Investment of R370.5m to up Shamwari’s game | Fin24

Investment of R370.5m to up Shamwari’s game

Sep 13 2018 18:44

Shamwari Private Game Reserve has completed the first phase of a $25m (about R370.5m) upgrade, opening two newly refurbished lodges - its flagship Eagles Crag and Riverdene Family Lodge.
Situated close to Port Elizabeth, the reserve is known for its systematic, scientific rehabilitation and considered conservation programmes. 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, CEO, says 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.

The upgrade at Eagles Crag has accentuated its reputation for exclusivity and luxury. 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 meals and uncompromised views.

On the ground floor, the refurbished lodge now also offers an entertainment lounge, complete with billiard table, and gym.

The spa facilities have also been upgraded.

The nine stand-alone suites, each of which sleeps two, have been extensively upgraded. Luxurious interiors open onto private decks in the forest. Each suite has both interior bathrooms and outside showers and a heated plunge pool.

Riverdene Family Lodge has been almost entirely rebuilt. All rooms are interconnecting, allowing for family time during the day and privacy for adults after the children are in bed.
The family orientated design extends to the exterior where a fully supervised outdoor children’s adventure playground combines climbing towers, elevated walkways and ziplines, all of which was specially designed for Shamwari. There is also a toddlers’ play area, maze and a mini soccer field.

The next phase of the project includes renovating the historic manor house, Long Lee Manor and extensively re-building the contiguous accommodation to provide18 luxury suites. A new, flagship luxury tented camp is also being built.

Shamwari’s wildlife rehabilitation centre is being expanded and guests will now be able to visit a purpose-built facility on the reserve, where animals are cared for and treated before being released back into the wild. This is in addition to the two big-cat sanctuaries, where, in partnership, with the Born Free Foundation, rescued African big cats are given a permanent home.

The entire upgrade programme will be completed by November 2019.

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