Eagles Crag has a lot to recommend it, not least being able to offer hotel-style accommodation in a safari setting! For families with children, we tend to suggest Shamwari’s Riverdene Lodge, but for couples Eagles Crag is hard to beat!
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Eagles Crag Lodge is situated in a deep valley among spectacular mountain cliffs within the Shamwari Game Reserve.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The communal building at Eagles Crag has two storeys and is constructed from stone and thatch, blending into the landscape. Its interiors have an opulent feel. It has a downstairs bar/cigar lounge with a fireplace, large-screen television and folding glass walls opening onto a delightful deck with views of this dramatic part of the reserve. There is an upstairs lounge too, with a lovely adjoining terrace. The lodge also boasts indoor and outdoor dining areas, a library that can function as a boardroom, a gift shop, and the Relaxation Retreat, which has two therapy rooms, hydro bath, steam room and sauna. Internet access is available via the business desk and there is a Wi-Fi connection at the main office.
The guest accommodation at Eagles Crag consists of nine truly sumptuous suites made from glass and stone, all spaced apart to allow for maximum privacy. Each sleeps a maximum of two adults, in seven king-bedded suites and two twin-bedded suites. All suites are air conditioned and include ceiling fan, IDD telephone, tea- and coffee-making facilities, mini bar, electronic safe, and en-suite indoor and outdoor showers. Glass doors lead out to a deck with bird-spotting scope and private plunge pool. From here there are amazing views of the mountainous cliffs and the wildlife for whom the reserve is home.
Eagles Crag is well positioned to offer great game walks and game drives. The drives take place for three hours at sunrise and sunset, with coffee or tea and sundowners respectively. Shamwari contains plenty of wildlife – all Big Five animals, plus loads of antelope species, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, wild dog, hyena and hippo! The birdlife is absolutely thrilling too – there are astounding quantities of raptors, waterbirds in addition to species who favour the grasslands, such as hoopoe, oxpeckers and colourful starlings. The lodge also arranges game walks and nature walks. Both present a great opportunity for guests to get to know Shamwari really well, focusing on tracking and detailed identification.
Local visits are also a popular option. Guests have the opportunity to check out the Shamwari Rehabilitation Centre, where care is provided to young, orphaned, injured or abandoned animals. There is also the Dr Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre, where you can learn about these majestic creatures and the ongoing efforts to conserve them. And the Born Free Foundation Animal Research & Education Centre is well worth a visit – here, guests come to appreciate the many ways in which wildlife is exploited in captivity all over the world. Children are welcome at all three establishments.