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All reviews shamwari game reserve the reserve game drives plunge pool ranger mino indoor and outdoor showers john travolta special dietary requirements land cruiser white rhino short safari born free words cannot describe their natural habitat loves his job game driver separate bathroom
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Reviewed 28 April 2018

A short safari at Shamwari was included as part of a bundle with a Regent Seven Seas cruise. There are several lodges in the reserve; we were assigned to Eagles Crag the standard of which can be judged by the fact that Tiger Woods got engaged there and John Travolta has stayed several times. We arrived (by coach, John Travolta flies his own plane in) just after lunch on Saturday and left just before lunch the following Monday.

Eighteen of us transferred from Port Elizabeth to somewhere outside the reserve where we left our coach and were introduced to the rangers who would look after us for our adventure in Shamwari. Our luggage was taken separately and, by sixes, we climbed into something like a Toyota Landcruiser for the short river to the lodge. Our ranger, David, explained that he would be looking after us on game drives during our stay.

After a friendly welcome at the lodge, we were shown to our room—one of only nine in the place. The room was large and very comfortable with indoor and outdoor showers, a separate bathroom alcove, kingsize bed, air conditioning and wifi—though the wifi behaved rather strangely; some sites worked, but others refused to respond. Outside there was a deck with sun loungers and a plunge pool. The rooms are a short walk from the main building; we were instructed not to walk to and fro after dark without a member of staff.

Afternoon tea was served around 15:30. It was a nice mix of sweet and savoury dishes. Then we joined David for our first drive, which lasted until after sunset and included a sundowner—in my case, Prosecco—with some savoury snacks.

Dinner that evening was a braai—a South African BBQ—around an open fire. There was plenty of choice of different meats cooked to order and self-service for a starter buffet with soups and salads, and then dessert. You will not go hungry at Eagles Crag.

The following morning, David woke us at 05:15 for a muffin and a cup of tea or coffee. At 06:00 it was into the land cruiser for the morning drive. The sun was not up, and it was pretty chilly. Blankets were provided, but you should definitely dress with extra layers.

At the end of the drive, it’s back to the lodge for a full breakfast: cereals, fruits, juices, eggs cooked how you like them and more.

You are then at leisure until lunch, which is served very elegantly in the dining room with the choice from a small à la carte menu, followed not long after by a more or less unnecessary tea and the definitely necessary final drive of the day.

Dinner that evening was described as “fine dining” with silver service and white linen tablecloths. All in all, the food at Eagles Crag was excellent.

During our drives, Ranger David was knowledgeable and thoughtful and made every effort to help us enjoy the trips. During our drives, we saw lions, elephants, Cape buffalo, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, hippos, black and white rhinos, assorted antelopes and a whole load of “ABIs”—another bloody impala.

We had a fantastic time at Eagles Crag and Shamwari. I would dearly have loved a longer visit. We asked about the cost. Eagles Crag is expensive, but, we think, worth it. The lodge was due for renovation shortly after our stay. We were told the plan is to make it the first 7-star lodge. We wondered how they could make it better.

  • Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank RogerC001
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

WOW what an amazing experience. We are in our early 60s and it was our first Safari, so lucky to have been recommended to Shamwari. Brilliant Game Drives with Johnathon who was so knowledgeable and managed to find so much of the Wildlife in their natural habitat for us to see. Great accommodation and Food

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank jackieherdman1
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

We spent 3 days at this wonderful location. The accommodation is first class and the food was lovely. All the staff made us feel very welcome. Our ranger Mino was amazing. He was very knowledgable and a real pleasure to spend our safaris with. He went out of his way to make sure we had a lovely time and that we saw as many animals as possible whilst sharing his wide knowledge of the animals with us.

Room Tip: All rooms are fabulous.
Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank rachel19972015
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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

We arrived to be warmly greeted by the resort manager who checked us in and settled us down to an excellent lunch.
Great selection of options on the lunch menu and both our choices were tasty.
We were delighted by our room even though we arrived in heavy rain. The facilities were great. Secluded lodge with private plunge pool, indoor and outdoor showers.
We were blessed to have Mino as our ranger ... He's definitely not just a driver, this guy loves his job and keeps the entire group engaged all the time. I really can't say enough positive things about him we got 4 of the big 5 in the first afternoon drive.
Dinner and breakfast were excellent, the dining staff were the most polite and gentile.
The road in was an unpaved route but the hire car managed no problem just go slow in certain areas, bit of common sense goes a long way!

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank stan b
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Reviewed 24 February 2018

Wow this is a fantastic place, inspiring, emotional, thought provoking, comfortable and attentive. The decor is understated luxury in keeping with the surroundings and the suites provide everything you could possibly need and more.
We have never been on safari before and with our wonderful and committed ranger Frans this was an experience in a life time. He has a wealth of knowledge and respect of the animals. He has a dogged determination to show guests as much as possible of what Shamwari has to offer, taking his jeep into situations only someone of his experience & ability would dare. Our early morning hot choclates out on the reserve and G&Ts at sun down were served with such style.
We loved every minute of being at Eagles Crag, met some lovely people, found it very emotional and left a bit of out hearts there.

Room Tip: All rooms are stunning but maybe request one with a view of the Crag.
Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank 494Joy494
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