- Exclusively for families
- Kids on Safari activities
- Best option for young families
- Located in Shamwari GR
Exclusively used by families, Riverdene Family Lodge offers adventurous young children the chance to explore the animals of the Shamwari Private Game Reserve safely and sensibly. With the added comfort, ideal for parents looking to relax whilst their children go have fun, this is a great place for stay for a holiday that suits the whole family.
Guest accommodation consists of nine luxury inter-leading rooms each for two adults sharing with one child. Each suite has its own private patio, minibar, en-suite facilities, and WiFi. The lodge offers modern amenities expected of a 5-star resort. Its communal facilities include a rim-flow swimming pool with a shallow area for children, a supervised playroom and jungle gym, an animal skull garden, and comfortable areas in the bar and lounge for parents to relax as well. Indoor and outdoor dining facilities and a boma overlooking The Bushmans River complete an experience designed to bring guests closer to the outdoors whilst maintaining elegance and relaxation.
Riverdene Family Lodge is just one of many sister lodges in the Shamwari Game Reserve. Like its sister lodges, it offers incredible opportunities to get close to and explore the surrounding wildlife. The Shamwari area is malaria-free, and has many green initiatives and animals that roam free around it, offering guests a great opportunity to experience the wildlife organically.
The lodge has a designated children’s coordinator who plans social, sporting, arts, and cultural activities. In addition to an array of indoor activities, such as board games and scrapbooks, there are a number of outdoor activities, many of which aim to educate the children about the wildlife and efforts to preserve it.
Game Drives are one of the best ways to explore the surrounding plains, and one the family can do together. On these, guests can expect to spot elephants, giraffe, hippo, buffalo, zebra, lion, wildebeest, antelope, and hyena, with chance to also see White and Black Rhino, leopard, cheetah, and wild dog. But there is also the opportunity for the whole family to learn more about the area and local conservation efforts at the Rhino Awareness Centre, Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, and Born Free Big Cat Rescue Centre, some of an array of resident efforts to prevent poaching and conserve dwindling game populations.
Whilst children of all ages are welcome, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied to the conservation centres, and no children under the age of four are permitted to join game drives.
Service rating : Brian and Lisa made sure everything was taken care of on our South African trip. We didn't have to worry about anything, but showing up and enjoying our trip. Thank you, Tourdust!
Product : We has a great time and everything met our expectations.
verified review for Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 19 September 2016
We had a fantastic trip thanks to your organisation! No problems encountered at all! Simbavarti were a joy to stay and explore with; the hotel in Capetown perfectly positioned to allow us to walk to the conference, and Camps bay accommodation was just lovely. The flights, transfers and staff we met along the way we're all very friendly and helpful. Having a car at the end was a perfect finale. My 10 yr old daughter came home with new insights on the world.
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verified review for Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 05 May 2016
Service rating : Good engagement and all comments were incorporated in the itinerary proposal. Good availability and plenty of patience to accommodate changes. Clear itinerary and details about accommodations and activities. Could have been improved with SatNav details when places were in more remote places.
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verified review for Classic Garden Route For Families on 06 April 2016