RiverBend Lodge is situated inside a private concession area of the Addo Elephant National Park, home to the Big 5.
Watch herds of elephants feeding a short distance away, listen to the songs of some 300 bird species, or enjoy game activities, including day and night drives, and guided bush walks, led by professional guides who will not only enlighten you on Africa's splendid creatures, but also reveal the fascinating history of this revitalized wilderness. Additional activities such as short photography courses, or even viewing the wildlife from horse-back can also be arranged along the beautiful trails through the Addo Elephant National Park.
Or simply relax in the luxurious surroundings at the lodge itself or enjoy a treatment in the Plumbago Spa.
Private game drives are conducted inside the Addo Elephant National Park or in the private 5,000 hectare Intsomi Reserve, which is accessible exclusively by RiverBend, and home to various species not seen in the Addo Elephant National Park such as giraffe, gemsbok and the endangered bontebok to name but a few.
Guided walks are also conducted in the Intsomi Reserve where your guide will focus on the smaller creatures and plants. You even have the opportunity for a unique walk alongside giraffes in the Reserve - something not to be missed!
Joining one of the 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.
The 7 luxury rooms are all spacious and beautifully decorated with en-suite bathrooms. The Honeymoon Suite is the ultimate in luxury and offers complete privacy from the veranda, outdoor shower and private plunge pool.
Dating back to the early 1900s, Long Hope Villa is a beautifully restored Eastern Cape farmhouse, situated on a remote location further away from River Bend Lodge. safari destination for families or small groups. Your private game ranger will ensure you have a truly memorable and personal Addo Elephant Park experience.
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2 safaris (game drives) daily or guided walks; all meals; and Park entrance fees are included.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.
Directions For Drivers
From The Garden Route/Port Elizabeth: Take the N2 from direction Cape Town/Plett/Knysna towards PE/Grahamstow n . Turn off the N2 onto the R335 (signposted Motherwell/Markman and there is also a sign right after this sign for the Addo Elephant Park). Travel approximately 50 km to Addo village. Continue for a further 11.5 km after the village and turn left at the turn-off signposted Zuurburg/Dave Marais Camp/Slagboom. Travel 3.5 km along this dirt road until you will see the River Bend gates on your right hand side. River Bend is a further 3 km down this road. Note: If you go past the entrance to the Addo Elephant National Park, then please turn back.
From Grahamstown/Eastern Cape Game Reserves: Take the N2 towards Port Elizabeth. Take the Paterson off-ramp (R342) off to the right (also signposted Shamwari Game Reserve). Go past Shamwari (entrance on your right) and continue along the gravel road until Paterson. Continue on the R342 towards Addo and approximately 25 km along the road you will see the Addo Elephant Park turn-off on your left. Continue past Addo for a further 1.5 km and turn right down the road sign-posted Zuurburg/Slagboom. Follow the directions as above.
General Information For Guests
7 Double luxury suites are spacious and individually decorated iin a colonial style. Each of the suites are air conditioned, have ceiling fans, en-suite bathrooms (separate bath and shower) and lead onto a private patio, electronic safe, minibar, satellite TV and hair dryer.
Honeymoon Suite offers luxury and indulgence with a private veranda, Nespresso coffee maker,andnbsp; secluded plunge pool and garden. The en-suite bathroom has an outdoor shower. Candlelit dinners on the private veranda can be arranged.
Wi-Fi access is available in all rooms
The main Lodge offer a formal dining room, comfortableandnbsp; lounge, bar and library. A tranquil Day Room offer a more informal environment and is equipped with a TV and a selection of DVD's for all ages.
'River Bend Mobile Playrooms' which comprise age appropriate toyl and playthings for children.
The Plumbago Spa has a variety of massage treatments and beauty therapies.
Fenced swimming pool
Babysititng can be arranged at an additional cost.