Your family can now experience the unspoiled wilderness of South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province at Shamwari Private Game Reserve. Shamwari’s Family Holiday Package is sure to keep the whole gang more than happy.

There’s Family Holiday Packages in South Africa for Everyone

No matter what kind of holiday your family is looking to have, South Africa offers you the perfect solution. Enjoy a relaxing coastal getaway, an epic safari adventure, a romp around one of the cities or anything and everything in-between.

The country’s regions are so numerous and diverse that no two visits to South Africa will be alike. This can make it difficult to choose where in South Africa to have your next family holiday. Go2Africa has identified the 10 best holiday destinations in South Africa:

  1. The Garden Route
  2. Johannesburg
  3. Madikwe Game Reserve
  4. Pilansberg Game Reserve
  5. KwaZulu-Natal
  6. Eastern Cape, home to Shamwari Private Game Reserve
  7. Sun City
  8. Kruger National Park
  9. Cape Winelands
  10. Cape Town

After deciding on a region of the country to visit, you’ll need to decide on your accommodation. Consider lodgings that offer holiday packages specifically for families. Not only are these packages great value for money, but they also get you access to numerous fun and engaging extras. Exclusive excursions can be enjoyed by both parents and children, ensuring a wonderful time is had by all.

A quick internet search will reveal hundreds of potential family holiday packages for your preferred destination or location. The right one for you is out there!

For those looking to share a luxury safari holiday experience of a lifetime with their family, look no further than Shamwari Private Game Reserve. The Family Package is available between the months of May-October and will get you a 15% discount on accommodation at either Riverdene Family Lodge or Long Lee Manor. Spoil yourself and your family with a holiday unlike any other.

A family holidaying at Shamwari looking out over the plains

Shamwari Offers a Fantastic Inclusive Family Holiday Package

Shamwari’s Family Holiday Package gives guests access to a variety of exciting features and extras:

Guests at Shamwari can also enjoy a multitude of other experiences, such as:

  • Safari Game Drives – Guests are guided by Shamwari’s capable and passionate rangers, ensuring that a wide variety of wildlife is encountered during every morning and afternoon game drive. For the more active and adventurous guest, Shamwari offers guided bush walks, allowing you to see the region’s indigenous fauna and flora from up close.
    A group of guests getting up close to some cheetahs during a guided bush walk
  • Birding– Shamwari is home to a wide variety of bird species, ranging from small feathered friends to large and majestic birds of prey. Avid bird watchers are in for a treat!
    A secretary bird hunting for prey in the tall grass at Shamwari
  • Kids on Safari– The Kids on Safari Programme aims to not only entertain young ones while on holiday, but also to educate them about the importance of nature conservation. Kids are sure to have a blast!
    The Kids on Safari centre at Shamwari Private Game Reserve
  • Safari Spa Experience – Unwind at one of Shamwari’s relaxtaion retreats, where our qualified team will pamper you with a host of revitalising and rejuvinating treatments. Leave feeling refreshed in mind, body and soul.
    family holiday packages massage

Enjoy Luxury Family Holiday Accommodation

When booking a Shamwari Family Package you have a choice between two luxurious lodgings for your stay. Both Riverdene Family Lodge and Long Lee Manor are excellent accommodation options – each having their own unique features and energy that’s inspired by the lodging’s surroundings.

All of Shamwari’s lodging options are situated far away from each other, allowing guests to enjoy a private and secluded holiday in the wilderness with their family and only a handful of others.

One thing’s for certain: no matter what option you choose, you’ll be staying in luxury and style, all inspired by nature.

Riverdene Family Lodge

Warm and welcoming, Riverdene Family Lodge is a place where guests come and leave as friends. Your family will feel right at home at this wonderful lodge. Enjoy watching the burning African sky at sunset alongside your family – at Riverdene you’ll be making special memories that will last a lifetime.

Riverdene is newly renovated and an ideal lodge for those looking to spend quality family bonding time. This lodge is situated in a superb location, overlooking some of the Eastern Cape’s vast bushveld. Admire animals roaming in the distance while the kids have fun at Shamwari’s Kids on Safari programme.

Facilities at Riverdene Family Lodge

Those who book their next family holiday at Riverdene will be treated to top class amenities including:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Indoor and outdoor dining facilities
  • Bar and lounge
  • Boma overlooking the Bushman’s River
  • Gift boutique
  • Supervised kids club, toddler play area, and kids adventure centre
  • Swimming pool with a shallow area for children

family holiday packages swimming pool

Rooms at Riverdene Family Lodge

Riverdene boasts nine inter-leading rooms, which are able to accommodate a maximum of two adults, sharing with one child.

