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River Bend Lodge

Zuurberg Road, Addo Elephant National Park 6105 South Africa
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#2 of 4 lodges in Addo Elephant National Park
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Situated on a 14,000ha private concession within the Addo Elephant National Park, RiverBend is a mere 45 minute drive from Port Elizabeth. Home to an abundance of wildlife including elephant, lion, hyena, buffalo, black rhino and a variety of antelope and over 300 bird species, RiverBend is an ideal malaria-free safari addition to a Garden Route holiday. Children of all ages welcome. Pampering treatments are available at Plumbago Spa. Personalized game drives are led by enthusiastic and experienced guides, who will ensure you have a truly memorable safari experience.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Canoeing
Game room
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Spa
Secured parking
Wifi
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Outdoor pool
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Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Horseback riding
Evening entertainment
Massage
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
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Air conditioning
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Seating area
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa
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Triba wrote a review Jan 2024
Saint Francis Bay, South Africa5 contributions
We had decided last-minute dot com, to head to Addo. The park's accommodation was full and so we started searching elsewhere, but in the park. We found and booked River Bend Lodge and had the most amazing time. The attention to detail, the friendliness, the willingness to please...was all above expectations! Our daughters saw a magnificent lion on their morning game drive, which was a highlight, and came back bursting with excitement and information. Special mention must be made of the food and restaurant service...both were exceptional! Compliments to the chef!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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susieBirmingham wrote a review Jan 2024
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom214 contributions72 helpful votes
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Had a lovely stay over Christmas even though the weather wasn't as hot as expected! This was our 4th visit but the 1st over Christmas and we have already booked the same rooms for Christmas 2024! It was so nice to return and be greeted like friends and family. Debbie and all the staff work so hard to make your stay as pleasurable as possible, they get really disappointed when you don't have lunch as you ate too many snacks on the morning Game Drive and then had a massive breakfast! The guides are excellent, we had Ryan this time, ask what you're interested in and what you'd like to see on your drives. We managed to find Jess! Recommend staying All Inclusive as this includes 2 Game Drives a day at times to suit you. The scenery in this section of Addo Elephant NP is stunning, so different to the main sections of the park. Only River Bend vehicles allowed so you feel as though you are the only ones there!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded 11 Jan 2024
Dear Susie Bimingham, We just loved having you back with us, your appreciation for nature in its balanced environment is such a pleasure to behold, as is your appreciation for the efforts made by the Team. We look forward to Welcoming you back into your Home from Home, and until then all the very best for 2024 travel safe and see you soon. Sincerely, Debbie and the RiverBend Lodge Team
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mfranks911 wrote a review Jan 2024
Edgware, United Kingdom936 contributions468 helpful votes
We have just moved on from a four night stay at River Bend Lodge. Very friendly and helpful staff and extremely well run by Debbie who puts her hand to everything. The property is like an English Country House Hotel in a private game reserve. The rooms are lovely and comfortable and very well furnished. Breakfast is nice although I would have liked to have seen a few more cold options on the buffet. Lunch and dinner are both very good with friendly service and the inclusive wine list was excellent. Game viewing is perhaps not the best you can experience but the star of the show for us was our Ranger Leo Herbst who was exceptional and possibly the best we have had in many years of safari. Highly informative with a lovely way and his interest in birds was a great benefit for us. He deserves to have a great career This is very much a luxury Lodge and we spent New Year there. Certainly one to return to sometime.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Room Tip: All rooms are comfortable. The lodge is 7km off the main road and the approach is bumpy so an SUV...
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Responded 6 Jan 2024
Dear mfranks911, Thank you for your absolutely awesome review, and for choosing RiverBend for your holiday. We are so delighted that you loved RiverBend as much as we do, and that your holiday was one that you enjoyed. The wildlife were definitely playing 'Hide n Seek' with us over a good portion of the holiday, especially over the rainy colder days. Do take care and all the very, very best for 2024. Sincerely Debbie & The RiverBend Lodge Tram
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Nao186338 wrote a review Jan 2024
London, United Kingdom24 contributions7 helpful votes
This place is truly wonderful! We were here with our 2 year old son and they COULD NOT have been more accommodating. The rooms are gorgeous, the communal bar and dining areas are lovely and the pool is heavenly (it was very hot when we where there). Moses and Ntumbi where amazing! They made our stay so magical! Nothing was too much trouble for them and they made our son's food outside of the normal hours and were just brilliant. The food is excellent! Eating an incredible breakfast whist wanting a massive herd of elephants playing in the watering hole for a good hour is something we shall never forget. The safari was amazing - our guide Paul was perfect and so warm and friendly with our son, keeping him involved, letting him taste fruits and leaves and teaching him about tracking the footprints and just made it a wonderful experience for us all. A month after we left he still talks about 'Paul's truck' and all the animals we saw! THANK YOU.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded 6 Jan 2024
Dear Nao186338, Thank you so very much for your wonderful review, and for taking the time to write it, this means everything to us as this is how we keep a finger on the pulse of RiverBend, our GUESTS. I will pass on your wonderful compliments to the RiverBend Lodge Team Wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy 2024. Sincerely Debbie & The RiverBend Lodge Team
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calgcpl wrote a review Dec 2023
Calgary2 contributions
River Bend Lodge is a fantastic premium experience. The game accommodations and food were fantastic, the staff were friendly, knowledgeable and experienced. I can't speak highly enough of the whole experience from the welcome to the goodbye. The guides know the park and are able to deliver on the wide variety of flora and fauna to be found there. The kitchen staff are very accommodating and were able to cater for all our needs. Can't wait to go back.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded 6 Dec 2023
Dear Calgcpl1, Thank you so much for taking the time to do a review for us, and what a super review again Thank You. The fact that you have grown to love RiverBend like we do means the world to us, and we cannot wait to see you again. Do take care until then and may we in advance take this opportunity to wish you, and your loved ones not only a family filled Christmas with loads of Love and hugs and laughter, but may your New Year of 2024 be an excellent one for you all. See you soon! Sincerely Debbie & The RiverBend Lodge Team
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MXHLondon wrote a review Nov 2023
London2 contributions
This was our 4th visit to the Riverbend over the last 15 years and it’s just charming and wonderful. Debbie and her team work so hard to look after you. We stayed in peppergrove for first time and loved the space and views. Moses was great and Ryan stepped into some big shoes to guide us perfectly with wonderful enthusiasm and knowledge. Think you guessed it - we will be returning!
