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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
1289 Reviews 96% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1173
  • Very Good 78
  • Average 24
  • Poor 10
  • Terrible 4

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Jul 10, 2019

Superb experience for kids and grown ups in a luxurious yet humble safari lodge

Curitiba, PR

Were there a 6th star, and I'd sure add it to Shamwari. The perfect retreat for couples with young kids. From welcoming to farewell we had the best experience ever! When my wife and I started looking for safari lodges to securely accommodate our 4 and 6 yr old kids we ran into a few well known ones that would not accept kids at such young age or would charge extra fees for a private service. Still, as we wanted to drive along the Garden Route, we ended up searching places on the way and luckily came across Shamwari and chose to stay at the Riverdene lodge. All the staff was extremely helpful and humble and would always exceed our expectations. We even learned some xhosa (local language)! Accommodations are really, really cozy, clean and well decorated. The bathroom is a magnificent salon du bagne and is great for relaxing after each safari ride. Candles and linen sprays help enhancing the atmosphere. Food is delicious and of course we gained a few extra pounds! How about having your breakie in the open air, around a fire pit where you can prepare your ham and cheese sandwich while enjoying the amazing sunrise? Don't forget to ask Michael for his special Latte version Safaris were great and we ended up having our own ranger, Sipo (great guy). We spent 2 1/2 days at the lodge and depite the cold and rainy weather of the 1st day we saw all the Big 5 animals and much more! The cherries of the cake were certainly the cheetahs munching on a freshly caught kudu (an antelope species) without even bothering with our presence and the black rhino mom and her cub. Our kids joined us for the morning safaris, but would rather stay at the kids club in the afternoon ones. Oh, the kids club! That is a special chapter of our stay...the whole structure has just been fully remodeled and now has a wide array of supervised outdoor activities, such as ziplining, climbing, tree houses, swing bridges and much more. Thus, our kids would turned from the afternoon safari. Lunch, snacks and dinner are provided right at the club. A great thank you to Theo and all the Riverdene Lodge team for the great time!
Jul 03, 2019

Incredible

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

A group from SRUC college Scotland visited the reserve to do a mixture of activities to include safari, animal monitoring, community work, road maintenance, Born Free Foundation and the rehab centre. This is the college's fourth trip with a mixture of students studying animal/veterinary related course. The setting of Proctors Lodge is beautiful, with an array of animals on the doorstep!. The staff are amazing to include the ladies in the kitchen who were fabulous and fed us so well and catered for all types of diets. The guides are outstanding. Their knowledgeable about the flora, fauna and their own country is phenomenal . Our guides were Colleen, Luke and Roy. Colleen has immense facts and skills for a young person, as do Luke and Roy. All of them keep coming up with surprising snippets continually. All have a sense of humour which is a must! We were privileged to see a huge variety of animals. Safety was at the forefront of our guides and the animals were not hassled by the trucks. We had days doing work in the community which included soup making, providing food for local dogs, playing football with a local boys team who were so kind to the non football players as we were rubbish! This trip is a must for students (and lecturers!) as it provides an insight to the ethos , ethics and conservation behind the Shamwari experience which faces many challenges. Thank you Shamwari for the experience of a lifetime.
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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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