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Bayethe Tented Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Bayethe Tented Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

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261 Reviews
Guide Price £2,329 per person
Based on 05 March 19, staying for 4 nights full board in a Superior Thatched Tent (2 adults sharing). Flights not included.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

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. 



  • 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

Hotel Category

Luxury
  • Check-in Time:
    12:00
  • Check-out Time:
    11:00
  • 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
Location Highlights

Bayethe Tented Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

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

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 235
  • Very Good 20
  • Average 6
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 0

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Jan 30, 2019

Wow!

Belleville, United States

We were there in early december. The food, service, and accommodations were outstanding. The rooms are in tented, luxurious and private spaces with a private plunge pool. We love it! The game drives are very good, but can be long. One day, we were out about 6 or 7 hours total. I could have stayed behind, but thought I might miss something. The rangers are very well-informed and professional. I would definitely return.
Jan 22, 2019

Absolutely amazing

South Carolina

For our first (and probably last) safari experience, this was perfect. It may "only" be a reserve, but it is huge and has plenty of game to see. Our accommodations were luxurious, including the outside shower. The staff and food was wonderful. The game driver was great. We were only here for 2 nights, but it was amazing.
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Bayethe Tented Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Facilities

Swimming Pool & Deck

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

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

Dining

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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