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Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

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1200 Reviews
Guide Price £2,129 per person
Based on 05 March 19, staying for 4 nights full board in a Luxury Room (2 adults sharing). Flights not included.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

An inspiring African experience

Riverdene Lodge is a beautifully restored settler's lodge which provides an ideal base for your safari experience in the Eastern Cape's Shamwari 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 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 animal rehabilitation and Born Free Centres as well as enjoying play time at the lodge and use of the jungle gym.

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 Ian Player Rhino Centre, 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. 



  • 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 infinity pool with shallow end for younger guests and comfortable loungers

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Luxury

Location Type

National park
  • 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
Location Highlights

Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

  • National park
  • Approx. two hours drive from Port Elizabeth Airport
1200 Reviews 96% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1086
  • Very Good 77
  • Average 24
  • Poor 9
  • Terrible 4

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Jul 17, 2018

AMAZING, MOST GORGEOUS, PLACE NICEST AND BEST PLACE EVER!

new york

Look no further for the best place to stay and safari. Stayed and the Lobengula Lodge -- amazing luxury -- and even great in the dead of winter in July. Staff was beyond great, attentive but also allowed us our privacy and space. The game drives were beyond our wildest expectations with our ranger SJ. I would only go back here -- every season if possible -- and stay and really sink into such a life of luxury and great conversation with the staff -- it's like being home with all the best treatment of a grand stay on vacation.
Jul 06, 2018

Amazing Safari

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

We had a fantastic 3 night stay at Sarili lodge within the Shamwari Game Reserve. Michael looked after us very well within the lodge & Leon who was our ranger made sure that we had the full Shamwari experience, we saw all the Big 5 , plus a cheetah & lion kill at the end . Nice to visit the Born Free Foundation Project too. Sarili more suitable for older children and could do with a hot-tub, apart from that pretty perfect !
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Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

Facilities

Swimming Pool

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

Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

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
Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

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.

Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

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.

Playroom & Jungle Gym

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

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