TRAVEL NEWS - Only an hours drive from the coastal city of Port Elizabeth lies the private Shamwari Game Reserve, home to one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in the Eastern and Southern Cape.
It has consistently been voted year on year as the World's Leading Safari and Game Reserve and Conservation Company.
Set in a malaria free area, there is no need for anti-malaria medications, making Shamwari a firm favorite for young families.
Spanning across 25 000 hectares, Shamwari boasts a diverse landscape that supports a number of incredible animal species, including the Big Five. Shamwari is home to a healthy population of lion, cheetah, leopard, white & black rhino, elephant, and hippo. Reintroduced species such as the red billed ox-pecker and flightless dung beetle are commonly seen around the reserve as well. The vegetation and wildlife are constantly monitored by experienced veterinary staff, qualified ecologists and some of the most advanced anti-poaching units in the country.
Shamwari has a total of seven lodges and one explorer camp; each offering a unique experience. The newly renovated Riverdene Lodge caters exclusively to families, offering a home away from home. The lodge has nine luxury interleading rooms that can accommodate two adults and one child.
The lodge facilities are perfect for families and include a swimming pool with shallow area for children, a supervised kids club, a toddler play area, kids adventure centre, gift shop, bar, lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a boma that overlooks the Bushman’s River.
Children can take part in the kids on safari programme, which incorporates a number of outdoor activities and indoor activities; including arts and crafts, games, and ziplining. While kids under the age of 4 years old are not permitted on game drives, there are a number of activities for them to enjoy. A childminding service is also available at a nominal fee.
Families are also encouraged to take their kids to see the Born Free Big Cats Foundation and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre where they can see and learn about various orphaned and injured animals. It is a great opportunity for kids to learn interesting facts about some of the most endangered species in Africa.
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