Shamwari splashes $25m to get back in the game
Refurbishment puts iconic Eastern Cape reserve back on top of the five-star safari bucket list
In the late 1990s and early 2000s Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape was the byword for luxury SA safaris. The brainchild of local entrepreneur and conservationist Adrian Gardiner, Shamwari welcomed its first guests in October 1992. Back then it offered just a single lodge with game drives traversing 3,500ha of restored farmland.
Over the next decade the reserve drew royalty and celebrities alongside well-heeled global travellers. More farmland was bought and restored, stretching the reserve to 25,000ha, and historic homesteads were converted to the needs of the luxury hospitality business.
In 2008 Gardiner sold Shamwari to investment firm Dubai World along with Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Klein Karoo and Jock Safari Lodge on a private concession in Kruger National Park...