I am not fond of the word ‘camp’ for it is synonymous with rustic, simple basic facilitates and very often camp is used to camouflage lack of basic amenities. Don’t be mislead, this is no rustic camp, but, a bunch of amazing cottages with lovely facilities (swimming pool, private bbq area, hot water, kitchenette, fridge, coffee/tea, room heater, TV, Aircon, cutlery, Micro etc..). When I entered the Addo rest camp, it struck me as dry, boring and ‘in the middle of no where’ kind of resort. However in two days I experienced so much here that I was sad to leave. The birds were a bird watchers delight, the flora and wild life were a treat to nature lovers and photographers. The weather and lighting changed so many times, and I never got bored of the view from my room. This place is right in the middle of the jungle crawling with wild animals. But, the camp is in a fenced area, and a check post to prevent wild animals from coming in, and this is comforting.
There is a central reception and restaurant; all the cottages are spread very wide apart. If you are in a group, you must insist on adjacent cottages. This is important since the mobile signals are erratic and there are no phones or intercoms in the cottages. Some of the bigger rooms have air conditioning and a bath tub and the smaller ones don’t. To compensate the smaller ones have a TV. Also carry a torch with you since stepping out in the dark is dangerous.
There is an interesting shop that is well stocked, and you can pretty much buy most of the things you want here (snacks, basic cosmetics, soft drinks, clothes and souvenirs). Most cottages have a private BBQ area and you can buy meat and fire wood in the same shop. There is a water hole in front of the resort and animals visit this spot and this is a good spot to sip a whisky around sunset in the pretence of watching wildlife.
The restaurant is my favourite and serves all kinds of meat – Kudu, ostrich, warthogs etc. If you are into game meat you will love it. The day safari in the mornings were unbelievable cold – check the weather with the staff and carry blankets too and you will thank me. If you go on a night safari be aware that the restaurant would be closed when you get back. Suggest you order take away before you leave on the safari, and collect it when you get back.
An amazing place from where one can explore the abundant pleasures that Addo has to offer. Highly recommended of course !
- Also Known As:
- Addo Park Rest Camp Hotel Addo Elephant National Park