Family Relaxation Inspired by Nature
Riverdene Family Lodge has a welcoming ease and warmth and is a place where families are always at home and where guests become friends. Here you will enjoy sunsets under the expanse of the African sky, leaving you and your loved-ones with memories to treasure forever.
Surrounded by a wealth of natural beauty, Riverdene Family Lodge overlooks the widespread bushveld of the Eastern Cape. The newly renovated lodge is the ideal place for families to bond for hours as gentle giants roam in the distance, while children can engage in the Kids on Safari programme.
When you book at Riverdene Family Lodge you’re treated to a host of world-class facilities such as:
- Swimming Pool with Shallow Area for Children
- Supervised Kids Club, Toddler Play Area and Kids Adventure Centre
- Gift Boutique
- Boma Overlooking Bushman’s River
- Bar and Lounge
- In and Outdoor Dining Facilities
Kids on Safari
Our Kids on Safari programme is perfect for the family. We’ve created family safari holidays, where children and adults alike can be educated about our conservation practices.
Children can enjoy various outdoor activities, as well as indoor activities such as arts and crafts and a variety of toys and games.
To find out more, go to our Kids on Safari pageFind Out More
Experiences At Shamwari
Shamwari offers an array of experiences you can enjoy such as Game Drives, Birding, Walking Safaris, Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Photographic Safaris and more.
Find out more about all there is to do and experience at Shamwari Private Game Reserve.Find Out More
The 9 luxury inter-leading rooms can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults, sharing with 1 child, subject to availability.
Each Room Includes
- Air Conditioning
- Nespresso Coffee Machine
- International Dial Telephone
- Television with selected Satellite Channels
- Electronic Safe
- En-suite Bathroom with Bath and Shower
- Private Patio
Good To Know
Frequently Asked Questions
Please read through our list of Frequently Asked Questions, which we hope will help best prepare you for your stay with us.
Please contact us if you’re still unsure about anything or require any further information.Find Out More
GPS co-ordinates: -33.4907595, 26.0478638
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Driving Directions To Riverdene Family Lodge, Shamwari Private Game Reserve, Eastern Cape
- Follow the N2 out of Gqeberha heading towards Grahamstown.
- Continue on the N2 until you reach a sign board for Shamwari Private Game Reserve and turn left towards Paterson on the R342.
- Travel 7 km up the gravel road and enter at the 2nd gate for the Welcome Lounge.
Should you get lost and need a pointer in the right direction, contact us on +27 (0) 42 203 1111.
We offer chauffeur driven transfers at an additional fee that can be booked when you make your reservation.
If flying to our private landing strip, you and your party will receive a free transfer.
What our customers have to say
Along with my family, I was a guest this past weekend at Riverdene Lodge. Our three night
stay was spectacular and we had a wonderful time. Our ranger was knowledgeable,
professional and clearly passionate about her work. What was particularly special to us was
the care and thought she took in acting as a guide to our whole family – including our 4 and
6 year old children. She was fun, patient, was able to draw the kids into appreciation of the
bush. She was a spectacular ambassador or Riverdene’s family-friendly approach, and we
have recommended Riverdene to friends already.
We had a fantastic all round holiday experience at Shamwari. The Riverdene’s facilities,
friendly staff and cuisine was first class, but our most memorable experiences were on the
game drives. The detailed knowledge of the wide variety of mammals, reptiles, inserts and
birds and reserve habit provided by our ranger ensured a learning and memorable
experience that we will never forget.
What an incredible experience. I'm not one for the typical 'star' rating. The staff, and guides, in particular, go above and beyond to make your experience special. The team at Long Lee and Riverdene became part of our family of 22. The team went above and beyond the call of duty. Far more than just a 5-star lodge.
We stayed for 3 nights in April and as a family of 4. It was the highlight of a 2 week trip to South Africa. It was our first game reserve experience and was brilliant in every way. Our ranger - Asher was absolutely fantastic. All staff were super accommodating, friendly and professional. The whole experience was very relaxed and child friendly. Thank you Shamwari I am so glad we chose you!
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Family Relaxation Inspired by Nature