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Hotel River Bank Lodge Hotel 2 star
20 Budler St, Upington, 8801, Afrique du Sud Upington and its surrounding area, South Africa -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The River Bank Lodge is not quite the 'lodge' that you might imagine... It is more like a bed and breakfast and it is located in a small street of Upington, far from the South-African bush. Guestrooms are comfortable but the hotel desperately lacks amenities and character, except for the fact that it stands on the banks of the Orange river...

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    Location 3.0 /10

    The hotel is a mere 10 minutes' drive away from Upington airport, 510 mi from Cape Town and 544 mi from Johannesburg. The flight from Upington to Cape Town is an hour and 20 minutes long.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    The lodge's 10 single-floor rooms are all identically decorated in a simplistic way... They are quite spacious but some of the finishes should really be looked at by the owners; the ceilings of some of the bathrooms are beginning to show suspicious stains, for example. Otherwise, the room is well-equipped, with air-conditioning, tea and coffee-making facilities, a refrigerator, a micro-wave oven, a television, etc. As for the bathrooms, the visible piping does not seem to be part of the decoration... You will find some hospitality products though.

    Overview 6.45 /10

    The services and facilities at the River Bank Lodge are certainly not its main asset...with its small, dark reception hall in the main building, opposite a few breakfast tables. The hotel is not very big, but its most attractive area is without a doubt the garden, where you can sit on the banks of the Orange river on little stone benches. Beyond it lies the pool, which is just large enough to cool yourself down in, without any deckchairs or parasols available!

    Food and drink 6.20 /10

    The River Bank Lodge doesn't have a restaurant, but a few tables are set up for breakfast in the morning. The impressive black wood furniture enables guests to sit down for a while in this small area, facing the garden. Breakfast is served for two hours only, from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. The buffet is far from plentiful: cereals, yoghurts, fruit juice, tea and coffee, a hot dish and various types of bread. If you need a hearty breakfast to start your day, you will have to look elsewhere!

    To know

    A list of tours organised by independent agencies are offered, such as cruises on the Orange river for example. Note that fishing enthusiasts will therefore be able to fish within the perimeters of the hotel.
    Pets are not allowed in the hotel.
    If you are looking for a good restaurant, do not hesitate to book a table at 'The Must' - the food is excellent, especially their springbok carpaccio (springboks are a type of gazelle) and their risotto, which is as creamy as it is in Italy.


    • Car park
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Ski zone


    • Its location by the Orange river
    • Its proximity to the airport


    • The lack of facilities
    • The general condition of the hotel

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    • Overall Score nc/10