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Addo Rest Camp
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

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 !

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

On the way from the reception to our cottage was thinking about the distance we had to walk to anything nearby(reception, restaurant, etc.). My trepidations were sent to the back on entering the cottage. Basic but one of the most charming places that I have stayed in.
The designing was very eclectic African and the view from the bed was spectacular.
You can start your morning with a 180 degrees view of lush forests with birds chirping and Zebras grazing. Bathrooms were spic and span with minimal toiletries.Rooms also equipped to cook yourself with a fridge, oven, cook top, utensils and a small table not to mention the open Barbeque area and unit to the side of the entrance and a lovely balcony over looking the bushes.
Breakfast spread was pretty good considering the remoteness of the lodge. The safari and knowledge of the guides was up to the mark and menu on the restaurant for dinner was also good. You will have to learn to be patient though as nothing here happens in a hurry. Mixed staff, some very affable and some sombre.
Definitely a great experience on the fringe of the forest.

Room Tip: The 2 bed Chalets are very good and situated a little higher up.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Thank vidhusagar
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

The Addo Elephant park is great. We went in September and all the elephants and other wildlife walking amidst the flowers was really special. We planned to stay 2 nights but extended our stay with a 3rd nights because we enjoyed it so much.

As some of the rooms were already booked we needed to stay at three different places: one night in the rondavels (great view!), one night in the forest cabins (basic but romantic) and one night in a chalet (spacious). We liked all three of those. Restaurant was ok, but nothing special and we decided to use the braais to make our own diner, great!! If possible, stock up with some food for breakfast, lunch and diner in a supermarket outside the park as we found the choice in the supermarket a bit limited.

Very enjoyable time, lots of wildlife (especially elephants of course, but also lots of other animals) and beautiful scenery.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank MarAndJP
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Reviewed April 5, 2012

We booked 2 rondavels, 4 and 5. at nr 4, you have a tree that was in front of the house so it was difficult to see the animals from the balcony.
We had dinner/breakfast at the cafetaria, witch was very ok for us.
also enjoyed some time at the swimming pool.
Booking was easy with sanparks.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Timothy069
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

Water hole offers entertainement after the main gate closes. Overall good value, but cleaness needs improvement. Other parks are definitely cleaner

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

We drove to Addo from Cape Town. The main camp was easy enough to find (a few minutes beyond Addo village itself). The staff were friendly and welcoming. A good map of the camp they gave us helped us find our hut.

The camp is quite spread out. There's different types of accommodation available, including tents, but we went for a cottage.

The cottage was very nice, and great value for what we paid. A thatch roof and tastefully decorated main room lead to a large shower room. The kitchen was well equipped (the fridge was very small, but fine for a couple of days worth of food) and the bed was comfy.

The park has a restaurant that is reasonably priced and a store that provides the basics along with souvenirs. A more comprehensive range of food is available from the supermarket by the gas station in Addo village.

We took the game drives provided by the park. We took the sunrise and sunsets drives (meet the land rover at 5:45am for the morning drive and I think 3:45 for the sunset drive). The drives lasted 2 hours. The guides were fairly knowledgeable and tried quite hard to find the big game everyone was looking for (it's amazing how elephants are so accomplished at hiding).

It's also possible to self-drive through the park, which is a nice way to spend an afternoon. The odds of finding game by yourself are far less than when you're with a guide (guides can drive on tracks inaccessible to the public and also are used to spotting signs of animals). However, it's a nice feeling when you stumble across an elephant when you're driving yourself. Forget having a private viewing of any big fauna - cars swarm to a spot if they think there's a chance of seeing something. A car innocently stopped along the road is enough to draw attention from other drivers to come and sit alongside you.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

My wife and I spent a fabuluos weekend in Addo National Park in their safari tents. The tents have a full size fridge and fan in them. They also have a little braai (bbq) next to the tent. The tents are cleverly seperated by spekboom hedges. The safari tents share a kitchen and ablution block, both are adequately equiped and kept clean (unfortunately there was a Tucantravel bus tour party booked into the general campsite who decided they could share our facilities despite numerous signs and notices which said the facilities were only for safari tent users). Best of everything was the fantastic view we had over the watering hole and we were blessed enough to watch an old bull elephant stroll into the dam and continue to roll around and play in the mud. An all round fantastic experience despite the TucanTravelers disobeying simple instructions.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 36 km From Matyholweni Gate, Addo Elephant National Park 6105, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Addo Elephant National Park
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Ranked #4 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Addo Elephant National Park
Price Range: $134 - $164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Addo Rest Camp 2.5*
Number of rooms: 42
Also Known As:
Addo Park Rest Camp Hotel Addo Elephant National Park

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