The Maldives islands are home to some of the very best scuba diving in the world. Even if you’re not a diver, snorkelling in the warm waters offers wonderful opportunities to spot a wide variety of marine life. Some resorts have their own diving schools, whilst others have their own reefs and you may even see whale sharks.
Welcome to one of the most successful private conservation initiatives in South Africa.
Shamwari Game Reserve is a luxurious way of experiencing your African safari adventure. Situated in the Eastern Cape, it is malaria-free and incorporates 6 luxury lodges, each of which are graded 5*. It also runs three excellent conservation awareness centres:
Ian Player Rhino Centre: an educational awakening about the plight of a rapidly depleting species and what you can do to help.
Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary: a public awareness and rescue effort aimed at shining a light on the circumstances of wild animals confined in impoverished, captive environments.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre: a first-hand encounter with passionate on-site vets, who care for young, injured and abandoned animals, which are to be re-released back into the wild.
Riverdene Lodge is perfect for families and has a warm and welcoming environment where you’ll feel at home. We also recommend Eagles Crag Lodge as it offers superlative levels of luxury, privacy and breath-taking scenery. The suites are fashioned from glass and stone and not only is the accommodation classically beautiful, but you’re also exposed to uninterrupted views of the surrounding rock faces where eagles soar.
Game drives: available for morning and evening trips as this is when the animals are most active. Vehicles are open, comfortable and give you a panoramic view of the area. You’ll be guided by trained game rangers who’ll take you and your party through the reserve, encountering many animals along the way.
Walking safaris: In addition to spectacular game drives, you can gain a true perspective of the flora and fauna indigenous to the region. Your guide can point out animal tracks, dung, hiding spots, rare birds and educate you on the area and its history.
Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre: in recent times, the African rhino population has suffered major devastation due to poaching, resulting in a rapidly declining population. The once great numbers of these animals have dwindled to the point where, it’s a growing epidemic and the species is bordering on extinction. Dr Ian Player was a renowned South African conservationist, who was instrumental in saving the white rhino from extinction. As part of your safari experience, you will have the opportunity to visit the centre and the animals being cared for.
Born Free Big Cat Rescue and Education Centres: the rescue and education centres home rescued lions and leopards from across the world and aim to be an enlightening experience for all visitors.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre: helps to rescue, rehabilitate and care for sick, injured, abandoned or orphaned animals under the care of a professional veterinary team. Once these animals have been nursed back to health, they are released back into their natural habitat.
Rim-flow swimming pool with shallow area for children
Children’s supervised play room & jungle gym
Boma overlooking The Bushmans River
Indoor and alfresco dining facilities
Business desk with internet access
International dial telephone
Tea and coffee making facilities
Fitted international adaptors
Television, with selected satellite channels
En-suite bathroom with separate shower
Map and travel information
Direct flights from UK to Cape Town in 12 hours 30 minutes. Then either fly or travel overland to Port Elizabeth airport in 1 hour 30 minutes.
Transfers to Shamwari Game Reserve
Shamwari Game Reserve is situated 75km from Port Elizabeth, in the province of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The lodge is accessible to international and domestic travellers alike as it’s less than 100km from the local airport. Fly into the reserve’s private landing strip and transfer overland.