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“Idyllic Tranquil Hideaway”
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River Bend Lodge
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

River Bend Lodge has the laid back atmosphere and charming staff that all lodges aspire to. It is situated adjacent to the Addo Elephant Park about 90 kilometers from Port Elizabeth. On arrival we were fortunate enough to see a herd of elephant and lots of other game. The next morning our guide Phillip found the heard and we were able to approach within touching distance. What a marvellous experience being part of a herd of elephant. Later that day we found 2 handsome Kalagadi male lions and watched the dominant male snacking off the remains of a kudu.
Our chalet was large and roomy with all mod cons. We would have a brunch ,after our morning drive , which consists of both cold and hot items deliciously prepared and served on the veranda outside enabling views of the elephants drinking at the water hole. We skipped lunch and ate dinner which is a lavish affair wonderfully presented and in the balmy weather we were able to eat alfresco.
Our guide Phillip was excellent and found us plenty of game both large and small. The bushveld is predominantly sweet thorn and spekboom and is beautiful. We went searching for a lioness and her cubs while traversing the beautiful mountains.
Addo is malaria free which is another boon.

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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
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MP_RBL12345, General Manager at River Bend Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

Dear Ku-tafuta

Thank you so much for that wonderful response and kind words about Phillip and our team members in general. Every member of the River Bend team is in complete admiration of our breathtaking surroundings and it gives us great pleasure to share and enjoy it with our guests. We hope to welcome you back soon for another unforgettable experience.

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River Bend

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Reviewed 1 April 2017

A really beautiful Lodge in the Addo NP. Fantastic game drives with Lee. You can see all different types of animals, especially elefants. The lodge itself is located in the smaller part of the parc which is quite near natural than the bigger one. Perfect days, thank you for this.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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MP_RBL12345, General Manager at River Bend Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

Dear Carlos

Lee enjoyed the game drives with you just as much, please send our regards to your family and we hope to see you again soon.

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River Bend Team

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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Super Chalets, very good dinner menues, friendly personnel.
Permit to Addo Park in own car with view of lots of elephants, kudus and zebras.
Lions, leopards, rhinos usually not to be seen, no giraffes.
Booking platforms should inform on obligate payment of Addo entrance fee (248 R pP and day) + additional 7.5 % conservation fee on prepaid accommodation, game drives and eating.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Our stay in River Bend Lodge was Awesome. We were very happy with the nice staff en everything in en out the Lodge. Especially the good food and our guide during the drive in Addo wild park. We were so lucky to see a lion with a big Buffalo as his meal.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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MP_RBL12345, General Manager at River Bend Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2017

Thank you so much for you kind words, we are extremely proud to be part of such a wonderful unforgettable experience for you. We hope to welcome you back soon for another African adventure.

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River Bend Lodge

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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Team giving you the warmest welcome making your stay great from the beginning. Personalized dinner with individual menu card in front of the fire place makes you travel back in time. Morning safaris well organized without hectic chasing of animals but focusing on the experience. Rooms just great in style with veranda heading into the sunrise - a "wow" every day.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
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MP_RBL12345, General Manager at River Bend Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2017

As always it is an extreme honor to have been your host, it brings us great joy that you have enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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Reviewed 7 March 2017

I can't say enough about this place. The staff, the meals, the service, the game drives... They were all excellent. The best part were the game drives with Darlington as our guide. He was knowledgeable, humorous, very patient and always cheerful.
If you have the opportunity, do not miss a stay at River Bend.

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Reviewed 4 March 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 days at River Bend. The accommodation was comfortable, the food excellent and the staff very friendly and helpful.
We had good animal sightings, including plenty of antelope and elephant and a lioness with her 2 cubs, as well as 2 male lions on another drive. Sadly the black rhino eluded us.

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Address: Zuurberg Road,, Addo Elephant National Park 6105, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Addo Elephant National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Addo Elephant National Park
Price Range: $542 - $659 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — River Bend Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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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