N2 between Port Elizabeth & Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, Shamwari Game Reserve 6000, South Africa
Bar/Lounge, Business Center, Fitness Center, Free Breakfast, Free High-Speed Internet, Free Parking, Kids Activities, Restaurant, Room Service, Shuttle Bus Service, Spa, Suites, Swimming Pool, Wheelchair Access
Tucked away in the northernmost corner of Shamwari Private Game Reserve, the tented Bayethe Lodge is a rustic yet elegant...
Tucked away in the northernmost corner of Shamwari Private Game Reserve, the tented Bayethe Lodge is a rustic yet elegant sanctuary in this often-unexplored and malaria-free bush. Entering the lodge, follow a boardwalk constructed of salvaged wood from the previous farms that occupied the land. Step onto the expansive deck of the main thatched loge, which juts out over a quiet watering hole protected by the surrounding hills.
Further boardwalks lead you to your private canvas tent with a thatched roof. The wooden floors, a neutral color palate and an outdoor shower seamlessly connect you to the wilderness. With a private plunge pool, a delightfully deep bathtub, elegant natural accents, and a few splashes of modernity, these suites evoke the imagery of the idyllic and simple African escape. Additionally, two superior tents are furnished with a cozy fireplace, a hammock, and a television – not that additional entertainment is ever needed here.
A visit to Shamwari itself is an exercise in conservation. This former agricultural land has been rehabilitated over the past three decades into a sensational and exclusive ‘Big Five’ reserve. Currently covering 25,000 hectares, the efforts of conservationists and owners have made significant strides towards returning this region to being one of the richest wildlife areas in Africa. Skilled and passionate rangers will highlight the varied and ongoing efforts and initiatives that work to rehabilitate formerly extinct flora and fauna to the region. They will of course also lead you to a series of magical wildlife encounters with both famed mammals and lesser-known species.
As a thrilling and educational day draws to a close, slip into a warm bed heated by an electric blanket. Drift to sleep listening to insects outside your tent – and perhaps the distant roar of a lion. In your canvas surroundings, you will find few more intimate moments in the bush.
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