The Eagles Crag Lodge (Shamwari Reserve)
Offered as the premium lodge in Shamwari Reserve, the Eagles Crag Lodge offers incredible comfort, excellent views, delicious cuisine, and exhilarating game drives through the Shamwari Reserve. In addition to the game drives and tours, enjoy spotting some different wildlife from the lodge itself.
The suites at the Eagles Crag Lodge have been designed with utmost space, luxury, and views in mind. The suites have a classic minimalist design centered around stone and glass. This continues the look from the surrounding rock faces and merges the lodge visually with the environment.
Enjoy 5-star accommodation, spacious, comfortable suites, and views of Shamwari Reserve and the surrounding rock faces. You can then see the different eagles and other birds of prey flying high above the lodge, which you can even spot from the comfort of your suite.
Each of the 9 different suites of Eagles Crag Lodge have been designed to fit in their own secluded area of the African bush. The suites offer luxurious comfort and include en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, bird-spotting scope, indoor and outdoor shower facilities, and a private deck with plunge pool.
At the main lodge buildings, you can find two therapy rooms with hydrobaths, a steam room and sauna, business center, and a lounge with fireplace.
From the Eagles Crag Lodge, you will enjoy twice-daily game drives and birdwatching tours to discover the Shamwari Reserve’s incredible wildlife. With your ranger guide, spot lions, rhinos, giraffes, elephants, cheetah, Cape buffalo, kudu and more before returning to the lodge for delicious cuisine.
The Lobengula Lodge (Shamwari Reserve)
The Lobengula Lodge offers your own private bungalow in the Shamwari Game Reserve. The Lobengula Lodge comes with its own team of chefs, hosts, and private guides to make sure you have a memorable time in the wildlife-rich protected area.
The Lobengula Lodge is located in the secluded northern section of Shamwari Reserve to offer a private and exclusive experience of the South African environment. The Lobengula Lodge is booked for exclusive use and was influenced in design by a traditional African kraal. From the lodge, enjoy panoramic views of the distant mountains, valleys, and the Shamwari Reserve itself.
There are 6 suites in the lodge, which can each accommodate two adults. The suites are different sizes and in different locations around the Lobengula Lodge. The suites include a Chief Suite and 5 Junior Suites.
The Chief Suite has a private plunge pool, lounge and fireplace. Two of the Junior Suites have a private plunge pool and twin or king beds. The other three Junior Suites have twin or king beds and are next to the lodge pool. The rooms at the Lobengula Lodge are all equipped with air-conditioning.
Lodge and suite facilities include a lounge with satellite TV, a private patio, deck lounge with fireplace, relaxation retreat, private swimming and plunge pools, a fitness room, and WiFi.
From the Lobengula Lodge, enjoy private safaris to find many different animals of Shamwari Reserve. The reserve has one of the highest concentrations of iconic wildlife on the Eastern and Southern Cape. Covering 25, 000 hectares, traverse the reserve on game drives scouting for lions, elephants, rhinos, Cape buffalo, giraffes, and more. You can also enjoy fantastic birding opportunities and admire beautiful landscapes.
The Bayethe Tented Lodge (Shamwari Reserve)
Offering an open-plan design, the Bayethe Tented Lodge is a spacious, luxury tented-camp. The lodge offers fantastic views of the Shamwari Reserve and its design allows more connection with this incredible environment.
The Bayethe Tented Lodge is composed of 12 detached tents. These can accommodate two adults and include three superior tents and nine luxury tents. The difference of the superior tents is that they also include a private deck, hammock area, and fireplace.
Although offering a tented camp design, Bayethe Tented Lodge maintains all the comforts of a luxury hotel. Each of the suites have air-conditioning, ensuite bathrooms, and a plunge pool. The main areas of the lodge then offer a central lounge, Bush Relaxation Retreat, indoor and outdoor dining areas, an outdoor deck with swimming pool, and Wi-Fi internet.
From the Bayethe Tented Lodge, you will then experience the reserve on twice-daily game drives to find lions, elephants, cheetah, rhino, Cape buffalo, and other iconic African wildlife. The most time will be spent around the iconic favorites, but you will see many fascinating species in between these stars of the reserve. You will also visit the different sanctuaries set up within the reserve and can enjoy birding tours.
The Jock Safari Lodge (Kruger National Park)
One of the few luxury lodges positioned inside the fantastic Kruger National Park, the Jock Safari Lodge is in it’s own 6,000 hectare section of Kruger. This allows guests almost exclusive access to this part of the national park.
