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“Nice rest camp in a nice wildlife sanctuary” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Addo Rest Camp
Philadelphia, PA
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“Nice rest camp in a nice wildlife sanctuary”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013

Every national park in South Africa is compared to Kruger, and that's probably the right comparison. I'll state it flatly; Addo is interesting and enjoyable, but it's not Kruger. And if you're heading to Kruger, you can save yourself the time and money and skip Addo -- you won't be missing anything.

But if you're NOT visiting Kruger -- and we weren't on this trip -- Addo is a nice place to see wildlife and the main rest camp is a good place to stay. We had one of the premium rondavel rooms and I'd highly recommend reserving one if you can. As noted by other reviewers, the rondavel looks over a lighted waterhole where there are SOMETIMES animals. But keep in mind that the animals move around a lot, so it's unpredictable whether they'll be there the sametime you are! When we arrived at mid-day, the waterhole looked like wild kingdom; but after an hour, all the animals were gone and we never saw them there again! The rondavels are very pretty and comfortable, with a refrigerator and braai pit directly outside, and the full communal kitchen very close-by. Alas, the units do get a little buggy (don't leave your door open and lights on at night!), so they're probably not great if you're a bug-a-phobe (but then no accommodation at the camp would likely be good for bug-a-phobes).

Driving your own car around the park is a great low-cost, high-adventure strategy and, unless you're extremely unlucky, I think you'll see a large number of animals. Elephants, zebras, warthogs and kudo were everywhere for us, and we saw other animals as well (alas, no lions -- you'd have to get lucky to see lions at Addo). The camp offers several guided tours, but I think these are a waste of money (others will probably disagree).

The camp itself is very pleasant and compares favorably in amenities to those in Kruger. We didn't try the restaurant, but it looked fine, and the shop is well stocked and not too expensive (still, it's probably better to do your own braai, and stock up in town before arriving in the park). Try a marula ice pop from the store. Two days and one night is probably adequate for most, because you're likely to get "animal sighting fatigue" after a day or two! I'd recommend driving from Addo town directly to the rest camp (only a few kilometers away) and then, eventually, exiting the park from the south back to the highway and Port Elizabeth.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

A group of 6 of us, 3 couples,stayed in 3 of the rondavels in September. Loved being able to sit and watch the animals at the waterhole from our front porch! The units are small, just big enough for a bed and bathroom, but quite comfortable, and warm enough on a very cold night. The communal kitchen facilities were also quite nice, and we made our own dinner and breakfast there. Highly recommend the rondavels for a romantic getaway.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Somerset West, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013

We had a great 2 nights in Addo Park, staying at the Addo rest camp. We were in the Hapoor guesthouse overlooking the main waterhole and had front row seats to the evening’s entertainment – dueling kudus, frolicking elephants, and marauding buffalo! The view from our bedroom was spectacular - full view of the goings-on at the water hole. The guesthouse was a 2 bedroom with a common living area and fully-equipped kitchen. It was quite luxurious with nice furniture and wall decorations and even a big screen TV with DSTV channels. My main living area was a bit dark but the bedrooms were light and airy, complete with desk and king size bed. The bedrooms both had ensuite bathrooms and AC – very comfortable. The front veranda was a great place to relax, sip cold drinks, and watch the animals parade by. We left our bedroom window open at night in order to better hear the cool night sounds from the waterhole. We had a great sleep and welcomed nature’s alarm clock (bird song) in the morning.

Addo camp itself was very nice and well-organized. There is a very good restaurant with good prices there where we ate all our meals. In addition there is a great shop to buy basic food supplies, sweets, and souvenirs. The interpretive center is very interesting and well-presented and definitely worth an hour or so. There are a few walking trails and gravel roads in the camp, great for a morning run or walk. A couple of hides get you pretty close to the action at the waterhole and the bird pond.

Overall we had a really great stay, especially with all the animals’ antics at the waterhole. I would highly recommend this camp, and particularly the Hapoor guesthouse, for your stay in Addo park.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in Main Camp in a Rondawell. It was a bit small, but clean and very functional. Nice deck, but a bit chilly to sit out at night waiting for the elephants at the water hole. We lucked out on our last night and saw an 'elephant parade' come down the hill to the water hole. At least 40 elephants and babies too --- what a great experience.
No guaranties, but we were lucky with a few key sightings.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

Spent a couple of nights in the rondavels, beds good, bathroom en suite. Fridge on verandah which you keep locked so the monkeys don't pinch food. Lovely sitting on the verandah looking at the waterhole. bbq facility and communal kitchen with own lockable cupboard with dishes etc.
Restaurant if needed and also shop with necessities for bbq etc. Enjoyed the driving around the park in our own car, saw lots of elephants and other animals including dungbeatles which were fascinating to watch. They did have tours in early morning and evening in trucks. Always put up daily sightings of animals and where they were seen so others could see.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

Do not get me wrong it is a great park and the accommodation is perfect. We stayed in the tents at the waterfront. We thought to see a lot of animals during the morning and night but unfortunately this didn't
happen, we have heard stories though from visitors they did. You can enter they park by own car or via a guided tour. We did one guided tour and 2 days we drove on our own. Elephants, kudu, zebras are easy to spot. However if you want to see the lion, rhino or leopard you have to be very lucky. To be honest it is almost impossible, there are only 9 lions and the area and it is about 1rd of the Netherlands. Nevertheless it is a great park to drive trough and 2 or 3 days are easy to fill. Our guided tour was also nice and we even spotted an "spotted hyena"! There are no giraffes because the Forrest is not highs enough so difficult to eat for them. The morning drive is an absolutely recommendation.

We also stayed one night in the Spekboom tent an absolute must do! You are in the middle of the camp so you need to be in at 6. No power or ore facilities so the braai you will need to use.

The braai is anyway the best to use if you stay in the park because the restaurant food is not very high quality. The spareribs come with fries which are not baked long enough and the mojito we ordered was not fresh made but from a "packed" juice. Overall it was ok but not upmarket and prepare your own food on the braai is nicer anyway :-). The dessert homemade cheesecake was the best!

We will definitely visit the park again if we are close. Book your accommodation on time since it is busy all the year.

Outside the park is a nice restaurant called lenmore. Nice for lunch after visiting the park and take the exit gate at southern gate and then the right to addo.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Property: Addo Rest Camp
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
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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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