We've just returned from our first trip to South Africa and undoubtedly one of the highlights was our stay at The Colonial with Molly and Conor O'Hagan. It all started with a wonderfully warm welcome from Molly which made us feel at home instantly, the hospitality continued that evening with one of Molly's dinners which was excellent and accompanied by Conor's house red which matched any other pinotage that I've tasted. We took a trip the following day to Addo with Conor as our guide, his knowledge and passion for the area is quite inspirational and he certainly made sure that we saw a wide range of animals, finishing off with a glass of wine(or 2) and a snack before returning to the Colonial for a shower and change. Our dinner that evening at a local restaurant was booked by Molly and we were transported by Conor. If you're planning to do Addo this is the way to go!..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As the name suggests, "Colonial Africa" is the theme in architecture, decor, setting and atmosphere of The Colonial on Arundel. Nestling in citrus orchards on a working farm, only 10 minutes from the malaria free Addo Elephant National Park, this 4 star 2-suite facility offers understated luxury, coupled with relaxed, friendly attention, and is enhanced by highly acclaimed cuisine. Each suite has private entrance, its own private lounge and private swimming pool. Attention to detail in the suites is a trademark of Molly's personality...luxury guest amenities, toweling gowns, tea & coffee facilities, safes, swimming towels, coffee table books and magazines, alarm clock. In-house safaris with Conor, the owner and a registered guide, to the Addo Elephant National Park, will enhance your African adventure. These tours are undertaken in a air-conditioned vehicle and offer the visitor an experience in wildlife, culture and unforgettable scenery. Conor and Molly have created a truly special place that goes to the very heart of relaxation and comfort. Within easy reach are mountain walks, horse-riding, elephant back safaris, farm excursions, cheetah breeding farm tours and visits into nearby private reserves. The Colonial is truly a place where our guests leave as friends, to return time and time again. The warm welcome feeling extends right down to our Head of Public Relations, Marley the Labrador, who successfully creeps into everyone's heart. Within a 45-minute drive of Port Elizabeth Airport and the beaches, and also the gateway to the Karoo, as well as to the Garden Route to Cape Town, The Colonial on Arundel is truly the desirable Eastern Cape place to be in every respect. Welcome to the real Africa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Colonial On Arundel South Africa/Sunland