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Shamwari with goway travel africa middle east Game reServe T ciara lavelle 24 july 2010 onsite september 2009 review The park, the lodge, the transportation, the added fees—when it comes to decision-making, safari vacations in Africa can get complicated. So it’s a blessing for agents and clients alike when a product comes along that makes everything simple again. Goway Travel, in partnership with Shamwari Game Reserve, has done just that. Shamwari offers a safari experience that’s less well-known, and therefore less traveled, than bigger names in African safaris—sometimes resulting in a higher incidence of game sightings on a drive. And with a variety of accommodations to suit all niches, and experienced Goway travel experts on call to ensure clients’ trip moves smoothly, Shamwari’s an easy sell for agents, too. the safari experience Situated in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, Shamwari’s hills and open plains are home to everything travelers hope to see on safari. There’s the Big Five—elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard—a checklist of game sightings that some safari-goers use as an indication of how successful their trip was. The thrill of encountering these animals in the wild can’t be overstated. From the comfort of an open-air Jeep, with three rows of well pad- ded seating built theater-style to ensure that everyone gets a front-row view of the animals, some game comes so close that part of you feels the peaceful effects of communing with nature; the other feels the thrill of exposure to such huge, dangerous beasts. Shamwari’s elephant population is particularly active and well used to being on display. We encountered herds of mothers and young on their way to a watering hole, as well as males sparring over dominance, on just about every game drive— some just a few feet away. There’s plenty to see beyond those five, too. Clients can feel as if they’re exploring

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend July 2010

Cover: Experiential Travel
Editor’s Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk
Tour Talk
Louis Cruises'
Shamwari Game Reserve
Las Vegas
Rancho De Los Caballeros
Calling Indiana Jones Types

Recommend July 2010