De Old Drift farm is on the site of one of the oldest hotels in South Africa, at the lowest crossing point of the Sunday river. It is very convenient for Addo elephant park; perhaps a 15 minute drive. We stayed 4 days, which was fine for us, as we had time to relax after completing the Garden Route. Two days would be enough for most people, as the Elephant Park is about all there is to do. The accommodation was great-clean and well equipped. Dinner can be ordered if you wish to eat in the guests dining room / lounge, where, incidentally, I was also able to watch the cricket. There are other retaurants about 10 minutes away, but not as good as the food you get at the farm. Breakfast was very good, offering a good range of choice.The farm is a working citrus farm. Delano, the son-in-law of the owners, is a qualified guide at the elephant park, and he will take you for a bespoke half-day drive through the park. The downside of his tour is that he can't go to all the places the park guides can. The upside is that he knows his subject, and when he finds something that catches your interest, you can watch as long as you want, whereas park guides work to a tight schedule. He also has the contacts to find out where things are happening on the day you are there. We sat within 10 metres of a lone elephant, and saw buffalo at 20 metres and lions at 400 metres, as well as a host of other antelope and deer. The family are very welcoming, and can arrange laundry, car washing-anything you want, really. In all, it was a very relaxing and good value stay.
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- COME AND RELAX IN OUR TRANQUIL ENVIRONMENT, WITH ONLY SOUNDS OF NATURE AT YOUR DOORSTEP... De Old Drift Guest Farm, a short distance from the little village of Addo in South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape province and only 15min drive from the renowned Addo Elephant National Park, with its big Seven, and numerous other species. De Old Drift is a working citrus farm, one of the smallest but most peaceful farms in the area. Take a tour through the orchards and venture down to The Sundays river, only a short 2km away, where Njala, Kudu’s and Rooibok can be seen on the ridge of the mountain. Relax around the pool after a long day at the Elephant Park, or take a walk through the garden and orchards, when the trees are in blossom, the smell of citrus permeates the air. Enjoy our refreshing breakfast in our thatched roof lapa overlooking the garden and swimming pool area. Adventure, fun and games await children, where Pumba (Labrador), Timone (Jack Russel) and Mufasa (Bullmastiff) love to make new friends and play... a little paradise for all children. Your hosts Neels, Juanita and Steffi, will make sure that your stay will be one to remember. ... more less
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