South Africa is one of the top safari destinations in the world. It has a scattering of diverse game parks and reserves known for superb big five game viewing and luxurious lodge accommodation establishments. A trip to Cape Town for your IVF procedure is not the same without combining it with a memorable South African safari.
South Africa has many excellent safari destinations ranging from the Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape just 75 kilometers from the Port Elizabeth Airport to top game reserves in the north eastern regions of South Africa.
Due to the risk of taking malarial medications, Fertility Travel along with your fertility specialist strongly advises you to avoid the malaria areas whilst undergoing your IVF procedure. We therefore strongly recommend that you visit the Shamwari Game Reserve Group which we list below. These world renowned establishments not only offer good game viewing but also boast top quality guides who are able to give you exceptional up-close sightings on both day and night drives. These safari lodges offer 5 star cuisine and excellent service.
It will give you complete peace of mind to know that the Shamwari Game Reserve Group lodges (Shamwari Game Reserve and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve) are in malaria free areas. You will be advised by your fertility specialist not to take malarial medication making these reserves perfect for your safari and coveted Big 5 viewing experience.
Fertility Travel will package a safari tour to suit your needs and budget and in line with your IVF schedule. This will be the perfect way to end your Cape Town and Garden Route holiday by seeing the Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino) in their natural habitat.
Shamwari Game Reserve
Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, is one of the most successful private conservation establishments in the Eastern Cape, South Africa and is just 75km from the Port Elizabeth Airport and an 8 hour drive from Cape Town. For an absolute ultimate luxury safari, look no further than the award winning Shamwari Game Reserve. It is one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa.
Over 5000 head of game roam freely under the African sun in a game reserve stretching over 25 000 hectares. Game viewing takes place during the morning and evening with a game ranger in an open game viewing vehicle. These drives take between three and four hours, with a coffee stop in the morning and a sundowner stop in the evening.
Guided game walks are often the highlight of an African trip, as it is only then that you gain a true perspective of the flora and fauna around you. For your safety, these walks are carried out by trained and qualified game rangers.
The Shamwari Game Reserve has a huge variety of birdlife. There are enough to keep a bird watching enthusiast entertained for days. So don’t forget to pack your bird book and binoculars and enjoy a well-deserved birding holiday.
Luxury accommodation is available in various lodges at the Shamwari Game Reserve, all of which are graded 5 star establishments. Each one is unique with its own essence and is designed in harmony with their surroundings. Fertility Travel recommends the following lodges:
- Long Lee Manor – refined elegance
- Eagles Crag Lodge – exclusivity, privacy and serenity
- Bayethe Tented Lodge – luxury tented accommodation
Have a look at them all and let us know which lodge catches your eye and we will give you more in depth information. We will then best plan your itinerary with an unforgettable safari experience.
Long Lee Manor
Refined elegance from a bygone era
Long Lee Manor is a gracious Edwardian style manor house that echoes traditions of the past and offers colonial style accommodation. It has manicured gardens, pools and ponds, terraces and verandas, all overlooking the magnificent vast plains teaming with free roaming wildlife. The Relaxation Retreat and fitness center enhances this tranquil natural experience, healing your body, mind and soul.
Long Lee Manor boasts 5 luxury rooms and 10 suites. Each room/suite sleeps a maximum of 2 adults each and has air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, electronic safe, fitted international adaptors, international dial telephone, en-suite bathroom with separate shower, private mini bar, patio or balcony and TV with selected satellite channels.
This lodge has 2 swimming pools, a Relaxation Retreat with a steam room and sauna, Fitness Centre and steam room, Gift Boutique, In and outdoor dining facilities, business desk with internet access and Wi-Fi connection throughout the lodge and in all the rooms.
Eagles Crag Lodge
Breath-taking views where the eagles soar
Tucked away and surrounded by mountain cliffs, Eagles Crag has an elegant ambience amid its lush nature’s beauty. Exclusive suites designed in African thatch, glass and stone offer guests breathtaking views of surrounding rock faces where eagles soar. Each suite is a secluded haven that opens onto a private deck and plunge pool in which to unwind in pure comfort.
The Eagles Crag lodge has 7 King bedded and 2 Twin bedded Suites. Each suite sleeps a maximum of 2 people each. Each suite features air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, electronic safe, fitted international adaptors, international dial telephone, en-suite bathroom, in and outdoor shower facilities, private mini bar, ceiling fan and a bird spotting scope.
There is an upstairs lounge with fire place opening onto a terrace and another lounge with big screen TV. It has a Relaxation Retreat with hydro bath, steam room and sauna. There is a gift boutique. It has a business desk with internet access and Wi-Fi connection at the main building and office.
Bayethe Tented Lodge
The ultimate in luxurious tented accommodation
“By-ye-ti” or, “I salute you”, is the warm African greeting at this tented paradise. This lodge offers twelve secluded tents surrounded by rich vegetation, providing privacy and a feeling of seclusion. Each tent opens onto a private deck with a plunge pool surrounded by a blanket of nature. End a perfect day at the Bush Relaxation Retreat overlooking a wildlife waterhole.
All 12 detached tents can sleep a maximum of 2 adults per tent. There are 3 Superior Tents and 9 Luxury Tents, both with King and Twin beds.
The Bayethe Superior Tents have a plunge pool, private deck, en-suite bathroom with indoor bath and outdoor shower, TV with selected channels, hammock, fireplace and mini bar
The Bayethe Luxury Tents have comfort cooling/heating, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, electronic safe, fitted international adaptors, International dial telephone, plunge pool, electric blankets and private mini bar.
The Bayethe Tented Lodge has a Bush Relaxation Retreat, Gift Boutique, Lounge area with TV, in and outdoor dining facilities, Outdoor deck with swimming pool, Business desk with internet access, Wi-Fi connection is available at the main building and office.