River Bend Lodge

River Bend Lodge is a game reserve set on a 14 000-hectare private concession within the Greater Addo National Park in the Eastern Cape. Located at the top end of the Garden Route, it is a convenient 45-minute drive from Port Elizabeth Airport. The River Bend Lodge Reserve boasts beautiful African landscapes consisting of 5 different biomes, making this an ideal place to find a large variety of wildlife species. The reserve is home to the Big 5, over 300 bird species, and also boasts the densest African elephant population in the world. Expert rangers ensure an exhilarating safari experience with a wealth of knowledge about wildlife and skillful animal tracking.


The upmarket lodge boasts the style of fine country living. Eight luxuriously spacious standalone suites offer a colonial-style theme with private viewing decks. The honeymoon suite additionally has a private plunge pool. There is also a three-bedroom villa for groups and families, just a short drive from the main lodge. The lodge serves exceptional cuisine with African themed evenings and gourmet barbecues near the waterhole. The tranquillity of the lodge setting makes it the perfect place to destress and unwind. Lush gardens, a swimming pool, and a pampering spa provide a haven of relaxation. For those seeking a bit more adventurous activity, elephant rides in the Greater Addo can be arranged as well as horseback riding, cultural and historical excursions. There are plenty of exciting activities for kids, making the lodge an ideal safari destination for families. Exclusive game drives for families or guest parties can also be arranged.


  • Game drives
  • Horse riding
  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural and historical excursions
  • Astronomy
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
  • Elephant rides


  • 5-star luxury
  • Addo National Park
  • Intimate experience
  • Kids entertainment

Closest airport

Port Elizabeth International 76km

Children policy

Children of all ages are welcome at River Bend Lodge and on the game drives. More Details There is also a free babysitting service available and playrooms.

  • Children 3-12 stay for 30% of the adult sharing rate
  • Children under 3 years stay complimentary
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2 Game drives per day, all meals, selected wines and beverages, and park fees to Addo.


Premium drinks, additional activities, and transfers are excluded.


Low: 01 May – 30 September

High: 01 October – 30 April

Terms & conditions

  • Rates are per person sharing, per night
  • Single supplement of 50% applicable

Accommodation Options

Luxury Suites

Sleeps 2 Adults, 1 child

River Bend Lodge has eight luxury stand-alone suites offering an exclusive private retreat with lush garden spaces and en-suite bathrooms. The elegant colonial style rooms are complemented by modern comforts and a warm ambience. A central lounge, bar, library, Read moreand dining area is available for all guests to enjoy. Suites with inter-leading doors are available for families. Less

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

High Season CA$ 768 per person, per night
Low Season CA$ 590 per person, per night

Peppergrove Cottage

Sleeps 6 Adults

Peppergrove Cottage offers a large 3-bedroom home perfect for large family getaways or groups of friends. This exclusive use cottage offers its guests a private lawn for relaxation and family fun.

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

High Season CA$ 3,091 per villa, per night
Low Season CA$ 2,162 per villa, per night

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Getting there

By Road

The reserve is a 60-minute drive from Port Elizabeth or a 9-hour drive from Cape Town, both on the scenic N2 highway. Driving from Cape Town takes you through the Garden Route for approximately 733km from which you will take the R335 offramp driving another 60km to your destination.



Flights from all major centres in South Africa to Port Elizabeth airport.


Flight Duration

  • Cape Town to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Durban to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 20 minutes