Every room at Riverdene includes:

  • Access to a private patio
  • En-suite bathroom fitted with both a bath and shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Electronic safe
  • A TV with access to selected satellite channels
  • International dial telephone
  • Microwave
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi

One of the rooms at Riverdene Family Lodge

Access to Shamwari’s Kids on Safari Programme

Both adults and children are given the opportunity to more learn about Shamwari’s conservation practices during their stay. Parents, rest assured: your little ones won’t be bored for a second. The Kids on Safari programme allows children to enjoy a variety of outdoor and indoor activities and gives them access to various games and toys.

While the adults and children over four enjoy an exhilarating game drive, the littlest ones can enjoy a whole host of fun activities with Riverdene’s children’s coordinator. Shamwari also offers child minding services for an additional fee – your precious tots will be in safe hands while you enjoy a romantic dinner.

Additionally, little busybodies are sure to enjoy the various activities on offer at Riverdene’s Adventure Centre (for which parents need to register their brood upon arrival):

  • A Treehouse Network – Connected by a series of suspended walkways, this treehouse network allows children to explore Shamwari from the treetops. Your kids will be feeling on top of the world!
    family holiday kids playing
  • Adventure Slide – Having a holiday at Shamwari is one big adventure! Kids love staying active by slipping and sliding on the awesome adventure slide.
    girl using slide on family holiday
  • Zipline – Kids who crave an adrenaline rush will go gaga for the ziplines! Different lines of various heights and distances are available, so there’s something to suit every child. Not only is ziplining great fun, but it also helps your child develop their coordination skills.
    family holiday packages zip line
  • Rock Climbing Walls –Another adrenaline-inducing activity available at to Shamwari’s young guests is rock wall climbing. Your kids will be having lots of fun while building up their strength!
    family holiday packages rock climbing
  • Swimming Pool–Our young guests can beat the heat by splashing around the pool’s shallow area.

Shamwari is passionate about our conservation work. Adults and children alike will love a visit to one of Shamwari’s awareness centres. Stop by Shamwari’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre or Big Cat Rescue and Education Centre to learn more about the plight of nature and the environment.

Read more about Shamwari’s Kids on Safari – including the Kids Club and more outdoor activities aimed at young guests – here.

Long Lee Manor

Long Lee Manor is Shamwari’s recently renovated historic manor house (due to be reopened in December 2019). Dating back to 1910, this impeccable lodge overlooks the reserve’s breath-taking plains. Experience luxury unlike ever before by booking your next family holiday at Long Lee Manor.

Apart from the gorgeous location, this lodging offers a multitude of unique features that will keep your entire family content and comfortable during your stay.

Facilities at Long Lee Manor

Booking your family’s stay at Long Lee Manor will give you access to a range of world class facilities including:

  • An electric fence around the perimeter
  • Boma overlooking a watering hole
  • Teen play zone
  • Manicured gardens
  • Wi-Fi
  • Indoor and outdoor dining facilities
  • Gift boutique
  • Fitness centre
  • Relaxation retreat consisting of three treatment rooms
  • Large rim-flow swimming pool

A luxurious patio at Long Lee Manor

Rooms at Long Lee Manor

For those with big families, the palatial Long Lee Manor offers 17 luxury guest rooms that sleep a maximum of two adults per room:

  • One Family Suite (sleeping a maximum of four adults and two children)
  • Two Manor House Suites
  • Four Garden Rooms
  • 11 Plain Rooms

Each of Long Lee Manor’s impressive rooms include:

  • Access to a private balcony or patio
  • En-suite bathroom, equipped with bath and shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Electronic safe
  • TV with access to selected satellite channels
  • International dial telephone
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi

One of the luxury rooms at Long Lee Manor

Family Holiday Package Essentials

For those who’ve already jumped at the chance of booking a Shamwari’s Family Holiday Package, you may want to consider bringing along the following items to get the most out of your holiday:

  • Some warm clothes for evening game drives or stays during the winter
  • Hats and sunscreen
  • Comfy walking shoes
  • Bathing suits to use in designated pool areas
  • Light and cool clothes for warm summer safaris
  • Binoculars, cameras and additional lenses

Should guests forget to pack something, Shamwari may have what you need available in the gift boutique (available at all Shamwari properties).

Some last good news: guests needn’t worry about taking any malaria preventative medication, as Shamwari Private Game Reserve is located in a malaria-free zone. The only medication guests should remember to bring along is their regular prescription medications.

What are you waiting for? Book your next family holiday with Shamwari now!