- Very family friendly
- Under 5s allowed on game drives
- Stunning Colonial Style
- Adjoins Addo NP
Riverbend Lodge is a superb family friendly luxury safari lodge situated on a private concession adjoining Addo National Park. The plot of land is gorgeous, taking pride of place in Addo where the park meets the Zuurberg Mountains. The quality of guiding here is amongst the best we have experienced in the Eastern Cape and the level of service is similarly exceptional.
Being part of Addo, the game can be less concentrated than in some of the other private reserves, but that only lends it a greater authenticity and sense of wilderness. Located on a 14000ha private concession within the world famous Addo Elephant National Park, the region is home to an abundance of wildlife including the Big 5 and over 300 bird species and is famed in particular for its massive elephant population. The lodge itself is a very high end colonial farm-stead. There are 7 Luxury Suites, 4 of which have interconnecting doors and all of which have secluded verandas and views across the plains, ostrich and other game can often be viewed from the verandas. There is also a courtyard swimming pool.
River Bend goes to great lengths to accommodate families and comes highly recommended. There are kid’s menus, dedicated children’s activities and complimentary baby sitting on offer, but it is really simply the quality of the guides and staff that makes this place so welcoming for families. For those with younger children, River Bend is one of the few lodges in South Africa which allow children of any ages on shared game drives. Drives are of course adapted for the children and families will only share drives with other families, not couples. It is worth noting that there is a separate farm-stead available for rental for larger family groups.
Service rating : Brian and Lisa made sure everything was taken care of on our South African trip. We didn't have to worry about anything, but showing up and enjoying our trip. Thank you, Tourdust!
Product : We has a great time and everything met our expectations.
verified review for Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 19 September 2016
We had a fantastic trip thanks to your organisation! No problems encountered at all! Simbavarti were a joy to stay and explore with; the hotel in Capetown perfectly positioned to allow us to walk to the conference, and Camps bay accommodation was just lovely. The flights, transfers and staff we met along the way we're all very friendly and helpful. Having a car at the end was a perfect finale. My 10 yr old daughter came home with new insights on the world.
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verified review for Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 05 May 2016
Service rating : Good engagement and all comments were incorporated in the itinerary proposal. Good availability and plenty of patience to accommodate changes. Clear itinerary and details about accommodations and activities. Could have been improved with SatNav details when places were in more remote places.
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verified review for Classic Garden Route For Families on 06 April 2016