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River Bend Lodge

5.0 of 5 Zuurberg Road, Addo | PO Box 249, Addo Elephant National Park 6105, South Africa
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Jerusalem, Israel
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Came with the whole family Lovely safari rides, good food and caring staff Wonderful safari guides Steve and David knowledgeable Wonderful masseuse - Ina Any problem the manageress Jayne will solve it

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

River Bend is a beautiful lodge with great staff, rooms and food. The game viewing was only mediocre, so I would not travel to Addo specifically as a safari destination. While my guide was great, the lodge does not keep track of where the animals are in the reserve, so we had a whole day barely seeing anything more than... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

What a great place. Wonderful 5* service. Amazing food. Very hospitable place. Guides were brilliant with kids. Definitely a recommend for 2-3 nights. Saw lots of animals, elephants, lion, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, kudu, warthogs by the hundred!

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West University Place, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

we stayed here in June, which is winter in So. Africa. There were few guests which made the time spent even better for a real getaway. The lodge is laid out in a circle with nice gardens, lovely single family huts, a gorgeous swimming pool (it is not heated), and two-story library bar. Rooms- are really single family huts. beautiful... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

It's hard to find the words to do justice to River Bend Lodge... My wife, three boys and I have just spent four glorious nights there. Many places we have been to claim to offer five star comfort and service but River Bend not only delivers - it goes well beyond it. The level of care, friendliness and attention to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

We stayed two nights recently at River Bend Lodge. It was a birthday get-away and the lodge staff made sure the "birthday boy" was celebrated. Bubbles, chocolate cake and a romantic turndown with Amarula and rose petals...... This is a beautifully furnished and laid out lodge comprising 8 rooms around a lush garden with ancient pepper trees and pretty agapanthus.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Such a fantastic place! Great staff and rangers who go above and beyond! Stayed at River Bend for two nights and had two interconnecting rooms (travelling with kids). We were met on arrival by Stephanie and Steve, who was to be our ranger for the visit and after being shown around the rooms, the main dining room, the lounge, library,... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Words cannot describe how much we enjoyed our visit to Long Hope Villa near River Bend Lodge. Darlington,our ranger, Wonder, our chef, Lindiwe and Belinda looked after us as we have never been looked after before. Darlington is a talented ranger, at one with the bush, and able to find lions, elephants and any other animal or bird we wished... More

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Avalon, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

River Bend lodge is the definition of 5 Star. From the the greeting by the property manager and our guide / ranger for our stay, to our departure everything thing possible was done to make our stay the most relaxing and enjoyable possible. Staying at the lodge with a family of young children was no problem - accomodation was arranged... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

My husband and I stayed at Riverbend Lodge for three days and can honestly say it was one of the most memorable experiences we have ever had. The moment we arrived and were greeted by the lovely assistant manager Stefanie and our guide David, we felt like we had entered a new world where nothing was too much trouble, where... More

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Address: Zuurberg Road, Addo | PO Box 249, Addo Elephant National Park 6105, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Addo Elephant National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — River Bend Lodge 5*
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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 in the Vitality Studio. Personalized game drives are led by enthusiastic and experienced guides, who will ensure you have a truly memorable safari experience. ... more   less 
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