Shamwari Explorer Camp

Wilderness Adventure at Shamwari Explorer Camp

Camping out in the wilderness is something that South Africans love to do and now there is a luxury camp that adds glamour to that experience in the Eastern Cape, the awe-inspiring and malaria-free Shamwari Explorer Camp. This private, exclusive safari destination caters for only six guests who want to walk in the wilderness and get close to wildlife in a 4×4 vehicle. Small groups are the answer in such ‘glamping’ setups where immersion in nature counts most.

When you first set eyes on Explorer Camp you understand why it is called so, and you imagine seeing Africa through the eyes of Livingstone and his ilk. Think of those age-old safari days when authentic tented camps were pitched for those on safari and this is what you get – ambient tented chalets set out in the trees on a rocky ledge with typical Eastern Cape boulders rocky outcrops everywhere. 

Shamwari Private Game Reserve is a premier safari destination where visitors can find the Big 5 and experience animals in unique vegetation endemic to this province. Shamwari means ‘my friend’ in Shona, and guests make friends for life with passionate game rangers and camp staff in this intimate venue. The 3-day itinerary takes the form of a trail through the wilderness, aspirant explorers arriving on a Friday and leaving on a Monday.

These trails happen between October and May in this seasonal camp and each tent contains lovely comfy amenities for families with kids older than 15.  Set off into one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa and learn from your guides how the flora and fauna interact and survive in this Eastern Cape region. Game view from your tent, furnished with camp stretchers, duvets and pillows, LED lights, outside showers and hammocks, tea and coffee facilities and plenty of warm cheer. 

Gather around the fire at night for feasts prepared by talented chefs and eat like kings from quality glass and silverware as the insects serenade you and the frogs call all night. Wake up to fresh coffee in front of your tent before you start your trails and have a sundowner from the portable bar served in exquisite crystal glasses when you return! Sit a while on the viewing deck and absorb the day’s activities.



Wilderness trails in the heart of Shamwari Private Game Reserve take the guests’ needs to heart in a blend of rustic tented accommodation and five-star services and amenities. Set off on an adventure you will never forget every day, returning at night to sit around the blazing fire and share stories of your amazing days. Sleep in cosy tents decked out with stretchers, duvets and pillows, outside showers, decks and LED lights. 

Wake up for hot coffee on your deck, drink from the portable bar at night from crystal glassware and eat dinner on quality ceramics with stunning silverware to enhance your experience! Excellent foods and wines too. Explorer Camp harks back to those authentic safari days when things were done properly for the wildlife sightings and being out there on nature’s terms. 

Find your rustic chic tent on a plateau surrounded by lush vegetation with wonderful rocky views of Shamwari Private Game Reserve. The camp is unobtrusively fenced for safety but animals still roam through it and tents are in their own private spots. Make new friends for life when you meet like-minded trail lovers around the fires at night.

Shamwari is a beautiful safari destination where special visitors can tune into nature and watch wildlife all around them all day. There are 6 luxury lodges in total and this one unique Explorer camp so choose your best life and go for a trail in the gorgeous Eastern Cape. Chat to Voyage2Africa about our Garden Route and Eastern Cape package tours

Amazing Holiday Packages including Shamwari Explorer Camp

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• Game Drives
• Birding
• Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre
• Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries
• Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
• Safari SPA
• Volunteer At Shamwari
• Pro Photo Safaris
• Kids On Safari


  • Luxury accommodation
  • 3 Meals per day
  • 2 Game Drives per day
  • Local Beverages on Game Drive, Tea, Coffees and Water
  • Guided Walks
  • Tourism levy and VAT
  • Visits to Educational Centre.

Exterior view of the luxury tented accommodation at Shamwari Explorer Camp
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  • 6 rustic chic tents
  • LED lights
  • Stretch beds, duvets, pillows
  • Outside showers
  • Tea and coffee 
  • Camp fire, dining area and seating area


  • Authentic 3-day bush trails that include glamourous amenities and rustic chic tents for those who want to get close to the wilderness
  • Only 6 tents ensure an intimate experience with fewer impacts on the trails and more opportunities to see incredible wildlife sightings 
  • Excellent food and drinks served in style as if you are in a five star safari lodge
  • Shamwari Game Reserve serves up compelling landscapes, 6 luxury safari lodges and this one explorer camp.

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