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reserve and Guests stay in one of the unique lodges, exclusive private villas, tented sites, or rustic explorer camps. We adored the contemporary African decÓr, private plunge pool and expansive deck at our thatched roof suite at Eagles Crag Lodge. Nighttime was particularly interesting as we listened to the animals communicating and used the telescope to navigate the stars. Our room was spectacular, but what we really loved were the thrilling game drives. We had an extraordinary ranger named Jan who was the most enthusiastic animal lover since Steve Irwin, the Australian Crocodile Hunter. Our twice a day game drives went by quickly with Jan at the wheel and we very much adored hearing the stories of the personalities of the animals we encountered. It was a daily adrenaline rush every time we encountered a lioness hunting or a male lion lying so close to our vehicle we could count his teeth when he yawned. It was unique to have the opportunity for the group of us to dine with our guide each second night. It allowed us time to ask more in-depth questions about the animals and the conservation initiatives. The owners of the resort, The Shamwari Group doesn’t just talk the talk on conservation and community involvement, they walk the walk. All manicured areas of the resort are kept green by using gray water. They try to limit the trash and recycle everything. Excess food is given to the local orphanage at the end of the day. School children visit the Born Free and Educational Centers for free. Safari vehicles are lower in emissions. For its efforts, Shamwari has been given Green Leaf Environmental Status audited by the Wilderness Foundation of South Africa. 52 Upscale Living Magazine |
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Thoughtful is how I would describe the customer service. Each room came with an adorable burlap bag filled with safari game drive amenities: snacks, guidebooks, hand sanitizer and “comfort stop” items in case nature calls out in the middle of nowhere. Because it was unseasonably cold during our visit, hot water bottles and thick wool blankets were distributed on the Land Cruisers and upon our return a hot towel and hot beverages were waiting for us in the lobby.