There are many different accommodation types at Addo Main Camp. We chose the rondavels which have a view over a watering hole for our 2 night stay and we were absolutely delighted with our choice. Upon our arrival, there was a youngish elephant drinking at the watering hole. He soon became sleepy and laid down for a nap, something I have never seen an elephant do. Over the 2 days we also saw a black-backed jackal, black rhino, warthogs, kudu, birds and many more elephant at the watering hole. We observed many beautiful birds including African hoopoes and sunbirds directly in front of the rondavel as well. I really wish we had spent more time at Addo as I would have loved to sit and enjoy the view for hours on end.
The rondavels have their own private bathroom and a terrace with table and chairs as well as a fridge. A private braai is located just off the terrace. The kitchen is shared among the 6 rondavels. Each rondavel has its own separate cooking hot plate and a cabinet with all needed cooking utensils. The only part that is shared is the sink area. The kitchen is located right behind the rondavels so it is quite convenient and also allows the chance to chat with others.
Addo is a large, well-equipped camp but it never felt crowded. We tried the restaurant for lunch one day which was quite good (better than what we had in Kruger) and there are some vegetarian options as well. The shop is well stocked and had a good selection of food and wine, certainly enough to compose a meal. There is a swimming pool but as it was winter it was way too cold for us to partake. There is a bird hide inside the camp which was fun to sit and relax a bit. There is also a hide to observe the watering hole; however the view was actually better from our rondavel. We also did the the trail walk inside the camp which has a good deal of posted information to learn a bit about the native plants.
The game viewing in the park was excellent, better than expected. I was initially hesitant to visit the park as we had been to Kruger the previous year and I was afraid of disappointment; this was completely unfounded. It may not be Kruger, but I found Addo to be a very special and beautiful park. We experienced many wonderful sightings including black rhino, many birds (secretary birds, spotted eagle owl, ostrich, lots of raptors and much more), a lion (as we knew there are only 9 in the park, we did not expect to see any at all so this was a great surprise), eland, red hartebeest, flightless dung beetle and of course elephants everywhere. Our first afternoon out on safari we were blocked on the road by a huge old tusker and ended up locked out of camp (along with 2 other vehicles). Someone telephoned the guard and he let us all back in but wasn’t too happy with us. We made sure to be on time the next evening.
We absolutely enjoyed our stay at Addo and can’t wait to return someday. I highly recommend this camp, 2 days is really a minimum, I would return for a bit longer next time.
- Also Known As:
- Addo Park Rest Camp Hotel Addo Elephant National Park