After 13 months of extensive renovation, and an investment of $25 million, the luxurious and historic Long Lee Manor at Shamwari has welcomed its first guests to the private Big 5 game reserve in the Eastern Cape.

The Manor House entrance.

Near Port Elizabeth, Shamwari, which means “my friend” in Shona, has seven lodges – Eagles Crag, Long Lee Manor, Bayethe, Lobengula, Sarili Private Lodge, Riverdene Family Lodge and Sindile Luxury Tented Camp – as well as the Explorer Camp. Each has a distinct experience.

Over the past 25 years Shamwari Private Game Reserve’s conservation efforts on its 25,000 hectares have helped restore much of the ecology and attracted or re-introduced an abundance of indigenous game and birdlife, from the Big 5 to the humble ox pecker.

Long Lee Manor has been lovingly restored to its original Edwardian-era style, and the 18 new luxury suites focus on guests’ privacy and comfort while maximizing the commanding views of the area.

The dining room.

The lodge’s refurbishment completes a $25 million investment by the reserve’s owners, Investment Corporation Dubai, according to Joe Cloete, CEO of Shamwari.

Manor House swimming pool.

“This is the start of a new chapter for us,” he said, adding that the interiors paid homage to the manor’s origins and would give guests a real “Out of Africa” experience.

The poolside bar.
One of the luxurious rooms in the Long Lee Manor.

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