Sense of place
Riverdene Family Lodge is in Shamwari Game Reserve, which has many times been voted the finest of its kind in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. This unspoilt region of plains and hills is home to iconic wildlife including lions, tigers, rhinos and zebras, and is a leading light in the effort to protect vulnerable African wildlife.
Rooms at Riverdene Family Lodge
Riverdene’s luxurious suites have a traditional, colonial style, with high ceilings, large sash windows, and a tasteful colour scheme of pea-green walls and plush grey furniture. In addition to large double beds, there are big comfy sofas (some of which can fold out into extra beds) and coffee tables. The large bathrooms feature huge wall mirrors, double sinks and walk-in showers. Each suite opens onto a private patio where you can relax and enjoy the views over the game reserve.
Food & drink
Being on a game reserve in the African wilderness doesn’t mean anything is out of reach when it comes to eating and drinking, with delicious food served up using the finest ingredients - sample dishes include wagyu beef burgers, lamb chops and venison steak. Breakfast takes the form of a hearty buffet, with fresh fruit, pastries, bacon and eggs, French toast and more, while lunch and dinner are sumptuous multi-course affairs. In classic colonial style, afternoon tea is enjoyed at around 4pm, with sundowners before dining on the terrace under the starry skies.
The lovely outdoor pool, with a rim-flow edge which merges into the huge African horizon, is an inviting space to relax, cool off, and watch wildlife go by. In keeping with the family-friendly ethos, there’s a shallow end in the pool for kids to play in, while there’s also a children’s playroom and a jungle gym. Massages and other wellness treatments can also be arranged by request.
Activities at Riverdene Family Lodge
Wildlife-spotting adventures in the wilderness are the prime draw here. The reserve includes the Born Free big cat sanctuaries, where you can spot protected lions, tigers and leopards, while game drives and walks with expert guides will also let you observe elephants and rhinos. The latter are protected at the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre, where you can learn about these magnificent, endangered beasts, and the measures that are being implemented to save them. Back at the lodge, there are board games, puzzles and more for children to enjoy.