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“Great experience to remember” 5 of 5 stars
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De Old Drift Guest Farm
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   DE OLD DRIFT | R335, Addo, Sundays River Valley 6105, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #2 of 20 Addo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Norwich, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Great experience to remember”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

We stayed 3 nights in the self catering, thatched bungalow which set the scene for our first game drive and we thought that both the accommodation and facilities available were of a high standard. This was our first experience with a mosquito net and yet we found that we did not need it and in fact sat outside without any problem until late every night. The nearest restaurant also has a deli attached and we found the food there to be both excellent quality and good value. On one night we ordered dinner which was delivered to the room, Boboti, absolutely delicious. The highlight was our afternoon out with Delano otherwise our choices would have been a shortened version with a park guide or driving our own car. His raised truck allowed us to get a much better view of the animals and he was able to use his knowledge and contacts to get us to the best spotting opportunities. That trip turned out to be one of his top 3 and his enthusiasm was infectious. In fact we got so close to lions, elephants, warthogs, buffalos and kudo that although we had left the next day free to do our own thing we sat by the pool because we felt the experience couldn't be bettered.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
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alkmaar,holland
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49 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights and had a lovely room. Sitting on your own veranda and listening to all the sounds or take a swim in the nice pool is perfect. The highlight was the safari to Addo with Delano. He tried to give us the best of Addo.If you are here,do the safari!!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Leighton Buzzard
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

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.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

Three of us stayed for 2 nights in the 2 bedroomed self catering lodge (thatched roof). This accommodation was basic but clean. the position of the lodge necessitated using the, provided, mosquito nets. the flies were definitely an issue especially in the evening.
The 'braai' was good and we used it each night.

The accommodation is rated as 3 star this, in my opinion, was correct for the nicely appointed B&B units. However, the self catering unit was, in my opinion, only 2 star.

We took the Elephant Park trip hosted by Delano, the farmer / tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. He knew where to go to see the most animals. the trip took a total of 6 hours. at first it may appear to be a bit expensive but the cost includes entrance fee to the park, a picnic style breakfast and the individual services of Delano - highly recommended.

So all-in-all De old Drift gives good value and, in the case of the 2 bedroomed self catering unit, gives a rural African experience.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hengelo, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2011

It was the second time we visited the Old Drift and again we enjoyed staying there. A warm welcome by Lize and later Delano and not to forget the three dogs! Fantastic room ensuite. Breakfast was delicious and the second night we had a "braai" together with the other guests. Restaurant Lenmore is a 10 minutes drive away, which serves good food, as until this time dinners are not possible, but they are working on that! Addo park is nearby and Delano can arrange gamedrives through the park. Even a whole day is possible with lunch, "braai" etc.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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32 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

We stayed in the two-bedroom self-catering cottage and thought it was just perfect. Comfortable beds, well appointed kitchen, nice private terrace area looking out over the garden. Only downside might be a shared bathroom (rather than one for each bedroom).

Not far at all from Addo Elephant National Park, and a fine option for accommodation if you don't book in the park itself.

Note: If you plan on cooking meals at the cottage, buy your groceries in Port Elizabeth. We didn't find any grocery stores between PE and the cottage, including in Addo. In a pinch, the Addo National Park shop does sell the very basics.

Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2011

Had a nice stay in the honeymoon suite. Wonderful views, beautiful surroundings, cute dogs and a big braai. Housekeeping was great and the hostess upbeat. The kingsize bed was very comfy.

If you want to visit Addo National Park, this is the best place for sure!

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: DE OLD DRIFT | R335, Addo, Sundays River Valley 6105, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Sundays River Valley > Addo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Addo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — De Old Drift Guest Farm 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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