Location: South Africa–>Eastern Cape–>Shamwari Game Reserve
Accommodation Type: Lodge
Good For: Solo, Couple/Romantic, Family
At the foot of the 350 million year old Warmwaterberg Mountains, in the heart of the Little Karoo, lies the Cape’s premier wildlife destination, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. This arid, stark landscape, home to the San for centuries, has an alluring tranquillity and raw beauty.
Shamwari Game Reserve is a 25 000 hectare, malaria free, private game reserve situated in the Eastern Cape. The reserve has received numerous international awards, including the World’s Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve for five consecutive years. Shamwari boasts five eco-systems, thus enabling the support of a wide diversity of plant, animal and bird life.
Bayethe, or, ‘I salute you’, is the warm African greeting that wafts across the African bush at this tented paradise. The verdant riverine vegetation camouflages the luxurious Bayethe Lodge, affording guests seclusion and unsurpassed comfort while being serenaded by the sounds of the wild. The lodge offers an authentic bush experience, outstanding cuisine, personalised attentive service, and a chance to unwind and relax in sumptuous comfort.
Stay for Three nights, pay for Two!!
Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative Special
Bayethe can accommodate a maximum of twenty-four guests in twelve luxurious tents. The nine tents at Bayethe Lodge are nestled along the bed of the river and hidden amongst trees ensuring privacy and seclusion. The en-suite tents have wooden floors and canvas sides, with sliding doors that open onto a viewing deck and private plunge pool. Three of the tents have indoor showers, while the remaining six offer guests the opportunity of showering outdoors beneath a canopy of stars. There are an additional three Premier tents at Bayethe Hills, which offer all the features of the lodge tents plus additional luxuries such as a fireplace, satellite TV and hammocks on the deck.
Shamwari boasts five different eco-systems, providing for great biodiversity of plants, birds, and animals. Guests frequently sight the Big Five during their stay, along with cheetah, caracal, wild dog and a variety of antelope. Evening game drives often reveal the more rarely seen nocturnal creatures, such as the hopping springhare, aardwolf, and brown hyena. Shamwari Game Reserve opened the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre in 2012 as a place where guests can learn about rhinos and the growing epidemic of rhino poaching in South Africa. The wildlife department is active in maintaining the delicate ecological balance and taking care of the health and safety of the animals.
Shamwari Game Reserve boasts over 250 bird species. Raptor species include Black Harriers, Pale Chanting Goshawks, Black-shouldered Kites, Booted Eagles and Secretary Birds. The Bushman’s River meanders through the reserve providing a great refuge for kingfishers, darters, the African Shelduck, finfoots and the iconic African Fish Eagle.
|Luxury Tent||01 Jan 2014 – 30 Apr 2014||01 May 2014 – 30 Sep 2014||01 Oct 2014 – 31 Dec 2014|
|Superior Tent||01 Jan 2014 – 30 Apr 2014||01 May 2014 – 30 Sep 2014||01 Oct 2014 – 31 Dec 2014|
Prices include luxury accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner and high tea, two game drives, guided bush walks, and selected beverages, as well as visits to the Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Rhino Awareness Centre and the Born Free Centres.
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