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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
1282 Reviews 96% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1166
  • Very Good 78
  • Average 24
  • Poor 10
  • Terrible 4

What to Expect

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

Reviews

May 23, 2019

Best experience

My and my wife stayed at the Eagle Crag resort. The team at the resort was great, from Portia's welcome to all of the team members, nothing was ever too much trouble. They were ready to accommodate all our requests. We also had special treatments for our honeymoon. And then the safari. It was the best experience we have ever had on holiday. Our guide, Mino, is who made the difference. He not only showed us the big 5 in 3 days, but he personalised the drives and passed us his passion for the animals and their life. It was simply amazing and we wouldn't recommend any other safari. We certainly wouldn't go anywhere else. Thank you.
May 08, 2019

Amazing!

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

We were lucky to be staying at Bayethe Lodges, when I booked I was fortunate to get the last room for our desired visit time. We spent three full days (4nights) at the reserve and were fortunate to enjoy 6 game drives in total, two per day. The ranger assigned to us for our whole trip was Timothy who was an amazing ranger and host which I thank him personally for his time and efforts. On each drive he was focussed on us seeing as many animals as possible, his knowledge of the animals, and the area was immense. We appreciate your efforts and endeavours in ensuring that we saw the 'big 5' including the leopards was the highlight of our trip. The lodges themselves were comfortable and clean, the food was excellent nothing was too much trouble for the excellent staff at these lodges. This is a very friendly location and we soon got to know all of the guests and had three very sociable evenings as a bonus to the fantastic animals and landscape that we had the privilege to see. It is expensive but worth every penny for the experience and highly recommend visiting if you can.
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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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