We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Orange Elephant Backpackers

R335, Addo, Sundays River Valley 6105, South Africa
Orange Elephant Backpackers
Write a Review

53 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    22
    17
    6
    4
    4
See reviews for
4
21
8
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (8)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
    (53)
  • Mar-May only
    (12)
  • Jun-Aug only
    (11)
  • Sep-Nov only
    (15)
  • Dec-Feb only
    (15)
All months
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must if you're spending time in the Addo area. The staff is very accommodating and friendly and the same goes for owner John who went out of his way to help us. The backapackers has a lovely set-up, rooms are spacious and clean. In general it is clear that it is run with pride, making your stay there very... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
19 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here in February just after high season so it was not super busy. Very accommodating staff with the owner, John at the rudder. The rooms are clean, spacious and affordable. There is a clear backpacker vibe and it's easy to meet new people. It is a huge property where you can stroll around the lemon orchards, chill in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Gwangju, South Korea
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I had a very good stay at the Orange Elephant on February 9th to 11th of this year (2015). Everyone was very friendly and helpful. I really appreciated the shuttle service to and from Port Elizabeth as I was by myself and not driving a vehicle. Meet a cool wildlife photographer working at the hostel, Conrad Cramer, and from him... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
OrangeEle, Owner at Orange Elephant Backpackers, responded to this review

Good Morning Kevin Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to your next visit More 

Berlin, Germany
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Very nice and relaxing place. Staff is friendly and helpful. Most of all John, the owner. It is close to the Addo Elephant Park. Tours are offered. Has a pub 100m from the hostel. All together I had a great time.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Dublin, Ireland
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

family run establishment with plenty of personalized rustic charm South African style brimming with urban professionals, families, backpackers and animal lovers. helpful, knowledgeable and accommodating staff, great location and tours to Addo Park. highly recommend the Two Park Tour, which takes you to the Cradock Mountain Zebra National Park, not quite as popular as as Addo, but definitely worth the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Worth, Texas
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
18 hotel reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We stayed at Orange Elephant for several nights while working on a diversity survey around the Addo area. This is NOT your run-of-the-mill backpacker's place: it is charming and has a great atmosphere and energy! The rooms are all very clean and nicely-decorated, and there are lots of fellow travelers to meet and greet. Its proximity to Addo Elephant National... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for one night primarily due to visiting the addo national park; however we thoroughly enjoyed our stay the rooms were large, clean and had a really homely look to them. Plus the pub attached was not expensive and their pizzas turned out to be sublime! Nice and helpful staff too ! Luca

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The place is amazing,its not an usual backpakers. The owner John and his family will do they best to make your stay unforgettable. They will help u with everything : organizing trips (addo, cheetah sanctuary), booking bazbus tickets and give advice for the next destinations. The rooms are clean and really nice :) At night you can go and have... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Brussels, Belgium
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
26 hotel reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We wanted to find a way to visit Addo Elephant Park without a car and Orange Elephant provided the perfect solution! We wrote to Erika to inquire about how to organize our visit and in an exchange of messages, she enabled us to create just the safari we wanted. She and Conrad picked us up in Port Elizabeth and drove... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Manchester
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
34 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Stayed two nights mainly to see the addo elephant park which is well worth a visit. The hostel is basic, we stayed in a double room which was huge and decorated very nicely but quite damp. The kitchens small and the breakfast very minimal, it's difficult to eat if more than 4 people are staying. There's a pub attached which... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

32 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (22)
Viewed
Room/suite (8)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (5)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
Other (8)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (10)
Viewed
View from room (1)
Viewed
Room/suite (1)
Viewed
Other (8)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay

Amenities

Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question