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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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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in a well appointed large room with views over the reserve , warthogs and elephant in view. The lodge was a very tranquil venue; staff were extremely polite and helpful. The game drive was disappointing in that we didn't see many animals We booked River Bend last minute off a travel website and it was not made clear... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had been nagging my husband for a very long time to go to a game reserve and he finally agreed for us to go to a place close to Cape Town as we were visiting the Cape. I thought the game reserve would therefore not be a 'proper' reserve like the Kruger, and how wrong can one person be!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We stayed three days at the River Bend and enjoyed it a lot. We loved the game drives with our Ranger, Elias, he was just great and knew so much about the Animals and plants on our drives. The rooms are very nice with an outside shower and a great bed. Breakfast was quite good, (could have fresh Orange juice)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Part of the Addo Elephant Park, but in its own separate area of 60,000 hectares. Riverbend effectively has the area to itself. So there are no crowds. The wildlife is prolific, the guides are knowledgeable and interesting, the lodge itself is of a very high standard, the food excellent and the staff can't do enough for you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I must say, when we were planning our trip to Addo I had reservations about spending the money to stay at such a luxurious lodge when for the cost of a day permit one could drive yourself around in the public park and see some animals. I was so wrong ! The 3 days we spent at River Bend were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We arrived at River Bend Lodge as guests and left as friends. A small, exclusive lodge, River Bend has spacious rooms with beautiful outlooks and you can often even see antelope, monkeys and the like from your patio. We were unfortunate in that our 3 night stay coincided with an enormous amount of rain which did impact on the game... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Just finished a 4 day photography course at River Bend. We have visited twice before and as usual the lodges, food and service were excellent. This time our time was spent on a 4 day photography course which was fantastic. We received theory and practical advice and coaching on all aspects of photography including final editing and post processing of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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 August 17, 2014

We spent sometime in the Kruger Park and as I had some business in PE we stayed here for 4 nights. The rooms are very good, we had two adjoining rooms as we are a family of 4, which worked well. The meals were good, maybe a little too fancy for our tastes and not much choice but as long... More 

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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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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*
Number of rooms: 8
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