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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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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Somerset West, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first visit to South Africa - how could we not fall in love with Riverbend Lodge! Everything was superb! We really enjoyed talking to Dean and had 2 great game drives with David who brought the whole experience to life and made it all very special. Thanks for everything, unforgettable in every sense

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

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 March 9, 2015

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 March 1, 2015

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 February 27, 2015

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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