Shamwari - Sarili Lodge

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.  

Available for exclusive hire and perfect for small groups of friends or families with older children, this modern-looking thatched villa affords views of the Bushman’s River and surrounding plains - views which are especially majestic at sunset. Inside, the décor and colours depict a modern urban feel.


All with air-conditioning and underfloor heating, Sarili’s five rooms are divided into three categories.  Downstairs, are two interconnected Luxury Rooms around a courtyard while a further upstairs pair have balconies facing the river.  The first floor also contains a much-bigger Suite with its own balcony plus a dark-tiled bathroom, sofas and a writing desk.  Clever use of doors can turn certain areas into private, spacious family accommodation.


The main lounge unites two sitting areas and large sisal mats.  One focuses on a flatscreen telly with the other arranged around its fireplace. Next door is a homely and high-thatched dining room.  Dinners are also served in the courtyard, or on the main viewing deck.  Talking of views, Sarili’s heated saltwater pool includes a shallow area for children. 


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

Children of all ages are welcome and safaris can be tailored, although Riverdene Lodge has a more extensive kids’ programme.  Nonetheless, Sirili has children’s menus and can arrange babysitting (additional cost).  Its suite can accommodate a cot and extra ¾ bed for families with two small children.  



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