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Orange Elephant Backpackers
Ranked #6 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Addo
Reviewed 16 October 2013

Stayed for one night in the dorm hut.

Pros
- did the 1/2 day Addo park tour - great time! Our tour guide was very knowledgable and entertaining
- lots of secure parking
- bar is nice and spacious
- staff is great and very helpful
- good restaurant about 5 mins down the road
- free breakfast of toast, cereal, tea, and coffee
- self serve kitchen is very clean
- had a fire going next to the bar during the evening

Cons
- if you stay in the dorm, you're not allowed to use the bathrooms inside the main building. You have to use the toilet and showers outdoors (which sucks if it's freezing out)
- no electrical outlets in the dorm
- free wifi at the bar but not the greatest quality

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Michelle S
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OrangeEle, Owner at Orange Elephant Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2013

Hi Michelle

I am appalled to hear someone told you that you cannot use the other bathrooms on the property. I must apologize for that on behalf of everybody here.
Thank you for bringing it to my attention and I have dealt with the issue.

All our guests are more than welcome to use any of the communal bathrooms at any time here at the Orange Elephant.
I am really glad to hear you had a great tour in the Park and we could show you the amazing Elephants we have here in Addo.

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Reviewed 16 October 2013

We had booked the Addo 2 park safari tour, but since I needed medical attention (a nasty bug I caught at home required me to be on IV twice a day) I thought we would have to cancel the tour.
I asked John (the owner) for an alternative, and he got right on to it: he must have phoned every hospital, doctor and medical ward in the area so that I could enjoy the tour (did I ever!) and get the medical attention I so needed (he even drove me over and waited patiently).
The B&B in Cradock – if you take the 2 Park tour – is a lovely holiday cottage, very modern and comfortable.
Addo Backpackers is a home away from home and I just wish we could have stayed there longer: the owners and staff are super friendly. The pub/restaurant is away from the main lodgings (no noise at night, for the not so young) and all buildings are set in a lovely garden with vegetable plot, subdivised so that each pavilion is set in a secluded area.
We had a very spacious room (a free upgrade!) with bathroom, nicely decorated (there is definitely an artist in the house) with masses of wardrobe space and comfortable beds.
The tours are great: we saw lots of elephants (they come very close too), lions, cheetahs, rhinos and lots more. Incredible!
They offer a shuttle service to Port Elizabeth (and John – again – waits patiently if your bus runs late, for his motto is: you have the watch, we have the time).
Thanks to all of you at Addo Backpackers!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

I stayed in this backpackers whilst touring South Africa and can highly recommend it to anyone. This is a family run place that has a nice feeling the moment you walk in. The owners are incredibly friendly and willing to offer advice on almost anything, and will ensure you get the most out of your stay in Addo. In terms of location, it's just 8km from the park and there's a fairly decent restaurant just 5 mins walk from the place. I'd recommend spending a day in the park and also spending some time chilling at the hostel during the day with a good book. There's plenty of nice seating areas and one of the staff are bound to be around to provide you with company.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

Just come back from a fabulous trip to SA. Started off at the Addo Elephant Park staying at the Orange Elephant. John met us at the airport and made us feel very welcome. We had the ensuite room which was huge and very comfortable. The team arranged our trip to the Cheetah Santuary (recommended) and the full day tour of the Elephant Park which included lunch. Our lovely driver was knowledgable and managed to get us in the right places at just the right time for some fantastic elephant encounters! We were directed to the Reptile Santuary - just taken over by a lovely couple, who dumped a gekko in our hands almost as soon as we walked in. Great experience holding snakes and even a baby meerkat! The Orange Elephant team fed us in the evening and breakfast was available to help yourself or if you wanted something a bit more substantial you could use the large kitchen to cook your own food. Pub in the grounds serves great pizza and cold beer! Fantastic value for money.

Room Tip: Variety of rooms available - we had the one and only en suite.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank kckm
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OrangeEle, Owner at Orange Elephant Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2013

Always a pleasure to help. I am glad you managed to check in on your flight and if you do come back to this area we would love to host you here and show you folk true South African hospitality.

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Reviewed 22 July 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 2nights. Paid 1100 for 2nights, 'breakfast (no bread left @7am), lunch (cheese salad no meat), dinner (inedible chicken) tour of a reptile 'park', cool cheetah sanctuary, and OUTSTANDING guided tour of the Addo national park. ! He was so helpful and informative.
This place is very rural and expect to rough it out but feel safe. There is wifi in the bar only. the running water is brown and the house we stayed in was freezing cold due to no glass in the outer door.
We were left with a nasty surprise of an extra 1000 for the shuttle from PE (75k). it would have been nice to know this in advance.
Would not recommend unless desperate.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank MMargaretH
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OrangeEle, Owner at Orange Elephant Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2013

Hello Margret
i suppose I could have expected this after our discussion over the "discount you wanted, as there were five of you in the group. The shuttle price was discussed and @ R200 per person for 100km and not 75 km I feel you are misrepresenting the facts.
I remember the subject well as the discount you were looking for was the princely sum of 3 pounds 25!!!!!!!

As for the breakfast at 7am, You only arrived at 8am for breakfast. lol

Thanks for the compliments regarding the tours. I will pass them on to our guide!

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Reviewed 4 July 2013

Loved the people running the place, the location and the game drive they run. The large property is just outside the park making it convenient as a reasonably priced base. They offer a range of activities and we used them for a full day game drive. It was excellent and I recommend doing a full day over a half day for sure. They have a separate bar where they offer meals and, sometimes, free wifi (it was hit/miss during our stay).

We stayed in the main house in a large ensuite room. It was very large with heaps of closets and other storage. Although comfortable, it was in dire need of some TLC. The toilet ran for around 10 minutes after each flush and everything in the room was just showing it's age.

Despite this, the people that run the property are wonderful, the shared kitchen was well-appointed, clean and easy to work in and their three wonderful dogs are worth the stay alone!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Drew W
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

Clean, very friendly and welcoming hostel. The owners and staff will go out of their way to help you. Good selection of accommodation - from camping, dorms, doubles with shared bathrooms and even ensuite - so can suit a variety of budgets. Has the added bonus of a bar at the other end of the property from the accommodation which serves cocktails, beers, wines and hot food. Breakfast is choice of cereals and toast and coffee. Lovely garden for lounging and lots of comfy seats outside. Only 8km from the entrance of the National Park so very handy if you have your own car or if not, they will organise a guided tour for you. They are also good at advising what else to do in the area and assisting you with onward bookings etc. They do a shuttle to and from Bazbus or Port Elizabeth airport, which is handy too. Recommended +++

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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Orange Elephant Backpackers

Address: R335, Addo, Sundays River Valley 6105, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Sundays River Valley > Addo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Addo
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Orange Elephant Backpackers is a short 8km from the main gate of Addo Elephant National park. Our property is on a working citrus farm and borders the national park. On site is a restuarant with pub where you are likely to meet up with local farmers, game rangers, researchers. We have a variety of rooms - en suite doubles, doubles and twins with shared bathrooms, family rooms and camping. We are not a B&B but a backpackers/youth hostel ... more   less 

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