Malaria-free, Big 5 nature reserve where conservation is king

Shamwari Private Game Reserve spreads over an area of 25.000 hectares of malaria-free safari land in the heart of South Africa’s gorgeous Eastern Cape. This award-winning Big 5 private game reserve has won countless awards for its conservation efforts and eco-mindedness. Situated in verdant bush along the Bushmans River, the reserve boasts 5 eco-systems, enabling the support of diverse plants, animals, and birds. This Eastern Cape game reserve is the ultimate South African adventure and conservation effort coupled with responsible tourism.


Explore the bush in search of wildlife on a 4x4 safari drive.
Get up close and personal with the extraordinary animals on a guided walking safari.
Visit the Born Free Foundation Big Cat Sanctuary, which promotes the rescue and conservation of big cats.
Grab your binoculars and scan the skies and trees for Shamwari’s beautiful birds.
Enjoy a safari spa experience in the tranquillity of the Eastern Cape bush.

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Best time to go to Shamwari Game reserve

The best time of the year to visit would depend entirely on your preferences: whether you enjoy the summer weather and busy, crowded times or you’d prefer the cooler weather and privacy during your stay in South Africa. Wildlife viewing in Shamwari Game Game Reserve is excellent throughout the year, but the best wildlife viewing is during the driest winter months of June to September. The lack of water in the bush drives animals to open water sources - making the animals easier to spot.