River Bank Lodge

River Bank Lodge

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3.5
#16 of 38 guest houses in Upington
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Value
Highly recommended luxury bed and breakfast accommodation situated on the banks of the Orange River.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Golf course
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Special diet menus
Vending machine
Shuttle bus service
Business Centre with Internet Access
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Housekeeping
Safe
Iron
Kitchenette
Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa

Location

20 Budler Street, Upington 8801 South Africa
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Wendy V wrote a review Sept 2021
Durban, South Africa
+1
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We were supposed to stayover at Belurana River Manor but was contacted in the morning to say that Belurana had experienced a fire and all guests were relocated at the same price to River Bank Lodge. We had a nice room and it was a nice setting. However we felt ripped off when finding out that these rooms were R500 cheaper than that at Belurana and we had paid the same price. The next morning at breakfast was awkward. We ate in silence whilst listening to the owner, Maria, discuss lodge business for the day with her staff. We would not recommend this place, despite its fantastic location.
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Date of stay: August 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Best to check the internet for room choices
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Response from Maria Van Heerden, Owner at River Bank Lodge
Responded 14 Sept 2021
Hello Wendy It is truly a pity that you feel you have been ripped off. The room that you were checked in is actually listed on Lekkerslaap/Travelground at R1457,00 per room per night and this includes the breakfast. You were charged a little bit less than this. I am so sorry that you had to listen to me and my girls chat about the morning routine, I normally come in chat to the guests, get a coffee and then chat with my girls. I must admit- it was a bit quiet the specific morning that you were there and I do apologize for the inconvenience. Yours sincerely Maria
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Sommerstar wrote a review Apr 2021
Bath, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Set on the banks of the Orange river this small lodge is a perfect peaceful spot in which to stay. Situated on a quiet road just of the main high street. Lush shady gardens, comfortable rooms, friendly staff, tasty breakfast. Secure off road parking.
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Date of stay: March 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Fred and Jackie Hutchins wrote a review Jul 2021
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Our first stay in a B&B in Upington and we were delighted at our choice of venue. The position on the Orange is wonderful and the accommodation comfortable. The staff were very helpful and friendly and a special thank you to Maria for assisting us with the refrigeration of our meat. Theresa who was our host for the night was extremely pleasant and helped to make our stay most enjoyable. Fred and Jackie Hutchins Pennington KZN
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Pierre van Zyl wrote a review Dec 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a lovely place on the Bank of the Orange River. We wanted peaceful and that is exactly what we received. From check in to check out al 9 days was just pleasure. From Maria the owner to her staff was all just so helpful and treated us like we where family. Working in Hospitality it some time makes it hard to find the perfect spot but from the time I made the enquirers to booking and then arriving it was all just amazing.

Maria you will decently see us again.

Pierre van Zyl
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Vivien D wrote a review Mar 2017
Villerupt, France
4.0 of 5 bubbles
One of the best view of orange river in upington, the rooms are big and clean, the personnel is very nice, the breakfast is ok you can order eggs with bacon beans etc from the quitchen. I had some concerns concerning the safety as the rooms doors are quite thin and not doubled with metal bars, however nothing happened and the parking for the car is well secured. The price is really reasonnable. Rooms are lacking hair dryers too and swimming pool was not really clean, i did not see any customers using it, in conclusion i would recommend this place for the view, the parc, the room size and the fact that it is very close to the city center.
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Travelled on business
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MGSNS wrote a review Nov 2014
Cape Town Central, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I travel to Upington frequently and after much hopping around for a comfortable bed and breakfast discovered the River Bank Lodge.
They have comfortable rooms with satellite tv and air conditioning.
The setting is sublime with clean gardens overlooking the river. Sunsets are spectacular.WIFI is free for guests and the breakfasts are good.
The owners take note of every detail and requirement and offer a really good service. They are not the cheapest,but certainly value for money.
Being a Muslim, dietary requirements are always a deal breaker. The owners have gone to the extent of purchasing new pots,pans etc so that our food can be prepared without fear of cross contamination.
Breakfast is specifically prepared to cater for the entire team that travels with me.

A special note must be made of Brandon who goes way beyond the extra mile to make each stay a pleasure.
We certainly intend returning.
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Melissa W wrote a review Aug 2016
1.0 of 5 bubbles
gallery is. My room had an interpleading door into another room that had been closed by a curtain. The guest in the adjacent room was smoking cigarettes during the night, so I decided to open the windows (that had custom made burglar bars) to get some fresh air. Having closed the curtains and switched off the lights, I retired for the night.
After 2am I awoke to find my curtain had been neatly placed through the bars with an opening where the window was. Someone had opened the curtains and had leaned through the windows and stolen my clothes that were placed on the chair for the following day. My bead necklace had been taken off the table where the coffee and tea was. I immediately closed the window and messaged the manager who had been on duty.
The following morning the manager came to the room and called the police and security company. He asked me why I had not pressed the panic button next to the bed? No one had told be there was a panic button next to the bed.
The police informed me that this was not the first incident that had taken place at the guest house and they had advised them to take the necessary steps of erecting a fence to prevent these incidences. He also said that is had appeared as though someone had tried to climb through the burglar bars and I was “lucky I had woken up”. If someone is brave enough to break in while you are asleep, they are brave enough to hurt you.
I ask myself. Why was I not informed of the security issue, or that there was a panic button next to the bed or advised not to leave my windows open.
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Date of stay: August 2016
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Babs B wrote a review Apr 2016
Benoni, South Africa
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a lovely stay - absolutely friendly staff, warm welcome when we arrived and absolutely warm and homely feeling. The staff went out of their way to make us feel at home.

Will recommend to anyone that want to go and stay there!!
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Date of stay: March 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: all the rooms where stunning
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Sal_da_Bique wrote a review Jan 2014
Maputo, Mozambique
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a nice experience at the River Bank Lodge. The room was spacious and unconventional (what we really liked), the lawn with views on the Orange River was very enjoyable as was the swimming pool. The owner and staff were extremely friendly. We can highly recommend this place.
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Date of stay: January 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Family room behind the pool was nice. Riverside rooms have the nicest view.
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gerhardtrupping wrote a review Apr 2017
Cape Town Central, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I have stayed at Riverbank Lodge on numerous occasions and have always had a great stay! Staff are friendly and helpful. Rooms are nicely decorated, with the necessary amenities. Beds are very comfortable and bedding clean and fresh!
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Date of stay: February 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: All rooms are more than adequate.
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Wendy V wrote a tip Sept 2021
Durban, South Africa339 contributions10 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Best to check the internet for room choices"
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gerhardtrupping wrote a tip Apr 2017
Cape Town Central, South Africa1 contribution1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are more than adequate."
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Babs B wrote a tip Apr 2016
Benoni, South Africa11 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"all the rooms where stunning"
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RobCalitz wrote a tip Oct 2015
Johannesburg, South Africa14 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"The best rooms would be those opening onto the river frontage lawns."
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Rowood wrote a tip Jul 2015
Johannesburg, South Africa150 contributions74 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room on the opposite side of the breakfast area facing the river."
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PRICE RANGE
R 1,113 - R 1,149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaNorthern CapeUpington
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about River Bank Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to River Bank Lodge?
Nearby attractions include The Murray House (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at River Bank Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at River Bank Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at River Bank Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to River Bank Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Zest, O'Hagans Irish Pub, and Dros Upington.
Are there opportunities to exercise at River Bank Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does River Bank Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, River Bank Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is River Bank Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Upington.
Are pets allowed at River Bank Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at River Bank Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.
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