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“Addo is Special”
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Addo Rest Camp
Edmonton, Canada
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“Addo is Special”
Reviewed 15 March 2008

Other than airport hotels, Addo was our last stay of our 7 week trip. We had already spent 6 nights in Kruger, been to Pilanesburg, plus spent 3 nights at Etosha Nat. Park in Namibia. Neither of us were quite sure of what to expect. Was this going to be as fantastic an experience as the others? What would the Nat. Park facilities be like?

Well Addo did not disappoint on any level. We stayed in the family chalet #16 for 2 nights and to say it was spacious given that there were only the two of us, is understating. In addition to the two photos that I've posted there was also a separate bedroom that is not shown. The accommodations were clean and tremendous value and would be even more so if you came with a family. The bed in the bedroom had a better mattress. We never slept on the bed in the main room but the mattress looked worn. The kitchen was well equipped. But bring food supplies before you arrive at Addo. We chose the restaurant for our meals, but enjoyed the terrace immensely with a glass of wine while watching elephants make their way to the waterhole.

We self drove at Addo and we loved it. Addo does not have the variety of animals that other parks have. So if you're hoping/expecting to see lions, leopards, rhino or giraffes you will be disappointed. However if you love elephants along with various antelope, zebra, ostrich, and smaller animals as we do, you will very much enjoy Addo. The website indicates that they have lion, rhino and cape buffalo but in four self drives we never saw any. You might be luckier.

The restaurant was reasonably priced and provided very good dinners. We would definitely return to Addo and would recommend it.

  • Liked — Clean, spacious, quiet and private location in the camp
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 February 2008

We stayed in a cottage at the rest camp for two nights in early February. The cottage was above what we expected given that this is after all a national park rather than a private game reserve. The accomodation was very clean and in good condition. There was a wooden balcony from which you could try to spot some wildlife.

At the rest camp there is also a very nice swimming pool which is great for cooling off after a long day animal spotting. Even though the accomodation in the park was fully booked the pool was really quiet.

As with the other reviewers I would also really recommend the organised game drives. We went on a night drive, sunrise drive and also a sunset drive. You really do see and learn more this way. The guides are excellent.

We were surprised however how easy it is to drive around the park on your own, It was amazing how many animals we saw even this way. As well as the elephants (which really are everywhere!) you are almost guaranteed to see zebra, warthog, kudu etc.

  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2008

First a warning - I have rated this 5 star for the overall experience. The accommodation was not exactly 5 star - we stayed in a safari tent, this being the only type available (this place books up well in advance).

Now throughout Africa, there are tents and there are 5 star 'tents'. I have stayed in the latter type of 'tent' previously but at 280 ZAR a night (20 GBP) with shared facilities we knew we were not getting that and were expecting to rough it for a couple of nights. I was amazed with what we found. First of all we were given the key to the door of our tent (?) and it did indeed have a door and it did lock. The tent came complete with comfortable beds and duvets, electricity, electric lighting, fridge freezer, toaster, heater in case the temp dropped and electric fan to cool things down. Plenty of sockets for hairdryers/camera chargers etc. There are only five tents so despite being fully booked I never bumped into another soul in the female toilet/shower block, which was clean with good hot showers. There is also a communal kitchen block and we were provided with a key to our own private cupboard, which housed plates/cutlery/pans. Wooden veranda out front from where we ate food cooked on the barbecue, watched the sunset with a glass of wine, and watched warthogs foraging about and occasional vervet monkeys coming to visit.
The only negative to the tents - the wildlife noises at night! I found this to be part of the experience and quite enjoyed it but you may prefer to take earplugs.

There is a variety of accommodation here - chalets/rondavels/cottages - if you did not fancy spending your stay under canvas. There is also and shop with most essentials you would need, and a reasonably priced restaurant.

Addo itself is a 'safari light' experience, compared to say Tanzania, Botswana and the like, but what they are doing here, from an eco point of view, is fascinating. I understood it was one of the best places in the world to see elephants - we were not disappointed. After a couple of pre - arranged game drives we ventured into the reserve in our own vehicle, which is surprisingly easy and safe if you are sensible. It is worth paying for some professional game drives though - they enter the reserve before it is open to anyone else and will stay after it has closed, can access terrain your vehicle is not permitted to and the guides do spot things you are unlikely to on your own.

Enjoyed everything about this place - we would certainly return.

