Shamwari Explorer Camp - Shamwari Game Reserve

The Shamwari Explorer Camp is a unique 2-night walking trail experience, ideal for guests looking for an adventurous and authentic option with an ambience of a tented bush camp. The unfenced camp is located on a plateau and is set amongst the only basalt and granite extrusions on Shamwari.

This explorer camp reflects the original safari of being on foot and sleeping around the fire at night within the comfort of a bush tent. Guests can enjoy guided walks through the magnificent Shamwari Game Reserve, and along with potential 'Big 5' encounters there is also emphasis on birding, cultural history and other natural history of the area.

The Explorer Camp operates from October to April (South Africa's summer months), with a set departure each Friday. The trails are hosted and guided by an armed qualified walking guide, distances walked vary each day but can last up to 4 hours. A game viewing vehicle remains in camp and depending on where guests walk that day, the trail may start from camp or depart camp by vehicle to visit another area of the reserve. We regret that no persons younger than 16 years or older than 60 years will be able to participate. However, if a medical certificate can be provided via the client or the booking agent, exceptions to this will be allowed.

Tents are placed in fairly close proximity, without encroaching on another tents privacy, with a maximum of 6 guests in camp. There are three walk-in mobile canvas tents sleeping two guests per tent on fold out aluminum stretchers. The tents have duvet and pillows, a small three tier cupboard, LED light for nighttime use, an outside hand basin and a hammock nestled next to rock figs and basalt rocks. The camp has one outside shower (with hot water) and toilet which is shared by guests. Bathroom amenities are supplied. Wild animals are able to cross through the camp at any time and although all safety precautions have been followed in setting up the camp, this is a genuine wilderness experience. Dinner is around the camp fire and relaxation time is enjoyed from your hammock!

Shamwari Private Game Reserve in South Africa's Eastern Cape is home to Africa’s Big 5 (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard), and is malaria free. This reserve has received numerous international awards, including the World’s Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve for many consecutive years. Luxury safari accommodation is offered in 6 different lodges on this private game reserve. Choose a lodge that compliments your ideal African experience.

Shamwari is about conserving a vanishing way of life and is the realisation of one man’s dream, and the success of many people’s passion.