Shamwari Long Lee
Edwardian elegance and modern comfort meet the bush
Shamwari Long Lee
In the vast, privately owned Shamwari game reserve, Long Lee Manor displays the stately charm of a bygone era. It offers a refined experience in the rugged Eastern Cape, easily accessible by road, just east of South Africa's famed Garden Route. Part restored farmland, part dense valley thicket with the Bushman's River meandering through it, this reserve is a conservation success story. Not only is it home to the free roaming Big Five, but it's a haven for other rare species such as brown hyena and aardvark. Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centres allow for close encounters and hands-on participation in conservation.
At the lodge
Sprawling lawns and manicured gardens overlook an expansive plain. Soak up the shade along the ample verandahs; enjoy a cocktail beside one of the two swimming pools; feel like royalty sipping tea in the manor's ornate lounge amidst the white tablecloths and fine china. With a fitness centre, steam room and in-house spa, there are plenty of options for further relaxation. If work is your aim, there are ample facilities to host a 35-delegate conference.
Any of the fifteen rooms of the manor house will have you feeling like a modern-day monarch. Ten suites and five luxury rooms are each endowed with a patio or balcony - perfect for a romantic getaway for two or a large get-together. Rooms are spacious and light with a classic elegance. You'll find modern accoutrements such as air-conditioning, television and personal minibars. En-suite bathrooms are equipped with showers and deep baths. This is the ultimate in refined hospitality.
Game drives and guided walks provide spectacular opportunities to see Africa's iconic wildlife, including endangered black rhino and rare brown hyenas. View a variety of regional birds and plant life, specifically the unique succulents of the area, like the world-famous aloes. Sundowners in the bush, dinner beneath the stars or a massage at the spa round out your adventure. Learn more about the plight of Africa's wildlife and wilderness through one of the three interactive conservation centres.