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Riverdene at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Eastern Cape, South Africa


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Luxury Holidays At Riverdene at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Overlooking the widespread bushveld of the Eastern Cape, Riverdene Family Lodge is the ultimate luxury family safari retreat, within the malaria-free Shamwari Private Game Reserve. With 25,000 hectares of astounding landscapes and wildlife, Shamwari offers an exceptional safari experience on the Garden Route. Newly renovated, watch as gentle giants roam in the distance, in this comfortable space with activities for the whole family. Set on lovely landscaped gardens, the classic lodge is styled elegantly with contemporary wooden furnishings and touches of luxury. The large swimming pool has a shallow area for children to play in, surrounded by covered sun loungers - perfect to relax in between exciting game drives.

Stylish dining areas both indoors in a light restaurant setting, or outdoors under a rustic veranda, offer three delicious meals a day, including a children’s menu. The nine luxurious rooms each have private patios leading out to the beautiful gardens, making the most of the breathtaking natural surroundings. Perfect for families, Riverdene includes a fabulous kids' club with a huge array of activities, ensuring the best safari experience for everyone of all ages.

  • Type: Lodge
  • Summary: A luxury lodge perfect for families on safari
  • Feature: The 'Kids on Safari' centre offers exciting acitivies
  • Rooms: Nine Rooms
  • Nearest airport: Port Elizabeth International Airport
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Location and transfer

Approximately 90 minutes from Port Elizabeth International Airport by private car transfer. Air transport can also be arranged.


Stylish and contemporary, each of the luxury rooms are designed for families, with a plush king-size bed and a further sofa bed. Light wooden furnishings and clean lines establish minimalist elegance, whilst full sandstone bathrooms create the ultimate luxury. A private patio leads out to the lovely gardens, offering views towards the expansive game reserve. Amenities include Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a minibar and Nespresso coffee machine, plus cots are available on request for the youngest guests.

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Designed with a family centred approach, Riverdene offers the ultimate family safari experience. The large swimming pool includes a shallow area for children to play in, along with a play area and dedicated kids' club. . Upon arrival at Riverdene, the children’s coordinator discusses activity options to ensure everyone has the best time, with activities in the fantastic Kids on Safari programme including ziplining, rock climbing, pizza making, treetop adventures and, of course, game drives for slightly older children. Whilst children under the age of four years cannot join game drives, childminding is available at an additional cost. Children’s menus and flexible dining times ensure everyone is well catered for, in order to make the most of the once-in-a-lifetime safari.


Taking place when the animals are their most active - at sunrise and sunset - game drives at Shamwari offer an awe-inspiring opportunity to see the ‘Big Five’ amid stunning natural landscapes. In luxury open game vehicles, allowing for panoramic views, expert rangers of Shamwari share their knowledge in an exclusive game drive of the private reserve. Tailored to personal interests, each game drive is a unique experience of some of the most incredible sights in the world. For adults, guided game walks also provide an excellent opportunity to get close to the different eco-systems of the reserve, track animals and experience natural encounters.

Wildlife Encounters

Passionate about the conservation of wildlife, Shamwari Private Game Reserve has dedicated awareness centres, providing education and learning experiences of the important conservation work. Ideal for the whole family, visit the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, which cares for sick, orphaned and abandoned animals before releasing them into their natural habitat. The dedicated veterinary team offer an engaging educational visit, with the potential to meet any of the animals currently in the centre's care. The Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary raises awareness of how wildlife is exploited in captivity, rescuing and providing sanctuaries for big cats within the reserve.



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