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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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful 4 night stay at River Bend. The food was AMAZING, the rooms were comfortable and spacious, and the service was impeccable. The game drives were not only great for seeing the animals in the park, but they were insightful as our guide focused on the plants, the tracking of animals, and much more. Elias (our guide)... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an amazing time. We did the all inclusive price and did all the safari's we could. We had David for our driving and he was so good, although not always seeing the animals we saw views that were awesome, some of the smaller animals were pointed out to us and I was introduced to Amarula in my coffee,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We can not fault Riverbend. The details, luxurious touches, staff care/service and style are absolutely divine. It was the third lodge we visited during our three weeks in South Africa and it still managed to blow us away. Individually named and designed menus to accommodate my needs, service that was attentive yet allowed privacy on honeymoon. The food was five... More 

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

We are so delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us at our beautiful lodge. Thank you for the review, it is great to hear that all the effort that goes on behind the scenes is really appreciated. Looking forward to seeing you again! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

My adult son and I recently stayed at River Bend Lodge and haven't stopped talking about it. It's a five-star lodge on immaculately groomed grounds; with gourmet food; very comfortable, modern accommodations but with an old world feel to it; and with the greatest, most friendly, staff around. They take hospitality to a whole new level. Oh, and the surroundings... More 

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

A massive thank you for the great review! It was such a pleasure hosting you both here at River Bend Lodge and we really hope to see you here again in the not too distant future?! More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

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

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 May 10, 2015

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

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

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
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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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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 

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