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Elephants Footprint Lodge
Ranked #1 of 9 Colchester B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 8, 2011

We went to Elephant's Footprint on a recommendation and based on the reviews here. Not sure if we just caught them at an off time, but overall we were not impressed. bad game drive advice, little willingness to accommodate changes in plans, and pretty bad food seemed to be the order of the day. at around the same price, you're much, much better off at the stable cottages just north of addo town.

I will say that the rooms at elephant's footprint are great and the setting is quite nice, although you can hear the traffic on the N2 a little too much in some rooms. Access to the south entrance of the park is also really close, which is great. Geoff was very hospitable when we arrived late our first evening, but from there things went downhill.

We asked when we should go for a morning game drive and he told us that it was "not an early morning/evening park - midday is the best" Don't the animals try to get away from the heat and disappear during the day? Everyone else we asked said we should go early morning and late afternoon because animals, like us, prefer not be active during the heat of the day and therefore would be harder to find. (we were later told this by park staff as well, and subsequently saw many, many more animals in the early morning and early evening versus mid-day during our time in the park). Retrospectively, I think that he may have been trying to avoid coming so early to have things ready for us to eat and then go on an early morning drive. But we agree to 8:30 am breakfast because of his advice, which was silly - we should have just gone to the park early and come back for breakfast. The breakfast food was not great for a 4-star place, and the coffee was downright terrible. Some german tourists are there too, and they had eaten at the in-house restaurant the previous night. They tell us they are going to eat somewhere else that night, with a look that says "you should go somewhere else too!" So that night we go to Lenmore, which was lovely.

On our second evening, Geoff tells us that he has been stung by a scorpion, which is unfortunate to be sure, and we are sympathetic. Based on what the park staff told us today, we say, we'd like to go on an early morning drive the next day. He re-iterates that it is really a mid-day park. We don't care to argue, so we simply state that we would like to enjoy the early morning light even if we don't see any animals. We had earlier agreed to an 8am breakfast again, but now we would like to change so we can go on an early morning drive. He cannot get the staff to come in that early, he says. Okay, we say, how about if we go on the drive and come back for breakfast at 10am or so? There are other guests having breakfast until about that time anyway, we say. But he needs us to be out of the room by 10 am (we are checking out the next day). Okay, we say, then we will vacate the room in the early morning and the return for breakfast at 10 am. But he needs the breakfast staff to help turn over the rooms. So despite originally offering to make breakfast between 7 am and 10 am, there is actually no flexibility. We go to our room frustrated and are not sure what to do. Why are *we* the ones trying to come up with options that will work for everyone in a four staff place?? Why is there no flexibility to accommodate our plan to go out in the early morning, despite this being beside a game park, which itself offers sunrise drives to see early morning animal activity? We then find a scorpion in our room, which we dispose of ourselves. We later find out that Geoff had been stung on the premises, and did not warn other guests that these insects were about (it's true that everyone should have known this was possible, but you'd think he'd warn everyone to be extra careful with such a recent sting)

The next morning, we are leaving early to go on our early drive. We are not sure what to do because we do not want to come back to complete check-out later in the day. Luck seems to be on our side though, as Geoff comes in about 6:45 or so. Great! We'd like to check out if that's okay, we say (since we already know that coming back for breakfast is not an option). Geoff lets out a big sigh like we have asked for him to complete a marathon this morning. We complete checkout in 10 mins and are trying to leave, but now he wants to talk about this part of south africa and what it's like living here. we can tell he's trying to get back in our good books by being friendly, but his situational awareness is pretty poor - we are trying to get out for an early drive! we don't want to spend 15 mins talking now! We leave. we do not intend to return. The day improves substantially when we see a herd of zebra up close and personal as they wander right by our car, a herd of about 40 elephants, a herd of buffalo, and a group of monkeys. All spotted before 9am.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 23, 2010

This was one of the highlights of our honeymoon.

Location is good for Addo south gate, which can then be followed by a private game drive.

Massive rooms, with high ceilings and nice big baths. Geoff a great host and the communal areas are very comfy.

Would have loved to stay another night!

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 26, 2010

We chose Elephants Footprint Lodge for the fact that it was close to the Addo Elephant National Park. We spent the morning in the park before heading for the lodge which could just as well have been a game reserve lodge. Thatch and wood with stone features and a beautiful garden. Our suite was huge with a king size bed and a bath big enough for us both to sit without sitting on top of each other. The place had a real "Out of Africa" feel. We had dinner in the lodge and found it hard to decide from the menu what to have. We found out that owner Geoff was sometimes called the Cooking Monster and he didn't disappoint. The steaks was made to perfection. We also found the perfect spot to watch the sunset from in the old bridge over the Sundays River right next to the lodge. I would reccommend this establishment without thinking twice.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2010

We didn't stay at the Elephants Footprint Lodge, but rather at the SANS Addo accomodations within the Addo Park. The night before our international flight our of South Africa, we realized we didn't have our flight time, and unfortunatley the SANS Addo accomodations are so isolated that there is no cell or internet connection. We drive into the darkness hoping someone at a B&B or lodge would take pity on us, and saw the sign for this lodge. It was late, and the place looked like it was already shut down. We called the number on the sign outside the gate, and explained our situation. The owner appeared and after we talked a bit, explained that his Internet was being serviced that night, so wouldn't be able to help. However, he then called another lodge in the area to explain our situation and pleaded for that lodge to acomodate our internet needs. He then programmed the location of that lodge into our GPS, and sent us on our way. The Elephants Footprint lodge is just a few minutes drive (if that) outside the gate of Addo. If this is how the owner treats strangers in the night, just think how he treats paying guests. THANK YOU ELEPHANTS FOOTRPINT -- you saved us.

Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2010

We have stayed here for two days and loved the beautiful lodge, and great rooms. It is nice to get out of the Addo elephant park and get into some luxury. We did a boat trip to the sanddunes, lovely. Friendly staff and good service.

Stayed: March 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 31, 2010

What a great place this is! Upon arrival, we were greeted by host Geoff, a very nice guy. He settled us into our fabulous room and invited us for a drink right away. The rooms are amazing, with high ceilings, a superb queensize bed, big leather couch, bath tub and last but not least: an outside rock shower. What a great way to start your day when taking an outside shower!

Elephants Footprint Lodge is located just a 2 minute drive from the south gate of Addo Elephant Park. An ideal location. With it's Flintstone-like pool, nice staff, great a-la-carte restaurant and it's 12 rooms it is an accommodation we can highly recommend to anyone visiting the Addo Elephant National Park!

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sjors79
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Reviewed November 24, 2009

Cant recommend this place highly enough. We couldnt believe our eyes when we arrived, the rooms are fantastic, amazing high ceilings, fanastic bath and cool outside shower, pure luxury! The owner Jeff is so friendly and organised a fantastic safari trip for us. It is a brilliant place to stay when visiting Addo elephant park.

Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: 1 Riverside Drive | Riverside Park, Colchester 6001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Colchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Colchester
Price Range: $76 - $103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Elephants Footprint Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elephants Footprint Lodge offers excellent accommodation with 12 en suite rooms under thatch room in a lapa style. Situated 2km from the Greater Addo Elephant National Park Southern Gate. This makes it the gateway to the Route of the Giants and the ideal getaway for an unique and unforgettable holiday. Dinner is served upon request Booking Essential ... more   less 
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