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Addo Rest Camp
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

We have spent five separate visits to the Addo Elephant Park. It is on a small scale;only indigenous animals to the region and the Big Seven including whales and sharks.
It is managed superbly and we, as South Africans, would highly recommend it to all tourists wanting to experience wild life.

Room Tip: Try to overlook the watering hole if possible, at the Addo Camp.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

We stayed one night in a rondavel at Rest Camp and found it to be very comfortable. We enjoyed our outdoor seating/eating area and had a lovely happy hour as the sun set, followed by a nice breakfast in the morning. Beautiful. We enjoyed chatting with other guests. The rondavel itself was comfortable, with a good bed, nice bathroom and vanity area and a place for our bags. It is not luxurious but very comfortable. I had booked a rondavel to overlook the water hole, but never saw an animal at the hole, so might as well have booked another kind of accommodation as not. The accommodation is reasonably expensive for what it is, compared to B & B's, but the location for game viewing is great.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We camped in the tent sites. They are smallish, but for 2 people it worked very well, fitting our tent, car (Nissan Tida), a braai, a skottel and the table very comfortably. The ablutions and kitchen are kept very clean. There are sinks, urns and hobs available for campers. It is walking distance to anywhere in the camp. Game in the area is plentiful. We saw 3 black rhino at the waterhole, and were even kept awake by the lions on 2 of our 3 nights! We were also visited by a porcupine during the night. We found that Gorah Loop was the best for game-viewing. We saw lion, caracal, hyena, kudu, bushbuck, eland, warthog and others on this route. This was a very good value-for-money holiday!!!

Room Tip: T1 and T2 are smaller. T3, 4 and 5 are probably best.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

If you want to see Elephant's come and drink at the waterhole in front of your rondavel, please book this. You Will not regret it, its also very comfortable with a shower, a fridge for your wines and your private patio and bbq/braai. I Woke up hearing the cry of the jackal, that is simply priceless. Expect to see large troops of elephant's coming toghtere, you Will most probably not see lions but you van see hyena's during the night tour. Very cool place.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

We stayed at one of the family cabins for two nights in cold June. We were happy to see that they had heaters! The cabins had 4 single beds. One bathroom... small but adequate. There was sufficient pots, flatware, plates, etc. and you used the communal kitchen for cooking. We were told that we had to make a reservation at the restaurant. We did the first night, but there was hardly anyone there, so did not the second.. and they seemed put-out/annoyed.... yet there were max 6 tables during our entire dinner and about 10 staff standing around. The food was so-so. They refused to cook the game meats rare, and they were the worst prepared we had in the cape regions. When I tried to order the "venison trio", I was told that they never had this... that the server had never seen it and did not know what it was. .. and that they did not have it. Still, if you don't want to cook, it was okay. Service okay. We did the game drive ourselves. Started off early in the morning.. and immediately saw a spotted hyena and a lion out on the prowl!!!! We never saw them again...so we felt honored. We did not see elephants for quite a while, but ended up seeing four troops, and several loners... They were always eating by the roadside, so we just sat and watched... Got to see babies nursing, all sizes and ages of elephants.... including bulls. Came right up to the car a couple of times... but never were aggressive. We kept a list of the animals on the photo-list that they gave us with the map, and we saw almost everything on it and more animals that were not on it. We saw a baby buffalo that had just been born with an entire herd of buffalo that grazed right by the road.. on both sides... then walked across the road in front and back of the car. As we pulled forward, the mama buffalo gave us a "fake" rush when we apparently got too close (although we stayed in the car on the road). One zebra left its herd to run beside us for a while... (it seemed). Late in the day we started to see different animals. We never saw the elephants at the water holes... possibly because it had just finished raining for several days. We went to them many times to see if they would come. The entire upper portion of the park can easily be driven in one day. We drove around most of it in the morning, went and cooked lunch at our communal kitchen, then went back. Got to the gate around 5:30 pm and it was closed and locked. We had previously seen the ranger around 5 pm in another part of the park... but he did not tell us that he had closed up. We were told the gate closed around 5:30. Another visitor and we sat and waited... until someone came who did not seem happy... possibly the other car called the emergency phone? All I can say is that they did not seem to be flexible about their closing times... and, in fact, we think that they closed before the time we were told that they closed. Overall, well worth the trip... lots of animals that are in their natural surroundings.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

We stayed in the rondevels and woke to the sound of barking hyenas in the water hole at midnight. They barked, howled and swam for about 30 minutes while we watched mesmerized. I think we saw every one of the 550 elephants in the park as well as jackel, bushpig, kudu, zebra, red haretbeest, warthog, buffalo, tortoise, rhino, ostrich, monkeys and loads of birds. The rondavels were great but next time we might stay in the tents as they have a better view of the waterhole at night.

Room Tip: Best view of waterhold at main camp is front tents and then 2nd best view from rondawels
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

2 nights in Rondevel 4 gave us the opportunity to watch the lit waterhole after dark, wrapped in the blankets provided against the chill, and to see the stars in the night sky with little light 'pollution'. There WAS a tree in front of this rondevel, but it did not completely obstruct the view, and the sounds of animals in the darkness was fascinating. In the mornings, as we ate breakfast, we watched kudu drinking, were entertained by the verdet monkeys and by the flocks of birds arriving in search of 'scraps' (although you are not encouraged to feed the monkeys), and saw one, solitary elephant making his way up the hillside. Bring your binoculars for great watching!
The facilities of the thatched rondevel were very good, a comfortable double bed with warm duvet, vanity sink unit with mirror over,shower and toilet, towels (this isn't a hotel, though, so no toiletries or hairdryer), wardrobe, aircon/heating fan mounted on the wall. We had glasses and cups, kettle and toaster, and on the terrace a table and 2 chairs plus a lockable fridge/freezer. In the shared camp kitchen building there was a lockable cabinet of plates and cooking utensils and a hob for each of the 6 rondevels, plus shared microwave and washing up facilities. Along with the braii outside each unit, this means that self-catering is no problem. The shop has a limited range of food, but enough if you have not brought provisions with you. Cleanliness was very good, rondevel and communal kitchen being cleaned, and rubbish removed, every morning.
A torch might be a good idea for getting back from the restaurant and bar after dark, as, though the paths are generally well enough lit, the lamp outside our rondevel was not working at the time.
All-round a good place to be to 'get away from it all'.

  • Stayed: May 2013, 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: $119 - $119 (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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