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Riverdene Lodge

Shamwari Game Reserve

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Riverdene Lodge

Shamwari Game Reserve

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Riverdene Lodge is located in the award winning Shamwari Game Reserve, a 25,000 hectare, malaria-free private game reserve situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Shamwari is about conserving a vanishing way of life, and has received numerous international awards, including the World's Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve. Steeped in Settler history, and dating back to the time when a multitude of game roamed wild and free, the reserve is home to the Big 5 as well as wild dog, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, hippo, zebra and numerous antelope species.

Shamwari prides itself on the knowledge and professionalism of their rangers, and guests will receive personal attention from their assigned ranger for the duration of their stay.

Game viewing is carried out morning and evening on game drives, when you are driven in your open vehicle over the rolling hills and valleys in search of the wildlife.

There is also the option to go on a guided bush walk with your ranger after breakfast.

Each of the 9 twin-bedded rooms are fully air-conditioned, and have a television and telephone, and a small lounge area.

Private balconies from each room leads onto the beautifully landscaped gardens.

The main areas consist of 2 elegantly furnished casual lounges and a glorious sunroom, a spacious outdoor barbecue area, and an enticing rim flow swimming pool with sun deck and poolside bar.

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Our standard rates for a Luxury Room
DatesPriceBasisRate NameNights
1 October 2017 to 14 December 2017 GBP £ 407 US$ 533 ZAR 7,025 EUR 452 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
15 December 2017 to 31 December 2017 GBP £ 451 US$ 590 ZAR 7,775 EUR 500 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
1 January 2018 to 28 February 2018 GBP £ 519 US$ 679 ZAR 8,945 EUR 576 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
1 March 2018 to 30 April 2018 GBP £ 458 US$ 600 ZAR 7,905 EUR 509 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
1 May 2018 to 31 May 2018 GBP £ 364 US$ 477 ZAR 6,275 EUR 404 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
1 June 2018 to 31 August 2018 GBP £ 0 US$ 0 ZAR 0 EUR 0 ppsClosed1+ nights
1 September 2018 to 30 September 2018 GBP £ 468 US$ 614 ZAR 8,080 EUR 520 ppsClosed1+ nights
1 October 2018 to 30 November 2018 GBP £ 468 US$ 614 ZAR 8,080 EUR 520 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
1 December 2018 to 14 December 2018 GBP £ 586 US$ 768 ZAR 10,110 EUR 651 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
15 December 2018 to 31 December 2018 GBP £ 586 US$ 768 ZAR 10,110 EUR 651 ppsStandard Rate2+ nights
15 December 2018 to 13 January 2019 GBP £ 586 US$ 768 ZAR 10,110 EUR 651 ppsStandard Rate2+ nights
14 January 2019 to 31 March 2019 GBP £ 586 US$ 768 ZAR 10,110 EUR 651 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
1 April 2019 to 30 April 2019 GBP £ 468 US$ 614 ZAR 8,080 EUR 520 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights

Prices are on a per person sharing basis (pps).

Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.

All meals; high tea; shared game drives; guided walks; tea/coffee; water; and game drive beverages are included. All other beverages are excluded and can be settled upon departure.

Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Special Children's Programme available - details on request. Children under 4 years of age are not allowed on game drives. Child minding facilities are available at an additional cost. Persons under the age of 16 years are not permitted on any walking safaris.

The colonial-style, Riverdene Lodge with it's 9 inter-leading luxury rooms, rim flow pool, supervised playroom, spacious green lawns and jungle gym facility will ensure entertainment for the whole family.

Upon arrival, the children's co-ordinator will discuss activity options with the family, taking the children's ages and the weather into consideration. Each child receives a gift pack which includes a cuddly toy, activity workbook and other surprises.

The kiddie's programme also includes an exclusive visit to the Born Free Foundation Big Cat Rescue Centre, and the Shamwari Wildlife Hospital, where different types of wild animals or raptors that are being cared for, under special supervision by the Shamwari veterinarian team, for release back into the wild.

Parents must accompany children of younger than 4 years when visiting the Born Free Centre and Shamwari Wildlife Hospital.

Children will also be given a sneak preview of the film footage of the new “Shamwari – a wild life” series, which is due for airing in August / September 2008 on the Discovery Channel's Animal Planet. Exclusive access to one of the Shamwari Film Studio crew members is available to film and produce a high quality DVD of your family safari experience. Advanced bookings are essential as the filming and production of the DVD is at an additional cost. You enjoy the moment whilst they record the memories.

Children can also partake in various social, sporting and arts and cultural activities under the supervision of our children's co-ordinator. Options could include African bead making, clay making activities, face painting, star-gazing and African story-telling.

Child minding facilities are available at an additional cost for children younger than 4 years as they are too young to join game drives.

Finally, a children's menu is available upon request.


