River Bend Lodge

Accommodation in Addo

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Revitalise your spirit and soul at RiverBend Lodge situated within the world famous Addo Elephant National Park. Leave the city life behind and escape to the beautiful tranquillity offered at RiverBend Lodge. Anchored on endless horizons and flanked by the Zuurberg Mountains, RiverBend Lodge is situated a mere 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth, within a 14 000 ha private concession area of the Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province.

Watch herds of Elephants feeding a short distance away, listen to the songs of some 300 bird species, enjoy a personalized game drive into the mountains and discover varying vegetation from thick forested valleys to open savannah plains to hillsides rich in Fynbos.

River Bend Lodge is a true family destination, all children are welcome and special care is taken to ensure that all ages have a truly memorable experience.

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Unwind, relax and enjoy incredible tranquillity and privacy in our 8 luxurious suites. Our Addo Elephant Park Guesthouse is a haven, worlds away from the madding crowds of modern life.

We offer a choice of Addo accommodation options with 3 types of rooms:

Luxury Suite
The Lodge’s beautiful seven luxury double suites are spacious and individually decorated in a colonial style. Each of the suites has an en-suite bathroom and leads out onto a private patio which offers majestic views of the Eastern Cape landscape.

River Bend is “Five Star Plus”. All suites are air-conditioned. Our king size beds use percale linen for that extra luxury demanded by our guests. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans, electronic safes, a mini bar, satellite TV and hair dryer.

The en-suite bathroom has a separate bath and shower and is fully stocked with all the typical amenities guests would require. Suites with inter-leading doors are available for families. WiFi access is available in all rooms.

3 Executive Suites offer style and elegance in spacious, individual en-suite bedrooms with private outdoor showers and secluded verandas.

Honeymoon Suite

The Honeymoon Suite offers newlyweds the perfect romantic and private retreat. The lavish suite leads out onto its own private veranda and secluded plunge pool and garden. Spend the day reading a book or enjoy uninterrupted romantic candle-lit dinners on the private veranda which faces the African bushveld. The en-suite bathroom also has an outside shower for the more adventurous.

The Honeymoon Suite offers a luxury and an indulgence that will draw couples together in a perfect setting for the romantic getaway of a lifetime. The Honeymoon Suite is equipped with its own Nespresso coffee maker, for those who wish to lie in bed a little longer in the morning!

Sip a cocktail on your private veranda as the sun sets below the endless horizon. Rest a sleepy head on feather soft comfort and let the sounds of gentle bird song wake you to another glorious day in the Addo Elephant National Park.
Addo Accomodation

All our accommodation is air conditioned and equipped with ceiling fans, electronic safes, a mini bar, satellite TV, hair dryer and bathroom en-suite with separate bath and shower (some with outdoor showers and a private plunge pool at the Honeymoon Suite).


Inclusions / Exclusions

-Quoted per person per night in South African Rand (ZAR)
-All meals, teas and coffees, all soft drinks, house wines, sparkling wines, local beers and spirit
-VAT, Tourism levies and SANParks levies
-Two game drives per day
-Mini-rangers course for children
-Photographic support (Booking essential)
-Introduction to SA wine (Booking essential)
-Walking With Giraffes

-Premium wines
-Champagne, cognacs, premium brand spirits
-Spa treatments
-Shop purchases
-Transfers Gratuities


Extra information

For the kids
Children of all ages are welcome at River Bend Lodge. We provide family accommodation and various age applicable child friendly activities to ensure that even our youngest guests have a memorable experience.
We recognise too that parents occasionally need their own time and offer complimentary child minding service


The individual suites surround a magnificent garden containing indigenous trees that date back to the original settler days.

The main Lodge area offers the formal dining room, "Silverthorns", a comfortable lounge, bar and library. A tranquil Day Room offers a more informal environment and is equipped with a TV and selection of DVD’s for all ages.

There is a fully fenced swimming pool that offers a cool retreat on a warm summer’s day.

The Lodge offers “River Bend Mobile Playrooms” which comprise age appropriate toys and playthings for your little ones, and also the not so little ones.

The Plumbago Spa has a variety of massage treatments and beauty therapies to be enjoyed by resident guests only.

The Lodge also has a small business centre for those who cannot leave the office!

From marvelling at the magnificent Elephant herds grazing a short distance from you on your private game drive, tracking the movements of game on foot, learning about the medicinal values of the bush to strolling through the citrus orchards of our adjacent farm, RiverBend Lodge offers a diversity of wildlife activities to enjoy in Addo Elephant Park. All at your own pace and pleasure.

RiverBend is situated inside a 14 000 ha private concession area of the Addo Elephant National Park. Home to the Big Five, the region is also steeped in history and along with National Parks, RiverBend is constantly involved in rehabilitating this magnificent wildlife region to its former glory.

Private Game drives are conducted inside the Addo Elephant National Park or in our 5000 ha Private Intsomi Reserve. The Intsomi Reserve, accessible exclusively by RiverBend, is also home to various species not seen in the Addo Elephant National Park such as Giraffe, White Rhino, Gemsbok and the endangered Bontebok to name but a few.

Guided walks are conducted in the Intsomi Reserve where your guide will focus on the smaller creatures and plants.

Joining one of our professional guides on a night drive, the beauty of the Southern Hemisphere sky and its history will form part of the search for some of the indigenous nocturnal species to be found in the area.

Take a picturesque drive into the majestic Zuurberg Mountains. Enjoy a sundowner drink as the sun sets over the sweeping valley below and watch as the colours change the mood of the day, ideal for those seeking breath-taking beauty and tranquillity.

The region is home to over 300 species. Search for the ever elusive Narina Trogon or Knysna Touraco in the forests on the mountain slopes, the Blue Cranes nesting in the grassland or the majestic Black Eagle soaring overhead.

Our guides are all trained bird watchers and special birding trips can be arranged when making your reservation. Should you wish to spend the day away from the lodge and other non-birders, our guides would take you on a private birding trip with a packed lunch to be enjoyed in the veld (by prior arrangement).

Viewing wildlife from horse-back is a truly exceptional experience. Become one with the nature and the resident wildlife as you ride along the beautiful trails through the Addo Elephant National Park.

Various trails led by experienced guides, are offered for all levels of riders. This is an additional activity, operated by Addo Horse Trails and can be arranged at an additional cost, on request while staying at RiverBend.

Learn about the medicinal values of the flora and fauna in the region by an experienced local ranger. Or take a self drive historical tour to the battlefields and frontier town of Grahamstown - a mere 80kms from RiverBend.

Spend some time visiting the RiverBend Citrus farm on a guided tour by our citrus manager. The RiverBend Citrus farm currently has over 217 000 trees producing oranges, navels, ruby grapefruit and lemons for the export market.

Our chef will prepare a delicious picnic for you to enjoy in the coolness of the orchard shade.

Appreciate nature from an elephant's perspective.

Walking besides these gentle giants will allow you to observe the elephant's habits in their natural surroundings. This Elephant Encounter Excursion is about learning and becoming familiar with one of Africa's most stately, intelligent mammals - the African Elephant.

It is an adventure of relaxed interaction with the three rescued, tame elephants, enjoying the beauty of the area and of getting acquainted with these gentle giants in a meaningful way. Elephant Encounters is an additional activity on offer whilst staying at RiverBend. It is operated by Addo Elephant Back Safaris and excursions can be arranged at an additional cost.

Big open skies and wide horizons offer spectacular stellar and planet gazing.  Our rangers are highly knowledgeable in astronomy and offer interesting talks on night drives.