River Bend Lodge: Information from the owner
All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.
|No. of rooms||8|
Main description of River Bend Lodge
River Bend Lodge: Facilities
|Room facilities||Air Conditioning, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Mini Bar, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Verandah, Complementary Wi-Fi, Fridge|
|Available services||Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service|
|Activities on site||(some activities may be seasonal) Big 5, Bird Watching, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, Gourmet Picnic, Massages, Safaris, Walks, Fine Dining, High Tea, Child Friendly Activities, Elephant-back Safaris, Golf, Horse Riding, Horse-back Safaris, Animal Encounters, Canoeing, Cultural Tours, Hiking, Historical Tours, Kayaking / Paddling, Wine Tasting|
Room types at River Bend Lodge
The Honeymoon Suite is a luxury individually decorated double suite. The suite has an en-suite bathroom and outdoor shower. The Honeymoon Suite leads out onto a secluded patio, garden and plunge pool where romantic candle-lit dinners can be served.
Luxury suites offer a distinctly individual, tranquil and private retreat. The spacious suite opens up onto a private patio from where guests can soak up the scents and sounds of the bushveld.
Units at River Bend Lodge
Long Hope Villa
Unique to the Addo Elephant National Park, Long Hope Villa is a beautifully restored Eastern Cape Farmhouse set in an incredibly tranquil and private location.
Long Hope is nestled between the breath taking Zuurberg Mountains with exquisite vistas and is home to the Big 5 and over 300 bird species.
This beautiful villa offers a high standard of accommodation throughout and provides a peaceful retreat for families or small groups looking to get away.
Activities at River Bend Lodge
Due to our unique climatic area and 5 different biomes, River Bend is home to over 300 bird species – an extensive list by any expert’s standards. Our guides are all trained bird watchers and should you wish to spend the day away from the Lodge, our guides will take you on a private birding trip with a packed lunch.
River Bend is an important contributor to SA Bird Society and many first time sightings have been made by our specialist guides.
River Bend Lodge’s game drives are like no other. The Addo Park comprises 5 different biomes and each biome offers guests unique and individual experiences. Whether you’re marvelling at the magnificent elephant herds grazing a short distance from you on your private game drive, tracking the movements of game on foot to learning about the medicinal values of the bush and history of the land, there is never a dull moment.
River Bend Lodge is one of the few game reserves in the Eastern Cape where you can view the Big 5 all in one wilderness area.
At River Bend we provide separate game drives for families and where possible guest parties are hosted on their own game drive vehicles.
Introduction to SA Wines
Learning about South African wine and being able to choose a suitable wine with one's meal is an important supplement to one’s culinary experience. River Bend’s “Introduction to South African Wines” is a wine tasting and food pairing created by our executive chef and hosted by our very own resident wine enthusiast.
The tasting consists of a brief history and introduction to the wines of Southern Africa, the tasting of four wines and food pairing recommendations with canapés.
River Bend Lodge employs a full time photographer to help you get the best out of the photographic opportunities you will have during your stay.
Basic Introduction to photography
“Going Beyond Auto”-This module is designed to teach you more about your camera and provide you with the technical and compositional skills required to capture wildlife photographs like a professional.
Editing and Manipulation
Using the pictures from your stay at River Bend Lodge, our photographer will provide you with a beginner’s introduction to the world of digital image manipulation using Photoshop CS5, Elements 8 and Lightroom 3 in his studio.
Practical Field Assistance
Our photographer will accompany you on a private game drive lead by one of our qualified guides to assist you with your choice of lens, settings, composition and positioning
River Bend Lodge is the perfect location for a photographic workshop. The Nyati concession on which River Bend is located is not open to the public, providing an uninterrupted and exclusive wildlife photography experience.
River Bend offers a 3 day and 2 night wildlife photography workshop for all levels of photographers.
Whether you are an amateur photographer looking to improve your wildlife photography skills or a professional wanting to spend a few days dedicated to your craft in the bush, this is an ideal workshop.
River Bend is home to the luxurious Plumbago Spa where guests can be treated to a variety of indulgent and pampering treatments. After a treatment with our skilled therapist you will leave our haven feeling totally rejuvenated.
The Plumbago Spa offers a wide range of treatments such as Full Body Massages, Pregnancy Massages, and Kiddies Manis and Pedis.
Plumbago Spa uses only the finest products from Lillian Terry, OPI and Ahava.
Walking with Giraffes
There are simply no words to describe the surreal experience of walking with these magnificent and graceful creatures.
This exclusive River Bend Lodge experience provides you with a once in a life time opportunity to mingle with one of Africa’s most gorgeous animals.
Spend a few hours walking amongst these majestic creatures and basking in their graceful presence.