Bayethe Lodge at Shamwari Game Reserve

Eastern Cape Game Reserves, Eastern Cape, South Africa

At a Glance

  • Malaria free safari

  • Enjoy sundowners in the bush

  • Each luxury tent has a private plunge pool

  • Relax and unwind at the bush relaxation retreat spa

  • Visit the rescued cats and other wildlife at the Born Free Foundation Center

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Game viewing is excellent all year round. Summers (October to March) are hot and wet, where as winters (May to August) are cool and dry. Daytime temperatures in summer are high and may soar above 36°C/97°F. Winter is known to produce beautiful warm days, though the evenings and early mornings can be quite chilly.

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Enjoy one of the signature Shamwari massages from your private deck

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Bayethe Lodge at Shamwari Game Reserve or take a look at our itineraries to Eastern Cape


Bayethe is a beautifully designed safari lodge located within the malaria-free Shamwari Game Reserve, in South Africa's Eastern Cape. With just twelve luxurious tents and a bush spa, it is a luxurious safari retreat in a prime game area.

Bayethe Lodge is one of five luxurious accommodation facilities situated throughout Shamwari Game Reserve, however, as Shamwari is a private game reserve, it means that only Shamwari vehicles traverse through the reserve and guests can enjoy a more traditional and exclusive safari experience.

Shamwari focuses hugely on conservation and for the last five consecutive years it has been voted the World's Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve. The game reserve boasts huge quantities of wildlife and big game, including the Big 5, and 5 of South Africa's 7 biomes. What makes Shamwari unique is the conservation facilities on the game reserve. There are two Born Free Sanctuaries and a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Animal Hospital where guests can have a unique one on one experience with some of the current patients.

Being so close to Port Elizabeth, Shamwari Game Reserve is easily accessible, with daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town into Port Elizabeth. It is also in a great location for anyone traveling along the Garden Route.

The luxury tents at Bayethe are shrouded by the rich vegetation and provide privacy and a feeling of seclusion. The rooms are spacious and uniquely decorated with particular African inspired decor and each tent has its own private plunge pool. The main living area has a comfortable decking area with a large swimming pool and indoor and outdoor dining areas.

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Bayethe Lodge is made up of twelve luxury tents which can sleep two adults per tent and can be made up as twin or double beds. Guests have the option of choosing the Superior Tents or the Luxury Tents.

The Luxury Tents have their own private plunge pool, large indoor baths and outdoor showers, whilst the Superior Tents have all of the same facilities as the Luxury Tents but also have their own private deck with a hammock and a fireplace for the chillier evenings.


Children under 12 years are not permitted to stay at Bayethe Lodge. However, the Riverdene Lodge and Sarili Lodge, both situated in the Shamwari Game Reserve and offering all of the same activities welcome families of all ages.


All of the rooms at Bayethe have fitted international adaptors, international dial telephones, electric blankets and hairdryers. The main living area has WiFi, a business desk with a computer and internet access. The main lodge also has a large swimming pool and indoor and outdoor dining area.


Shamwari Game Reserve offers a whole range of unique and fun activities and guests can choose to do as much or as little as they wish. Game drives are the main activity and a personal guide will be assigned to groups of 6 and 10 guests, the game ranger will organize a daily safari program to suit you. All of the guides are extremely knowledgeable and experienced and will happily answer any questions you may have.

In between game drives, guests can relax by the pool or enjoy one of the African inspired spa treatments, at the Bush retreat spa. You can also visit one of the two Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary's, the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Center or The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center where there is also the Animal Hospital where you can see the current patients.

Location & directions

Eastern Cape Game Reserves, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Shamwari Game Reserve is set in a malaria-free environment and it is the southernmost premier big 5 game reserve in South Africa, boasting a huge variety of game over a vast 25,000 hectares.

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