  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed 13 October 2007

My husband & I spent two nights at the Addo Rest Camp in October. We booked a Chalet and got # 33, which was a nice unit that had a bed, a table & chairs, a patio with a table & chairs and kitchen accommodations (refrigerator, hotplate, microwave & toaster), as well as a BBQ outside. These units also have bathrooms with a wonderfully large shower. The only downside to #33-39 are that they do not have a private parking space in front of the unit. They are just off the paved road & require parking on the street in front of the unit, which can be difficult to turn around & exit if people park on the opposite side of the street to make it easier for themselves to leave.

The restaurant served good food at reasonable prices and the gift shop also had some provisions for those who plan to self-cater. However, they are limited to mainly canned foods, drinks, meat for the BBQ, chips & candy. If you truly want to cook for yourself, stop at the market in town before heading to the rest camp.

  • Liked — Convenience to visiting the wild game area
  • Disliked — no hand soap provided in the private bathroom
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Bristol
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Reviewed 2 March 2007

Addo Elephant Park
This was a Forest cabin accommodation in a safari park and was very comfortable with all the required amenities. Each cabin was assured privacy by bushes and a balcony with fridge and a barbecue were part of the setup.
Restaurant meals were varied, good and of reasonable cost.
Morning and evening drives were provided by very comfortably seated Land Rovers which contributed to the pleasure of the excellent game drives.

Stayed March 2007
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Chesterfield, England
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Reviewed 11 February 2007

My wife and I stayed in one of the Rondavels which are round one-bedroom units with a thatched roof , which overlooked a floodlit waterhole.
The units are reasonably equiped with two single beds, shower, toilet , air conditioning, and fridge. There is a separate unit shared by the 6 Rondavels where cooking can be done if you want to cook your own meals, however as the unit was only 100 yards from the restaurant we found it easier just to eat there, as the meals were of a reasonably good standard and well priced.
The unit has not got a television, but who needs one when you have the views of the wildlife visiting the waterhole. During the two days we stayed we saw from the balcony, Elephants, Black Rhino, Warthogs, Hyena, Ostriches, Tortoise, Eland and Jackel.
To get closer to the animals I fully recommend going on the Addo game drives, and also the horse riding which can be booked at the Addo Game drives office opposite the restaurant.

Stayed February 2007
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 January 2007

Stayed for 3 nights in Addo. Unfortunately we could only get this cottage for the first two nights and had to change to a chalet for the third night. I think this was because we had the disabled access cottage, and I guess they needed it for a disabled person, but I'm not sure. I just know that it was a bit inconvenient and the cottage was much nicer than the chalet too! The cottage was not only very cute, being thatched, and decorated in African style prints, but is well equipped too, with a fridge, crockery & cutlery (not all matching, but that doesn't really matter too much), ports & pans, a two ring burner, a barbecue outside(called a braai) and comfortable beds. It's detached and there's a nice balcony, with chunky rustic furniture where you can sit and watch the game in the reserve. We arrived and saw a herd of elephants immediately (see attached picture which is literally taken from the balcony), it was brilliant! The chalet was OK, and probably would have been fine if we hadn't been spoilt by the cottage experience. This was semi-detached and was quite a bit older than the cottage and the decor wasn't anywhere near as nice. It also smelt very strongly of cleaning fluid. Again, it was well equipped though, this one had a proper oven and four rings. It also had a bigger fridge. You don't have to cook, if you don't want to, there is a fairly large restaurant that serves very reasonably priced meals, especially if you take into account that this is in the middle of nowhere in terms of other restaurants. They have the monopoly, but it's not exploited. There is also a shop where you can buy provisions if you do want to self cater, but it is probably better to shop in a supermarket before heading out to Addo. This is a brilliant place to stay in order to see the game. I'd suggest booking a sunrise game drive on the first morning. It's an early start but it allows you to go out with someone who will tell you what animals you're looking at, and also twenty pairs of eyes see much more from the high up jeeps than the pair of you in your own car will see. Once you have done that, then it's OK to go driving round on your own because you'll have got your bearings and know what to look for. You still see loads of animals but not as many as on the drives. It's best to go out first thing in the morning, when the gates open. You'll see far more animals that way, although you're almost guaranteed to see elephants at any time!

  • Liked — Great Location for viewing game and going on game drives
  • Disliked — having to change accomodation midway through stay
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
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Property: Addo Rest Camp
Address: 36 km From Matyholweni Gate, Addo Elephant National Park 6105, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Addo Elephant National Park
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Ranked #4 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Addo Elephant National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Addo Rest Camp 2.5*
Number of rooms: 42
Also Known As:
Addo Park Rest Camp Hotel Addo Elephant National Park

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