Riverdene Lodge

Riverdene Lodge: Information from the owner

All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.

Type Safari Lodge
No. of rooms 9
Last updated 20-Sep-2014

Main description of Riverdene Lodge

Riverdene Lodge: Facilities

Property facilities Mobile Connectivity
Room facilities Air Conditioning, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Mini Bar, Safe, Satellite Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Verandah, Internet, Lounge Area, Underfloor Heating
Available services Airport Shuttles, Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service
Activities on site (some activities may be seasonal) Big 5, Bird Watching, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, Walks, Child Friendly Activities, Animal Encounters, Battlefield Tours, Cultural Tours, Deep Sea Fishing, Fishing, Historical Tours, Museums, Sky Diving

Room types at Riverdene Lodge

Luxury Rooms

Luxury Rooms

Room Configuration 9 Luxury rooms (7 of them are inter-leading) accommodating a maximum of 2 adults, sharing with 1 child, subject to the availability of rooms with sleeper couches. • 6 Twin bedded Luxury rooms • 3 Twin bedded Luxury rooms with sleeper couches Room Features • Air conditioning • International dial telephone • Tea and coffee making facilities • Private patio • Fitted international adaptors • Private minibar • TV, with selected satellite channels • En-suite bathroom with separate shower • Hairdryer • Electronic safe • Ceiling fan

Activities at Riverdene Lodge



Shamwari Game Reserve boasts a huge variety of birdlife. There is a big range of raptors which include Black Harriers, Pale Chanting Goshawks, Black-shouldered Kites, Fish Eagles, Booted Eagles and Secretary Birds.

The reserve also holds a good population of birds associated with water sources like Three-banded Lapwings, African Darters, Malachite Kingfishers, the occasional Spoonbill, African Shelduck and the strange looking Hamerkop.

Furthermore you might see bird species like the Bokmakierie with its gorgeous colours, Hoopoes probing the grasslands for food, Ant-eating Chats around the termite mounds, Familiar Chat, Red-billed Oxpeckers on the various animals and the beautiful Glossy Starling with its blue-green coloration and red eye-ring.

The birdlife at Shamwari Game Reserve is enough to keep a bird watching enthusiast entertained for a good few days. So pack your bird book and binoculars and come visit Shamwari for a well deserved birding holiday.

Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries

Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries

The Born Free Foundation is at the forefront of drawing the public's attention to the plight of wild animals confined in impoverished captive environments and promoting through education and public awareness, a humane agenda.

It is the mission of both The Born Free Foundation and Shamwari Game Reserve to promote the conservation of species and the protection of habitat while maintaining a humane and compassionate approach to the welfare of animals.

In partnership with actress/conservationist Virginia McKenna's Born Free Foundation, Shamwari Game Reserve designed the Born Free Foundation Animal Rescue and Education Centre to incorporate a museum and educational facility whose goal is to create an awareness of the horrific way in which wildlife is exploited in captivity around the world. Guests at Shamwari are able to visit the 2 Big Cat Sanctuaries.

Over the years the Born Free Foundation has been able to rescue several big cats from situations where they are in serious danger and provide them with excellent life time care. Guests at Shamwari are able to see some of these rescued animals at the Born Free Foundation Animal Rescue and Education Centre.

Game Drives & Guided Walks

Game Drives & Guided Walks

Game viewing is carried out during the morning and evening when you are guided by your game ranger in an open game viewing vehicle. If you have a particular interest, please mention it to your ranger; who will be happy to merge your plans with those of the group.

The game drives will take between three and four hours, with a sundowners stop at sunset and a coffee stop in the morning. It is always advisable to bring warm clothing along, even in summer. In winter, a warm jacket, beanie, scarf and gloves are advisable. These clothing items are also available in our shops. Please do not forget to bring your binoculars, camera’s and video camera’s along.

Your safety is of utmost concern to us, and your game ranger will inform you of the necessary safety precautions as you commence your game drive.

Guided walks can often be the highlight of your African trip, for it is only then that you gain a true perspective of the fauna and flora around you. These walks may only be carried out by specially trained and qualified game rangers. Please ask your personal game ranger to make these arrangements for you.

Kids on Safari

Kids on Safari

Upon arrival, our fabulous children’s coordinator (Riverdene Lodge) or lodge manager (Sarili Lodge) will discuss activity options with the family taking the family’s size, children’s ages and the weather into consideration. Child minding facilities are available at an additional cost for children younger than 4 years as they are too young to join game drives.

Each child will receive an age-appropriate gift pack.

Awesome Experiences for Kids at Shamwari....

Exclusive visit to the Born Free Foundation Big Cat Rescue Centre
Activities are focused on promoting the conservation of species and the protection of habitat whilst maintaining a humane and compassionate approach to the welfare of animals

Shamwari Animal Rehabilitation Centre
Different types of wild animals or raptors that are being cared for at the time, under special supervision by the Shamwari veterinarian team, for release back into the wild

Riverdene Lodge - Children can partake in various social, sporting, arts and cultural activities under the supervision of our children’s coordinator.

Indoor Activities

Scrap books, paper, scissors, glue crayons, pencils & paints
Puzzles of varying sizes and difficulties covering a broad age range
Documentary DVD’s on various conservation topics and animals, animated movies
A selection of entertaining and educational children’s books
A selection of fun board games

The Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre

The Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre

Shamwari Game Reserve proudly opened ‘The Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre’ in June 2012, due to the rhino devastation that South Africa is presently facing.

The Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre, initially only open for Shamwari guests, can be found at the Shamwari offices and has been created as a place of information and education for guests to educate and inform themselves about rhinos and the frightening growing epidemic of rhino poaching in South Africa.

It has also been created to complement the Born Free Foundation and Rehabilitation Centre at Shamwari Game Reserve. Guests will have the opportunity to visit The Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre as an added educational experience during their stay.

The Wilderness Foundation has created 9 unique rhino displays, designed for the purpose of educating guests on rhino conservation and the poaching issues facing South Africa and South Africans. Each display has a powerful message along with photographs, statistics and general facts to emphasise the effect poaching has on conservation, the country, tourism and indeed future generations.

In the near future Shamwari will expand The Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre to include a comprehensive paleontological section

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

At the Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre it is our aim to rehabilitate and return all animals back into the wild.

The Shamwari Rehabilitation Centre is amongst the best in Southern Africa and is fully registered to provide veterinary care to young, abandoned, orphaned or injured animals. On arrival you will be met by a member of this caring team who will show you the facilities and explain what it is that they do. During the recovery phase; “patients” are kept in custom built bomas. Provided there are patients in care, an opportunity to meet them should arise during your visit. The animal rehabilitation centre operates on donations only; therefore no entrance fee is requested, but a monetary donation will be much appreciated.

A visit to Animal Rehabilitation Centre includes

The Animal Hospital to see the facilities and view any current patients,
The animal bomas to view any larger patients
A brief “behind the scenes” look at where the popular series “Shamwari - a Wild Life” was filmed and edited at the film unit.
The Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre was established after Shamwari identified a pressing need in the Eastern Cape for such facilities to improve local conservation and wildlife efforts