Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

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A Colonial African experience

Riverdene Lodge is a restored settler's lodge offering an authentic African experience in Shamwari Game Reserve, just two hours drive from Port Elizabeth. Shamwari is one of the world's leading safari and game reserve and conservation companys.

Shamwari is the largest of the Eastern Cape private game reserves, offering 25,000 hectares of diverse landscape and top class game.
The lodge welcomes children from babies and children can go on game drive from the age of 4 years making this the perfect option for families. Luxury Rooms sleep up to 2 adults and 1 child and interconnecting rooms are also available for larger families. On arrival at Riverdene, a children's co-ordinator 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 lots of goodies.

Shamwari is one of South Africa's most high-profile and innovative wildlife conservation areas and has had its 25th anniversary marked by achieving the acclaimed Fair Trade Tourism certification. To find out more about the Fair Trade Tourism, click here: In addition to offering a classic wildlife experience, the reserve incorporates the Ian Player Rhino Centre, the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary and its own Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. 

To watch a short video on how amazing Shamwari isclick here

  • Big Five Safari
  • Perfect for families
  • Kids on Safari program

Hotel Features

Hotel Category


Location Type

National park
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  • 9 rooms
  • Transfer duration: approx. two drive hours from Port Elizabeth

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 drive hours from Port Elizabeth
1141 Reviews 96% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1034
  • Very Good 73
  • Average 23
  • Poor 8
  • Terrible 3

What to Expect

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


Jan 12, 2018

Just the best place

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

Just the most amazing experience to see animals in a natural environment with fantastic accommodation and great knowledgable staff This place is a real must if you are visiting the eastern cape can’t recommend it highly enough
Jan 12, 2018

Hmmm. Not quite sure about this stay.


As Returning guests at Shamwari (even though not recognized as such) we've always been happy. Stayed repeatedly at bayethe and longlee before. This visit however was rather unsatisfactory. The estate as a whole seems a bit.... neglected. Empty bottles and trash by the pools left unattended for days. Towels not replaced. No proactive service by the pool. Not one towel in the room was spot free. Bathrobe placed on the floor for replacement (cause it wasn't clean in the first place) simply put back on the hook? Warthog dung left unattended for days. Even the sprinkler turned on over it. After a few days numerous piles had piled up. The staff at the restaurant was rather clueless as to how to arrange the seating. Not one meal was taken without people playing musical chairs or waiting for tables to be rearranged quickly. The braai at the barn was mediocre. Lamps on the path leading to the barn broken, leaving the naked bulb to look at. Wifi improved but is still below average quality available in South Africa. All in all I must say If you drop your standards then kindly drop your rates to match them as well. The stay was not worth the money paid. The game drives were very nice and Alex a very knowledgeable ranger. Thanks for that.
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Shamwari Riverdene Lodge


Swimming Pool

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

Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

Room Types

Luxury Room

Welcome to the Riverdene Lodge, ideal for couples and families alike with its comfortable and well-appointed rooms. Seven of the nine rooms are interconnecting, accommodating a maximum of two adults sharing with one child. Rome come with a ceiling fan among many other amenities whilst your en suite is fitted with a shower.

  • 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

Kid's Safari

Upon arrival at the Riverdene Lodge, you will be met by one of the fully qualified children's coordinators who will discuss the various activity options for the family. The children can enjoy supervised game drives from the age of 4 years.Children will also be given a Kids on Safari backpack, complete with goodies including a children’s activity book and pencils, which are great for them to take on game drive with them. The guide will walk children round the lodge's 'bone walk' and teach them about the different animals, and families can also visit the reserve's Born Free sanctuary, animal rehabilitation centre and rhino awareness centre.

Play Room & Jungle Gym

Kids can enjoy access to the supervised children's play room and jungle gym.

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