Surrounded by green trees, Jock Safari Lodge includes 12 individually thatched rooms. The suites are all designed to maintain a connection to the Kruger National Park and you can even see some of the Big 5 from the comfort of the lodge. The suites feature a private plunge pool, air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, and a day bed overlooking the river.
After some excellent tours, which we will cover next, you can relax back at the Jock Safari Lodge in the Relaxation Retreat. Enjoy your choice from a range of relaxation therapies and massages.
From the Jock Safari Lodge, you have a great chance to spot all of Africa’s Big 5. Head out on sunrise and sunset game drives to explore Kruger. Led by highly trained ranger guides, spot elephants, lions, cheetah, Cape buffalo, rhino, and much more. From you lodge, you can also enjoy different walking safaris to explore Kruger National Park on foot.
The Dwyka Tented Lodge (Sanbona Reserve)
Located in the Sanbona Reserve, about 3 hours from Cape Town in South Africa, the Dwyka Tented Lodge was influenced in design by the Khoisan hunter-gatherers of the region. Although inspired by this nomadic lifestyle, the Dwyka Tented Lodge offers all the facilities you would expect from luxury accommodation but with a more open design.
The lodge sits in seclusion in an attractive rock formation of South Africa’s Western Cape. The lodge includes nine luxury tents arranged in a horseshoe in an area of South Africa called the Little Karoo. The tents offer a large and luxurious king bed, a large private deck complete with spa bath, and ensuite bathroom.
Each of the tents can accommodate two adults. They include en-suite bathroom, shower, freestanding bath, twin basins, air-conditioning, a private deck with spa bath, and an outdoor shower. The main buildings of the lodge then feature a lounge with fireplace and satellite tv, a wine cellar, a gift boutique, an open-air dining boma, and a Relaxation Retreat.
From Dwyka Tented Lodge, enjoy fantastic tours in Sanbona Reserve. At sunrise and sunset, head out on game drives to spot lions, giraffes, elephants, rhino, cheetah, and a range of other mammals. As a unique feature from most African reserves, you can enjoy cruises to find hippos and water-living wildlife. There are also a number of fascinating birds you can spot on birding trips from the lodge. In addition to these tours, you can explore the Little Karoo on foot on fascinating Sanbona Reserve walking safaris.
The Riverdene Family Lodge (Shamwari Reserve)
A family lodge for the Shamwari Reserve, enjoy luxury family accommodation just south of Bushman’s River. The Riverdene Family Lodge offers exciting game drives, excellent views, very comfortable suites, delicious cuisine, and children’s areas.
The lodge is composed of 9 luxury inter-leading rooms, which can accommodate two adults sharing with one child. There are six luxury suites with twin beds and three luxury suites with an extra sleeper couch. The suites then feature an en-suite bathroom with separate shower, air-conditioning, private patio, and WiFi.
The lodge facilities include both indoor and alfresco dining areas, a boma overlooking the Bushman’s River, a bar / lounge, a rim-flow swimming pool with shallow area for children, and a children’s supervised play room & jungle gym.
Your family will then enjoy fantastic game drives from the lodge. Enjoy both sunrise and sunset game drives throughout the Shamwari Reserve to find many different iconic animals. Spot the lions, elephants, cheetah, rhino, and different birds of prey. Led by highly trained ranger guides, spot a diversity of different animals and learn about the history of the reserve. Note that no children under the age of 4 are permitted on the game drives, however, the lodge can arrange a childminder at an additional cost. You can also visit different wildlife sanctuaries within the reserve and learn about the various conservation projects.
The Sarili Lodge (Shamwari Reserve)
Offering another family lodges in the Shamwari Reserve, the lodge is positioned by the Bushman’s River with incredible views and spacious decks. The deck is a great place to enjoy breakfast and dinner looking over the wildlife-rich reserve (especially at sunrise and sunset). You can even spot animals from the lodge itself.
The rooms at Sarili Lodge can accommodate two adults and different types are offered. Choose from two luxury rooms with balconies overlooking the river or two luxury courtyard-facing rooms with an inter-leading passageway. There is then one suite with a river view and balcony.
All of the rooms and the suite offer under-floor heating, air-conditioning, and en-suite bathrooms with separate showers. The main building then offers WiFi, a lounge area with satellite TV, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a heated swimming pool with shallow area for children.
From the lodge, you will then enjoy fantastic game drives throughout the reserve led by expert guides. Search for lions, cheetah, kudu, elephants, giraffes, rhino, and more. You can also enjoy birding tours and visits to the different animal sanctuaries of Shamwari Reserve.
