Bayethe Tented Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Eastern Cape Game Reserves, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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  • 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 big cats at the Born Free Foundation Centre

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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 3165 4050 to start planning your holiday to Bayethe Tented Lodge at Shamwari Private 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 Private 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 Tented Lodge is one of six luxurious accommodation facilities situated throughout Shamwari Private Game Reserve, however, as Shamwari is a private reserve, it means that only Shamwari vehicles traverse through the area 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 Centre where guests can learn more about the on going conservation work taking place.

Being so close to Port Elizabeth, Shamwari Private 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 travelling 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 Superior tents which can sleep two adults per tent and can be made up as twin or double beds.

The 12 Superior Tents have their own private plunge pool, large indoor baths and outdoor showers, private deck and a fireplace for chillier evenings.


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


All of the rooms at Bayethe have fitted international adaptors, wifi, international dial telephones, electric blankets and hairdryers. The main lodge also has a large swimming pool and indoor and outdoor dining area.


Shamwari Private 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 organise 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 or The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

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Eastern Cape Game Reserves, 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.

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