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Breakfast, lunch, dinner served; French cuisine
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Luxury Suite | Premium bedding, Tempur-Pedic beds, minibar, in-room safe
Breakfast, lunch, dinner served; French cuisine
Premium bedding, Tempur-Pedic beds, minibar, in-room safe

Overview of River Bend Lodge

River Bend Lodge

5.0 star property
Luxury lodge in Addo with spa and safari
9,4 out of 10 Exceptional
9,4/10 Exceptional

35 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Airport transfer
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
River Bend Lodge, Addo Elephant National Park, Addo, Eastern Cape, 6105
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Full-service spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free babysitting
  • Room service
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Business center
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
Feel at home
  • Babysitting (free)
  • Playground on site
  • Refrigerator
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower

Room options

About this area

Getting around

  • Port Elizabeth (PLZ) - 71 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Addo Elephant Park Restaurant - 12 min drive
  • Cattle Baron Addo Elephant National Park - 12 min drive
  • Cattle Baron Steak Ranch - 12 min drive
  • Thirsty Herds Pub - 14 min drive
  • Lenmore - 11 min drive

About this property

River Bend Lodge

River Bend Lodge offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for ZAR 1850 per vehicle one-way. Guests can visit the spa to indulge in massages, aromatherapy, or reflexology, and French cuisine is served at Silver Thorns, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There's an outdoor pool and a bar/lounge, and in-room conveniences at this luxurious lodge include washers/dryers and refrigerators. Fellow travelers like the helpful staff and nice bathrooms.


All-inclusive room rates at River Bend Lodge are available. These rates are higher because they include onsite food and beverages in the room rate (some restrictions may apply).


Afrikaans, English, Xhosa

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 48 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 8 rooms
  • Arranged over 1 level


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); to arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 72 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 8:30 AM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)
  • Free babysitting


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours)*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Barbecue grills
  • Room service
  • Snack bar/deli

Traveling with children

  • Playground
  • Free babysitting
  • Children's menu
  • Children's games
  • Toys
  • Fireplace gate
  • Pool gate

What to do

  • Mountain biking
  • Safari
  • Horse riding/rentals
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby

Working away

  • Business center
  • Computer station


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Free pool cabanas
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • Built in 1999
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Television in common areas
  • An outdoor pool
  • Full-service spa
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Wine tasting room


  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • DVD player
  • 40-inch Smart TV
  • Premium satellite channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Minibar
  • Espresso maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Washer and dryer
  • Laundry detergent

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding
  • Tempur-Pedic mattress

What to enjoy

  • In-room massage
  • Individually furnished and decorated

Freshen up

  • 3 bathrooms
  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Chef
  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Local maps
  • Restaurant dining guide

Special features


Plumbago Spa has 1 treatment room. Services include massages and manicures and pedicures. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and reflexology.

The spa is open daily. Children under 14 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision.


Silver Thorns - This restaurant specializes in French cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. A children's menu is available.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • Destination fee: ZAR 700 per person, per night

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 1850 per vehicle (one-way, maximum occupancy 3)

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for ZAR 5800.0 per night

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Pool access available from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Children under 14 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 48 hours between bookings.


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
This property does not have elevators.
Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit on site.
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.
This property accepts credit cards and cash.

Also known as

River Bend Addo
River Bend Lodge Addo
River Bend Hotel Addo Elephant National Park
River Bend Lodge Addo
River Bend Lodge Lodge
River Bend Lodge Lodge Addo

Frequently asked questions

What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at River Bend Lodge?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at River Bend Lodge?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool. Guests have pool access from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM.
Are pets allowed at River Bend Lodge?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at River Bend Lodge?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by River Bend Lodge?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is ZAR 1850 per vehicle one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at River Bend Lodge?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 8:30 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at River Bend Lodge and nearby?
Have fun with onsite activities like horseback riding and mountain biking. Additional recreation onsite includes game viewing, a wildlife and game drive, and a safari. Indulge in a treatment at the spa and enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool. River Bend Lodge also has spa services and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near River Bend Lodge?
Yes, Silver Thorns offers French cuisine.
Does River Bend Lodge have rooms with private spa tubs?
Yes, each room has a deep soaking bathtub.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

Set inside Addo, you get 5 star service, and knowledgeable game guides who zero in on your individual needs. Lots of elephants, kudu, zebra, and a mating pair of lions made for outstanding sightings.
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10/10 Exceptional

Superb accommdation snd food. Stunning close up elephant experiences and we were fortunate enough to also see lions, againe very close up. Highly recommend
2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Simon, 2-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Superb service, magnificent location
Truly remarkable service from the management and staff.
Donald N, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The very best of South Africa
A truly remarkable lodge, staffed by attentive, smart and genuinely friendly people. Very highly recommended.
Donald N, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

This was an amazing place to stay in. How ever, the dinner which the establishment marketed as “gourmet” was a bit disappointing.. nice but nothing special, or that “wow” effect which you would expect from a gourmet meal. A bit unimaginative.
1-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

A Safari Treat
Overall we enjoyed our stay at the River Bend. The staff were friendly and helpful. Darlington was our Ranger for the Game Drives, who is very experienced, knowledgeable and very pleasant. During our stay we were lucky to see four of the "Big Five" and enjoyed each Game Drive. The furnishings at the River Bend are in need of some TLC; furniture is worn, the bathroom towels old and areas such as the the library need a good dusting- we found "coffee-table" style books coated in thick dust. It is has a "faded glory" colonial style, which needs updating to make it luxurious.
3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

A very tranquil and relaxing stay, with fantastic food, and very informative game drives.
Rory, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Lovely family friendly lodge
We stayed at River Bend Lodge with another family. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The game drives were amazing and we were lucky to have some good sightings . Our game ranger was extremely knowledgeable and full of fun facts which kept the children entertained. Our room was a little tired and the water pressure wasn't great would be our only complaints . Overall we had a very enjoyable stay.
Tracy, 2-night family trip
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