About & Facilities
Areena Riverside Resort is situated on the banks of the Kwelera tidal river, 23 km east of East London city centre, at the beginning of the Eastern Cape Wild Coast. Areena Riverside Resort offers you unsurpassed views of the river, wildlife, birds and surrounding wild coast vegetation.
Areena Riverside Resort is the culmination of the dream of Ed and Karen Rathbone to have a unique family holiday destination. Areena Riverside Resort was established over 30 years ago and after a lot of hard work and dedication, the Rathbone’s were rewarded when the caravanning fraternity voted them as S.A. Top Resort in 2004.
WHY IS THE RESORT CALLED AREENA?
The name AREENA originates from the Rathbone family itself. Nola Rathbone (Ed Rathbone’s mother) used the front letters of her 6 family members as the farm name of the property that Areena Riverside Resort is now on.
|A – ALON: Second Oldest Son (Alon is Nola spelt backwards)
R – RUSSEL: Third Brother (deceased)
E – EDWARD: The father (Nola’s late husband)
E – EDWARD: The oldest son (owner of Areena Resort)
N – NOLA: The mother
A – ANGELA: The youngest daughter
And farm AREENA was born. A horse riding arena is spelt with one E, this was adapted to suit the Rathbone family farm name, very suited to a family with a love of horses. And when the time came for Ed and Karen to name their resort, Areena Riverside Resort, was an obvious choice. Our River Cruiser, KAREENA, has Ed’s wife Karen’s initial on the front of Areena, in keeping with the family tradition.
FACILITIES AT AREENA
Relax and get pampered
Self catering units
Award-winning camping facilities
Full sun pool
Tennis racquets available for hire
Pool tables, darts and table tennis
350 hectare, malaria-free
private game reserve
Quad biking, segway tours, abseiling and more
Guest lounge with library
TOUCH FARM & PLAYGROUNDS
Trampolines, swimming pool etc
Ice creams, sweets etc
Grass court for fun games
KAREENA RIVER CRUISE
Min/ max of 15 people
Two conference venues
JETTIES & SLIPWAY
Numerous jetties along the river
Available at your unit
This is a paid for service
TOP 10% ON TRIPADVISOR
#2 OUT OF 270 – SPECIALITY LODGING IN EAST LONDON
BEST ECO-FRIENDLY RESORT
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