Shamwari Game Reserve started as a small 1200-hectare farm. Within 15 years, Shamwari expanded to 25 000 hectares. Through research, it was discovered that the Eastern Cape used to be one of the richest wildlife areas in Africa. However, due to hunting, farming and drought, most of the animal species, including the Big Five, were eliminated during the 19th century. It is the owners’ vision to preserve the history, flora and fauna in the Eastern Cape. Together with a committed team sharing the same passion, they developed their dream into the award-winning Shamwari Game Reserve of today. Today, their game reserve offers 6 separate 5-star lodges, an Explorer Camp and 3 different education and rehabilitation facilities.