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Shamwari Riverdene Family Lodge

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8/10

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Highlights

- Exclusively for families
- Kids on Safari activities
- Best option for young families
- Located in Shamwari GR

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Overview

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.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 532 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

  • Hi Lisa, We had a fabulous time thank you. The accommodation and other ideation were all terrific - that’s so much for your help. The apartment in Cape Town was particularly good - we would never have found that: Boschendal was great as well and game lodge was superb. Thanks again, Alistair

    MissingAlistair A reviewing Cape Town, Garden Route and Kruger on 28 April 2023

  • Dear Lisa,
    We have just returned from South Africa and wanted to pass on our huge thanks for helping to organise such a fantastic holiday. The entire trip was amazing - accommodation was first class. The safari was incredible!
    We'll be sure to get in touch when we're next planning an adventure!
    Best wishes, Ed & Jane

    MissingRoy P reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 17 April 2023

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