River Bend Lodge was opened in 2000. Until River Bend, and the land on which it was situated, became part of The Addo National Elephant Park in 2003 it was run as a Private Game Reserve.
Over the years we have watched the ecology changing. Some changes were immediately apparent and others a little slower, and suddenly one is more aware of a massive change when making comparisons between various species populations between what they are now and what they were.
One of these massive changes is the population and behaviour of one of the most revered Antelope species in the Eastern Cape....the Kudu.
In the early years the sighting of a Kudu between the Lodge and the Main Gate was cause for celebration....a rare sighting indeed. Over the years the population has steadily increased and, with regular traffic, seems to have become much calmer. No longer do we have a "now you see it, now you don't situation"....sometimes they even lie down during a sighting!! So much so that we counted 60 in the aforementioned area a few days ago!!
We here at River Bend are just loving theses magnificent beasts. So here is a little information gleaned from Wikipedia.....and some Images for your pleasure.