall experience is luxurious, leisurely and wonderfully laid-back.


Built in 1910 and now impressively restored, Long Lee’s elegant manor house sleeps up to 30 guests.  Choose between five luxury rooms or ten roomier suites – one of which offers wheelchair access. All are air-conditioned.


The dilemma here is deciding where to laze.  You could choose the Relaxation Retreat Spa, taking a massage or using the steam room.  There are the two pools, or quiet book-reading spots among the gardens’ ponds.  The cosy garden lounge makes a great option, overlooking a waterhole where animals congregate, as do various verandas.  Once you’ve loitered your last, check where the delicious dinners will be served tonight – venues include the handsome indoor dining room, an open-roofed, fire-heated boma and, most magical of all, a riverside lapa (pavilion).


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, 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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