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    Shamwari Riverdene Family Lodge

    The newly renovated Riverdene Family Lodge at Shamwari Game Reserve boasts a fantastic family-friendly Eastern Cape safari experience. The 5-star lodge offers activities for kids at the Adventure Centre and a glorious pool with a shallow swimming area for children. The lodge boasts a stunning bar and lounge as well as a boma overlooking the beautiful Bushman’s River. Every aspect of the lodge is exceptional from its world-class facilities to the decor and delicious African cuisine. Activities at Riverdene Family Lodge include bushwalks, birding, conservation and rehabilitation centre visits. Exclusive packages for groups and families can be arranged with private safari drives and exclusive accommodation.

    Conveniently accessible at only a 45-minute drive from Port Elizabeth, the exclusive 5-star Shamwari Game Reserve is an ideal inclusion at the end of your Garden Route travel itinerary. This private game reserve boasts 7000 hectares of beguiling landscapes over 5 of South Africa’s 8 biomes. The rich and diverse vegetation makes the landscape an ideal habitat for varied wildlife and an impressive selection of birdlife. With exceptional game viewing year-round, 3-4-hour safari drives are led by passionate and highly experienced game rangers offering you a wealth of information while tracking wildlife. The specialized open 4×4 safari vehicles offer an excellent chance to see and photograph the Big 5, giraffe, zebra, hippo, jackal, and a diverse community of antelope. In addition to Riverdene Family Lodge, Shamwari is home to a collection of 5-star luxury lodge; Eagles CragBayethe Tented Lodge, Sarili Lodge, Long Lee Manor and the Explorer Camp.


    • Game drives
    • Nature walks
    • Bird watching
    • Swimming pool
    • Star gazing
    • Kids activities and programs


    • 5-Star luxury
    • Big 5 game drives
    • Award-winning accommodation
    • Family-friendly
    • Activities for kids

    Nearest airport

    Port Elizabeth International – 79km

    Children policy

    Children of all ages are welcome at Riverdean Lodge. However More Details ,children under the age of 4 years are not permitted on game drives for safety reasons. Babysitting can be arranged.

    • Children 0-3 years can share a room with parents with no supplement charge
    • Children 4-11 years pay 50% of the adult sharing rate
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    2 x Game drives per day, all meals, soft drinks, and selected alcoholic beverages.


    Premium brand drinks, additional activities, spa treatments, and transfers.


    Low: 01 May – 31 August

    High: 01 September – 31 October & 1 April – 30 April

    Peak: 01 November – 31 March

    Terms & conditions

    • Rates are per person sharing, per night
    • Single supplement of 30% applicable
    • Prices displayed are valid to 31 March 2025

    Accommodation Options

    Inter-leading luxury rooms

    Sleeps 2 Adults, 1 child

    Nine inter-leading rooms feature a private patio and bathroom with bath and shower and can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults, sharing with 1 child. The rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, hairdryer, television and a Nespresso coffee machine.

    Refer to seasons and T&C's above

    Peak season R 16,500 per person, per night
    High Season R 11,995 per person, per night
    Low Season R 9,600 per person, per night

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    By Road

    The reserve is a 60-minute drive from Port Elizabeth or a 9-hour drive from Cape Town, both on the scenic N2 highway. Driving from Cape Town takes you through the Garden Route for approximately 815km from which you will turn to the reserve entrance.



    Flights from all major centres in South Africa to Port Elizabeth airport.


    Flight Duration

    • Cape Town to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 10 minutes
    • Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 35 minutes
    • Durban to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 20 minutes
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