If you’re adventurous and looking for a special weekend getaway in the bush at a discounted rate the good news is that Shamwari has re-opened its Explorer Camp. Explorer Camp is a tented safari camp on a basalt and granite hill from which guests explore on foot Shamwari Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape.
During the guided walks, rangers share their knowledge of the history and culture of the region, the diverse flora, abundant insect and birdlife and the many animals on the reserve, including the big five.
Explorer Camp will be open from 1 January, initially for weekends only and a minimum three-day stay. The opening special of R3 500 per person per night is aimed at attracting local guests. It includes food, beverages and guided bush walks. The only additional costs are the mandatory conservation levy, spa treatments and laundry.
Shamwari will specially open Explorer Camp a little earlier for guests who would like to enjoy an unforgettable New Year’s Eve deep in the bush.
Explorer is the third of Shamwari’s seven lodges to open for bookings. In mid-September it opened Long Lee Manor, which offers 18 luxurious private suites, and the exclusive five-bedroomed Sarili Private Lodge.
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, a visit to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and a three-hour game drive.
CEO Joe Cloete says the decision to gradually re-open three of its seven lodges was predicated 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 guests. It is also in line with the health measures put in place during the shutdown to ensure peace of mind for our guests while providing an uncompromised wilderness experience.
“Private game reserves play an essential part in conserving South Africa’s natural heritage. Tourism is what funds these conservation projects and every rand spent contributes to a business model that absorbs the cost of wildlife conservation, protection and rehabilitation.”