Shamwari Private Game Reserve is the southernmost big game, private reserve in Africa and is malaria free. This ultimate African adventure stretches along the Bushman’s River, halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, and forms a natural extension to the famous Garden Route and Cape Town. The 18,000-hectare wildlife reserve is steeped in settler history and dates back to the time when wildlife roamed freely in the Eastern Cape. Shamwari is about conserving a vanishing way of life and has been awarded a number of international awards for its efforts in conservation coupled with tourism. The park has been well stocked with wildlife from all over the region including black rhinos, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, lions and many species of antelope.
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Wildlife viewing at Shamwari is spectacular and seeing South Africa's Big Five here is a real possibility. The drives take place in the morning and afternoon when you are guided by your ranger in an open wildlife-viewing vehicle. If you have a particular interest, such as photography or birdwatching, or you would especially like to see cheetahs, then please mention it to your ranger who will endeavour to merge your plans with those of the group. The wildlife drives take between 3 and 4 hours, with a coffee stop in the morning or a stop for drinks at sunset. It is always advisable to bring warm clothing along, even in summer. In winter, a warm jacket, hat, scarf and gloves are recommended. And don't forget to bring your binoculars, cameras and/or video cameras along.
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