Situated within a 14 000ha private concession of the Addo Elephant National Park, and surrounded by the beautiful Sundays River Valley, River Bend Lodge offers a stylish approach to country living. Ideal for a family vacation, the lodge not only cares about guests of all ages, but also about the conservation and rehabilitation of local wildlife. The beautiful lands surrounding River Bend boast a wide variety of vegetation, including thick, forested valleys and wide savannah plains.

Explore these lands as you enjoy personalised game drives into the nearby Zuurberg Mountains or get closer to nature by tracking wildlife on foot. Children will love the tracking courses offered at the lodge and the many other child-orientated outdoor activities while you enjoy a quiet stroll through the citrus orchards of the adjacent farm or learn about the medicinal values of the different bush plants.


  • Located in the greater Addo, on a private reserve
  • Game drives in the Zuurberg Mountains
  • Exciting wildlife tracking on foot
  • Beauty therapies in the comfort of your suite
  • Delicious and hearty cuisine
  • Endless entertainment for the children

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The River Bend Vitality Studio offers a range of treatments that you can enjoy in the comfort of the Vitality Studio or in the privacy of your own suite.

The special tracking courses for children are very popular among the younger generation and make for a memorable experience of the African wilderness.

There are also a range of other fun children's activities on offer like guided walks, cookie baking and mini beauty treatments.

General Facilities

    Curio or Gift shop
    Room service
    Babysitting service available
    Children's Club
    Swimming Pool
    Private garden


The cuisine at River Bend Lodge is a blend of traditional old world food and a Pan-African fusion, bringing modern interpretations and age-old traditional recipes together. All meals are paired with exceptional South African wines.

The dining room offers a spacious, social area in which to enjoy these delicious meals, but you're also encouraged to make use of the various verandas where you can enjoy your meal in private as you gaze over the countryside.

For an even more romantic approach, candle-lit dinners in the privacy of your room can also be arranged.

Luxury Suite

You'll find eight individual suites at River Bend, all fitted with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, mini bar and electronic safes. Walk out onto a balcony and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

The four Luxury Suites are spacious and beautifully decorated and boast elegant en suite bathrooms as well as private veranadas. For groups and families, these suites have interleading doors to provide a more social atmosphere.

Luxury Suite AMENITIES

    En-suite bath and shower
    Air conditioning
    Internet facility
    Mini bar
    Outdoor shower
    Outdoor area
    Safe in room

Other Room Types

The three Executive Suites at River Bend offer style and elegance and have spacious, individual en suite bedrooms with private outdoor showers and secluded verandas.

For romantics, the Honeymoon Suite offers the ultimate in luxury and complete privacy. With your own veranda from which to watch the sunset, outdoor shower and private plunge pool, you'll easily spend hours in this exclusive haven.


  • Bird watching
  • Cultural tours
  • Elephant interactive experience
  • Game drives
  • Historical tours
  • Horse riding
  • Day tours
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 $380 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Oct 2017 - 30 Apr 2018 $505 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Honeymoon Suite Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • We had a wonderful experience at River Bend in Addo. Our tracker was great and we saw lots of animals. Food was good. Staff was great.

    Robin Phillips, February 2016
  • River Bend Lodge service was exceptional and the food gourmet. The food rivaled any high end restaurant. The guide was exceptionally knowledgeable. I saw two of the Big 5 at River Bend.

    Valerie Naquin, October 2014
  • River Bend Lodge was very nice and the staff was great. They have great food and the cottages are very nice.

    David Thal, July 2014
  • Our trip was fabulous to say the least. We really enjoyed Addo’s River Bend Lodge. The warmth of the hospitality and the passion that the staff showed in doing their job.

    Bernard Fanchette, May 2014
  • River Bend Lodge staff printed off our boarding passes while we went on our last safari also they gave us a free pass to drive through the elephant park on our way to the airport, on our last night our bedroom and bathroom were decorated with petals and tea lights and I was given a birthday cake, all the staff sang Happy birthday to me

    Deborah Rutter, November 2013
  • We had amazing stay in all the places we visited and were very pleased with River Bend. River Bend was the highlight of our trip, it really exceeded our expectations. They were extremely good with children and my daughter was overjoyed to see all the animals in the wild (we were lucky to see 4 of the Big 5) and also play with other children.

    Andreas Julin, April 2013
  • We had a wonderful time in South Africa and can’t thank you enough for the wonderful experience. It was a trip of a lifetime and I think it will be hard to beat. Riverbend Lodge was out of this world! We cannot say enough about this place, the services, the food, and the safaris. We left reviews on Tripadvisor as well, top notch!

    Luc Larocque, April 2013
  • As for River Bend: absolutely superb, befitting its five-star status. Extremely friendly staff, huge attention to detail, wonderful safari guide, fantastic wildlife and landscape. To have it to ourselves as it were, due to the concession being private, just added to the experience. We left with great reluctance!

    Hew Prendergast, February 2013
  • The service couldn't have been better. Everyone was more than accommodating. Rooms were very spacious. Meals were great. Because we were the only ones on the property our last night, they gave us a private dinner in the lounge near the fireplace. It was a nice touch. We also got to see 4 out of the Big 5.

    Heather Minors, November 2012
  • Service, food, setting, tour guides, sundowners, rooms, etc all remarkable. We had a close encounter with an angry elephant on the first day, sort of freaked us out, other than that, an amazing experience.

    Gabriel Sagel, August 2012

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Mary Keet

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"This is the perfect safari lodge for families and couples alike - ideal if you don't want to compromise on your experience or service but still want great value for money."



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We had a wonderful experience at River Bend in Addo. Our tracker was great and we saw lots of animals. Food was good. Staff was great.

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