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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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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Lausanne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loved the colonial style decor and the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. Darlington, our wonderful guide, was extremely skillful and knowledgeable and we got very close to a huge variety of game. However, seeing the lioness make a kill at such close quarters was a particular (if gruesome) privilege. We were very well looked after during our short stay... More 

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Canberra
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the drive into the homestead, we were greeted by zebra, ostrich, eland and a very cute mongoose, things only got better from there! Our accommodation was set overlooking the plains and we had some wonderful early morning visitors about 100 metres away – firstly a rhino and the second morning the bellowing from the lioness who graced us with... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved our stay at the RBL. Everything was so personal in the staff's approach and they had so much attention to detail. We really felt at home and enjoyed having conversations with the staff. Dave, our ranger for the game drives, was absolutely fantastic. Dean and Luyanda were super thoughtful, nice and friendly. Just a fantastic group of people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent three nights at River Bend Lodge and it was a perfect in all ways. The lodging was first class with well appointed rooms and bathrooms. We also had a lovely little plunge pool which was used on a regular basis to cool down. Food was excellent and we could not fault it, with very good service set on... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have stayed in other South African game lodges and If not for abundant game viewing - this is far from a 5* experience. Power lines and highway in close proximity detract from location. Whilst guides are willing, vehicles used for game viewing are in appalling condition. Food is average, decor tired and outdated.

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Wilton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent two nights at River Bend Lodge and I can't say enough about it. The people are wonderful, the food was superb, the accommodations were first class and the price was not unreasonable given everything. Chef Sizwe's food was first class. Our guide, Elias, was extremely knowledgeable and nice. Tariro, the receptionist, provided a lot of help and support... More 

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Antibes, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely lodge, great rooms and lovely location! Good food, very nice restaurant. Anthony and his team cannot do enough for you - great guys! Our ranger Dave was very knowledgeable and great fun - we thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Alton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We stayed here last week ,for 2 nights , a lovely place to stay and see animals so close to the hotel.The guide we had on our 4 game drives was amazing and full of lots of knowledge. Great food , service , lovely staff. We would stay again .

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Two days and two nights, we were watching wildlife and we were happy. Accommodation was in small houses where nothing was missing. The bed was huge and very comfortable. Just beyond the fence mysteriously moved lioness gave themselves sometimes very loudly to know. It was very exciting. Management was very friendly and professional, our guide Darlington was full of enthusiasm.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

It's not cheap but if you're going here make it at least 3 nights all inclusive. You get 2 game drives a day. The location is spectacular and you feel a million miles away from civilisation except for the occasional passing train or car in the distance. There are three safari guides and we were lucky enough to get Elias... More 

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