River Bend Lodge

Eastern Cape, South Africa

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

  • J
  • F
  • M
  • A
  • M
  • J
  • J
  • A
  • S
  • O
  • N
  • D

Best time to Visit

Good time to visit

Average time to visit

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.

Hide Read more

Insider's View

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

Children will enjoy the swing set under the weeping willow tree

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

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

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

To start planning your holiday to River Bend Lodge


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.

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.

Read more


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 and astronomy 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.



Anna Hearn (Staff)

Our first impression of River Bend Lodge was impressive and not just because of the herd of twenty or so elephant which we spotted as we drove up! The lodge itself is a little paradise in the middle of the national park reminiscent of an English village with a weeping willow in the centre and billows of incredibly scented jasmine climbing up every single one of the eight cottages. These cottages are wonderfully furnished, comfortable and welcoming without being cluttered unusually they are carpeted, adding to the luxurious feel. Two are interconnecting so perfect for children. The main house is utterly stunning, with a light, airy feel and an upstairs library and verandah which leads from the main dining room, although guests will often choose to eat outside. There is a family room also, which is relatively rarely used, but has a television and games for the children. The food here is nothing short of delicious try the twice baked souffl for a real treat, followed by the sesame chicken salad simple, fresh and decorated with little pansy flowers. Activities here obviously focus on the park and the game within, but the lodge also has a spa area offering massages and other little treatments. Unusually, the lodge accepts any age of children and in fact as we were enjoying our lunch, a ten month old baby was enjoying a good crawl around the lawn. Because of this the lodge is completely fenced with electric wire to keep all animals out. Its a fantastic little spot in the reserve, offering elegant accommodation and delicious food.


Mrs Karen Hooper (Guest)

Riverbend was fantastic - super game drives and most attentive friendly service. Steve our guide was the perfect blend of knowledge and friendliness, very tuned in to children and pitched his drives just right


  • River Bend children's safari activities

    River Bend Lodge is a great family safari option, with plenty of options to entertain younger guests during the day time, flexible menus and meal times and babysitting in the evenings.

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.

How to get there

Guests are advised to fly to Port Elizabeth and proceed to RiverBend by road. A flight from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth takes about 1 hour 40 minutes. The distance from Port Elizabeth to RiverBend is 70km and can be comfortably covered by road in an hour. Most people will self-drive although RiverBend can arrange an airport transfer on request.

Speak to our specialists 020 3993 8860

    Why book with Scott Dunn?

  • 100% financial protection
  • 24/7 emergency assistance
  • Firsthand knowledge
  • Renowned service
  • Award-winning tour operator

Plan your trip

1. Travel details
2. Guests
3. Contact details

Holiday Ideas

How to use our service

Browse our website for luxury travel ideas and holiday inspiration

Call us on +44 20 8682 5400 and speak to a destination specialist about what you want

Receive your bespoke holiday quote, then book online or over the phone

if (UV.officeOpen=="1") { $(".how-we-work span").html($('#header_message span').length ? $('#header_message span').html() : $('.office_open span').length ? $(".office_open span").html() : $(".how-we-work span").html()); } else { $(".how-we-work span").parent().html($(".how-we-work span").parent().html().replace(/Call us on/i, "Call us")); $(".how-we-work span").remove(); }

To start planning your holiday to River Bend Lodge

It looks like you are in the USA

Would you like to: