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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited for 2 nights with our 2 year old toddler and enjoyed our stay. On arrival, we were well looked after and taken to our comfortable room. We took up the option of 2 game drives provided by the hotel. These are quite expensive (£100 for 2 people for one drive) given you can drive your own car in...

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Nagold, Germany
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

For everyone travelling the garden route Addo Elephant Park is a "must do". We decided to stay at River Bend lodge and we were very happy about our choice. Perfect rooms (or "houses";-)) with a georgious view to the park and some animals, great game drives (despite some rain - in summer in africa!!:-D) with our guide Elias and last...

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Jolene W, Guest Relations Manager at River Bend Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Carolink800 Thank you so much for taking the time to share your lovely review of River Bend Lodge. We are absolutely deligthed that you enjoyed your stay, and we truly hope that we will be able to welcome you back in the not too distant future. Warm Regards The River Bend Team

Addo Elephant National Park
Reviewed 1 week ago

A kind of paradise. In two days we have seen so many animals in the park (all except the rinos ;-( . Our stay at this lodge was definitely too short, we had a great time with delicious food and and and... Negative: Please tell the animals to sleep a bit longer! So the next time we do not have...

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Tel Aviv, Israel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a a fab stay here but be aware of what you're booking. Firstly the lodge. It's a series of small buildings built around a central lawn in a very colonial style. We loved it and while the rooms are not the most luxurious of all safari lodges, they're huge and very well appointed. The dining room is very...

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Addo Elephant National Park
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rooms are old and the price is high. Ranger vehicle are old. The ranger woke us up late and forgot to bring coffee to the morning ride. At dinner we stayed hungry, yet the kitchen was not flexible to supply us with pasta or pizza - saying they had to prepare it prior the meal... Will not return and will...

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MP_RBL12345, Executive Director at River Bend Lodge, responded to this review

https://www.tripadvisor.co.za/OwnerResponse-d628151-a_nuid.CA1803810CFAFBC0D0EC8D78A7769FC8-a_m.32964 Sadly we cannot be everything to everyone. 5 Star Cuisine takes time and effort to prepare and we don't want to compete in the fast food business, certainly we don't do pizza. Our style of cuisine is clearly stated, and nowhere do we describe it as Italian. It's interesting how 'starkly' your review contrasts with 99% of our other...

Hemer, Germany
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything really perfect! Safari was top, very small groups, enthusiastic Safari-Guide with high knowledge and soooooo friendly!!! Service top!! Dinner was one of the best in our life! We hope to come back soon!!!

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Addo Elephant National Park
Reviewed 11 December 2016

We enjoyed 3 relaxing days at River Bend Lodge. Staff very friendly and attentive. Room was comfortable and clean. The exterior of the buildings and Main Entrance Gate need some attention. As SA citizens it is quite an expensive lodge in terms of value for money comparing to other 5 star lodges in SA.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 11 December 2016

You will feel the wonderful atmosphere from the very arrival at the lodge. it is a beatiful place, well maintained. Great game drives with experienced guides! High foood quality from a wonderful chef. I will come back one fine day

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MP_RBL12345, Exec Director at River Bend Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Arne...thank you for taking the time to write your review. Your input is much appreciated, and we are happy you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your return. kind regards Michael

Addo Elephant National Park
Reviewed 28 November 2016

A truly unique experience from arrival... Lovely rooms, great food, (service needs a bit of sharpening) and great ranger. Kids thought it was the best holiday they ever had which is high praise as they included some good ones :)

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MP_RBL12345, Exec Dorector at River Bend Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review, much appreciated. We have done an 'exercise' re your comment about the service..and hopefully the remedial steps will have the desired effect! It is lovely to hear that you all enjoyed your stay. kind regards Michael

Gold Coast, Australia
Reviewed 19 November 2016

Shower blocked and old , no face cloths - copious weeds in private garden ( honeymoon suite ) Chef & staff provided great food and service Extra costs not listed on booking.com were disturbing eg: entering a reserve

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Dear QOLinda, Our apologies that not everything was what you had expected. As you are aware it is extremely dry here and we are experiencing far more wind than usual so we are getting more blockages caused by outside circumstances. Did you report the blockage to management? I'm sure it would have been attended to immediately...on the other hand, if...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast included
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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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 

Additional Information about River Bend Lodge

Address: Zuurberg Road, | PO Box 249, Addo Elephant National Park 6105, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Addo Elephant National Park
Price Range: $451 - $2,310 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — River Bend Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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“All rooms are great. The honeymoon suite has its own pool with a view of the bush, which is nice.”
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