To get it out of the way; yes it is 10km or so up a fairly bumpy dirt road and then 2km (ish) along a very bumpy dirt drive. We were pleased to have a station wagon for the last bit. It's 30 minutes from Figtree's car park to the gate at Addo Park. However, the tariff reflects the slightly off-centre location and, in our view, was more than compensated for by the fabulous, breathtaking mountain views, the perfect peace, the very obliging staff (all black - a welcome first in my experience), excellent food and characterful, colonial era accommodation and atmosphere.
We occupied the family cottage (a double and two bunk rooms, two bathrooms and large sitting-room plus terrace and private swimming pool (though this was a bit fly-plagued and to be eschewed in favour of the very good communal one, which has mountain views and a deck). All for £250 GBP/night including dinner and breakfast. We did not find the room too hot at any stage, though the cottage is more sheltered than the hillside rooms. Our first dinner was served around a blazing fire in the boma under the stars. Magical. Mike is recommended as both game-drive guide to Addo and mini-beast trail-guide around the camp itself (by the way, arachnophobes should stay clear; the bushes are home to (fascinating, passive) large spiders (it's Africa. Get over it). Laze around the verandah by day and have the place almost to yourself. Meals were excellent (lunchtime sandwiches a bit hit-and-miss). The generator shutting down at 10 is Natures way of saying 'recharge your own batteries'.
Minor niggles; you sometimes had to look around for staff and make a little effort to be thoroughly understood, but the helpful attitude overcame all. A good alternative to the high prices charged around the Park gates for those prepared to drive alittle further in search of the unusual.
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