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Eagles Crag Viewing Deck

Eagles Crag at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Modern styling in the beautiful expanse of the Shamwari Game Reserve
Eastern CapeSouth Africa· 9 Rooms · £££

A stunning reimagination of an old Eastern Cape favourite

Perfect for couples looking to enjoy a world-class hospitality experience in one of the country's most famous game reserves

Visitors to the malaria-free Eastern Cape looking for an outstanding safari experience need look no further than the iconic Shamwari Private Game Reserve. Renowned for offering the most comprehensive game viewing experience in the region, as well as being home to the world-famous Born Free Foundation, there are few better spots in the country for a malaria-free safari.

For years the jewel in Shamwari’ s crown has been Eagles Crag, a beautiful lodge nestled at the base of jagged hillsides where eagles can often be found nesting, hence the name. Recently redesigned to rival some of the top luxury lodges in the country, it is a stunning spot, with a very contemporary feel to it and ideal for visitors who want to sample the best of what South Africa has to offer. The 9 spacious suites are spread well apart from one another to allow for plenty of privacy and are beautifully designed with a light and airy feel to them. Outdoor decks come with plunge pools and comfortable sun loungers, which are perfect for relaxing and enjoying the afternoon sunshine in between game drives. The rooms are well-equipped with everything you could need, plenty of storage space and the en-suite bathrooms come with fully luxury amenities. The huge main area looks directly out to the surrounding hillside and had plenty of private spots where guests can enjoy drinks, meals or simply curl up with a good book. A huge effort has been made to offer some of the finest food that any lodge in South Africa boasts, with innovative menus based on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. The wine list matches the quality of the food and the bar is a fun spot to spend an evening with fellow guests sharing tales of your days exploring the bush. There is an excellent spa at the lodge and a downstairs lounge area with a pool table, satellite TV and plenty of space to relax – perfect for those who want some down time between safaris.

As well as morning and afternoon game drives the lodge offers guided walking safaris which are perfect for exploring the bush and learning about the smaller things often missed on game drives. The Born Free Foundation base is close to Eagles Crag and visits here will allow guests to learn more about their incredible work rehabilitating and housing wild animals that have been found in captivity around the world.

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