18 Jul Shamwari Game Reserve
Shamwari Game Reserve, situated in the Eastern Cape, South Africa is a malaria-free safari destination. Only one hour from Port Elizabeth you can step out of the plane and onto luxury as Shamwari will certainly tick all your boxes.
From five star cuisine to five star accommodation, Long Lee Manor is the perfect getaway, whether you are on honeymoon, or simply on a leisure holiday. Long Lee Manor has a very “Edwardian style” or in other words “English style” right throughout and boasts views for days. Guests can enjoy views from the swimming pool area, lunch veranda as well as on their private patio or balcony which overlooks the magical plains.
On arrival, you check in, freshen up and have a lovely lunch outside (if the weather allows) otherwise inside the dining room area. The menu ranges from a variety of dishes that you can choose to create your own plate.
After lunch you have a few hours to spare before high tea and the afternoon game drive starts.
In my free time I made sure to visit the onsite spa for some spoils! After the PM game drive (which can be rather chilly and cold, but fabulous at the same time 😉 ) you freshen up for dinner, which is either a Boma (buffet dinner) or a set menu in the main dining area.
The rooms at Long Lee Manor are spacious and super comfortable should you wish to enjoy a cappuccino at your fireplace after dinner in your living room or a glass of wine in bed, the choice is yours.
Your mornings start with an early morning game drive whereafter a heartfelt buffet breakfast can be enjoyed.
One very special activity that Shamwari offers is a visit to the Born Free Foundation Centre. You can substitute this visit with one of your game drive activities.
The aim of the Born Free Foundation Centre is to draw attention to the plight of wild cats, confined in impoverished, captive environments throughout the world.
The Born Free Foundation is a UK-based wildlife charity organisation that rescues animals from captivity and gives them lifetime care in spacious sanctuaries. The organisation really does remarkable work and the visit is a very eye-opening experience. The charity takes a stand against animal cruelty and protects threatened species such as lions, elephants, tigers, gorillas, wolves, bears, marine turtles and much more in their natural habitat.
P.S. I decided not to post photos of the animals I saw at the Born Free Foundation because it is viewer sensitive and quite emotional. All I can say is the people involved are extraordinary.