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“Elephants galore - and lots more”

Addo Elephant National Park
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Addo - two wonderful days in April at the end of a four month trip around the southern hemisphere - has been our first and only experience of a game park (so far). We stayed in a picturesque rondavel near the edge of a waterhole at Rest Camp near the main entrance. Essentially a double room with en suite, a terrace overlooking the waterhole and its range of visiting animals - mainly kudu, warthog - we didn't use the shared kitchen, preferring the perfectly good restaurant just round the corner. The staff here, in the well-stocked shop and elsewhere were cheerful and helpful.

The highlights of our visit were our two good value game drives at sunrise and sunset. Each was in a high-sided open vehicle with a lively and informed guide who made sure we saw plenty of animals and birds - everything really but for rhino and leopard. The sightings, including close ups of lions, were more prolific on the sunrise trip.

Although with just a small rental car, on the last day we braved our own trip from north to south through the Park and saw lots more, especially elephants, including a large group at a waterhole with big bulls grazing the flanking forest. Stunning!

We guess you can find a more luxurious base - but at a price -- we wished we'd stayed a little longer. Our first two days in the country and the experience certainly whetted our appetite for the rest of our time in South Africa. It says a lot for the country that the rest of our time wasn't an anti-climax.

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Reviewed June 13, 2013

See my review of the Addo rest camp where I also reviewed the park. Excellent for animal viewing. Family cabins reasonable and warm, and restaurant so-so.

Thank MNM2012
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

We stayed 2 nights in self catering Chalet in Matyholweni Camp, minutes off the N2 at Colchester and near Port Elizabeth. The wooden Chalet was so beautiful, with reed roof and all anemities you could need, including an outside braai. maintenance to the chalets is very good as well as the chalets being very clean. serviced daily
The 1st afternoon we drove around the southern section of the Park and saw quite a few elephants. Next day, did the rest of the park and saw Warthogs, Eland, Zebra, Hartebeest, jackal, ostrich, Buffalo, Kudu, Monkey, Secretary Bird and Black Headed Heron as well as a host of other birds like Black shoukdered Kite, Southern Boubou, Booted Eagle. Unfortunately NO RHINO'S. we were told that they have unfortunately also had a few poachings in the park - when will this evil ever stop???
Road's in park very good. Had a light lunch at the Restaurant in the Main Camp which was ok. Curio shop very expensive.
Great picnic spot in the Park with clean toilets and tables and chairs. Also braai facilities
Overall, good value.- accommodation and park fees at about R 1200-00 per night (2 people), the facilities were great and a wonderful place to relax and unwind.

1  Thank Sandy v
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

My husband, six year old son & I drove the Garden Route from Cape Town to Addo in October 2012. We chose Addo as we thought it would be the best place for all of us to experience our first safari. Especially our son, who at the time was too young or had to have malaria medication - to go into other reserves/ parks. (we didn't want to medicate him in order to see wildlife) Addo also seemed like the Real Africa, not some luxury resort where kids are frowned upon or totally excluded. Unlike, the bigger reserves you are pretty much guaranteed to see some kind of wildlife in the first 15 minutes .... which is important when you've got young kids !!

We stayed for 3 nights at Addo and had a 4 person cabin which was very clean, had plenty of pots and pans if you wanted to self cater. The beds were comfy and had plenty of blankets. We thoroughly enjoyed the variety of food for breakfast & dinner at the restaurant. All the staff were friendly.

We took an organised morning and a night safari where we saw so many animals . By ourselves, we had a great time navigating around the Park trying to spot the animals. We saw most of the 20+ types of animals listed on the information sheet and our son enjoyed ticking off the list.

Its a truly amazing experience to be surrounded by elephants whilst sitting in your car !! An experience to remember for a life time. I'd go back tomorrow !!

Tip 1: Don't tell a 6 year old boy he cannot get out of the car to pee ! Because - straight away he needs to pee. Carry an old water bottle (disposable) for such emergencies !!! hilarious.

Tip 2 : If you are planning to stay at more than one SAN Park check out if its cheaper to buy the season pass or pay for individual parks. The entry fee to get into the Parks & the tariff for accommodation are separate. (there is a price for South Africans and a different price for other nationalities)

We booked all accommodation on line from Perth, it all worked really easily. Then when we got to SA we found our closest SAN Park office and did the maths. The staff are very helpful and will run through all the prices with you

1  Thank WF1PerthWA
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

We stayed two nights in Main camp and loved it. The game viewing which we carried out from our own car was fantastic and all the access roads are clearly marked on the map supplied

We will be returning on our next visit to South Africa

Thank Graham T
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