River Bend Lodge and Villa
Located on a private concession adjacent to Addo National Park, this comfortable lodge has 8 rooms plus there is a separate, exclusive use villa that sleeps 8 people.
Children of all ages are allowed on game drives, so this is a great option for families with young children, and perfect to round-off a self-drive trip from Cape Town along the Garden Route. They also have a Young Rangers program for children aged 3-12, as well as a play room (with TV and DVD’s), pool and outdoor play for activities such as swingball and croquet.
The game viewing is decent, with reliable sightings of elephant, buffalo, even rhino and lion. Giraffe, cheetah and hippo are not found here, and leopard are extremely rare. If you like, you can also self-drive in Addo National Park in hope of seeing game that is not present here. Night drives are available. The Park is malaria-free. The guides are excellent, passionate about wildlife, and fantastic with children.
At the Villa you can enjoy a private chef, and of course private vehicle for game drives. The rooms are comfortable in a country lodge style, with gorgeous gardens, verandas to spot wildlife from, and the (delicious) dining is near a popular watering hole.
The woodlands, rocky hills and waterways of this region make it a must-do drive for visitors. There are any number of charming villages to stop off at and sample the local produce. See especially the Wilderness National Parks Lake District and the lagoons around Knysna.