Bayethe Tented Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Bayethe Tented Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

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The Ultimate in luxury tented safari

Sit back and absorb the pulse of the African bush from your viewing deck, nestled in the trees lining the bed of the river. Framed by riverine forest and overlooking river pools, you'll spot graceful antelope venturing for a twilight drink and crowned eagles gliding on the darkening sky.

Bayethe Tented Lodge offers the ultimate in safari accommodation – each of the 12 superior tented suites are styled with a rustic yet elegant contemporary scheme and has its own private plunge pool along with indoor fireplace. The name – Bayethe, pronounced 'by-ye-ti' – comes from a warm African greeting which translates to 'I salute you' – an apt name for this intimate and welcoming retreat. 

During your stay, explore some of the 25,000 hectares of diverse landscapes in early morning and evening game viewing drives in open Land Rovers, guided nature walks and bird watching excursions. Being a private game reserve, safari vehicles in Shamwari are kept to a minimum, so you'll benefit from a more exclusive experience here.

Preservation is of the utmost importance at Shamwari – it is one of South Africa's most high-profile and innovative wildlife conservation areas – and the reserve incorporates the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary and its own Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Animal Hospital. Shamwari Private Game Reserve has also achieved acclaimed Fair Trade Tourism certification. 

Contrast the exhilaration of safari adventures with down time at the Bush Relaxation Retreat; soaking in your freestanding bath tub; reclining on the outdoor deck, beside the generous swimming pool; and al fresco dining, under the African stars. 

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  • Deluxe tented accommodation with private plunge pools
  • Situated in the Eastern Cape, a malaria-free safari destination
  • A sustainable tourism award-winner
  • Spot the Big Five and many more species during game drives and bush walks

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

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  • 12 rooms
  • Transfer duration: approx. 90 minutes from Port Elizabeth
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Floors have lift access: No

Main Facilities

  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Lodge
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
Location Highlights

Bayethe Tented Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

  • approx. 90 minutes from Port Elizabeth
263 Reviews 97% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 236
  • Very Good 20
  • Average 7
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 0

What to Expect

  • Location
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  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Apr 30, 2019

Amazing Safari

We have stayed here for 3 amazing nights. The game drives have been truly incredible our guide Siyanda has managed to spot for us lion elephants rhinos leopard and all sorts of other animals. We have done 2 drives per day and to sit in the middle of nowhere as the sun goes down drinking gin and tonics is not to be missed. The tented rooms are luxurious with your own plunge pool. The outside shower is quite a novelty. The food served her is excellent and suitable for all tastes. There is a real feeling of relaxation about this place. All the staff cannot do enough for you. We are leaving tomorrow and it is the closing for 2 months for refurbishments would like to see it once it’s done as it great as it is.
Apr 08, 2019

Close encounters with the big 5

London, United Kingdom

Dappointed with Bayete. The lodges are worn and tired looking in need of an update. The taps in our lodge were set into rustic wood but unfortunately were set too far back to enable us to wash hands in the basin with ease. Service in the restaurant was poor.The wait at lunch was far too long although the food was fresh and presentation good. The tapas menu doesn’t change and dinner menus were somewhat repetitive. They appeared to have run out of the cheapest Sauvignon blanc and even when we ordered the next one up we askedthe waiter to double check as he said there was none which was wrong. The waiters did not pay attention. I asked for bacon with the banana French toast but it never arrived. The game drives with Kiegan were exhilarating with some very close encounters. He is so committed and was as excited as us when we saw the animals. He and James conversed regularly to alert each other to sightings but I think there should be spotters helping them so that guests see as many as possible. One thing I did not agree with was the closure of the main plunge pool by the main lodge . It was closed in preparation for children attending a wedding five days later which meant we could not use it. We of course had our own but that is not the point. We did sunbathe one day on the loungers there and might have used it. Surely it could have been covered the night before the kids arrived. Overall a good trip thanks to the animals and Kiegan.
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Bayethe Tented Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve


Swimming Pool & Deck

Take some time out and relax on the outdoor deck and in the swimming pool.

Relaxation Retreat

Rejuvenate your body, mind and soul at the Relaxation Retreat. At Bayethe, a range of treatments is available either at the retreat or in the comfort of your own room.

Bayethe Tented Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Room Types

Superior Tents

The elegantly refined tents are surrounded by rich vegetation, providing privacy and a feeling of seclusion with views of the African bush. 

  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Bayethe Tented Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Food & Drink


Guests have access to indoor and outdoor dining facilities.

Board Basis Options

Full Board

All meals and game drives are included in the Full Board package. Beverages are excluded.

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