offers a colonial African experience in an elegantly restored frontier homestead in the Shamwari Game Reserve
The colonial-style, Riverdene Lodge with nine inter-leading luxury rooms, rim flow pool, supervised playroom, spacious green lawns and jungle gym facility ensures entertainment for the whole family.
Rooms are fully air-conditioned; all feature television, telephone and small lounge area, en-suite sandstone bathroom and private balconies leading onto the landscaped gardens.
There are two elegantly furnished casual lounges as well as a magnificent rim flow swimming pool to entice guests to relax and restore their energy.
The lounge opens onto an outdoor barbeque area. Meals can also be taken in the spacious dining room or the magnificent stone boma under thatch with a deck overlooking the Bushmans River. The Shamwari wine list is especially selected and includes a choice of 12 red and 12 white South African wines. A further selection of rare and fine wines and imported French champagne is also available. A selection of Cuban cigars are on offer from the humidor.
As with all the lodges at Shamwari, guests receive personal attention from their assigned rangers for the duration of their stay.Accommodation at Riverdene Lodge
Restored settler lodge with 9 luxury suites, all with own individual patio
1 x disabled-friendly room
Air-conditioning (hot & cold), ceiling fan
Satellite T.V. in all rooms
International direct dial
Tea/coffee making facilities
Private safe facilities
Fitted International adaptorsFacilities and Services
A truly unique, educational and fun family safari
Indoor & outdoor dining facilities
Beautiful garden to relax in
Lapa overlooking Bushmans River for outdoor dining or game viewing
Guests can book spa treatments at the Long Lee Manor Spa.
Personal ranger service – 9 passengers per vehicle
Perimeter electric fenceChildren's Facilities
Child minding facilities
Children's gift pack
Visit to the Born Free Foundation Big Cat Rescue Centre
Exclusive visit to the Shamwari Wildlife Hospital.
Visit to Shamwari Film Studio
Children’s menu available
Riverdene Lodge Activities:
When you visit Shamwari Game Reserve, we would want you to have the 'safari of a lifetime'. We will assign a personal game ranger to your group of 6. Your game ranger and lodge manager will design your daily program with you.
We want you to experience, learn and enjoy the very best that African wildlife viewing can offer. To achieve this goal, we have brought together the best that the area has to offer. There is great game viewing, in modern open game viewing vehicles that have been especially converted to maximise comfort and viewing potential. Your personal game ranger will provide insightful and valuable information about the fauna and flora.
In between game drives your time is filled with relaxing, reading, spa treatments, swimming, enjoying delicious cuisine, a game walk, or a visit to one of the two Born Free Big Cat Sanctuarys.
Riverdene Lodge Map:
Clothing & Accessories:
Shamwari is MALARIA FREE - no tablets/syrup needed.
Walking shoes, sun hats, sunglasses, sun protection cream.
Cameras and binoculars.
Warm clothing - anoraks/jerseys for Land Rover trips at all times.
Light clothing and swimming costumes for summer.
Health & Climate:
At Shamwari, winter (April-August) temperatures range from 7.1 degrees Celsius (44.8 degrees Fahrenheit) to 19.5 degrees Celsius (61.3 degrees Fahrenheit)
In summer the temperatures range from 18.6 degrees Celsius (65.5 degrees Fahrenheit) to 32.4 degrees Celsius (90.3 degrees Fahrenheit).
Peak rainfall (500-650 mm) occurs in spring and autumn.
Riverdene Lodge Guest Review
Average Guest Rating:
out of 5
based on 1
Our family had an excellent time. The guide we had (Abel) was unbelievable. This is one of the best memories we share as a family. The rooms look lovely and we received royal treatment from the staff. We are definitely start saving to be able to visit Shamwari again some time!
Rating: Reviewed by Susan Burri over a year ago
Other Accommodation near Riverdene Lodge:
Accommodation options within 8km from Riverdene Lodge include:
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The 3-star rated Game Lodge includes the historic Country House and the newer Shearers Lodge Suite located in the malaria free Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
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Bayethe is a splendid stone walled and thatch roofed lodge with a large deck area overlooking a waterhole.
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An environmentally friendly private African thatch designed villa with a spacious deck overlooking the Bushman’s River with expansive views of the plains, the lodge is positioned in the southern region of the Reserve.
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