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Bayethe Tented Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Deluxe tented suites amid Shamwari's rugged beauty

Sit back and absorb the pulse of the African bush from your viewing deck, nestled in the trees lining the bed of the river. Framed by riverine forest and overlooking river pools, you'll spot graceful antelope venturing for a twilight drink and crowned eagles gliding on the darkening sky.

Bayethe Tented Lodge offers the ultimate in safari accommodation – each of the 12 superior tented suites are styled with a rustic yet elegant contemporary scheme and has its own private plunge pool along with indoor fireplace. The name – Bayethe, pronounced 'by-ye-ti' – comes from a warm African greeting which translates to 'I salute you' – an apt name for this intimate and welcoming retreat. 

During your stay, explore some of the 25,000 hectares of diverse landscapes in early morning and evening game viewing drives in open Land Rovers, guided nature walks and bird watching excursions. Being a private game reserve, safari vehicles in Shamwari are kept to a minimum, so you'll benefit from a more exclusive experience here.

Preservation is of the utmost importance at Shamwari – it is one of South Africa's most high-profile and innovative wildlife conservation areas – and the reserve incorporates the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary and its own Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Animal Hospital. Shamwari Private Game Reserve has also achieved acclaimed Fair Trade Tourism certification. 

Contrast the exhilaration of safari adventures with down time at the Bush Relaxation Retreat; soaking in your freestanding bath tub; reclining on the outdoor deck, beside the generous swimming pool; and al fresco dining, under the African stars. 

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Guide Price

 £2,399  per person
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Tripadvisor rating 272 Reviews
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Hotel highlights

  • Situated in the Eastern Cape, a malaria-free safari destination
  • Deluxe tented accommodation with private plunge pools
  • A sustainable tourism award-winner
  • Spot the Big Five and many more species during game drives and bush walks

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • 12 rooms
  • Transfer duration: approx. 90 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport
  • Minimum age:18
  • Floors have lift access: No

Main Facilities

  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Lodge
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Bayethe Tented Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

  • Approx. 90 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport
272 Reviews 97% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 245
  • Very Good 20
  • Average 7
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 0

What to Expect

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  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Oct 30, 2019

If you want to be spoiled, look no further!

If you want to do a safari top shelf in every way, then this is the place. The entire staff is kind, warm, friendly and genuine. All they want to do is make your stay as happy and pleasant as possible, and they succeeded! We arrived to warm towels and drinks, and after every game drive (2x daily) they are standing there waiting to spoil you with the same thing. They have spared no expense, the accommodations are something out of a movie, with long walkways to completely secluded and private tent, with thatched roof, chandelier and wood burning stove. It also has heating, cooling, outdoor shower, stunning bathroom with huge soaking tub. We went for our 30th, and they gave us complimentary champagne and wonderful sweets, along with running a tub with rose petals. The food is straight out of Bon Apetite, and there is so much of it all the time, you'll never be hungry. The lodge itself has 2 fireplaces, thatched roof with huge beams, huge outdoor patio overlooking stunning scenery, and a bar. Very warm and inviting, they have spa services, and we got a couples massage which was brilliant. Special thanks to Nina and KG, Lindo and Sedonia for spoiling us! And of course, our incredibly kind and knowledgeable Ranger Siya, who taught us so much, and we got to see every animal and then some because of him, we had a BLAST! Thank you so much Bayethe, we didn't want to ever leave!
Oct 25, 2019

Just wow

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Stayed for 2 nights and only complaint was it was too short. Great experience. Loved the “tent” experience, had everything we needed and more. The staff were great , big thanks to Nina. Our Ranger was the best, thanks to Siya for amazing game drives. Would have liked to stay longer to chill out and try the spa but just no time. Food was good although did not enjoy the bbq experience and did feedback on this. We were just so tired and wanted a fast dinner and bed. Also felt the food presented tapas style looked good but was lukewarm at best, a buffet would have been better. Hope we will be back again
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Bayethe Tented Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve


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Swimming Pool & Deck

Take some time out and relax on the outdoor deck and in the swimming pool.

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Relaxation Retreat

Rejuvenate your body, mind and soul at the Relaxation Retreat. At Bayethe, a range of treatments is available either at the retreat or in the comfort of your own room.

Bayethe Tented Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Room Types

Superior Tents

The elegantly refined tents are surrounded by rich vegetation, providing privacy and a feeling of seclusion with views of the African bush. 

  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV
Bayethe Tented Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Food & Drink

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Guests have access to indoor and outdoor dining facilities.

Board Basis Options

Full Board

All meals and game drives are included in the Full Board package. Beverages are excluded.

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