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River Bend

Eastern Cape, South Africa

River Bend Lodge is situated within a private concession area of the Addo Elephant National Park. The Lodge contains four luxury suites, three executive suites and a honeymoon suite, as well as a three-bedroom private house called The Long Hope Villa.

At a Glance

  • Spacious, tranquil suites with views of the waterhole - or a private three-bedroom villa for groups

  • The Lodge has access to much of Addo not open to the public and boasts really inspiring guides

  • African-themed evening with a barbecue and bonfire near the lodge's waterhole

  • See the large elephant herds in the Addo Elephant Park

  • River Bend has a tranquil colonial feel

Family, Adventure, Couples, Wildlife

Insider's View

This is the perfect place to start your safari life with small children.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Children will enjoy the swing set under the weeping willow tree

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

The lodge also has a private three bedroomed villa called Long Hope which is just perfect for families

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

Enjoy fine dining in Silver Thorn, the lodge’s dining room

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

Wander down to watch game coming to drink at the waterhole – elephants can often be seen!

Anna Hearn

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to River Bend or take a look at our itineraries to Eastern Cape


River Bend Lodge offers a comfortable base for exploring this wildlife rich area, on its own private reserve within the Addo National Park. The area is famed for enormous herds of elephants, as well as the rest of the Big Five, including white rhino. Spend your days exploring the reserve on game drives or out on foot on guided walks.

The lodge offers eight spacious suites, which are simply and stylishly designed and all offer fantastic views. Four luxury suites have adjoining doors, making them ideal for groups or families. The food is naturally a focus of the lodge, and the service and hospitality are both excellent.

Long Hope Villa, located in the Addo National Park, is a beautifully converted farmhouse that can be hired on an exclusive basis and offers three well appointed en-suite bedrooms. The lodge is open-plan with comfy sofas, satellite TV and DVD player and an interactive kitchen where your own personal chef will be happy to prepare delicious local cuisine.

Children of every age are welcomed at River Bend and there are childminders on hand. There is also a wonderful playroom and lots of activities designed for young ones to keep them entertained.


River Bend Lodge offers eight suites and Long Hope Villa. All suites feature air-conditioning ceiling fans, electronic safes, a minibar, satellite TV and an en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower (the Honeymoon Suite is equipped with outdoor showers and a private plunge pool).


Children are welcome at River Bend and there is an excellent playroom available for them to play in. Babysitters can also be arranged for those who are too young to go out on game drives.


The lodge offers superb facilities with plenty of areas to relax and unwind when you're not out on safari. The main lodge area includes a formal dining room, comfortable lounge, bar and library, whilst the swimming pool is a popular spot during the heat of the day. The day room offers another relaxed area to unwind, along with a TV and selection of DVDs. And the Plumbago Spa offers a range of massage and beauty treatments.

There is an on site professional photographer at River Bend who has a fully equipped studio for photography courses and photo editing (charged additionally).

And for families, there are "mobile playrooms", a collection of toys for kids of all ages.


Game drives are complimentary at the lodge. Horse riding, birdwatching, cultural and historical excursions, astronomy and Elephant Encounters are all available but are charged additionally.

There is a fabulous swimming pool located at the lodge which is a perfect way to cool down from the warm African sun in between activities.

Location & Directions

Eastern Cape, South Africa

RiverBend Lodge is situated within the world famous Addo Elephant National Park. 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.

When to go

Game viewing is excellent all year round. Summers (October to March) are hot and wet, were as winters (May to August) are cool and dry. Daytime temperatures in summer are high and may soar above 36°C/97°F. Winter is known to produce beautiful warm days, though the evenings and early mornings can be quite chilly.

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