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RiverBend Lodge

RiverBend Lodge

RiverBend Lodge

RiverBend Lodge, situated within the 14 000 hectare Private Nyati Concession of the Addo Elephant National Park, is a mere 70 km from Port Elizabeth.
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A host of fun-filled activities for the children 

We have compiled a series of activities that will make every little face smile and keep even the most active children busy while mom & dad relax.

Fully fenced and grassed lodge area. Both the lodge and the exclusive Villa are enclosed by electric fences, keeping children in and dangerous animals out.  Lush lawns ensures a comfortable haven for children to play and run around.

Kids activity room and play area.  A qualified childminder with first-aid training is available from 8 - 5 every day in the playroom, which boasts a selection of fun toys and educational games.  A fenced off play area with a slide, swings, swing ball and a sandpit provides for hours of fun.

Game drives.   We offer tailor-made game activities for young and old and our experienced guides will happily take the kids on additional fun drives. Baby seats are available for babies and toddlers.

Mini treatments for little ladies. Let the in-house therapist paint her nails like a zebra's stripes or a giraffe's spots or treat her to a mini-facial or massage just like mom!

Spoor tracking.  Our fun-seeking guides will take boys & girls on short educational walks, tracking animals and learning about the different spoor of the animals in our private game reserve where walking is perfectly safe.

Baking biscuits with the chef.  Colourful pieces of artwork that will be presented to the parents at teatime makes this a very fun (and messy!) experience.   


Sheer luxury, tranquility and superb cuisine, best describe the experience of gracious living at RiverBend Lodge, nestled beneath the Zuurberg Mountains in the Eastern Cape.


RiverBend Lodge, situated within the 14 000 hectare Private Nyati Concession of the Addo Elephant National Park, is a mere 70 km from Port Elizabeth.

The Lodge consists of eight luxuriously appointed double suites, two of which have inter-leading rooms which are ideally suited to families. Each suite appreciates views of the boundless horizons and the magnificent Zuurberg Mountains. Alternatively, guests can book the Long Hope, Exclusive use Safari Villa.

This beautifully restored 1940’s farm house has three en-suite bedrooms all with walk-in dressing rooms and is the ultimate in tranquil luxury.


RiverBend encapsulates Africa at its best – the perfect balance between Colonial Country life and the diverse Eastern Cape bushveld, in a malaria free region. Our game experiences are tailor-made to suit the most discerning traveler. Professional field guides take pleasure in guiding guests in our Private Nyathi Concession, situated within the Addo Elephant National Park or the privately owned RiverBend Reserve.  


The Addo Elephant National Park, in which RiverBend Lodge is situated, is home to one of the densest Elephant populations in Africa as well as Hyena, Caracal, Lion, Black Rhino, Buffalo and a variety of antelope such as Eland, Zebra and Red Hartebeest. The RiverBend Reserve, bordering the Addo Elephant National Park, hosts numerous ungulate species such as the Giraffe, Blue Wildebeest, Sable, Nyala, Waterbuck and White Rhino.



Alternate experiences to take advantage of are the Horse Back Safari trips, Elephant Back Safari’s, day trips to the ever popular Garden Route or a self drive trip to Historic Grahamstown.


Whilst relaxing at the lodge, our resident therapist encourages you to indulge in a pampering beauty treatment or massage ritual in our Vitality Studio. Christopher Whitham, our Executive Chef, takes great pride in preparing scrumptious cuisine. We welcome children and happily cater to their needs whilst parents savor a 7- course dinner in our elegant dining room. Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail at sunset in our beautifully appointed lounge or Colonial bar overlooking the sparkling azure swimming pool.



Children of all ages are welcome at RiverBend. Creating a “home away from home” atmosphere, your whole family is invited to accompany one of our highly qualified field guides on a game drive, no matter their age. Our skilled team will also ensure that the children are well taken care of during the day while the parents enjoy a well deserved break. From baking biscuits with the chef, doing mini treatments in the Vitality Studio or going on a walk with their field guide, they will be enjoyably entertained.





Should you wish to treat yourself to an indulgent weekend away or dine in one of the finest restaurants in the Eastern Cape, please contact Lodge Reservations on (+27) 042 233 8000, or visit our website on


  • Nominated as a finalist for the Welcome Awards 2008
  • Best 100: Retreats in Africa 2008
  • The Good Safari Guide Nominee 2008
  • Diners Club Wine list of the year 2006 – Platinum Award
  • International Award for Tourism and Catering 2006 - Madrid

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