Our 5 star Shamwari Experience Part 1

What do you expect when you book into a Game Reserve which has won many awards as one of the best in the world? Looking at most “Luxury Hotels” you expect good service, you expect perfection – but do you expect friendliness and a welcome which makes you feel at home straight away.

We arrived at Shamwari on Saturday afternoon about 13h00. From the time you drive in the gate you can feel there is something different about this experience. The gate man is friendly and efficient and you are soon on your way to your lodge.

We stayed at Long Lee Mansion, an old farm house which has been converted into a lodge. On arrival at the lodge we were greeted by the manager with drinks while we signed in – an important part of this is signing an indemnity, so everyone has to sign the form. The manager then took us to the rooms pointing out the different facilities such as where lunch was been served, the bar lounge where we would meet our ranger at 15h30 and our rooms.

Our rooms had a beautiful view of the surrounding “veld” with a swimming pool with inviting loungers around it. (There are two swimming pools at Long Lee).

The room we had was not only luxurious but large enough to make you feel you could spend a week in it. The bathroom had a shower, two basins with a large bath between them plus a toilet with a door. The room had been made up with small flowers placed on the bed and on the towels in the bathroom. The room had a fan plus an air conditioner so you could choose which you preferred. The little extras such as wild life magazines on the desk plus all the information you could possibly want, bottled water not only in the bedroom but in the bathroom as well, coffee and tea maker, all the creams, shower gel, bath crystals you would expect.

Saturday’s lunch was laid on the top terrace under beautiful old trees overlooking the main swimming pool as it was a beautiful hot day. The lunch menu included a cold soup, about three starters, four main courses and two deserts. Each dish is individually prepared and looks like something from a magazine. The bar stewards are very attentive; as you sit down they offer you cold water and what they can bring you to drink.
What a way to start a holiday!!!.
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