Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

Shamwari Riverdene Lodge

Nine rooms
Fine for children.
All year

Shamwari Game Reserve is probably the best-known private reserve in South Africa’s malaria-free Cape. Within it, Riverdene Lodge is the obvious choice for a family safari: it boasts a focus on children including a good swimming pool, a large playground on extensive lawns, and a playroom with activities. Plus, as you’d expect game activities on the reserve.

Our view of Riverdene Lodge

Shamwari’s fences mean that it doesn’t really feel very wild, which is why we would usually only recommend it for an introductory safari of just a few days. Riverdene is often cited for family safari holidays – and it probably will work for parents with older children, or those who want to leave their young children whilst they go out on safari. However, we found it to be less well suited to families with young children who want a family safari experience together.

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