Riverdene Family Lodge, South African Safaris at Shamwari Game Reserve

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Riverdene Luxury Family Lodge

"At Shamwari Game Reserve, we strive to deliver a safari experience that leaves you feeling revitalised, refreshed and relaxed. And, for a safari experience with a difference, our guests can stay in the luxury tented accommodation at Riverdene Lodge"

  • Grading: 5 Star 

Address: Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape Province

Children: 12+
Bed capacity: 8 Luxury en-suite tents (16 guests)


Riverdene Family Lodge is located in the Shamwari Game Reserve, a 5-star big five safari holiday destination. The management of Shamwari is conservation orientated and several of the activities available during your stay are possible thanks to their conservation efforts.

Located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, where vast herds of wildlife and birdlife make their home. Incredibly diverse ecologically, you are guaranteed beautiful natural scenery with 5 of South Africa’s 7 biomes found here. Today it is an award-winning 25, 000 hectares of protected land.

Providing our guests with the full African experience is one of our main goals here at Shamwari Game Reserve. Being malaria-free, Riverdene Family Lodge, with its reputation as a family resort is the logical choice if you want your whole family to enjoy their African safari holiday to the fullest.

This Lodge is a place where families are always at home and where guests become friends. Riverdene has a welcoming ease and warmth and capable staff to entertain the younger members of the family to enable the adults to enjoy nature to the fullest.

Treat your family to a superior African safari vacation and contact us now to book your holiday in the Riverdene Family Lodge for a great African wildlife experience.

Riverdene Family Lodge Accommodation

Each of the 9 interleading rooms can sleep a maximum of 2 adults, sharing with one child.

It also has 6 twin bedded luxury suites.

Also 3 twin bedded luxury suites with an extra sleeper coach.

    Staying at Riverdene, the room facilities include:

  • Air conditioning
  • International dial telephone
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Private patio
  • Fitted international adaptors
  • Private minibar
  • Television, with selected satellite channels
  • En-suite bathroom with separate shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Electronic safe
  • Ceiling fan
  • Microwave
  • Wi-Fi
  • Rim-flow swimming pool with shallow area for children
  • Children’s supervised play room & jungle gym
  • Gift boutique
  • Boma overlooking The Bushmans River
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Indoor and alfresco dining facilities
  • Business desk with internet access
  • WiFi

Game Drive Safaris

We offer a morning safari as well as an evening safari with knowledgeable and passionate-about-wildlife guides. While on safari, take in the beautiful landscape views, the plant, bird and wildlife scenes that you will experience on the way. See birds of prey or spot one or more of the Big 5 from the comfort and safety of your open game vehicle. After enjoying the safari, return to the lodge for an enjoyable breakfast or dinner.

Conservation experiences

Shamwari Game Reserve features three conservation facilities available for visits by guests: The Ian Player Rhino Awareness centre, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries. These facilities are immensely interesting and educational and comes highly recommended


  • Rates are quoted in South African Rand (ZAR) and are inclusive of 14% VAT
  • Rates are subject to change without prior notice

Low Season: 1 May – 30 September

Per person sharing from R5,060.00

High season: 12 – 31 January; 1 March – 30 April; 1 October – 14 December

Per person sharing R6,250.00

Peak season: 01 – 11 January; 1 – 29 February; 15 – 31 December

Per person sharing from R6,230.00

Low Season: 1 May – 30 September

Per person sharing from TBC

High season: 12 – 31 January; 1 March – 30 April; 1 October – 14 December

Per person sharing R7,010.00

Peak season: 01 – 11 January; 1 – 29 February; 15 – 31 December

Per person sharing from R7,930.00

If you’re travelling with children, you’ll be pleased to know that when you make your booking, it includes our ‘Kids on Safari’ programme. However, there are several rules and regulations that need to be adhered to when booking with children:

  • Child rates apply to children from 4 – 11 years old.
  • Kids under the age of 4 are not permitted on game drives
  • Childminder services are available at an additional cost
  • 0-3 year olds are accommodated at no additional cost

Rate Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals per day
  • Two Safaris per day
  • Local Beverages on Game Drive
  • Tea, Coffees and Water
  • Guided Walks
  • Tourism levy and VAT
  • Visits to Educational Centres
  • Beverages
  • Laundry
  • Relaxation Retreats

Guests should also take note:

  • All rooms can sleep a maximum of 2 adults
  • Persons under the age of 16 or older than 65 are not permitted on walking tours
  • Single adult rates apply only when the person is sleeping alone and not sharing with a child
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