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Shamwari Eagles Crag

Shamwari Eagles Crag

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101 Reviews
Guide Price £2,369 per person
Based on 05 March 19, staying for 4 nights full board in a Suite with Plunge Pool (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.

Exclusivity, privacy and serenity

Set amid the natural grandeur of the Africa’s wilderness and surrounded by mountains, the Eagles Crag is located in an impressive area, ideal for a memorable safari. Experience the ultimate in luxury and contemporary styling at lodge, built from thatch, stone and glass which blends with the natural surroundings. Wall-to-wall glass doors on two sides of the lodge offer stunning views, whilst guests can enjoy the private deck with plunge pool and indoor & outdoor showers. 

Shamwari is one of South Africa's most high-profile and innovative wildlife conservation areas and has had its 25th anniversary marked by achieving the acclaimed Fair Trade Tourism certification. To find out more about the Fair Trade Tourism, click here: www.fairtrade.travel/Home. In addition to offering a classic wildlife experience, the reserve incorporates the Ian Player Rhino Centre, the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary and its own Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. 

To watch a short video on how amazing Shamwari is, click here

  • Relaxation Retreat
  • Expansive Views
  • Surrounded by imposing mountain cliffs

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Luxury

Location Type

National park
  • Check-in Time:
    12:00
  • Check-out Time:
    11:00
  • 9 rooms
  • Transfer duration: approx. 90 minutes from Port Elizabeth
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Floors have lift access: No

Main Facilities

  • Free parking
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Lodge
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
Location Highlights

Shamwari Eagles Crag

  • National park
  • approx. 90 minutes from Port Elizabeth
101 Reviews 100% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 92
  • Very Good 7
  • Average 2
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 0

What to Expect

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Reviews

May 16, 2018

Highlight of our South African holiday

Dublin, Ireland

My wife, daughter and I were really fortunate to spend three nights in Eagles Crag at the end of March/early April during a three week holiday in South Africa. Without doubt it was the highlight of our trip and Mino the Head Ranger was a key factor in making it such a memorable experience. The lodge itself was lovely, in a wonderful setting with a view of Eagles Crag from the terrace, The rooms were spacious and very comfortable, each in their own private setting within a short boardwalk of the main lodge. We received a really warm welcome from the staff from the moment we arrived and the quality and friendliness of service that we experienced during our stay was outstanding. Ludick and Maria were two people who stood out in this regard. The food and wines were excellent throughout but the game drives, where we were fortunate to be guided by Mino, the Head Ranger, were just awesome. Shamwari is a big reserve with two very different aspects to it in terms of landscape, with mountainous terrain in the north and plains in the south. Mino, was a wonderful guide, not just bringing us to see the wide range of animals on an up close and personal basis but also sharing his experience and expertise in areas like tracking and his obvious interest in and concern for the welfare of the animals within the reserve. He has a great personality and the fun we had with him made us look forward to each drive for his company alone.We will never forget this holiday and his catch phrase "and then I met Mary !" This was an experience that we intend to repeat and we look forward to revisiting the revamped Eagles Crag and meeting up with Mino and the staff there again in the not too distant future. John, Mary & Lynne
Apr 28, 2018

Wonderful experience

United Kingdom

A short safari at Shamwari was included as part of a bundle with a Regent Seven Seas cruise. There are several lodges in the reserve; we were assigned to Eagles Crag the standard of which can be judged by the fact that Tiger Woods got engaged there and John Travolta has stayed several times. We arrived (by coach, John Travolta flies his own plane in) just after lunch on Saturday and left just before lunch the following Monday. Eighteen of us transferred from Port Elizabeth to somewhere outside the reserve where we left our coach and were introduced to the rangers who would look after us for our adventure in Shamwari. Our luggage was taken separately and, by sixes, we climbed into something like a Toyota Landcruiser for the short river to the lodge. Our ranger, David, explained that he would be looking after us on game drives during our stay. After a friendly welcome at the lodge, we were shown to our room—one of only nine in the place. The room was large and very comfortable with indoor and outdoor showers, a separate bathroom alcove, kingsize bed, air conditioning and wifi—though the wifi behaved rather strangely; some sites worked, but others refused to respond. Outside there was a deck with sun loungers and a plunge pool. The rooms are a short walk from the main building; we were instructed not to walk to and fro after dark without a member of staff. Afternoon tea was served around 15:30. It was a nice mix of sweet and savoury dishes. Then we joined David for our first drive, which lasted until after sunset and included a sundowner—in my case, Prosecco—with some savoury snacks. Dinner that evening was a braai—a South African BBQ—around an open fire. There was plenty of choice of different meats cooked to order and self-service for a starter buffet with soups and salads, and then dessert. You will not go hungry at Eagles Crag. The following morning, David woke us at 05:15 for a muffin and a cup of tea or coffee. At 06:00 it was into the land cruiser for the morning drive. The sun was not up, and it was pretty chilly. Blankets were provided, but you should definitely dress with extra layers. At the end of the drive, it’s back to the lodge for a full breakfast: cereals, fruits, juices, eggs cooked how you like them and more. You are then at leisure until lunch, which is served very elegantly in the dining room with the choice from a small à la carte menu, followed not long after by a more or less unnecessary tea and the definitely necessary final drive of the day. Dinner that evening was described as “fine dining” with silver service and white linen tablecloths. All in all, the food at Eagles Crag was excellent. During our drives, Ranger David was knowledgeable and thoughtful and made every effort to help us enjoy the trips. During our drives, we saw lions, elephants, Cape buffalo, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, hippos, black and white rhinos, assorted antelopes and a whole load of “ABIs”—another bloody impala. We had a fantastic time at Eagles Crag and Shamwari. I would dearly have loved a longer visit. We asked about the cost. Eagles Crag is expensive, but, we think, worth it. The lodge was due for renovation shortly after our stay. We were told the plan is to make it the first 7-star lodge. We wondered how they could make it better.
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Shamwari Eagles Crag

Facilities

Relaxation Retreat with Spa Facilities

The relaxation retreat is equipped with two therapy rooms, hydro bath, steam room and sauna.

Shamwari Eagles Crag

Room Types

Luxury Suite

Experience expansive views of the surrounding rock faces; where the eagles soar through the skies. Each suite is a secluded haven fashioned in glass and stone and come quipped with its own private plunge pool on the deck.

All nine detached suites sleep a maximum of two adults. Seven suites offer king beds, two suites offer twin beds.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Shamwari Eagles Crag

Food & Drink

Bar/Cigar Lounge

The lounge area features a fireplace and big screen television with glass fold-away walls opening out onto the deck.

Board Basis Options

All meals and game drives are included.

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