If you are a fan of the colonial era, you will love staying at Long Lee Manor! For luxury on safari, it is hard to beat. The Manor was the first of the Shamwari Lodges to open, on 15 October 1992. That was the beginning of a success story that continues to the present day – the Shamwari lodges have been awarded World’s Leading Conservation Company since 1998.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Long Lee Manor is situated in the centre of Shamwari Game Reserve.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The communal Manor is Edwardian in style, a coral-pink colonial delight with plenty of terraces and verandas, standing grandly in manicured garden grounds and overlooking the rolling game-rich plains. Inside, there are a number of lavish lounges and dining areas, bars, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, a boutique, a fitness centre and steam room, and the Relaxation Retreat with steam room and sauna. The business desk has internet access, while Wi-Fi is available throughout the lodge as well as in all guest accommodation. Outside the Manor, there are further dining areas and two swimming pools. There is also a giant chess game!
Long Lee Manor’s guest accommodation consists of 15 suites and rooms, all designed to sleep a maximum of two adults. The suite options comprise one twin-bedded Manor Suite, one Honeymoon Suite, four twin-bedded Garden Suites (interleading) and four twin-bedded Sidbury Suites. The rooms comprise four twin-bedded Palm Court Luxury Rooms, one of which is disability friendly and equipped with wheelchair ramps, and one twin-bedded Sidbury Luxury Room. All suites and rooms include air conditioning, IDD telephone, satellite TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities, mini bar, electronic safe, hairdryer, en-suite bathroom with separate shower, and patio or balcony.
The Manor is well placed to offer some fantastic safari activities. Game drives are possible both at sunrise and at sunset, with coffee or tea and sundowners served respectively. The Shamwari Game Reserve teems with wildlife – all Big Five animals, plus loads of antelope species, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, wild dog, hyena and hippo! The birdlife is seriously impressive, with outstanding quantities of raptors, waterbirds, and species at home in the plains. Guests are invited to participate in game walks and nature walks, to get to know the area intimately via tracking and detailed identification. Local visits may be arranged too.
At the Shamwari Rehabilitation Centre, young, orphaned, injured or abandoned animals are nursed back to health, while at the Dr Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre there is a wealth of information about these majestic creatures and the ongoing efforts to conserve them. Guests also appreciate the Born Free Foundation Animal Research & Education Centre, which presents the opportunity to learn about the many ways in which wildlife is exploited in captivity worldwide.