Riverdene Family Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

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. 



Hayes & Jarvis Rating

Guide Price

 £2,199  per person
Hotel Category
Luxury
Location Type
National park
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Tripadvisor rating 1317 Reviews
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Hotel highlights

  • Situated in the Eastern Cape – a malaria-free Big Five safari destination
  • Ideal for families, with many activities and facilities to suit children of all ages
  • Visit Born Free's Big Cat Sanctuary and Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • Newly refurbished in September 2018
  • Enticing pool with shallow end for younger guests and comfortable loungers

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
    12:00
  • Check-out Time:
    11:00
  • 9 rooms
  • Transfer duration: approx. two hours drive from Port Elizabeth Airport

Main Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Lodge
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board

For Families

  • Kid's Club

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Riverdene Family Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

  • National park
  • Approx. two hours drive from Port Elizabeth Airport
1317 Reviews 96% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1201
  • Very Good 78
  • Average 24
  • Poor 10
  • Terrible 4

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Nov 11, 2019

Shamwari-Bayethe

British Columbia, Canada

We spent 3 days at Bayethe in October 2019. It was a fantastic experience! The tented lodges with plunge pools, incredible food and wine, warm and efficient staff were top notch. Our safari drives were incredible. We had lions and elephants walk very close to the trucks and saw a huge variety of wild life. We hope to go back again with the rest of the family some day. Big shout out to Timothy, our knowledgeable, reliable, enthusiastic guide with the best sense of humour!
Nov 11, 2019

Founders Lodge by Mantis - Fantastic holiday

Johannesburg, South Africa

We stayed at Founders Lodge which is just outside Shamwari Game Reserve but has free traversing rights to provide guests with a safari experience in Shamwari. The lodge is owned and managed by Mantis and the quality of their accommodation, food and service is top notch. We had an incredible time and were lucky to spend valentine's day at Founders (unplanned, but a special treat as we were royally spoiled by the staff on valentine's day). Our ranger, Skumbuso was one of the nicest, friendliest and knowledgeable rangers we have ever had and really enjoyed our game drives with him. Would highly recommend Founders Lodge to any traveler.
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Riverdene Family Lodge at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Facilities

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Swimming Pool

The infinity pool also has a shallow area for children to enjoy the cool waters.

Shamwari Welcome Lounge

Guests staying at Shamwari Long Lee Manor should make their way to the Shamwari Welcome Lounge either via transfer or self drive to sign in, then from here a transfer will complete the journey to the accommodation. Parking for the duration of your stay is available here. On their day of departure guests will return to the Shamwari Welcome Lounge to meet a transfer or collect your vehicle and continue on to their next destination.

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

On arrival at Riverdene, a children's coordinator will discuss activity options with your family which may include visits to the Shamwari Animal Rehabiltiation centre and the Born Free Big Cats Rescue Centre. Children will also receive a 'Kids on Safari' backpack full of goodies. The guide will walk children around the lodge's 'bone walk' and teach them about the different animals.

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Playroom & Jungle Gym

Young guests can enjoy access to the supervised children's playroom and jungle gym.

Zip Line

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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