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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