Sarili Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve
Eastern Cape, South Africa
At a Glance
Deck area with spectacular views over the Bushman's River
Visit the Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Heated swimming pool with shallow area for children
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Game viewing is excellent all year round. Summers (October to March) are hot and wet, were 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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Sarili is a family-friendly safari lodge that overlooks the Bushman's River in the Shamwari Private Game Reserve. This malaria-free Big Five reserve offers a varied safari experience and is perfect for families or small groups.
Shamwari Private Game Reserve's main focus is on conservation and it has been voted the World’s Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve for five consecutive years. The game reserve boasts a huge amount of wildlife, including the Big 5 and five of South Africa's seven biomes. What makes Shamwari unique is not only the fantastic accommodation and great game viewing, but also the focus on conservation and animal rehabilitation, allowing guests unique encounters with the wildlife and the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of what Shamwari is doing to protect and increase the wildlife populations.
There are two Born Free Sanctuaries where you can visit the rescued cats and learn how these animals are exploited in captivity across the world. Shamwari also has the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center where animals are either in the process of being reintroduced into the wild or recovering from an injury.
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.
Sarili Lodge is situated next to the Bushman's River and has spectacular views from every angle. There are three luxury river view Rooms and two luxury courtyard rooms, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a comfortable living area and a large swimming pool.
Sarilli Lodge has three luxury river view rooms and two luxury courtyard rooms All rooms are en-suite and have air conditioning for the summer and under floor heating in the bathroom for the cooler months. Three of the rooms have private balconies with river views and the other two have a private patio facing the courtyard. All of the rooms have international adapters, hairdryers and an electronic safe.
Children of all ages are welcome at Sarili Lodge and Shamwari offers a whole host of child friendly activities to keep children entertained indoors and outdoors. Babysitting facilities are also available.
Sarili Lodge has a shared living and dining area with a satellite television and a fireplace. This leads out onto a balcony with an outdoor dining area and spectacular views over the Bushman's River. There is a heated swimming pool with a shallow area for children.
Shamwari has a whole host of activities to suit all ages. Game drives are the main activity and a personal guide will be assigned to groups of 6 and 10 guests and 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 a treatment at the spa. You can also visit one of the two Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary's or The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
Location & directions
Eastern Cape, South Africa
Shamwari Private 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.
How to get there
Guests are advised to fly to Port Elizabeth and proceed Shamwari Game Reserve by road transfer. A flight from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth takes approximately 1-hour and 40-minutes. The distance from port Elizabeth to Sarili Lodge is 72 kilometers.