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Responded 21 Nov 2023
Dear MXHLondon, Wow!! and Thank you for your stunning review, and for taking the time to put pen to paper. We just love the fact that your Home from Home is still exactly that, and I am so delighted that you loved PepperGrove, that extra space is such a blessing. I will pass on your comments to Moses, who is an absolute treasure and to Ryan who will be very relieved that he was able to carry the baton on from Darlington. We wish you all a super family Christmas and may the 2024 year be only kind to you all. See you soon. Sincerely Debbie & The RiverBend Lodge Team
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choward62 wrote a review Oct 2023
Dubai16 contributions
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A fabulous lodge in Addo Elephant National Park. Spacious and luxurious accommodation with a large bath, separate shower, even an outdoor shower. We were in cottage 2 but our friends were in 1 which included a private outdoor pool. There is also a good sized communal outdoor pool. The game drives were good, and our driver Ryan was excellent, although quite new to this area was still very knowledgeable of the park and was good at spotting the animals. Saw lots of elephants of course. To food was nice and well presented. Would definitely go back again.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 15 Nov 2023
Dear Choward62, Thank you for your great review, and for taking the time to put pen to paper. Ryan is proving to be a great part of our team and I will definitely pass on your feedback to him, as I know it will mean so much. We are delighted that you loved your stay with us , and look forward to the time when we will be able to Welcome you back. Sincerely Debbie & The RiverBend Lodge Team
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karen wrote a review Oct 2023
Mauritius13 contributions1 helpful vote
This lodge is absolutely stunning. The staff and management are attentive and seem to anticipate what you need. For example we arrived with a slow puncture and Debbie (mahager) quickly arranged for the internal maintenance staff to fix it. Our guide, Ryan, was really good and we had great game sightings. The weather was a bit cool, but the fireplaces were lit and inside the rooms and lodge were cosy and comfortable. We took the all inclusive package and enjoyed three magnificent meals with high tea and good wines. I highly recommend this lodge for luxury and comfort
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 15 Nov 2023
Dear Nomad59867280184, Thank you so much for taking the time to write up such a wonderful review, it is appreciated. I will pass on your compliments to the Team. As we get closer to Christmas and the New Year, we wish you and your loved ones nothing but the very best. Sincerely, Debbie & The RiverBend Lodge Team
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Momo wrote a review Sept 2023
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We visited them in September for our honeymoon. Honestly this was the BEST lodge I’ve ever stayed at. We were welcomed by everyone upon arrival. Staff there is very very very friendly. Restaurant food and service is amazing, safari tour guides Leo and Ryan were very knowledgeable, super friendly and professional. They have a private area for the tour so you will not disturbed by other tourists and can fully enjoy the real safari. I also loved how they respect the boundaries between animals. We stayed in South Africa almost a month and the safari part was the best part of our trip. If you are thinking of visiting there, this is absolutely worth it!!!!! 200% recommend!!!!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 3 Oct 2023
momokao302, Thank you!!! Thank you so much I have just read your letter / review to the staff and they all started clapping. You taking the time to acknowledge them means the world, and what a great review. We are delighted that your time with us was great. That is what it is all about, sharing and enjoying this most wonderful space that is RiverBend Lodge. Do take care and we hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Debbie & the RiverBend Team
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cbriss561645 wrote a review Sept 2023
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg1 contribution
We travelled as a family of six and stayed in the 3 bedroom lodge. We booked all inclusive and that came with a private chef and wait staff plus 2 game drives per day. The chef was excellent and prepared us delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinner as well as home cooked snacks. The lodge had a large fenced garden and private pool with plenty of outdoor seating. We came in winter so never got use of the pool but I’m sure it would be a real treat in the summer. We saw zebra, antelopes and baboons from the lodge. After our afternoon game drives, we came home to a camp fire and drinks. It was such a lovely experience. Our game driver - Leo - was excellent. Really passionate about the animals and super engaging. We travelled with 2 young kids - 9 and 12 - and he went out of his way to keep them involved including showing them how to track which animals had recently been there and stopping the car to pick up bones to show them closer. We saw plenty of elephants, buffalo, rhino, warthog, various antelope, zebra, baboons and velvet monkeys. Plus jackal, meerkats and more. Unfortunately we weren’t lucky enough to see the Lions as there are only 3 in the park. The lodge has a back up generator so loadshedding wasn’t really noticed.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 3 Oct 2023
Dear cbriss561645, Thank you so much for the most wonderful review you took the time to write. WOW I will pass on your wonderful points to all the staff and Leo. We are so delighted you Loved your stay with us and that the children loved their time with us as well. Thank you once again. Sincerely Debbie & The RiverBend / LongHope Team
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Frequently Asked Questions about River Bend Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to River Bend Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (1.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at River Bend Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at River Bend Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at River Bend Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at River Bend Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to River Bend Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Addo Wildlife Tangelo Restaurant, Addo Cattle Baron, and Cattle Baron Addo.
Are there opportunities to exercise at River Bend Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at River Bend Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.
Is River Bend Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.