Shamwari Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape is re-opening for domestic guests following the move to Level 2 lockdown. The reserve will initially open two of its lodges from Wednesday 16 September. These are Long Lee Manor and Sarili Private Lodge, both recently refurbished as part of a US$25 million investment to transform the visitor experience.
Shamwari is offering a special lead-in price for Long Lee Manor of R4 150 per person sharing. This includes accommodation in a five-star suite, two game drives a day, guided bush walks, tours of the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and visits to the Riverdene Children’s Adventure Centre. The only additional costs are the mandatory conservation levy, beverages, spa treatments and laundry.
Families or groups of friends are able to book the entire five-bedroomed Sarili Private Lodge for R38 000 per night. The offer includes an itinerary that is tailored to the group’s needs and a private staff including a personal chef, housekeeper and house manager. The minimum stay is two nights.
For the first time Shamwari is also offering a full-day safari package starting from R1 500 per person and R750 for children aged between four and 11. It includes a tour of the Born Free Sanctuary, lunch at Long Lee Manor, a visit to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and a three-hour game drive.
CEO Joe Cloete says the decision to open the two of its seven lodges was predicted on keeping overheads down until demand recovers and to allow for the implementation of strict health protocols.
“By opening incrementally we’re able to keep operating costs down, which in turn allows us to offer unprecedented rates to South African domestic leisure travellers. It is also in line with the health measures we put in place during the shutdown to ensure peace of mind for our guests while providing an uncompromised luxury wilderness experience.”
Shamwari’s protocols have been reviewed by medical professionals, vetted by the WHO, The Tourism Business Council of South Africa and other tourism regulatory bodies.