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Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Shamwari Private Game Reserve: Riverdene Lodge

Shamwari Private Game Reserve: Riverdene Lodge

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A superb beginning or finale to your Garden Route holiday, Shamwari Private Game Reserve has been acclaimed as the 'World's Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve' for over ten consecutive years. Home to the 'Big Five', it also encompasses no fewer than five different eco-systems, allowing for an extraordinary diversity of plants, animals and birdlife. Almost as diverse is the choice of luxurious guest accommodation, including the stylish and secluded Eagles Crag Lodge - an Avant Garde masterpiece of thatch, stone and wall-to-wall glass nestled amongst lush mountain cliffs; the contemporary Sarili Lodge, offering a superb Colonial bush experience, a heated infinity-edge swimming pool with shallow area and a spacious deck overlooking Bushmans River and the plains beyond, plus the restored Colonial homestead, Riverdene Lodge - the ideal family-friendly accommodation - with its nine guest rooms (seven of which are interconnecting), infinity-edge swimming pool with shallow area for children, jungle gym, supervised play room and 'Kids on Safari' programme.   

  • Type:Lodge
  • Summary:Luxury safari in a malaria-free environment
  • Feature:Ultimate family safari destination near to the Garden Route
  • Rooms:5 Lodges, including Eagles Crag, Sarili and Riverdene
  • Location:Port Elizabeth , Eastern Cape , South Africa
  • Nearest airport:Port Elizabeth Airport
Shamwari Private Game Reserve
Location and transfer

Approximately 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport by private car transfer. 

Holiday Enquiry

Riverdene Lodge:+
  • Rooms: 9
  • Room View: Bushmans River and game views
  • Facilities: This family-friendly lodge is an elegantly restored frontier homestead featuring nine Luxury Rooms (seven of which are interconnecting). Each of the en suite guest rooms are air-conditioned and feature a television (with selected satellite channels available), tea and coffee-making facilities, a mini-bar, hairdryer, safe and a private patio. Lodge facilities include a rim-flow swimming pool with a shallow end for children, a children's supervised play room and jungle gym, a bar/lounge area, indoor and outdoor dining facilities, including an African boma, as well as wi-fi connection throughout. The lodge is enclosed by an electric fence. An excellent option for families, youngsters over four years of age can participate in the 'Kids on Safari' activity programme with the opportunity to visit the Animal Rehabilitation and Born Free Centres.
Sarili Lodge:+
  • Rooms: 5
  • Room View: Expansive views of Bushmans River and the surrounding plains
  • Facilities: A combination of four Luxury Rooms and one Suite, Sarili Lodge offers contemporary comforts, perfect for families or groups of friends. Named after a Xhosa Chief, the lodge is perched above Bushmans River, overlooking the grassy plains. The interconnecting Luxury Rooms face onto the courtyard garden or overlook the river and come with a balcony or patio, whilst the Suite comes with a balcony overlooking the river. All guest accommodation is air-conditioned and features underfloor heating, telephones, mini-bars, tea and coffee-making facilities, safes and televisions with selected satellite channels. Lodge facilities include a deck overlooking the river, heated infinity-edge swimming pool (with shallow end for children), lounge with fireplace and television, indoor and outdoor dining locations and wi-fi connectivity throughout.
Eagles Crag Lodge:+
  • Rooms: 9
  • Room View: Views of the surrounding valley and hillside
  • Facilities: Nestled in a lush valley, surrounded by imposing mountain cliffs, Eagles Crag Lodge features nine luxury Junior Suites fashioned from African thatch, glass and stone. Each one is air-conditioned and boasts tea and coffee-making facilities, a safe, telephone and mini-bar, indoor and outdoor showers, a king-size bed and a private plunge pool with deck - perfect for bird-watching. Lodge facilities include a library, a bar/cigar lounge that opens out onto the deck and another upstairs lounge with a fireplace that opens onto a terrace. In addition, there's a Relaxation Retreat with hydro bath, steam room and sauna, a gift boutique and wi-fi connectivity throughout.

Restaurant Overview:+
  • Cuisine: Various cuisine
  • Setting: Enjoy lavish meals in the dining room, in front of the blazing fire, or in the boma under the stars.
  • Dress Code: Smart/casual
  • Children's Menu: Yes
  • Vegetarian Menu: No

Shamwari Game Reserve is located in a malaria-free area and welcomes children of all ages at its Riverdene Lodge, where activities might include social events, sports, arts and cultural activities, supervised by the lodge's Children's Coordinator who, upon guests' arrival, will discuss activity options, taking into consideration the size of the family, the children's ages and also the weather. Children are also welcome to participate in Shamwari's 'Kids on Safari' programme. Children's menus are also available. Sarili Lodge is an alternative option for families, but it does not have a dedicated Children's Coordinator.

Health & Fitness

Guests at Eagles Crag Lodge enjoy the facilities of the Relaxation Retreat, which comprises a hydro bath, steam room and a sauna. 

In Addition

When To Go
Because game-viewing is not affected by weather, seasons or the time of the year, Shamwari Game Reserve is a great option, year-round. In general, the Cape enjoys a climate very much like that of the south of France. Summer occurs from October to April and is warm with rain showers; late summer is often cooler and dryer and perhaps more pleasant. Winter (May to September) is cooler and traditionally wetter.

Animal Rehabilitation Centre/ Animal Hospital
One of the best in southern Africa, the Animal Rehabilitation Centre provides vetinary care for young, abandoned, orphaned or injured animals. Visiting guests are met by a member of the care team and are escorted around the facilities, with possible opportunities to meet any patients in care. The rehabilitation centre operates on donations, so any contributions will be gratefully welcomed.

Dr Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre
Created in conjunction with the Wilderness Foundation to highlight the devastating effect of rhino poaching, the awareness centre offers guests an opportunity to learn more about the rhino, its plight and anti-poaching activities currently underway at the lodge.

Born Free Foundation, Animal Rescue & Education Centre
A unique partnership with actress and conservationist, Virginia McKenna, the Born Free Foundation, Shamwari Born Free Foundation, Animal Rescue & Education Centre incorporates a museum and educational facility with the goal of bringing awareness to the horrific way wildlife is exploited in captivity around the world.  

On Safari

Game-viewing is carried out in the morning and evening on game-drives, when you are driven in your open 4x4 vehicle (which seats up to six guests) over the rolling hills and valleys. If you have a particular species you would like to see, please mention it to your Ranger, who will be happy to merge your preferences into the group. The Rangers are in two-way communication with each other at all times, so on any day they know where the game is and how to find the elusive animals, such as the rare Black Rhino. Early-morning drives leave before dawn, spending up to three to four hours spotting before returning to the lodge for a hearty breakfast. Blankets are supplied for cold morning starts. Evening drives to spot nocturnal animals are completed by 8pm.

The Explorer Camp is dedicated to getting your body and soul back into the African bush, cooking over the open fire and sleeping under the stars in specially located dome tents and facilities - a true adventure. Walking distances can vary, but can last up to four hours on foot (not suitable for children under 16 years old). Due to its rustic nature, accommodation at the Explorer Camp is not quite the same as if you were staying in one of the lodges. Please ask our Travel Consultants for more details.

Weddings & Honeymoons

Shamwari Game Reserve presents a fabulous wedding venue in the heart of South Africa's premier safari destination.

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