The multi award-winning Shamwari Game Reserve celebrated its 25th Anniversary on the 10th October 2017 and Elegant Resorts was fortunate enough to be join their London celebrations. World-class hospitality is just a fraction of the Shamwari story and we are thrilled to share its incredible tale of conservation success and wildlife rehabilitation.
Sharing The Shamwari Story
Originally a holiday retreat for visionary Adrian Gardiner, Shamwari Game Reserve, now encompassing 25,000 ha in the Eastern Cape of Southern Africa, has been transformed into one of the ‘World’s Leading Safari and Game Reserves’. Adrian's ambitious plan to buy surrounding farmland and allow it to revert to bush, with the aim to re-introduce wild indigenous animals, dramatically paid off over the years; and today's expert team have taken the property to new levels. It is now a leading conservation company world-renowned for its valuable contributions to wildlife research, animal rehabilitation and environmental education. This is all quite in addition to its renowned reputation for offering a luxurious five-star safari experience.
An Exceptional Safari Experience
Shamwari’s convenient location, close to Port Elizabeth, along with its enviable malaria-free status, makes the reserve an ideal safari holiday for families or couples wishing to combine a stay with a self-drive holiday along the famous ‘Garden Route’ of South Africa. Its impressive variety of lodges — including Sarili Lodge, Long Lee Manor and sensational Eagles Crag Lodge — also makes it an attractive venue for weddings, honeymoons and first-time safari-goers. Attracting international guests to its easily accessible ‘Big Five’ game experience is just part of the success story — one which can be testified by a host of international and VIP visitors that ‘re-connect’ with nature and wilderness each year. Their exquisite cuisine — including recent 2017 Diners Club Wine List Award — expert staff, association with Fair Trade Tourism and partnership with the Wilderness Foundation are also plaudits to be proud of.
Success Beyond Its Borders
Multi-award-winning and voted the World’s Leading Safari and Game Reserve and Conservation Company for many consecutive years, it is not only the safari guests who are international and greeted with the warmest hospitality. With its world-class Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and anti-poaching units expertly trained to protect a host of wildlife, this award-winning wildlife reserve deserves a multitude of plaudits for their conservation, animal rescue and Fair Trade Tourism work. This year celebrates a very special milestone for Shamwari — its 25th Anniversary — and we at Elegant Resorts are only too happy to see Shamwari shine. Whereas its Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre expertly cares for orphaned baby rhinos, young elephants and all manner of creatures from across Africa, their association with Virginia McKenna OBE and the Born Free Foundation sees Shamwari’s Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary re-homing rescued lions and leopards from dire situations all over the world.
Inspiring Progress And Specialist Activities
Just as Shamwari’s reach and influence goes far beyond South Africa, fortunate guests can explore and enjoy a raft of activities that go further than the typical safari experience. From specialist birding safaris and dedicated family safaris, to specialist professional photography safaris, adventurous Explorer Camps and volunteer conservation programmes, there is plenty to inspire, plus more than enough to indulge a passion for wildlife and the great outdoors. Shamwari also plays a vital role in educating the next generation too — the wide-eyed local children and multi-national child guests are a true testament to this and the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre has never been more critical.
The Story Of Conservation Continues
With exciting plans for a new expansion and significant development next year, we’re sure that Shamwari will remain the ‘Pride of the Cape’ and we champion its continued success for decades to come. Should the insightful and skilled rangers and trackers not provide enough inspiration, I suggest reading some of the team’s animal rescue updates that are regularly posted on Shamwari’s website — these are guaranteed to melt any animal-lover’s heart! Shamwari Game Reserve is an unfurling story bound to uplift the soul and we feel privileged to join their anniversary celebrations.
If you would like to experience a Shamwari safari for yourself, please call one of our expert Travel Consultants to arrange your luxury Africa journey or wildlife encounter.