Of all the private reserves in Eastern Cape, Shamwari Game Reserve is deemed as the most popular one. This reserve provides exceptional wildlife viewing of various animal species, especially the Big Five.

Visitors will have the chance of their lifetime on this safari adventure, which features guided game drives in an open-vehicle along with comfortable lodgings, scrumptious food, and excellent services.

Visitors staying at this reserve with their families can avail their ‘Kids on Safari,’ a special program just for kids.

Why Go:

  • Outstanding and exceptional wildlife viewing
  • Walking safaris and night drives activities offered
  • Provides activities geared towards kids
  • Various options for volunteering
  • Malaria-free region
  • Malaria-free region
  • Game drives in open vehicles accompanied by experienced guides


Shamwari Game Reserve is considered the Cape’s best and oldest private wildlife reserve. The Big Five is quite regularly spotted in this area. Other wildlife sighted in this region includes leopards, white and black rhinos.

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Bushmans River flowing throughout the Reserve is the most prominent feature of Shamwari Game Reserve. The ecosystem found in the region offers a diversity of rich plant species.

Weather & Climate

All around the year, Shamwari Game Reserve receives gentle rainfall. The months of March and October receive the most amounts of precipitation.The summer months of October to April is when the temperature is pleasant, and the sun is shining. The months of May to September are considered the winter months where the days are cool and the nights get occasionally cold and chilly.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Shamwari Game Reserve is the months of May till September when the sky is clear and the months are dry. Visitors are sure to easily spot the wildlife in the dehydrated, sparse bush.The months of October until April are considered the reserve’s wetter months, making it a low season. Visitors can easily get good deals and discounts the activities or accommodations. They will surely be able to enjoy the birdlife since these months offer the sightings of the migrating birds.

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