I’ve been getting some questions about Shamwari Game Reserve where the housewives and convicted felon will be going on safari. Shamwari is a game reserve, which means it is about 60,000 acres of land enclosed by electrical fencing rather than an actual wild environment like one might find on a safari in other countries, like Kenya. Though some refer to it as “safari lite”, the animals are live, plentiful and certainly in no way domesticated. There are seven lodges to choose from on the vast property. It is my guess that Bravo put the ladies in Bayethe Lodge. It is the most expensive with prices in 2011 well over $1,000 per night. It is also the only TENT Lodge. The video above narrated by some guy who had clearly been drinking some liquid courage before retiring, will show you that while the tent has wooden floors, plumbing and electricity, there are portions of walls that are in fact canvas. The good news is that it seems that Bravo took up the entire lounge for the shooting. Click through the jump for more details
|This picture was taken during filming of the
drumming scenes at Shamwari
There are numerous reviews on tripadvisor.com about mice, birds, and other univited guest getting into the tents. We can only hope. If Bravo took all of Bayethe Lodge and Bayethe Hills they would be able to keep cast and crew together while out in the bush. The facility is all inclusive for lodging, food, beer and wine and includes twice a day safaris of 3-4 hours each. One VERY EARLY in the morning, (fat chance) and another in the late afternoon before dusk. The jeeps for this lodge hold eight people each rather than the six the other lodges have. All around it just makes the most sense and matches up to some of the pictures I have. See this fellow to your left? He has done his usual routine numerous times through many, many takes for the drumming scenes at Shamwari. It was a late night of filming. I can only imagine how many times Phaedra and Sheree tried to flip up his loincloth to have a look at his god given endowments.
Bayethe Lodge offers the ultimate in luxury tented accommodation.
Bayethe is a splendid stone walled and thatch roofed lodge with a large deck area overlooking a waterhole. There is a double volume lounge and dining area which spills out onto the deck which is adjacent to the outside boma for traditional fireside dining under the stars. The Shamwari wine list is especially selected and includes a choice of 12 red and 12 white South African wines. A further selection of rare and fine wines and imported French champagne is also available. A selection of Cuban cigars are on offer from the humidor. The 9 luxury tents are camouflaged under trees allowing for ample privacy and unsurpassed comforts. Each tent is air-conditioned and heated and has an en-suite bathroom, shower, private plunge pool and viewing deck.
The 3 premier tents at Bayethe Hills are the ultimate in tented luxury. These tents offer the additional luxuries of a fireplace, satellite TV, plunge pool and hammocks suspended out of the wooden decks. Early morning and evening game viewing drives in open game viewing vehicles as well as guided nature walks and bird watching are all part of this magnificent experience. Source Site