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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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last day in South Africa and couldn't have been at a more spectacular venue and location. This is the real authentic game experience! Steve our guide was informative, friendly and provided amazing opportunities to us that we were not expecting. Heading back to the lodge for wine tasting and a 5 course meal, and what happens? The main herd of... More 

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We are so happy that had a spectacular stay with us. Close encounters with the elephants, enjoying some fine wine followed by a scrumptious dinner… the way everyday should end at River Bend Lodge! More 

Johannesburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thanks to riverbend lodge for the most phenomenal family holiday ever. The location is beautiful, the elephant viewing is a once in a lifetime experience, the cooking is Michelin star level and the service is world class and sincere.

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It is our absolute pleasure! Zayne is glowing with the Michelin star feedback. Thank you for joining us at River Bend and we look forward to having you back in the future. More 

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61 reviews 61 reviews
21 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had such a superb holiday at River Bend recently, having stayed there for 8 nights last week. River Bend was recommended as one of the top 10 destination in South Africa by a very reputable local travel magazine and having stayed at a few of the other top 10 destinations before, we can confidently say that River Bend stands... More 

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

Thank you for the amazing review! We thoroughly enjoyed having your family stay here with us at River Bend. We pride ourselves on living up to exceptional levels of service and receiving feedback such as this really does give us the motivation to continue to build our levels of service to a whole new level. When (not if) you come... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

River Bend Lodge is a secret gem in South Africa. The accommodation, food and game viewing are all 5 star but the team of staff are beyond exceptional. In addition to catering for every whim, River Bend allows children on game drives and engages them in a Mini ranger course. The chef produces gourmet meals and the staff go to... More 

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

We are so happy that you found our ‘secret gem’ in the heart of the Eastern Cape. It is great that we have some new qualified River Bend Mini Rangers! It was a pleasure having you stay with us and we look forward to seeing you again at River Bend. More 

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

The lodge is ideally located in a big private part of the Addo National Park (the most beautiful area of the National Park, only accessible for hosts staying at River Bend Lodge). An oasis of calm, luxury and amazing landscapes. Very good game drives with amazing experiences close to elefants. Lovely stay; definitely recommandeble for our friends and family!

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We are privileged to be able to showcase this beautiful part of our country to you and the family. Looking forward to having you back! More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

It was our third stay at the Riverbend and it's only getting better and better! Where should I start? The safari rides we did with Steve where simply amazing! His knowledge of the wildlife and wilderness can't be beaten. We where lucky to see on one of the game drives a lion "catch" something you rarely see. The lodge is... More 

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

Thank you for the great review. Our sincerest apologies for running out of Graham Beck Brut MCC during your stay with us – we will most definitely ensure to have plenty stock on hand for your next visit! More 

Warsaw, Poland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

River Bend Lodge is a beautiful private concession in the Addo National Park. The service within the Lodge was fantastic and the staff, very friendly. The accommodation is luxurious. The rooms are spacious and very well appointed. The food is great too. The best part about the place for us were the safari drives. We had David as our ranger.... More 

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

We are so happy to be a part of your best vacation ever! Thank you so much for the lovely review. You will have to come and find these elusive leopards of ours for us when you get back. It’s all about the chase! Hopefully we will see you all again soon? More 

Somerset West, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Without any doubt, River Bend Lodge, a private concession area within the borders of the proclaimed Addo Elephant Park, should rate as one of the ultimate “safari” experiences in Africa. The energy and enthusiasm of the personnel at the Lodge was “second to none” and it is almost unfair to single out any of the individuals! Anthony, Dean and Lisa... More 

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

It was a privilege that we could share your special birthday celebrations with you. From all of us here at River Bend, again wishing you a very “Happy Birthday”! We are looking forward to your return and hopefully another challenge for our amazing team?! More 

Zurich, Switzerland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This was a truly amazing experience. We loved the honeymoon suite, the game drives with elias, the food, the silence and peace of the hotel. the service was impeccable with high flexibility and heartfelt dedication. we will come back with our kids one day!

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Thank you for the great review! We will be sure to be ready to welcome some more River Bend Mini Rangers into our team upon your return with the kids. More 

Zürich
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

It is an expensive but exclusive place in Addo. The game drives within their own (not public) aera was better, than what you can see in the offical national park. A new young management gives you a nice and positive feeling to be in their Lodge.

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