Riverdene Family Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

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

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Hotel Category
Luxury
Location Type
National park
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Hotel highlights

  • Enticing pool with shallow end for younger guests and comfortable loungers
  • Newly refurbished in September 2018

Hotel Features

General Information

  • 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

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Riverdene Family Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

  • National park
  • approx. two drive hours from Port Elizabeth
1297 Reviews 96% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1181
  • Very Good 78
  • Average 24
  • Poor 10
  • Terrible 4

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Sep 11, 2019

Truly Fabulous

London, United Kingdom

Absolutely stunning. This is glamping with all bells and whistles. We stayed at Bayethe which has recently been refurbished and is outstanding. The accomodation is 5* and includes a king sized bed, roll top bath, plunge pool ( hot tub would have been more welcome) log burner and a well stocked fridge. All in a "tent". Hospitality and food excellent and they catered well for my dietary needs. Our ranger - Siywata ( apologies I have spelt incorrectly) was excellent. He seemed to have a nose for the animals and diligently found all of the big 5 - including a leopard eating an impala and a pair of lions mating. We also saw cheetah, giraffes, zebra, countless types of antelope, kudu, springbok etc as well as a hissing leopard tortoise. Too many birds to mention. I loved it here. The highlight of our trip to SA.
Sep 09, 2019

5 Stars is not enough

Horsham, United Kingdom

We have just stayed for 4 nights at Eagles Crag (our 2nd stay). As before, our experience has been faultless, seeing all the big 5. Mino, our ranger was amazing ( we requested him this time, and will do so again) combining his extensive experience with passion for what he does and a big dose of fun-we had a great time! Special thanks also to all the other staff who made our time so memorable,service with a big smile and always going the extra mile...this includes Franky,Siebel (sorry if I've spelt that wrongly!), Portia, Leo, Debbie, Marie, Andrea and everyone else that I've forgotten to mention! We are already planning our next visit,so see you 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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