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Shamwari Game Reserve Lodges
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

We came here for our honeymoon and I was a little worried that a safari may have been a mistake as a honeymoon destination. I was proved wrong! We stayed in Bayethe Lodge and everything from the food, to the accommodation, to the game drives, to the organisation, the friendliness of the staff, the ranger - everything was truly superb. The staff could not do enough for us and the tents whilst still having that rustic feel were just so beautiful. The days, including eating, spare time and game drives were just so well organised. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

My family spent four of the best days of our lives at Long Lee Manor, Shamrawi. Oh, how sad we were to leave and my son, Aaron is already planning to return. It is difficult to know where to begin but without any question of doubt our time at the reserve was made by the most wonderful and sensational ranger you could ever wish to meet. Mino is truly a one off. He has a great big heart and an outstanding and generous personality that illuminated our whole stay. Nothing, and I mean nothing, was ever too much for him and he genuinely wanted to make sure that we were totally satisfied with our experience. Special thanks and gratitude must also go to Nadine, a really warm and lovely person whom Mino is guiding to become an excellent ranger like him. She accompanied us at all times and she was an absolute pleasure to be with. From day one when we spotted the leopard who hadn't been seen for a few weeks, through to the astonishing lions feeding on the warthog, the hippos, black and white rhinos, elephants, buffalo and the visits to the rehabilitation centre and the Born Free foundation right at the end we were completely entranced and captured by the magic that is Shamrawi. Mino's humour, intelligence and trickery (convincing us that we were going to see warthogs when they turned out to be lions!) coupled with Nadine's patient responses to my endless questions and overall care and concern for us made us feel so special. They promised us the Big Five and they certainly delivered. I must add that all the staff at Long Lee Manor went out of their way for us, notably with our food requirements and I just can't praise them enough. The standard of catering and quality of food was outstanding and the picnic prepared for us on the second day was a memorable highlight. I just can't think of enough positive things to say. How Mino and Nadine had the energy to take us on safari and spend meal times eagerly chatting with us and entertaining us I shall never know. It is so unusual to find people who can love the natural world and people equally but these are the qualities of Mino and Nadine. Oh, when can we see you again? For those of you who might not make it to heaven - go to Shamrawi. Thank you Mino and Nadine. You can't imagine what you have given to us.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

Stayed as part of our honeymoon. The tents are a great experience, we had an outdoor shower and indoor bath and I think if I was going again I would opt for the indoor shower - it can be very cold outside even with the hot water! We also had a plunge pool which was not heated and was freezing so it was not used. The standard of the room was very good but as you don't spend a lot of time there splashing out on the more expensive rooms is not really necessary. The food was nice but not amazing.

We stayed for 2 nights and had 4 game drives which were excellent, we saw four of the big five (no leopard).

I think it is important to point out that all inclusive is not 'all inclusive' as you are asked to tip both your ranger and the other staff via envelopes left (and pointed out to you) in your welcome pack. If you leave the recommended tip this adds significantly to the overall cost.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Karen P, Manager at Shamwari Game Reserve Lodges, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2012

Dear Dublin123ireland,

Thank you for your recent TripAdvisor post.

We would like to point out that all gratuities are entirely up to each individual guest’s discretion, and are in no way expected.
If a guest should ask how much the usual gratuity should be, we do advise on this, however this is just a guideline.

We are sorry if you felt pressurized into having to leave a gratuity, as this is not our intention at any point. The envelopes are pointed out to the guests as we are often asked for envelopes for gratuities. These are pointed out in the same way that the room safe and indoor/outdoor shower/ bath areas are shown to each guest.

We do hope to see you again sometime so that we can try and find the leopards for you.

Kind regards
Mat Matysik
Senior Shamwari Manager

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Reviewed 26 December 2012 via mobile

First ever safari but it certainly won't be the last time we stay at Eagle's Crag Shamwari. We can not fault a thing. From the service to the game drives, the food, the room, absolutely first class. Bethwell the ranger was a walking encyclopedia who knew where to find the big 5 and Lemarie in the house looked after our every whim with grace, style and a constant smile. Our one complaint was that it ended too soon!

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed 26 December 2012

My parents and I are on our last day at Long Lee Manor at Shamwari and I will be ver sad to leave. The Palm Court rooms have been lovely and the staff here have been fantastic. The food and service here have been excellent. the spa was a much needed 4 hours of bliss and Donna was fantastic. The best part of our stay has been our game drives with Mino who has been accompanied by Nadine. We have seen all of the Big 5 while here and it's been fantastic. Mino really goes the extra mile for his clients and this has made the experience unforgettable. We have amazing photos and have learnt so many new things about the animals from Mino. The most memorable experiences for me are definitely visiting the Shamwari Rehabilitation Centre & feeding baby Caracals, seeing the very elusive leopard, having morning tea with the cheetahs and watching the lions hunt. This is all thanks to Mino who arranged extra trips for us and has made this experience amazing! Nadine has also been great and for a ranger who is new here she has been amazing. Thank you Mino & Nadine for a once in a lifetime experience.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Address: N2 between Port Elizabeth & Grahamstown, Shamwari Game Reserve 6000, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Shamwari Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Shamwari Game Reserve
Price Range: $982 - $1,958 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Shamwari Game Reserve Lodges 5*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A mere 75 km from Port Elizabeth towards Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Shamwari is the crown jewel of private game reserves situated in the malaria free Eastern Cape, the birth place of Nelson Mandela. This privately owned 25 000 hectares of prime natural terrain has received numerous international awards. Shamwari is an exploration of nature with close encounters of free roaming wildlife and the coveted big five with a choice of unique lodges, an exclusive private villa and the adventurous Explorer Camp. Luxury accommodation is offered in 7 different game lodges on Shamwari Game Reserve, all of which are 5 Star graded. Choose a game lodge that perfectly compliments your ideal African experience. EAGLES CRAG LODGE - Exclusivity, privacy and serenity for the most discerning of travelersBAYETHE TENTED LODGE - The ultimate in luxury tented accommodationSARILI LODGE - A colonial and bush experience. Perfect for families or small partiesLONG LEE MANOR - Refined elegance from a bygone era. RIVERDENE FAMILY LODGE - Colonial Africa in an elegantly restored CHILD FRIENDLY frontier home. VILLA LOBENGULA - Villa Lobengula is a beautiful and tranquil space tucked away in the depths of the valley bushveld. Booked on an exclusive use basis only. EXPLORER CAMP - Camping & walking experience among the Big 5 on the magnificent Shamwari Game Reserve ON SAFARI - Game drives can last up to 3 hours each and are conducted twice a day in open vehicles / Guided walks / Star gazing RELAX - Various treatments can be enjoyed at our Relaxation Retreats which are situated at Eagles Crag, Lobengula Lodge, Bayethe Lodge and Long Lee Manor ... more   less 
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