Riverdene Family Safari Lodge

Family orientated safari lodge in a malaria-free area

Riverdene Family Safari Lodge

Riverdene Family Safari Lodge is by far and away one of the best family-orientated safari lodges in South Africa.

It is set in Shamwari Private Game Reserve, one of the most well-known and successful in the country. A stay at Riverdene will give you a well-rounded safari experience (think Big 5, wildlife rehabilitation centre, anti-poaching unit visits, birding, etc) while also making sure that even the youngest members of the family can get in on the action.

Small children will be made to feel included not only by being allowed to join the game drives (if over 4) but by the exceptional rangers getting down to their level, and bringing everything to life for them. Older children and teenagers will be allowed free rein to explore as they see fit, and their particular interests taken into account too. The Animal Rescue and Education Centres are sure to interest the whole family.

Interleading rooms means you are never far away from each other, with cots, sleeper couches or extra beds all to hand. Meal times can be flexible to cater for differing needs, and the Kids On Safari facilities will keep your little explorers occupied for hours.

There is a wonderful outdoor play area complete with jungle gym, zip line and climbing wall and towers. You will also find plenty of indoor activities too, as well as childminding services, and a huge swimming pool.

Plan your stay
Coral Tree luxury rating

Number of rooms

9 rooms


Shamwari Game Reserve

Child Policy

All ages welcome

Why we love it

"Beautiful accommodation, a wonderfully successful private game reserve and fun, malaria-free safari."


Tess, Coral Tree founder

Key Highlights & Amenities
  • Interleading, well laid-out rooms
  • Some of the best children-on-safari facilities we have seen in the country
  • Knowledgeable and experienced rangers
  • Big 5 to be seen as well as a host of other wildlife, by vehicle, or on foot
  • From here it’s easy to explore the rest of the Eastern Cape area
Talk to us about your next big adventure.
Call: +44 (0) 1242 908 720  or   Request a quote
Talk to us about your next big adventure.
Call: +44 (0) 1242 908 720  or   Request a quote
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Why travel with Coral Tree?

We are the specialists in luxury Africa family safari holidays

We are Africa experts and also parents. We understand what makes a memorable family adventure.

Our knowledge and connections are unsurpassed

We have been living and working in African tourism for over two decades.

Every journey is tailored with your specific wishes in mind

No off-the-shelf packages or cookie-cutter itineraries. Unique family safaris.

Each trip funds grassroots conservation and girls education projects

You pay no more for the privilege, we support causes close to our hearts.

Get in touch
Talk to Tess & Mike about your next big adventure
Call: +44 (0) 1242 908 720
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