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Reviewed 18 December 2012

We were lucky enough to stay at Addo Reach recently when touring with my family in South Africa. My sister had stayed there before and raved about it and she was completely right. From the minute we arrived to a much need cold drink to the minute we left it was just perfect. We stayed in Hein's cottage their self catering unit though we had breakfast in the house each day. The cottage was just wonderfull. We had a lovely sitting room and huge bedroom and bathroom. There was a great little private terrace outside with a built in BBQ and Eli and John organised 'braai packs' for us each evening with fantastic meats and salads, though John had to show us how to the light the thing the first time. Little silver coloured monkeys came to our terrace and birds with the most beautiful plummage. The high light of our trip was to go Addo with John as our guide. Eli prepared a picnic feast for us and John got us really up close to lots of Elephants and other beasts. He has a wealth of local knowledge. Addo is a little way from Alicedale but we saw some wondeful animals on the way including some giraffe right up next to the road. We also went to the Bornfree Foundation just a few minutes away. I don't know which I'll remember most, Eli's wonderful breakfasts with freshly baked muffins and fruit we never get to see in Ireland and the wonderful hospitality or just quaint little Alicedale with it's freindly locals who wave happily as we passed by. This was truely the highlight of our trip and all i say is JUST GO!. Thanks so much Eli, John and the gang. I hope we'll return someday. The kavanaghs, Donelgal Ireland.

Room Tip: If travelling as two couple one should take the cottage
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Ann K
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Reviewed 7 December 2012

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!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank TheSykes
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Reviewed 18 November 2012

This is a wonderful place, Golf Course at Bushman's Sand is in walking distance; Addo Elephant Parc in a reasonable distance!
Eli and John are warm and nice hosts! We really could enjoy the time we spent at this family home. You will like home.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Primus-Eugen M
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

We were disappointed not to be able to get accommodation in Grahamstown for the Arts Festival last year and we had to settle for Alicedale. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise as we got to stay at Addo Reach in Hein's Cottage. We had a wonderful stay with John, Eli and Gran and by the time we had to leave, we felt more like friends than paying guests. We had a delicious meal with the family the night we arrived and had some good chat's in John's pub. John, Eli and Gran took us to Louis' Pub in Alicedale and we all had a meal together. Hein's Cottage is very comfortable, warm, neat and clean. All in all, we had a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sputnik5711
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

Our main holiday was at a friends lovely cottage in Hermanus. On recomendation we decided to stay a few days in Alicedale at Addo Reach to visit Addo Elephant Park.
Addo Reach is located about 50 mins from Addo itself with a 'Born Free Foundation' sanctuary only 15 mins away, a must visit. John & Ellie are wonderful hosts with nothing being too much trouble. We had a real ZA brai on the first night with lovely ZA wine. Our older girls slept in the main house whilst we had the Self Catering apt. Everything was spot on: clean, friendly, safe, superb food( breakfast one of the best I've ever had!). It was a shame we did'nt stay longer.
Many thanks to the two of you & we do hope to see you again.
Best wishes
Peter & family

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Thank warehamclan
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