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Shamwari Riverdene is a colonial African experience in an elegantly restored frontier homestead with extensive views over the open wildlife plains.  

This lodge has a welcoming ease and warmth and is a place where families are always at home and where guests become friends.  Riverdene Lodge offers elegant comfort particularly for families and provides many additional activities to entertain children of all ages.

Riverdene Lodge offers nine luxury rooms, seven of which are inter-leading. The homely and spacious rooms feature en-suite bathrooms with a separate shower, air-conditioning and ceiling fans, television with select satellite channels, minibar, tea and coffee facilities and private patios. The main lodge includes indoor and outdoor dining facilities, lounge and bar area, a boma for fireside evenings that overlooks the Bushmans River, rim-flow swimming pool with a shallow area for children, a supervised play room and jungle gym, a boutique gift shop and business desk with internet access. With a focus on families, Riverdene offers elegant comfort and many additional activities to entertain children of all ages.


Luxury Rooms (7 of which are inter-leading for families)



Open Season

Open All Year

Safari Experience

A stay at Riverdene Lodge includes game drives twice daily in the early mornings and late afternoons and guided safari walks. The game drives will take between three and four hours, with a sundowners stop at sunset and a coffee stop in the morning. Guided game walks can often be the highlight of your African trip, for it is only then that you gain a true perspective of the fauna and flora around you.

In between game drives if your time is not filled with relaxing, reading, spa treatments, swimming, enjoying delicious cuisine or a game walk, you can visit one of the two Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries, the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre or the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

Wildlife & Birdlife

Shamwari Game Reserve has five eco-systems supporting a diverse range of plant, bird and animal life, including the famed Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant). A good variety of antelope species have been re-introduced, including red hartebeest and springbok.  The reserve has a dedicated Wildlife Department (including qualified wildlife veterinarians, ecologist and environmentalist).

Shamwari Game Reserve boasts a huge variety of birdlife. There is a big range of raptors which include Black Harriers, Pale Chanting Goshawks, Black-shouldered Kites, Fish Eagles, Booted Eagles and Secretary Birds. The reserve also holds a good population of birds associated with water sources like Three-banded Lapwings, African Darters, Malachite Kingfishers, the occasional Spoonbill, African Shelduck and the strange looking Hamerkop. The birdlife at Shamwari Game Reserve is enough to keep a bird watching enthusiast entertained for a good few days. 

Added Extras

Kids on Safari Programme