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River Bend Lodge

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Zuurberg Road, Addo | PO Box 249, Addo Elephant National Park 6105, South Africa
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Halifax, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had the pleasure of staying here for 5 nights mid August. We are a family of four with teenage children. Prior to our stay I emailed the resort with questions and my first impressions were great due to the prompt and informative replies from Tairro. From the moment of our arrival the service, hospitality and relaxed nature of our... More 

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely spot with pretty gardens and a pool. We stayed for one night and did an evening and morning safari. We were taken out by head guide Darlington - he taught us so much about the landscape and all of the animals and birds that live in the bush and also about how the park is conserved. He knew... More 

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AntLovell, Manager at River Bend Lodge, responded to this review

As our guests, your happiness and safety are our primary concerns. We are privileged to have a team of staff that are highly skilled and knowledgeable and are more than happy and willing to go that ‘extra mile’ without any hesitation. We have no doubt that the camera was put to good use and that the memories will last a... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On receiving a really warm welcome on our arrival to our reluctant departure 24 hours later, River Bend Lodge, offered us a delightful reprieve from a hectic travel schedule! The rooms were spacious, warm and luxurious. The food was truly excellent and the service attentive and entertaining. The quiet bush setting was exactly what we were hoping for. Thank you!

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AntLovell, Manager at River Bend Lodge, responded to this review

Is this suggesting that we may have another opportunity to give you an even warmer welcoming upon your return to River Bend? We certainly hope so! It was an absolute pleasure having you stay with us and we look forward to seeing you again in the future. More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The property is set in the rugged expanse of the African wild and the property is done quite tastefully and lavishly. We were on a 10 day vacation driving through the garden route and this was possibly our least favourite place. I booked this place, even though it was beyond our budget, simply based on the rave reviews. River bend... More 

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AntLovell, Manager at River Bend Lodge, responded to this review

We are a safari lodge set on a private concession of the National Park. Unfortunately it does rain in Africa and we’ve found that guests are generally less enthusiastic than our ever adventurous guides to venture out in these conditions which rather limits the offering to our guests. This party were no exception, choosing not to venture outside in less... More 

Phoenix, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Excellent in every respect. Beautiful chalets, first-rate restaurant, knowledgeable and friendly guides, attentive staff. The gardeners washed my car after the rain! Wildlife visible from the patio and easy access to Addo's main camp to boot.

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AntLovell, Manager at River Bend Lodge, responded to this review

We are really glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that everything was “excellent”. We do strive to not only meet expectations, but to exceed them on a daily basis and this is evidence of that. We hope that for your next visit, the rain decides to stay away! Many thanks for the review. More 

Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We had an absolutely fabulous time at River Bend this week! The service was impeccable, the food was incredible, and the game drives FANTASTIC! With over 35,000 acres, we rarely saw anyone else on our game drives. We did, however, see lions, elephants, rhino, baboons, zebra, kudu, eland, vervet monkeys, ostriches, cape buffalo, and many other species of mammals and... More 

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AntLovell, Manager at River Bend Lodge, responded to this review

We are proud and privileged to have another River Bend Mini Ranger join our ranks! The guys at the Villa really appreciate the positive feedback. Hearing great experiences such as this continually provides us with the motivation and energy to carry on going that extra mile. Thank you for choosing River Bend and in particular, Long Hope Villa. We hope... More 

Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We stayed at River Bend for a single night on a recently trip to South Africa and it was the top highlight of a holiday that was filled with enjoyment. Rooms are large and luxurious, the food and organization top quality and every need was considered. Quite rightly, the most memorable part were the game drives with our ranger, David.... More 

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AntLovell, Manager at River Bend Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for the review. I know that David thoroughly enjoyed hosting you and your family and we are all looking forward to your return! Hopefully it will be for more than just the one night next time..? More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We had a wonderful 4 night stay at River Bend. The food was AMAZING, the rooms were comfortable and spacious, and the service was impeccable. The game drives were not only great for seeing the animals in the park, but they were insightful as our guide focused on the plants, the tracking of animals, and much more. Elias (our guide)... More 

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AntLovell, Manager at River Bend Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review! We are thrilled that you had a great experience with us here at River Bend. Hopefully we will be able to welcome you and the family here again in the not so distant future! More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We had an amazing time. We did the all inclusive price and did all the safari's we could. We had David for our driving and he was so good, although not always seeing the animals we saw views that were awesome, some of the smaller animals were pointed out to us and I was introduced to Amarula in my coffee,... More 

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AntLovell, Manager at River Bend Lodge, responded to this review

All of us at River Bend thank you for choosing to stay with us whilst on vacation. Amarula and coffee are a match made in Heaven! We are glad that we could share this experience with you and hope to share some more new and exciting experiences with you again during your next visit. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We can not fault Riverbend. The details, luxurious touches, staff care/service and style are absolutely divine. It was the third lodge we visited during our three weeks in South Africa and it still managed to blow us away. Individually named and designed menus to accommodate my needs, service that was attentive yet allowed privacy on honeymoon. The food was five... More 

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AntLovell, Manager at River Bend Lodge, responded to this review

We are so delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us at our beautiful lodge. Thank you for the review, it is great to hear that all the effort that goes on behind the scenes is really appreciated. Looking forward to seeing you again! More 

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