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At Shamwari Private Game Reserve, we believe in conserving a vanishing way of life.

That’s why we offer family safari holidays, where children and adults alike can be educated about our conservation practices all within a luxurious setting. You can also rest assured knowing that Shamwari is a malaria-free area, making it perfectly safe for you and your family.

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Experiences to Treasure for a Lifetime

Visits to the Born Free Foundation Big Cat Rescue Centre are focused on promoting the conservation of species and the protection of habitat whilst maintaining a humane and compassionate approach to the welfare of animals.

While kids under the age of 4 years old are not permitted on game drives, there are a host of activities for them to enjoy. We offer a children’s coordinator at Riverdene, and for an additional fee, we have a childminding service available, leaving your kids in safe hands.

Children staying at Shamwari Private Game Reserve have the chance to go wild at Riverdene’s Adventure Centre. In addition, there are swimming pools and many more activities to keep the active bodies happy.

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Safari Activities for Kids

Upon arrival at Riverdene Family Lodge, parents can register their kids for the Kids on Safari Adventure Centre. Kids will have access to both indoor and outdoor activities throughout their stay. Child minding is available at an additional cost for children younger than 4 years as they are too young to join game drives.

At Riverdene Family Lodge, there are several activities to choose from, such as:


Learn While on Holiday

As a leader in conservation, we know how important it is to educate the future caretakers of the earth. That’s why we’ve established several awareness centres that aim to shine a light on the plight of nature and the environment.

These visits are fun experiences for the whole family and include:

Important Information

As we want to ensure an enriching experience for moms and dads too, here are a few points that you should take note of:

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Kids under 12 must be accompanied by a parent to all of the learning centres

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All swimming activities must be supervised by a parent at all times

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Children under 4 years old are not permitted on game drives, at the Born Free Rescue Centres and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

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Pre-booked childminding services are available at an additional cost

Book a stay at one of our lodges

Book your stay at one of our selected game lodges and enjoy a family safari
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