Shamwari Sarili Lodge
Go-to family destination in the exquisite Eastern Cape
Shamwari Sarili Lodge
Sarili Lodge offers intimacy, accessibility and adventure under one extremely accommodating thatched roof. Overlooking a vast plain and the Bushman's River, this modern lodge is a blend of contemporary clean lines and traditional safari accents. This is an ideal destination for families with children of all ages - no malaria, handy child-minding services and access from South Africa's well-known Garden Route, make it a safe and convenient option. Chances of glimpsing the Big Five here are as good as any; you might even get lucky and catch some lesser-known nocturnal species like brown hyena, aardvark and caracal. For a well-rounded experience - great guiding and game viewing, top-notch hospitality and the utmost in conservation ethics - Sarili is hard to beat.
At the lodge
Take your pick of places to relax - choose from the colourful inside lounge with a grand fireplace, the comfortable entertainment area, or the outdoor deck and courtyard with views of the valley beyond. A gorgeous pool area with a natural rock wall, cushy loungers and a heated saltwater swimming pool, make it a favourite amongst kids and adults alike.
Each of the five rooms at Sarili is ample and outfitted with mod-cons including wi-fi and air-conditioning. Two rooms lead directly to the courtyard/pool area; one room, known as the suite, is slightly more spacious, with a living room, entertainment area and a private second-storey balcony. Each luxury room has a bathtub, large shower and plenty of closet space. Sarili's style is modern living in the middle of the bush, which might be too close-to-home for those wanting a more raw and rustic safari experience.
A friendly, knowledgeable local guide will accompany you throughout your stay. Morning and afternoon game drives will afford you access to the majority of the reserve's wildlife. Drives continue on into the evening to catch some of the nocturnal life in action. To slow the pace and get an intimate glimpse of the area's geography, plant and birdlife, take a guided bush walk. Don't miss out on the renowned wildlife rehabilitation centres and sanctuaries that make Shamwari a key player in the conservation world.