Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

The malaria free Shamwari Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape is home to the Big 5, elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard. Luxury safari accommodation is offered in 6 different lodges including Riverdene Lodge, particularly ideal for families. The lodge provides extra activities to enhance the safari experience of young guests, with the 'kids on safari' programme and visits to the Born Free and Animal Rehabilitation Centres, adding another dimension to a child's safari experience.

The lodge is small and intimate, with only 9 luxury rooms. Of these, 7 are inter-leading, easily accommodating larger families and big parties. For keeping cool from the heat of the African sun, air conditioning is provided in all rooms as are fitted international adaptors and an en-suite bathroom with separate shower.

The lodge offers a range of facilities, including some that are child friendly. The kids can let their hair down with a supervised play room and jungle gym and you can too with a child minding service on offer at an additional cost. The lodge also provides a rim-flow swimming pool which has a shallow end for children. WiFi is available throughout the lodge, with indoor and outdoor dining available and a special kids menu on offer.

How to get to Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

Shamwari Game Reserve is approximately 1 hour drive from Port Elizabeth and approximately a 3.5 hour drive from the Garden Route.

Activities at Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

Daily game drives (only for children 4 years and over), guided nature and game walks, (only for persons 16 years and over), visits to Born Free and Animal Rehabilitation Centres.

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Client Score: 4.3 out of 5 based on 3 reviews 4.5 View more reviews
Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

Denis & Clare Casey


And to top it all, finally to Shamwari and what a way to finish off. We were so lucky with our ranger, Sipho, and were all fascinated by his knowledge, warmth and stories. The conservation centre and Born Free foundation gave further insights and it's great to see the level of investment Shamwari had made in the face of the rhino poaching challenge. We saw everything except the leopard (surprise!) and Summer had also come early with temperatures rising to 33/34 degrees. On leaving I think it's fair to see there were a few tears shed by some of the Casey family when saying goodbye to Sipho.

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Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

Michael & Johanna Neill



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Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

Margaret Anne & Paul Matthews


Perhaps it was due to the accommodation that had preceded it, but we did feel riverdene was a step down from the standard of accommodation we had experienced before. It was clean, tidy and spacious, but lacked any style and character. The staff were friendly and helpful, but the food was not outstanding. Riverdene is a family orientated lodge, however, with the ages of our children, it was not the most appropriate. We unfortunately had another group in the lodge with much younger children that took over the dining room and were not disciplined in any way, which meant meals was rather less enjoyable. The safari experience however, was incredible. Our ranger, JJ, was fantastic. It couldn't have been better in any way. This part was definitely 5/5

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Selected Itineraries

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On safari Eastern Cape

Luxury Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari Family Holiday

Cost For Family of 4
From $10,490 (Includes international flights from JFK)
South Africa
Cape Town, Plettenberg Bay, Shamwari Game Reserve