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 Addo, but on reflection offered good value since you can see more from the vehicle and we had a great guide Phillip. After 2 organised drives, we took our own car and saw just as many animals. We ate at the lodge on one night, but it was not that kid friendly, and the food was ok, but perhaps trying to be more than it needs to be. The next day we ate at the restaurant in the park and it was a lot easier for us, cheaper and better for kids. Having said that the breakfasts were excellent. Highlights include the open air shower overlooking the park. Overall it was quite expensive, but the facilities were good, but we could have halved our expenses by staying at another lodge outside the park.
- 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