Shamwari Conservation Experience

Shamwari Conservation Experience


Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, is the pinnacle of private game reserves and home to the coveted Big Five on one of the largest conservation initiatives in Southern Africa, some 25 000 hectares in extent. Shamwari is a place where guests can exist in harmony with nature, however fleeting the moment; where free-roaming wildlife traipse the landscape, often under the relentless African sun. Shamwari Game Reserve’s hospitality division incorporates five, Five Star lodges, each one with its own unique essence of Africa. The lodges are designed and operate in harmony with their surroundings and are a place where guests can experience nature in sublime comfort. Although without the splendour of our luxury sector, Shamwari Conservation Experience offers unsurpassed industry standards for our veterinary and conservation experience guests, from our Highfield Lodge facility on Shamwari.


  • Our team has been recognized globally for its efforts in conservation and has lived up to our adage of conserving a vanishing way of life
  • We were voted World’s Leading Safari and Game Reserve since 1998 and World’s Leading Conservation Company in 2012, at the World Travel Awards.
  • Our district is malaria free and operations are hosted from our 25,000-hectare game reserve (that’s about 25,000 football fields in size!) with five of seven biomes (fauna and flora habitats) represented.
  • We have a dedicated Wildlife and Conservation Department which includes a wildlife veterinarian and ecologists with a wildlife breeding, animal rehabilitation (ARC) and rhino awareness centre. Facilities also include an animal hospital and anti-poaching unit.
  • Shamwari is the host to the Born Free Foundations Big Cat Rescue and Education Centre for lions and leopards.
  • We are only one-and-a-half-hour drive from Port Elizabeth Airport and there are several adventure and leisure activities in close proximity, which stretch down a beautiful coastline known as the Garden Route. These activities include surfing, canoeing, horse riding, and bungy jumping to name only a few!
  • You will be hosted by our wildlife coordinators who are qualified and experienced in various conservation-related fields, as to be able to maximize your experience.
  • We offer a diverse experience that exposes participants to real and often challenging conservation issues and tasks, offering you the chance to make a sustainable difference through their participation.

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