Shamwari Private Game Reserve has completed the first phase of a US$25 million upgrade, opening two newly refurbished lodges, its flagship Eagles Crag and Riverdene Family Lodge.
Situated in South Africa’s ecologically and culturally significant Eastern Cape Province, close to Port Elizabeth, the malaria-free reserve is known for its systematic, scientific rehabilitation and considered conservation programmes.
The resort has also previously been recognised as the World’s Leading Eco-Lodge by World Travel Awards.
Over the past 25 years, these have seen ecological diversity restored on the reserve and the reintroduction of the big five and other indigenous animals.
Joe Cloete, chief executive, said the investment is not only to provide an enhanced luxury experience for guests.
It will ensure Shamwari is able to continue attracting revenue to fund its crucial conservation work.
“We want Shamwari to be one of the world’s premier wildlife experiences, so we can sustain and grow an exceptionally successful 25-year conservation programme.
“A stay at Shamwari contributes to conserving a vanishing way of life.”
The upgrade at Eagles Crag has accentuated its reputation for exclusivity and luxury.
The setting is tranquil, in a forest-covered valley floor at the base of the cliff from which the lodge takes its name.
A new viewing deck incorporating a fire pit and two private dining pods elevates guests above the forest canopy, while individual dining pods allow couples to share intimate meals and uncompromised views.
Riverdene Family Lodge has been almost entirely rebuilt.
The nine spacious, rooms are ideal for multi-generational families.
All rooms are interconnecting, allowing for family time during the day and privacy for adults after the children are in bed.
The next phase of the project includes renovating the historic manor house, Long Lee Manor and extensively re-building the contiguous accommodation to provide 18 luxury suites.
A new, flagship luxury tented camp is being built.
The entire upgrade programme will be completed by November 2019.