Guest Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 based on 14 ratings

Start TestimonialWe had a great time thanks and Riverdene Lodge was excellent. End Testimonial


Start TestimonialFantastic experience for the entire family. Though our trip was brief, everything went seamlessly so it actually felt very relaxed. Cannot wait to return! Thanks for your terrific service.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialStaff/ Ranger at Riverdene were exceptional. They were very knowledgeable and had the kids amazed and entertained on the safaris. We also were not prepared for how good the food was. We had thought our safari trip would be a once in a lifetime experience, but now we realise we will take another safari trip in the distant future.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialRiverdene Lodge was fantastic - the rooms were beautiful and very spacious. Tracey Campbell worked hard to find us accomodation that suited us and she succeeded very well - I will definitely be using Tracey's and Travel Butlers' services on my next trip to Africa.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialShamwari is an extremely slick operation and Riverdene was all we expected. Fantastic game drives; relaxing atmosphere; luxurious accommodation.End Testimonial

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Start TestimonialThanks for the email. I was planning on emailing you this week anyway to say thanks for everything that you organised for us. I cannot stress enough how impressed we were with each and every place we stayed and each time we moved on we thought that the next place could not possibly be better, but it always seemed to be!! In particular, we had an absolutely fantastic time at The Constantia, very luxurious. The weather was awful on the day we arrived but Claire was just so lovely and had a bath running for us at 11.30 am with a bottle of wine at the ready!! We could not have asked for more from her and her staff. She is like a mind reader - she seemed to anticipate everything we needed before we had even thought of it ourselves!! All of the guest houses were really lovely, and in particular the hosts at each one were so helpful to us, always wanting to suggest great restaurants and things to do in their area. Peter at Bradach Manor was great for a chat and Brenda at Oceansong in Plett was a really nice person. The Aloe Guest House in Hermanus was lovely. And of course, Shamwari was the highlight of the trip, a really amazing place. Fantastic accommodation and our safari ranger, Vincent, was such a great guy, we had really good fun with him and the other guests we were on our drives with and we saw all of the Big 5 apart from a leopard. I was so sad to leave, really did not want to come home, which has never happened to me before on holiday! Darren and I will certainly be recommending Travel Butlers to anyone we know who is planning on visiting SA - we cannot speak highly enough of everything you arranged for us.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialRiverdene Lodge / Shamwari was absolutely brilliant it was just a shame we were only there for 2 days - I could quite happily have stayed a week - it was wonderful and the service was 1st class. All your arrangements were 'spot on' and we had no problems whatsoever. If and when we go back to South Africa I would definitely use Travel Butlers again. Once again thanks for your help in making our trip to South Africa truly memorable for all the right reasons.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialJust had to drop you a line to thank you for your help in arranging our holiday. We had a fantastic time and all the hotels/guest houses were fabulous. Riverdene Lodge at Shamwari and the safaris were simply wonderful. Thanks again, we would certainly recommend Travel Butlers to our friends.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialThank you for your email. My mother and I had a wonderful holiday in South Africa. Our stay at Shamwari has more than met our expectations and it was simply wonderful. From our first encounter with 4 lions as soon as we entered the game reserve to the welcome we received from Warren the Manager and Fred our game ranger. Our room was magnificent, the food was superb and the staff extremely attentive. The game drives were very exciting but unfortunately I never did get to see the leopard, which was my wish right from the very beginning. Our 3 night stay at the Radisson Waterfront in Cape Town was also wonderful, the room was lovely and the breakfasts were magnificent. The staff were all very pleasant and very helpful to all our needs. Thank you very much for helping with organising of our holiday.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialWe're just back and I can assure you it was the most amazing holiday we've ever been on. As you know I was a bit apprehensive about the safari but it was fantastic. every aspect of it. I just want all our friends to go and experience what we did. Riverdene Lodge was perfect in every way. Such attention to detail, I could get used to such pampering, sadly tho the 3 days passed too quickly. But we do have nearly 1000 photos to reminice with' plus video footage, and will email the best to you soon. Thanks again for all your help and advice. Shamwari was certainly an excellent choice and after we arrived in Cape Town anyone we spoke to told us we were going to the best. We believe it was ....End Testimonial


Start TestimonialMelanie and I have just returned from Shamwari. It was excellent. Thank you.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialShamwari lived up to our recollections and was thoroughly enjoyed by our friends on their first visit. We had an excellent ranger and the accommodation and food was first class so really I have no comments to offer other than to thank you for making our arrangements which went very smoothly.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialWe had a wonderful holiday.  Absolutely outstanding was our time at Shamwari.  Riverdene Lodge was superb, everything we’d hoped for.  I would recommend it to anyone and would definitely go again.  We would recommend Travel Butlers and will certainly use your services again.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialWe had a fantastic holiday and we are enchanted with South Africa. The recommendations you made were wonderful. We saw plenty of whales, lots of wild animals and thought the scenery, food, wine and people were great. Les Cascades, Franschhoek Country House, The Plettenburg and Shamwari were all superb. All in all a great holiday and thank you for your planning and booking. First class.End Testimonial


Riverdene Lodge Location

Directions For Drivers

From Port Elizabeth: Follow the N2 towards Grahamstown. Take the turn-off towards Paterson on the R342 and travel 7 km up the gravel road. Enter at the 1st gate for Riverdene.

From Grahamstown: Travel along the N2 towards Port Elizabeth, and follow the directions as above.

Please note that you drive through the reserve to get to the lodge - do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.

General Information For Guests

All rooms have air conditioning and ceiling fan, en-suite bathrooms with separate shower, international dial telephone, private patio, tea/coffee making facilities, fitted international adaptors, private minibar, television with selected satellite channels, hairdryer and electronic safe.

There is a rim-flow swimming pool with shallow area for children, children's supervised play room and jungle gym, bar/lounge, business desk with internet access and gift boutique. Guests can enjoy outdoor dining on the patio, or in the boma and deck overlooking the Bushmans River.

Amex, Master, Visa and Diners are accepted.

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