River Bend Lodge
Located within a beautiful area of the Addo Elephant National Park, this gracious country estate welcomes guests with an array of facilities set in pretty gardens. In addition to game drives, walks and picnics can also be enjoyed in the private conservancy and orchards.
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Facilities & Services
Please note: these are inclusive in price unless otherwise stated.
- Pool: Good-sized swimming pool in central gardens, fencing for safety.
- Game Drives: 4 × 4 vehicles will take you to in to the Addo Elephant Park but also the private concessions which are not open to the public. There is no set age limit on children accompanying adults on game drives, this is at the discretion of the lodge and dependent on behaviour!
- Intsomi Conservancy: 7,500 hectares of private land, home to a great many species including giraffe, zebra and antelope but no predators, so safe for family walks!
- Nyathi Concession: Home to free roaming lions, elephant, rhino & buffalo
- Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre: Located in the private conservancy, currently breeding wild dogs and serval and home to an orphaned leopard and white rhino family.
- Giraffe Excursions: Spend a few hours walking with these graceful creatures at no extra cost. Simply enquire with the lodge.
- Orchards: Enjoy a picnic amongst the orchards of the Citrus Farm.
- Spa: The Vitality Studio offers a range of body and beauty treatments (at a charge).
Bars & Restaurants
- The Dining Room serves breakfasts and Dinner
- Light meals are served around the pool, on the Veranda , or in the privacy of your room during the day.
- Drinks can be enjoyed in the Lounge and Mezzanine Library area, or on the Viewing Deck .
- Picnics can be arranged for trips to the nearby attractions and Orchards.
Interconnecting rooms and a large playroom provide excellent family accommodation whilst children of all ages are welcome on game drives.
Looking after younger guests
- Playing on the grassy lawns amongst the pretty gardens.
- Playroom equipped with toys and games, including bicycles and paints is open from 08:00 – 17:00 daily at no extra charge
- They can also arrange a snake viewing experience with children to teach them about the different types of snakes found not only in the reserve but in South Africa as a whole!
- Children’s Menu available.
- Bespoke Meals available on request.
Babysitting & Supervised activities
- Babysitting: In-house staff providing baby-sitting services.
- Supervised Activities: The playroom is supervised during the day (cost included).
- Animals: The homestead is fenced, with attractive gardens within the boundary for play.
- Water: The Swimming pool is the only deep water on the site and this is itself fenced.
The 8 exceptionally spacious rooms with private terraces with open views, have been designed with ‘Old Fashioned Luxury with Modern Conveniences’ in mind. Set in cottages surrounding the gardens and swimming pool, all have air-conditioning, heaters, mini-bar and tea & coffee making facilities on request.
Long Hope House provides an exclusive safari villa with 3 en-suite bedrooms. Accommodation is accompanied by private chef and game drive vehicle creating a flexible safari experience.
- Up to two children can share with adults on mattresses/bunk beds
- Inter-leading Rooms available.
- Long Hope House is also ideal for families of up to 6 persons.
Rates from £225 per night per adult sharing, inclusive of all meals and game drives (valid 01/05/12 – 30/04/13).
Rates for Long Hope House from £1030 per night for the Villa based on 4 sharing.
- Child under 3 years free of charge.
- Children aged 3 – 12 charged from £126
- 2 children sharing their own inter-leading bedroom only charged child rates.
- Long Hope House based on a Unit Cost as above.
Please enquire regarding Special Offers that may be available.
Note: Please enquire for rates for different Room Types and Seasons and we will compile a detailed quotation for your stay
In addition to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, River Bend Lodge is also actively involved with various community development and education projects. This includes skills training of local unemployed people in areas such as anti-poaching, construction and hospitality and children’s education projects in the local schools.