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Riverdene Family Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Riverdene Family Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

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An inspiring African experience

Riverdene Family Lodge is a beautifully restored settler's lodge which provides an ideal base for your safari experience in the Eastern Cape's Shamwari Private Game Reserve.

With just nine suites, Riverdene offers you homely comfort and a warm welcome – perfect for a family safari holiday. A stay at Riverdene will see you immersed in the natural beautiful of your surrounds – after a day packed with safari adventures, relax and unwind in the boma overlooking the Bushman's River.

Shamwari Private Game Reserve is ideal for a family safari due to its in South Africa's malaria-free Eastern Cape. offers many additional activities to entertain children of all ages. Children can engage in the 'Kids on Safari' programme, visiting the wildlife rehabilitation and Born Free Centres as well as enjoying play time at the kids club and outdoor adventure centre.

The private reserve is one of the world's leading safari and game conservation areas and has had its 25th anniversary marked by achieving the acclaimed Fair Trade Tourism certification. With the reserve's strong focus on conservation – and in addition to offering a comprehensive wildlife experience – it incorporates the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary and its own wildlife rehabilitation centre – we recommend a visit during your stay, as they are fascinating and educational for adults and children alike.

To watch a short video on how amazing Shamwari isclick here

  • Enticing pool with shallow end for younger guests and comfortable loungers
  • Newly refurbished in September 2018
  • Visit Born Free's Big Cat Sanctuary and Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Newly refurbished in September 2018 Enticing pool with shallow end for younger
  • Ideal for families, with many activities and facilities to suit children of all ages
  • Situated in the Eastern Cape – a malaria-free Big Five safari destination

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Luxury

Location Type

National park
  • Check-in Time:
    12:00
  • Check-out Time:
    11:00
  • 9 rooms
  • Transfer duration: approx. two drive hours from Port Elizabeth

Main Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Lodge
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board

For Families

  • Kid's Club
Location Highlights

Riverdene Family Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

  • National park
  • approx. two drive hours from Port Elizabeth
1265 Reviews 96% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1149
  • Very Good 78
  • Average 24
  • Poor 10
  • Terrible 4

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Mar 10, 2019

Amazing time at Lobengula Lodge

London, United Kingdom

We stayed at Lobengula Lodge in Shamwari Game Reserve for the last 3 nights of our honeymoon in South Africa, and it was a great way to end an amazing trip. It was lovely to stay somewhere with such a homely feel, partly due to it being small (only 6 suites at this lodge) but mainly due to the way the staff go the extra mile to make your stay as perfect as possible. The suite was lovely in a rustic yet luxurious way. We did not have one of the private plunge pools but this was not a problem as the pool was right outside our room and was always quiet so it was like having our own private swimming pool anyway. The food at Lobengula is incredible - genuinely one of the best places we have ever eaten, and with a need for gluten-free food, I have never stayed anywhere that caters for a GF diet so well. And I don’t mean ready bought GF alternatives - at Lobengula everything is homemade, and whatever was on the menu for everyone else, they would make me a GF version of. This ranged from desserts after dinner, to GF cakes early morning and mid afternoon before the game drives (the carrot cake was particularly good!) and the best GF bread I have ever had. Quite why other hotels can’t do this I don’t understand, but it really makes Lobengula stand out. Our ranger for all our game drives was Tiem - he was brilliant. His passion for his job comes across through his knowledge of and care for the animals. He was fun to be around and made every game drive so enjoyable. As our first safari, we were wowed by getting up so close to the animals and watching them in their natural habitat. It was a great experience that we will never forget. Thank you Shamwari.
Mar 09, 2019

Lobengula Lodge

It was such an unbelieveable experience to stay in that lodge! We were in No. 1: Oxpecker and enjoyed it so much! Everything was so comfortable and the people soooo friendly with no other intention than making everything pleasant and great for us. Perfect rangers!, Great food in a wonderful atmosphere. There ist really nothing what I could complain about. If I only could, I would return very very soon!
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Riverdene Family Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Facilities

Swimming Pool

The infinity pool also has a shallow area for children to enjoy the cool waters.

Riverdene Family Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Room Types

Luxury Room

Of the nine luxurious rooms, six are twin/king bedded suites and three are twin/king bedded suites with an extra sleeper couch to accommodate a maximum of two adults, sharing with one child. 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Riverdene Family Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Food & Drink

Boma Dining

Enjoy your meal with lush views overlooking Bushmans River from the boma.

Lounge Bar

Relax, unwind and treat yourself with a ice cold drink or two.

Board Basis Options

Full Board

Included: 3 meals daily, 2 game drives daily, hot drinks and snacks before morning and afternoon game drives, coffee/tea stop on morning drives, sundowner drinks for evening game drives, guided walks, visits to Born Free sanctuary, animal rehabilitation centre and rhino awareness centre. Kids on Safari programme is also included for children. Please note drinks are NOT included in the Full Board package.

Riverdene Family Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Family Friendly Facilities

As the largest of the Eastern Cape private game reserves, Shamwari offers 25,000 hectares of malaria-free landscape and top class game. Shamwari Riverdene Lodge welcomes children from babies upwards, and children can go on game drives from the age of four years making this the perfect option for families.

Luxury rooms sleep up to two adults and one child and interconnecting rooms are also available for larger families.

Kid's Safari

Upon arrival at the Riverdene Lodge, you will be met by one of the fully qualified children's coordinators who will discuss the various activity options for the family. The children can enjoy supervised game drives from the age of 4 years.Children will also be given a Kids on Safari backpack, complete with goodies including a children’s activity book and pencils, which are great for them to take on game drive with them. The guide will walk children round the lodge’s ‘bone walk’ and teach them about the different animals, and families can also visit the reserve’s Born Free sanctuary, animal rehabilitation centre and rhino awareness centre.

Play Room & Jungle Gym

Kids can enjoy access to the supervised childrens play room and jungle gym.

Outdoor Adventure Centre

The outdoor adventure centre will keep children occupied for hours , complete with zip-lines, rock climbing, slides and sandpits.

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