The Gondwana Lodge (Sanbona Reserve)
The Gondwana Lodge is a family lodge in the Sabona Reserve on South Africa’s Western Cape. Styled as a traditional Karoo homestead, the lodge suites offer beautiful views of the Karoo plains and Anysberg Mountains.
The suites can accommodate two people sharing with one child. Four pairs of these rooms are interleading to accommodate families. The suites offer underfloor heating, a private deck or balcony, air-conditioning, and an en-suite bathroom with shower, twin basins, and freestanding bath.
At the Gondwana Family Lodge, you can then find an outdoor pool with shallow area, a children’s playroom with TV, an outdoor dining boma, a lawn area, a lounge with fireplace and satellite TV, gift boutique, WiFi, the Relaxation Retreat, and a steam room.
You will then explore Sanbona Reserve with your expert guide to find the different wildlife, including lions, rhino, giraffes, elephants, cheetah, and hyena. You can also enjoy cruises on the Bellair Dam to find water-living wildlife and the iconic animals drinking from the water. For children, the lodge also offers the ‘Kids on Safari Program.’
The Tilney Manor (Sanbona Reserve)
The Tilney Manor sits in the Sanbona Reserve and offers a more home-like lodge than the other Sanbona accommodation options. The Tilney Manor has beautiful views of the reserve and distant mountains.
The Tilney Manor includes 6 open-plan suites with spacious verandas looking out over the Little Karoo. The suites can accommodate 2 adults and you can choose either king-sized beds or twin beds. Each of the suites offers an en-suite bathroom with shower, twin basins and freestanding bath. You also have his and hers outdoor showers, air-conditioning, a fireplace, and a private veranda.
The manor itself offers a Relaxation Retreat, a lounge with fireplace and satellite television, indoor and outdoor dining facilities, Wi-Fi, a steam room and sauna, and a rim-flow swimming pool.
From the Tilney Manor, you will head out on game drives to explore the Sanbona Reserve. This is a desert-like environment where you can find lions, zebra, kudu, rhino, elephants, giraffes, hyenas, and other iconic African animals. The objective of the Sanbona Reserve was to restore the wildlife and habitats native to the region before European settlement. In addition to game drives, head out on walking safaris with expert ranger guides, and even enjoy a cruise scouting for water-living wildlife.
The Long Lee Manor (Shamwari Reserve)
The Long Lee Manor was the Edwardian-style home of the Fowld’s family of 1916 and is now surrounded by the Shamwari Wildlife Reserve where you can find the Big 5. The manor has been restored with modern amenities but maintains the original design.
The manor includes 15 double-occupancy rooms and is surrounded by manicured gardens, pools and verandas overlooking the Shamwari Reserve. The accommodation is split into 10 suites and 5 luxury rooms with your choice of twin beds or super king beds. All accommodation then feature an en-suite bathroom with separate shower, air-conditioning, and satellite television.
The facilities of the Long Lee Manor include a relaxation retreat, fitness center and steam room, two swimming pools, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and WiFi.
From the Long Lee Manor, you will enjoy sunrise and sunset game drives through Shamwari Reserve to find the Big 5, plus giraffes, hippos, birds of prey, and much more. You will also visit the different wildlife sanctuaries to learn more about reserve and projects.
Explorer Camp (Shamwari & Reserve)
As an additional option, you can choose the adventurous yet luxurious Shamwari Explorer Camp. This is based around a 2-day walking safaris through the Shamwari Reserve where you will enjoy approaching iconic African wildlife on foot. Led by highly trained rangers, spot some of the Big 5, enjoy incredible views, learn about the reserve, and return to camp to enjoy some delicious food around the campfire. The explorer camp operates each Friday from October to April with an optional 3rd night on request.
There is also the comfortable explorer camp option in the Sanbona Reserve, which operates over the summer months from October to the end of April. On a 2 night walking safari, explore Sanbona Reserve to find different wildlife on food. With your expert guide, learn about the region history and see fascinating animals and plants of the Little Karoo.
About the Author: Ash Card is a frequent visitor to the Tropics and has a passion for helping visitors get the best experiences from tropical locations. Ash is a contributor to both TourTheTropics.com and ThinkJungle.com writing about tropical destinations, rainforests and wildlife. Feel free to contact Ash for tour help in the tropics. When not helping tourists with tours and info, Ash can be found salsa-ing the night away or posing near waterfalls.