Returning to Addo Reach has been to highlight of this visit to South Africa. We love SA in general and adore the Cape and Cape Town but never feel we're in real Africa till get up to Alicedale. We found these guys by accident a few years ago and really enjoy their insider knowledge and advice when we visit. We stayed for four days this time and still could have stayed longer. Alicedale is a quiet African town not to far from the wonderful Addo Ellies but full of it's own surprises. We saw giraffe as we arrive just up near the road looking at us as if to say welcome back. The silver monkeys were on the back patio but scamper as soon as we went out and the flowers and jacaranda trees were just stunning. This time we found the time to visit the Born Free foundation which is literally five minutes from the house. We also when to Grahamstown on the back road........great fun, but for the wonderful things locally the best is absolutely the hospitably. The house is so warm and welcoming as are our hosts. We loved the decor and style. The other thing which is really important is this age of recession is the value for money. I just don't know how they do it but we really had five star quality for 2 star prices. The breakfast is astounding with loads of fresh fruit, juices, cereals, wonderful bread and a great cooked breakfast
and yes we did managed it everyday of our stay but it meant we didn't need much for lunch. We were travelling with friends who stayed in the cottage and Eli organised BBQ packs and lovely salad's for us to we could do our own thing in the evening but still be spoilt at breakfast. It's worth the trip off the beaten track to see wild but safe Africa and to get a feel for South Africa's gentler side. We wandered down the main street, chatted to the locals, drove up to the dam but unfortunately this time we didn't see the hippo but we saw him last time. Called to the Mall!( a little shop run by a Chinese family) Had a drink in the pub and Eli make us a super picnic which John organised for us when he drove us into Addo. He really should be a ranger. Thank you so much yet again for your hospitality. It may be a few years but we'll be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our units all enjoy ensuite facilities, with complimentary tea, coffee, and hospitality toiletries. We offer the choice of a spacious self catering cottage with private patio, sleeping two in twin beds, with all you need for your comfort. The 'main house' offers The Lotus Room, queen sized bed with full ensuite bathroom (shower over the bath), or The Aloe Room, a cozy space with two single beds, and ensuite shower and toilet. The latest addition to our accommodation is The African Violet Room, with double bed and ensuite toilet and shower. Singles can be made into King Size. The units in the 'main house' have independent access and the property is within easy walking distance of the Bushman Sands Golf Resort and Beyond Adventure Campus, and is surrounded by game reserves - Shamwari, Pumba, Scotia, the famous Addo Elephant Park, to name a few. The historical city of Grahamstown, an easy drive away, and within an hour's drive of Port Elizabeth and its international airport, we offer the best value in accommodation, with the benefit of being close to major tourist attractions. Breakfast, packed lunches, dinner, are available with prior notice and whilst Alicedale doesn't offer the 'fast life' it offers you peace, quiet, bird life and tranquility. The opportunity to kick back and relax, enjoy the clear skies, bird song and a true South African welcome! Come visit!! ... more less