Bayethe Tented Lodge

Set in the Shamwari private game reserve which produces some of the finest wildlife viewing in South Africa

Bayethe Tented Lodge

Bayethe Tented Lodge is situated in the private Shamwari Game Reserve in the eastern Cape. The word bayethe means “I salute you” in the local African language.

Accommodation is in luxury and superior tents all with wooden flooring, large windows and highly comfortable king size double or oversized twin beds with mosquito net drapes. Each tent is equipped with international plug adaptors, international direct dial telephones, electric blankets, hair dryers, minibar and a small plunge pool. The superior rooms also offer TVs, fireplaces and a private terrace with hammocks.

The elegant main communal building has both indoor and outdoor dining areas where tasty local and international cuisine is available. There is also WiFi, a computer for guest use, TV, gift shop and an outdoor patio decking with small swimming pool.

Shamwari’s private game reserve is not as large as some others in South Africa which enables guides to locate particular species more easily. This produces some of the most reliable wildlife viewing in South Africa. The reserve also benefits from being in a malaria free zone and can be accessed easily from Port Elizabeth. Shamwari has a lot to offer families and safari enthusiasts and is home to the Born Free Foundation’s big cat rescue centre.

Shamwari also has a number of other accommodation options to suit various budgets, including a family-oriented lodge and a colonial-era manor.


Private bathrooms, restaurant, bar, communal area, gift shop, swimming pool, plunge pool, guest computer, Wi-Fi, TV, direct dial telephone, electric blanket, hairdryer, international plug adaptor and laundry service.

Local Wildlife

The reserve supports large concentrations of herbivores including springbok, gemsbok, wildebeest, kudu, tessebe, giraffe, warthog, cape buffalo, hippopotamus and zebra. Both black and white rhino are present and white rhinos are quite commonly encountered along with elephants and lions. Leopards, cheetahs and spotted hyenas can also be seen in the area but require a little more luck and there is a chance of brown hyena, African wild dog, small cats, aardvark and different mongoose and smaller mammals. Birdwatching in the reserve is particularly productive due to the varying habitats with birds of prey being particularly conspicuous.

Optional Activities

Game drives and bush walks.

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Air Conditioning


Swimming Pool


Alan Godwin
Area Specialist

Shamwari is a good safari location for the end of your Garden Route tour. There are many different camps and lodges within the reserve, all superbly run, so please ask for the one which best suits your needs and budget.

If you have any queries about this accommodation please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

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We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. Leopard View was fantastic. The guide did his upmost for us and the rest of the game viewing was great. We saw everything that we wanted to see.

Mr RA - Basingstoke