It was the 4th time my husband Rudi and I stayed some nights at Riverbend Lodge in Addo Elephant Park. It is always amazing to see the efforts all members of the staff take to make you feel better than at home :-). Upon arrival, after a warm welcome by Stefanie and Tariro, Field Guide Darlington immediately drove me to the main shop at the gate of Addo Elephant Park because my suitcase went missing on the airport and had not turned up after 4 days, so I could buy some safari-clothing over there and felt much better afterwards. Darlington's game drives are always good, no matter what you see during the drive. It's not only the big five, but birds, insects, plants, trees,.... He knows it all! We always end up very close to the elephants, animals I love so much and make me feel sad when I read about the culling and poaching of those magnificent pachyderms. But of course we saw lion, black rhino, buffalo, lots of zebra, kudu, warthogs, impala, red hartebeest, eland, black-backed jackal, yellow mongoose, ostrich, cranes, ...
Being vegetarians we also like the chef's cuisine and the waiters Moses, Lyanda, Princess and Princess look upon you during the nice meals (breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner).
The rooms are splendid, spacious and cosy. A plunge in the swimming pool cools you down after a wonderful morning game drive.
We enjoyed a massage by Ina-Lize and loved the gentle way Sarah was always around making sure everything was ok. Chatting with Stefanie is always nice, because she also has a lot of knowledge about wildlife and nature. It was certainly not the last time we stayed there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on a 14,000ha private concession within the Addo Elephant National Park, RiverBend is a mere 45 minute drive from Port Elizabeth. Home to an abundance of wildlife including elephant, lion, hyena, buffalo, black rhino and a variety of antelope and over 300 bird species, RiverBend is an ideal malaria-free safari addition to a Garden Route holiday. Children of all ages welcome. Pampering treatments are available in the Vitality Studio. Personalized game drives are led by enthusiastic and experienced guides, who will ensure you have a truly memorable safari experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- River Bend Hotel Addo Elephant National Park