JOHANNESBURG - Private game reserve Shamwari said on Thursday it had completed the first phase of a US$25 million upgrade, opening two newly refurbished lodges.
Situated in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province close to Port Elizabeth, the malaria-free reserve is known for its systematic, scientific rehabilitation and considered conservation programmes. Over the past 25 years, these have seen ecological diversity restored on the reserve and the reintroduction of the "Big Five" and other indigenous animals.
The investment will not only provide an enhanced luxury experience for guests but will also ensure Shamwari is able to continue attracting revenue to fund its crucial conservation work, CEO Joe Cloete said.
“We want Shamwari to be one of the world’s premier wildlife experiences, so we can sustain and grow an exceptionally successful 25-year conservation programme," he said.
The upgrade at Shamwari's Eagles Crag lodge has seen the addition of a new viewing deck incorporating a fire pit and two private dining pods while the spa facilities and nine stand-alone suites have also been upgraded.