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Riverdene Family Lodge

Discover Riverdene Family 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 Family Lodge, designed for families. The lodge provides extra activities to enhance the safari experience of young guests, with the 'kids on safari' programme as well as the Kids Club and Outdoor Adventure Centre.

The lodge is small and intimate, with luxury, inter-leading, air-conditioned rooms. There's also a swimming pool, which has a shallow end for children, indoor and outdoor dining and a special kids menu on offer.

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Expert View

  • Children's bushcraft activities and Outdoor Adventure Centre
  • Child minders to allow caregivers some me time
  • Thrilling Big 5 game drives with engaging, fun-loving guides
  • Visits to the Born Free and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centres

At a glance

  • 9 Inter-Leading Rooms
  • All Ages
  • Open All Year
  • Family Rooms
  • All Inclusive
  • Safari Icon Safari

Our sustainable tourism rating

We handpick partners who share our commitment to protecting their environment, conserving wildlife and benefitting local communities.

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"Travelling with little ones can be a challenge, don't be afraid to ask this experienced family lodge for anything to make the experience that much more enjoyable."

Indulge your passions


Adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most.

  • Big 5 Safari Icon Big 5 Safari
  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Conservation Experience Icon Conservation Experience
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • Photographic Safari Icon Photographic Safari
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
Sample Itineraries


From majestic wildlife to out of this world natural wonders, cultural melting pots and enchanting beaches, every bespoke Mahlatini journey is thrilling. Unsure where to visit? Whether it’s a bucket-list adventure, a milestone celebration or simply a much-needed escape, experience the joy with this inspiring selection of favorites.

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  • Flights and transfers included
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Start your unique journey


At Mahlatini, we like to make things easy for you. Browse our website for inspiration or pick up the phone. Whether you’re full of ideas or unsure of where to start, we’re here to help. Serial safari-goer or first-time visitor, we’re ready to create your ultimate tailormade itinerary.

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Call us or enquire online. Share your wish list and we’ll start planning your adventure.

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Your dedicated travel expert will be in touch within 24 hours to start designing your bespoke itinerary.

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We won’t stop refining your plans until we get the perfect trip at the best price.

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Receive your Mahlatini travel documents, pack your bags and set off on your trip of a lifetime!

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