Discover the Diverse Wildlife of Shamwari Private Game Reserve
Riverdene Family Lodge has a welcoming ease and warmth and is a place where families are always at home and where guests become friends. Here you will enjoy sunsets under the expanse of the African sky, leaving you and your loved-ones with memories to treasure forever.
Surrounded by a wealth of natural beauty, Riverdene Family Lodge overlooks the widespread bushveld of the Eastern Cape. The newly renovated lodge is the ideal place for families to bond for hours as gentle giants roam in the distance, while children can engage in the Kids on Safari programme.
Nestled within Shamwari Private Game Reserve, Riverdene Lodge boasts nine inter-leading luxury rooms designed for a family-friendly safari experience. These fully air-conditioned rooms are equipped with modern amenities, including television, telephone, a small lounge area with a sleeper couch, and en-suite bathrooms. Each room opens onto a private veranda overlooking beautifully landscaped gardens. The lodge’s central area features an expansive open-plan lounge, a bar with a fireplace, and a dining room offering both indoor and outdoor seating, providing a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for families to relax and unwind during their stay.
Our selection of 9 Luxury Inter-leading rooms welcomes two adults, offering the perfect accommodation for sharing cherished moments with an accompanying child. Embracing modern comfort, each room features air conditioning to ensure a pleasant stay. Stay connected with an international dial telephone, and savor moments of relaxation with in-room tea and coffee making facilities. Step out onto your private patio to soak in the surroundings, or indulge in refreshments from your very own minibar. A microwave adds an extra touch of convenience, while a television provides access to selected satellite channels. The en-suite bathroom is designed for your ultimate comfort, featuring both a bath and a shower. For your convenience, a hairdryer is readily available, and an electronic safe provides security for your valuables. Our Luxury Inter-leading rooms harmonize contemporary amenities with a tranquil atmosphere, ensuring a memorable stay for both adults and children alike.
Partnered with the Born Free Foundation, our game reserve hosts the Big Cat Rescue and Education Centres, emphasizing the plight of captive wild cats worldwide. Founded by actress and conservationist Virginia McKenna and her late husband Bill Travers, the Born Free Foundation shares our mission to protect these species and their habitats with compassion for animal welfare. These centres house rescued lions and leopards, offering educational experiences.
The Born Free Foundation, a UK-based wildlife charity, rescues animals from captivity and cares for them in spacious sanctuaries, protecting endangered species in their natural habitats. Collaborating with local communities, Born Free seeks humane solutions for peaceful coexistence between people and wildlife. Established in 1984, it garners global support, including from Shamwari Private Game Reserve.
At Shamwari Private Game Reserve we’re passionate about the conservation of nature and the animals within the reserve. One of our endeavours includes the Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, which helps to rescue, rehabilitate and care for sick, injured, abandoned or orphaned animals under the care of our professional veterinary team. Once these animals have been nursed back to health, they are released back into their natural habitat.
You have the opportunity to visit the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre when you visit Shamwari Private Game Reserve.