Shamwari Private Game Reserve is now welcoming guests to Sindile, its new flagship tented camp. Named for the matriarch of Shamwari’s leopards, the camp has just nine premier luxury tents, set in deep bush on a ridge, providing excellent vantages over the Bushman’s River and surrounding plains.
Sindile is isiXhosa for ‘survivor’, testament to the celebrated leopardess that survived numerous maulings by lions to raise the five litters of cubs which comprise Shamwari’s leopard population today.
The camp’s seclusion mimics a solitary leopard’s sanctuary: Each free-standing tent is elevated above the bush, allowing uninhibited views, unsullied by any man-made structures during the day or light pollution at night. Set on platforms, the harmonious, intimate design minimises the facility’s environmental footprint.
Each guest tent can accommodate two people and has a fireplace, heated plunge pool and generous lounge area. The dining room and bar are situated to make the most of the surrounding scenery, with focal points including a large harvest table and fire pit.
“We thought very carefully about the situation of this new tented camp and it is exceptional. It combines the peace and solitude of the bush with some of the best views on the reserve,” says Shamwari CEO, Joe Cloete.
“Its design is the culmination of everything we’ve learnt at our other tented camps and luxury lodges, combining the romance of being under canvass with a premium hospitality experience.”
Sindile is part of a two-year US$25 million investment programme at Shamwari, which included an overhaul of the entire hospitality offering.
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, considered one of the best and most successful in South Africa, has been expanded. Guests are now able to visit a purpose-built facility on the reserve, where animals are cared for and treated before being released back into the wild. This is in addition to the two big-cat sanctuaries, where, in partnership with the Born Free Foundation, rescued African big cats are given a permanent home.