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Zuurberg Road Addo, Addo Elephant National Park 6105 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
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Updated 20/10/07 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#3 of 12 in Addo Elephant National Park
Travellers' Choice
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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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Game room
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Horseback riding
Evening entertainment
Kids club
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Room service
Seating area
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
VIP room facilities
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa
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Ann Mawer wrote a review 19 May
2 contributions
We had a 2 night stay at River Bend Lodge Addo. Staff Profesional, attentive and friendly. Good birding and game viewing. Great field guides, good food and comfortable accommodation. Nyathi conservancy offers many varieties of terrain and different biomes.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
Blair Tours B wrote a review 10 May
Cape Town, South Africa28 contributions6 helpful votes
We had a lovely time our guide Christiaan was incredibly knowledgeable and went out of his way to find birds which we were interested in and not only the Big 5- food was great. All the staff were very welcoming and friendly at all times, We were lucky to be the only ones on our exclusive game drives with Christiaan which made it all the more personal- we hope to be back!
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Date of stay: May 2022
Sleep Quality
Sue wrote a review Mar 2022
7 contributions
Recently spent 2 nights at River Bend Lodge. The suites are large and comfortable with everything you need. Our guide, Christiaan, took us on 4 amazing game drives . He was friendly, very knowledgeable and an excellent driver. You need to say what you would like to see and they will do their best to ensure that you do! Morning coffee and sundowner drinks and snacks were included on all drives along with hot water bottles and warm blankets for the early starts. We were treated to an impromptu extra drive as the lions were close by and buffalo were approaching them, they thought there might be some interaction, but sadly not. The scenery is stunning, very different from the rest of Addo. There are only River Bend Lodge vehicles in this area of Addo so no crowded sightings, it feels like you are the only ones there. The food at River Bend is outstanding, the chef came to see us each day to say what the choice was for the evening meal. Breakfast started with granola, fruit, yoghurt, croissant, meats and cheeses followed by a cooked breakfast. We couldn't manage lunch as we had such a large breakfast! All the staff were pleasant, helpful and friendly, nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommend a stay here, it is well worth it and we hope to go back on my next visit. Thanks for a wonderful couple of days.
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Date of stay: February 2022
Response from Debbie Carinus, General Manager at River Bend Lodge
Responded 27 Mar 2022
Dear Swalml, Thank you for your detailed review. It really means everything to us, when our GUESTS leave RiverBend Lodge having had expectations met and exceeded. Also a very sincere Thank you for your kind words about Christiaan and the other staff, the Team are a wonderful group of people that take their work to heart. We look forward to welcoming you back to RiverBend Lodge and showing you the other amazing areas of our Private Concession. Until we see you again do take care. Sincerely Debbie & The RiverBend Lodge Team
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Grace G wrote a review Mar 2022
3 contributions
We stayed at Riverbend Lodge for 2 nights and what an experience. The scenery was incredible, feeling really at one with nature. We took every opportunity to enjoy the game drives and Leo our guide was so knowledgable. The staff at the lodge were so friendly and made us feel so welcome. My dreams came true when we got engaged at the lodge- a wonderful celebration, with the team going above and beyond to make it so special for us. We can’t thank them enough. We’d highly recommend staying in this gorgeous lodge, and we’ll definitely be back. Thanks to all the team Grace & Dylan x
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled
Response from Debbie Carinus, General Manager at River Bend Lodge
Responded 27 Mar 2022
Dear Grace & Dylan, It was only a pleasure to have you share this special occasion with us, and Thank you for choosing RiverBend Lodge as the place where your official life together started. We wish you both nothing but the very best that being a couple offers. We were beyond thrilled to be a part of the arrangements that Dylan had in mind, and we were honored to be a small part of it all, and delighted that it worked so well. We look forward to seeing you again one day, and to share in your journey as you move forward, and hopefully one day introducing your family to RiverBend Lodge as well. Do take care, and Thank you for your wonderful review. Sincerely Debbie & The RiverBend Lodge team
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trehku437254 wrote a review Mar 2022
Stuttgart, Germany1 contribution
Well trained and always polite Service. Great und succesfull Game Drives. Delicious kitchen. Phantastic private pool. Wonderfull beds. Villa was always clean and safe. Manager regularly asked if she could help us. We would go back in a heartbeat !
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Date of stay: February 2022
Sleep Quality
Response from Debbie Carinus, General Manager at River Bend Lodge
Responded 27 Mar 2022
Dear Trehku437254, Thank you so much for your review, and we would welcome you back with open arms. It was wonderful having you too stay with us. We love nothing more than when our GUESTS fall in love with our 'home'. Do take care until we see you again. Sincerely Debbie & The Riverbend Lodge team
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US$413 - US$912 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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 (2.5 km).
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 is 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.