Villa Lobengula, South African Safaris at Shamwari Game Reserve

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Villa Lobengula

"At Shamwari Game Reserve, we strive to deliver a safari experience that leaves you feeling revitalised, refreshed and relaxed. And, for a safari experience with a difference, our guests can stay in the luxury accommodation at Villa Lobengula"

  • Grading: 5 Star 

Address: Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape Province

Children: 12+
Bed capacity: 8 Luxury en-suite tents (16 guests)


Villa Lobengula is located in the Shamwari Game Reserve, a 5-star big five safari holiday destination. The management of Shamwari is conservation orientated and several of the activities available during your stay are possible thanks to their conservation efforts.

Located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, where vast herds of wildlife and birdlife make their home. Incredibly diverse ecologically, you are guaranteed beautiful natural scenery with 5 of South Africa’s 7 biomes found here. Today it is an award-winning 25, 000 hectares of protected land.

A luxurious, malaria-free safari holiday experience awaits you at Villa Lobengula. This private and secluded villa offers the opportunity to appreciate the rich vegetation of this unique place where you can enjoy spectacular views of the African bush.

At Villa Lobengula, you have exclusive use of the whole villa. We built this private villa in the traditional African kraal-style. It offers panoramic views of the mountains and valleys around it.

For a private African safari holiday experience at the luxurious Villa Lobengula that you and your party won’t easily forget, contact us for availability and reservations.

Bayete Lodge Accommodation

Villa Lobengula offers 6 suites, each of which can accommodate 2 adults in either twin or king sized beds.

There are three suite types available. 1 Kig bedded Chief Suite with a private plunge pool, lounge and fireplace, 2 Twin/king bedded Junior Suites each with a private plunge pool and 3 Twin/King bedded Juior Suites adjacent to the lofge pool area.

  • Air conditioning
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Electronic safe
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Private patio
  • Fitted international adaptors
  • International dial telephone
  • In and outdoor shower facilities
  • Private mini bar

At this rustic, luxury villa in South Africa, guests have access to:

  • Swimming pool
  • Tsala deck
  • Relaxation Retreat with team room and sauna
  • Fitness room
  • Intimate library collection
  • Wine cellar
  • Small gift boutique
  • Wi-Fi
  • Main lounge boasting a central media centre
  • Perimeter electric fence

This villa is ideally equipped for large groups to secure exclusive use by having the entire villa and all amenities exclusively for your group.

Game Drive Safaris

We offer a morning safari as well as an evening safari with knowledgeable and passionate-about-wildlife guides. While on safari, take in the beautiful landscape views, the plant, bird and wildlife scenes that you will experience on the way. See birds of prey or spot one or more of the Big 5 from the comfort and safety of your open game vehicle. After enjoying the safari, return to the lodge for an enjoyable breakfast or dinner.

Spa treatments

Villa Lobengula boasts our own Bush Relaxation Retreat offering personalised treatments to suit your needs. Some of the therapies available include massages, body scrubs, healing facials, manicures and waxing. The retreats pamper and allow you to relax amongst the sights and sounds of nature.

Conservation experiences

Shamwari Game Reserve features three conservation facilities available for visits by guests: The Ian Player Rhino Awareness centre, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries. These facilities are immensely interesting and educational and comes highly recommended


  • Rates are quoted in South African Rand (ZAR) and are inclusive of 14% VAT
  • Rates are subject to change without prior notice

Low Season: 1 May – 30 September

Per person sharing from R58,930.00

High season: 12 – 31 January; 1 March – 30 April; 1 October – 14 December

Per person sharing R58,930.00

Peak season: 01 – 11 January; 1 – 29 February; 15 – 31 December

Per person sharing from R62,420.00

Low Season: 1 May – 30 September

Per person sharing from TBC

High season: 12 – 31 January; 1 March – 30 April; 1 October – 14 December

Per person sharing R66,295.00

Peak season: 01 – 11 January; 1 – 29 February; 15 – 31 December

Per person sharing from R71,780.00

If you’re travelling with children, you’ll be pleased to know that when you make your booking, it includes our ‘Kids on Safari’ programme. However, there are several rules and regulations that need to be adhered to when booking with children:

  • Child rates apply to children from 4 – 11 years old.
  • Kids under the age of 4 are not permitted on game drives
  • Childminder services are available at an additional cost
  • 0-3 year olds are accommodated at no additional cost

Rate Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals per day
  • Two Safaris per day
  • Local Beverages on Game Drive
  • Tea, Coffees and Water
  • Guided Walks
  • Tourism levy and VAT
  • Visits to Educational Centres
  • Beverages
  • Laundry
  • Relaxation Retreats

Guests should also take note:

  • All rooms can sleep a maximum of 2 adults
  • Persons under the age of 16 or older than 65 are not permitted on walking tours
  • Single adult rates apply only when the person is sleeping alone and not sharing with a child
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