About the Accommodation
River Bend Lodge is rated as a 5-star lodge, and here you can expect colonial style luxury accommodation. It is the only luxury lodge inside the Addo Elephant National Park that is also family friendly. All suites are air-conditioned, equipped with ceiling fans, electronic safes, and a mini bar, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer and en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower. Suites with inter-leading doors are available for families.
Where possible, we try and provide guests with their own private guide and private game viewing vehicle. For the kids, there is a mini-rangers programme, where they can learn the basics about bird identification, and start their first ever bird check-list. Please pre-book your birding drive to secure your bird specialist guide for your stay at River Bend Lodge.
Special birds in the Park
On our guided birding drives, you are likely to spot some of the local specials, such as Booted Eagle, Denham’s Bustard, Southern Black Korhaan, Knysna Turaco, Brown Scrub Robin, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, as well as both the Black and the Grey Cuckooshrike. If you are lucky then you might even get to see the elusive Narina Trogon! This is a great area to explore, even for the experienced birder, who is looking for a nice challenge, as we have a good number of LBJs on the list, including 7 different Cisticolas, 6 different Larks and 4 different Pipits. With a bird list of 332 species, it is quite possible to see 50 species on only one excursion, and you can expect to see well over a hundred species during your stay at the lodge.
Book a birding drive with one of our bird specialist guides at RiverBend Lodge, and go on a journey of exploration into the Open Grassland, Gallery Forest and Riverine Woodland that most people never get to see. In fact, where else in the country can you visit 5 different biomes in one day: Thicket, Fynbos, Forest, Grassland, and Savanna. You can also book a Photographic Safari with our specialist wildlife photographer.