General

Shamwari Explorer Camp offers a unique walking safari in the diverse Shamwari Reserve for a traditional and authentic African safari experience. The camp is located on a plateau set amongst the only basalt and granite extrusions on Shamwari. A truly magical setting awaits!!

The Shamwari Explorer Camp tour is a flexible experience as we believe in simplifying the usual rigid itinerary by going back to basics. his explorer camp reflects the original safari of being on foot and sleeping around the fire at night within the comfort of a bush tent.

You will enjoy a guided safari as your guide helps with birding, cultural history and other natural history of the area, along with ample opportunity of some Big 5 encounters.

Important Info

  • The Explorer Camp operates every Friday and Saturday night throughout the year. Sunday night can be added onto the two night stay at the standard rates
  • Each trail is 2 nights with a set departure each Friday of the week (Sunday night can be added as an optional 3rd night on request)
  • The walking trails are hosted and guided by an armed qualified walking guide
  • Distances walked vary each day but can last up to 4 hours
  • A game viewing vehicle remains in camp and depending on where guests walk that day, the trail may start from camp or depart camp by vehicle to visit another area of the reserve
  • We regret that no persons younger than 16 years or older than 60 years will be able to participate. However, if a medical certificate can be provided via the client or the booking agent, exceptions to this will be allowed.

Available departures

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Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is an industrial city on the Eastern Cape that provides a gateway to some fantastic beaches and protected areas. Although focused on industry, there is a fascinating historic center. The protected areas to enjoy for a safari experience from the city include the Addo Elephant National Park and the Shamwari Reserve.

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South Africa

South Africa

South Africa is the world’s leading Safari destination. Here you can enjoy incredible wildlife spectacles exploring game reserves to see the Big 5. Stay at luxury lodges or get close to nature on Explorer Camps in the famous Kruger National Park, Sanbona Reserve or Shamwari Reserve. These reserves contain all Africa’s Big 5 game animals and many others. Take jeep or walking safaris to enjoy the wildlife of this remarkable country.

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Africa

Africa

Attracting explorers and adventurers for centuries, Africa remains mysterious with incredible wildlife spectacles like the great migration, some of the world’s most untouched tropical forests, a diverse culture, and fascinating flora and fauna. Africa was the cradle of mankind and the diverse and imposing wildlife we grew up with fills this continent of contrasts.

Tour Destinations

The forested areas of Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda hide some of the most magical of all the African wildlife sightings, the forest Gorillas and Chimpanzees. Our cousins have been living in these forests for thousands of years. These can be seen on tours led from eco tourism lodges that take guided expeditions to see the fantastic and majestic animals.

Heading down the continent, South Africa remains a fantastic tourist destination with protected areas like the famous Kruger National Park, Sabona Reserve and Shamwari Reserve. The reserves contains excellent lodges and safari experiences where you can see all of Africa’s Big 5 while enjoying comfortable or luxurious accommodation and walking safaris influenced by early African explorers.

Wildlife & Protected Areas

Africa’s protected areas contain the world’s most diverse mega fauna where you can enjoy seeing Giraffes, Elephants, Lions, Cheetahs, Hyenas, Rhinos, Hippos, Chimpanzees and Gorillas.

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Accommodation

The campsite is discreetly fenced for safety reasons but retains true explorer ambience. Tents are placed in fairly close proximity without encroaching on another tents privacy.

Tents

3 x Mobile canvas (camping) tents sleeping a maximum of 2 people each

Meals

All meals are prepared and enjoyed under the stars

Tent details

2 x Fold out aluminium stretchers with individual duvets and pillows
1 x Three tier cupboard (small)
1 x LED light for night time use
1 x Outside hand basin (warm water is supplied on request or at first light in the morning)
1 x Hammock nestled next to amazing rock figs and basalt rocks

Facilities

1 x Outside shower shared by all guests (water is heated via gas)
1 x Flush toilet shared by all guests

Guest amenities include insect repellent, toilet paper, towels, tissues, sanitary bags as well as shower gel and shampoo

Rates |

Operates From

3 Days / 2 Nights:

  • (Adult Sharing)

  • (Adult Single)

Rates

Prices Per Person
All rates are invoiced in South African Rand (ZAR) on “per person per night” basis.
Shamwari Explorer Camp is sold as a two-night walking trail package, therefore two (2) nights (Friday & Saturday) are automatically booked and payable at the time of reserving this unique experience; Sunday night can be added onto the two-night stay at the standard rates mentioned below.
The Explorer Camp operates during the summer months with the first trail in October and the last trail at the end of April.
Each trail is 2 nights with a set arrival of Friday of the week (Sunday night can be added as an optional 3rd night on request).
The walking trails are hosted and guided by an armed qualified walking guide.
Distances walked vary each day but can last up to 4 hours.
A game viewing vehicle remains in camp and will be utilised depending on where guests walk that day, the trail may start from camp or depart camp by vehicle to visit another area of the reserve.
We regret that no persons younger than 16 years will be able to participate.
Participants older than 60 years will be required to provide a medical clearance certificate in order to participate.
Please ask your reservations consultant for more information regarding a third night at any our five star, luxury lodges.

Adults travelling

Adult Sharing rates apply to persons (16 years and older) sharing one tent.
Single Adult rates are only applicable when one adult is staying by him/herself in one tent.
Note that all tents can sleep a maximum of two adults.
Above mentioned rates are inclusive of all meals, beverages, walking activities, tourism levy and 14% Vat.
All rates are subject to change without prior notice.
A minimum stay of two nights (Friday and Saturday) must be booked per reservation.

Transfers

Transfers can be arranged with reservations on request at an additional cost.
All transfers are handled by accredited car hire and charter companies.
Transfer from/to private landing strips are complimentary, but must be booked prior to arrival.

Provisional Reservations

Not available to reservations between 15 December and 28 February (traveling dates).
Subject to availability; i.e.: should we have limited suites available, only confirmed bookings will be accepted.
Made less than 30 days prior to arrival will be held for a max of 72 hours.
Made 60 - 90 days prior to arrival will be held for a maximum of 7 working days.
Made more than 90 days prior to arrival will be held for a maximum of 14 working days.
Should confirmation not be received by the given date; the booking will be automatically released and can only be reinstated on the basis that the booking is confirmed/guaranteed.
Full names of guests traveling will be required to convert the status from provisional to confirm.

Payment

Full pre-payment is required 30 days prior to arrival.
Shamwari Game Reserve reserves the right to release bookings, should payment not be received by the requested date.
Any discrepancies on the confirmation/pro forma invoice must be addressed at the time of booking.
All bank charges are for the account of the tour operator and will not be paid by Shamwari Game Reserve.
All payments made by credit card are subject to a 5% transaction fee (based on the total transaction value).

Cancellations

Peak Season (15 December – 11 January and 01 – 29 February)
Only written cancellations will be accepted; please ensure you receive an acknowledgment of cancellation from reservations.
50% of fee if cancellation is less than 60 days prior to arrival
100% of fee if cancellation is less than 30 days prior to arrival

General
Only written cancellations will be accepted; please ensure you receive an acknowledgment of cancellation from reservations.
25% of fee if cancellation is less than 30 days prior to arrival
50% of fee if cancellation is less than 15 days prior to arrival
100% of fee if cancellation is less than 7 days prior to arrival

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