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“Relaxed, Comfortable and Scenic”
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River Bank Lodge
Ranked #22 of 71 Upington B&B and Inns
Gaborone, Botswana
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Relaxed, Comfortable and Scenic”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Bit confused why this is in the 'speciality lodging' section for Upington, and not the B&B / Inns section, as this is most certainly in that category with those other properties listed.

Generally, what one would expect from this kind of place. We paid R500 per night, for 2 persons self-catering, in a pleasant riverside bungalow with small lounge, kitchenette and terrace. We thought this was good value during the holiday period.

We liked the location overlooking the river, the room was clean, nicely furnished and comfortable, with a reasonable range of amenities.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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South Africa
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

We booked here on our way to Springbok for the night. It was last minute and we were glad they took us in on such short notice. We got to the room and what a sight for sore eyes. The rooms there are absolutely terrible. It does come equipped with Mosquito's who would eat you alive. We spent most our time there killing mosquito's. The bathroom was terrible without even a mixer tap fitting. The taps were as old as your granny and the same with the shower.

It was also extremely pricey for such a terrible room. At R850 a night, you would expect better.

I hated my stay there! And will never ever return

Room Tip: There isn't a good room!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed August 28, 2012

After a long hot drive from Johannesburg (800 km) it was a pleasant surprise to arrive at Riverbank Lodge. Owner Ronel met us and checked us into a pleasant modern room with a flat screen tv and air on. The best feature was the balcony overlooking the Gariep River across a beautiful lawn and palm trees. Just looking at the view relaxed us. Add a friendly boat ride up the river and a hearty breakfast and our enjoyment was complete,
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Room Tip: All the rooms overlook the river
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Somerset West, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
357 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2012

I have stayed here often over the years and always enjoyed this place. It's walking distance to the restaurants and next to the river, which means great views.
This also means in summer it is slightly cooler than the rest of town.

Room Tip: Away from the road and gate.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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Cape Town
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2011

Perfectly located for a stopover on your way to the Kgalagadi or Namibia. The rooms have everything you need although getting a suitable temperature out of the shower plumbing is quite a challenge. The first room was rather small but the second was much roomier. Ask for a room that overlooks the river. The ones closest to the parking lot are flooded with lights from the guests' vehicles who arrive all hours of the night and people make a lot of noise when they arrive so you won't get much sleep if you're there first. The rooms all have a small fridge (unstocked) and coffee making equipment. Sadly no fresh milk in the fridge. The breakfast is nice too and you can have just about anything you want. There is a pool (dirty when we were there) and a lovely view over the Orange River and lovely gardens to relax in. Walking distance to town to have dinner or lunch. The owner is a very pleasant lady who does everything she can to make your stay pleasant. For a small fee she even shuttled us to the airport and back. We enjoyed our stay.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: River Bank Lodge
Address: 20 Budler Street, Upington 8801, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Northern Cape > Upington
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 71 B&Bs / Inns in Upington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Highly recommended luxury bed and breakfast accommodation situated on the banks of the Orange River. ... more   less 
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