Shamwari Conservation Experience

About Shamwari Conservation Experience

The Shamwari Conservation Experience is a once in a lifetime chance to get behind-the-scenes and involved with the conservation efforts of the world-renowned Shamwari Private Game Reserve.

This is a call to action for your support and assistance, without which our achievements past, present and for the future, would simply not be sustainable and viable. Shamwari is the pioneer and leader in demonstrating how the conservation of wildlife, fauna and flora can be achieved through Eco Tourism. Come and join our team of dedicated individuals who are passionate about nature and all it has to offer.

Shamwari, best known as a luxury safari destination, is a fully operational 23 000 hectare Big Five game reserve. As a Shamwari Conservation Experience participant you will be exposed to various short and long term conservation projects and the need for assistance by the award-winning Shamwari Wildlife and Conservation Department.

Our Madolos Retreat lodging in the far Northern extent of Shamwari Private Game Reserve, is aptly named after conservation doyen, Dr Ian Player, who was instrumental in saving the Southern African white rhino from the brink of extinction in the early 1960’s. Facilities are geared to comfortably host and service guests on a two per room-shared basis. As result, we’re able to get participants involved in various components of conservation, wildlife and community work. The experience is thus a true reflection of the day to day operational requirements needed to manage the game reserve and its vast resources.

Shamwari has hosted behind-the-scenes operations and experiences for volunteers, gap-year, adult sabbatical and adventure seeking travellers for several years, developing specialized skills and knowledge in conservation, with a key focus on the conservation of wildlife, ecological and community work. Environmental education, social upliftment projects and partaking in sporting interactions with largely impoverished local communities, are an important part of our social responsibility drive, to improve the lives of those living in and around the reserve.

Safari type game-viewing vehicles are used to traverse the reserve and surrounds, hosted by experienced and qualified conservation and guiding staff.

We operate in a malaria-free area and are only one and a half hour away from the closest major airport, medical facilities and other amenities in Port Elizabeth.

Our passionate and dedicated team looks forward to hosting you and showing you all that Shamwari and its abundant natural resources have to offer you.