- 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.
Cape Town & Garden Route
- 4 contemporary villas (2, 3 & 4 Bedrooms)
- Uniquely designed: each with private terrace, garden & pool
- Flexibility, privacy & space
- Magnificent mountain & vineyard setting
- Short walk to village centre
- Concierge services: activities on site & in area
We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!
Jennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019
We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.
Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.
Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.
Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!
One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.
Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.
We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.
We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).
We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)
Jeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019