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 2016 - 30 Sep 2016 $315 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Oct 2016 - 30 Apr 2017 $425 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 $355 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Oct 2017 - 30 Apr 2018 $470 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Riverbend was great, we all enjoyed it very much. We were alone in all our game drives and the elephant sightings are among the best in our lives. The guys at the lodge were fantastic, great help and very nice to us, especially to the kids. An excellent place I would definitely recommend.

    Javier Valle, May 2012
  • RiverBend had beautiful accommodation and great service again and we had some amazing up close experiences with the Elephants amongst other animals, but sadly no Rhino or Lions to be seen.

    Jo Lecouilliard, January 2011
  • Again very good. The wine tour they organized for us was fantastic.

    Gaurav Patodia, July 2009
  • It is an incredible place and it really takes a day to settle into the way of life there - we had a great guide and when we arrive the elephant herd which hadn't been seen near the lodge for a couple of weeks decided to pay a visit so we really were there at a great time. The food is fantastic and we didn't want to leave there and return to civilisation!

    Patrick Governey, July 2008

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Mary Keet

Mary Keet

Africa Safari Expert

"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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Riverbend was great, we all enjoyed it very much. We were alone in all our game drives and the elephant sightings are among the best in our lives. The guys at the lodge were fantastic, great help and very nice to us, especially to the kids. An excellent place I would definitely recommend.

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