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Shamwari Bayethe Tented Camp is located in the 25,000 hectare Shamwari Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape.  This luxurious lodge offers an authentic safari experience and its name is pronounced “By-ye-ti” or, “I salute you!

Surrounded by rich vegetation and constructed of stone, thatch and canvas, beautifully appointed tents have their own private decks and plunge pools.

Bayethe boasts 12 beautifully appointed, luxury twin or king bedded tents, three of which are superior.  The superior tents include en-suite bathrooms with indoor bath and outdoor shower, TV, fireplace, minibar and a private deck with a hammock and plunge pool.  The luxury tents are all en-suite with separate baths and either indoor or outdoor showers, comfort cooling and heating, electric blankets, minibar, tea and coffee facilities and a private deck with a plunge pool. The main facilities at this relaxed bush retreat include views to a nearby waterhole, a lounge area, indoor and outdoor dining facilities, an outdoor deck with a swimming pool and outdoor boma for fireside dining.





Luxury Canvas Tents



Open Season

Open All Year

Safari Experience

Shamwari Game Reserve, aim to give you the ‘safari of a lifetime’. Game viewing is carried out during the morning and evening when you are guided by your game ranger in an open game viewing vehicle. If you have a particular interest, please mention it to your ranger who will be happy to merge your plans with those of the group.  There is great game viewing, in modern open game viewing vehicles that have been especially converted to maximise comfort and viewing potential. Your personal game ranger will provide insightful and valuable information about the fauna and flora.

The game drives will take between three and four hours, with a sundowners stop at sunset and a coffee stop in the morning. Guided game walks can often be the highlight of your African trip, for it is only then that you gain a true perspective of the fauna and flora around you.

In between game drives if your time is not filled with relaxing, reading, spa treatments, swimming, enjoying delicious cuisine or a game walk, you can visit one of the two Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries, Shamwari’s renowned Rhino Awareness Centre or the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.


Wildlife & Birdlife

Shamwari Game Reserve has five eco-systems supporting a diverse range of plant, bird and animal life, including the famed Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant). A good variety of antelope species have been re-introduced, including red hartebeest and springbok.  The reserve has a dedicated Wildlife Department (including qualified wildlife veterinarians, ecologist and environmentalist).

Shamwari Game Reserve boasts a huge variety of birdlife. There is a big range of raptors which include Black Harriers, Pale Chanting Goshawks, Black-shouldered Kites, Fish Eagles, Booted Eagles and Secretary Birds. The reserve also holds a good population of birds associated with water sources like Three-banded Lapwings, African Darters, Malachite Kingfishers, the occasional Spoonbill, African Shelduck and the strange looking Hamerkop. The birdlife at Shamwari Game Reserve is enough to keep a bird watching enthusiast entertained for a good few days. So pack your bird book and binoculars and come visit Shamwari for a well deserved birding holiday.

Added Extras

Boutique gift shop
Visit one of the two Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries or the Rhino Awareness Centre or the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.