We stayed in Rondavel number 3 which was really well located with views over a waterhole (although there weren't many visitors to it when we were there; still it was a very nice view!). The Rondavel's are great with BBQ, elevated terrace, outdoor fridge (a bonus as it doesn't buzz away whilst you're trying to sleep) and communal cooking hut; but they could do with a little updating, particularly the shower room. They are a minute's walk from reception/shop/restaurant/game drives so very convenient. The real benefit of staying in the Rest Camp is that you are able to access the game area before the main gate opens - a half hour earlier in May, so before sunrise - we saw loads of wildlife at this time.
We were really disappointed with the Game Drives. The Guides are totally unenthusiastic both before and during the drives. They discourage bookings, change policies to suit themselves and offer nothing more than the information available in the pack provided in your accommodation - the worst customer service we experienced in South Africa! For these reasons we would recommend driving yourself.
Further info. on Game Drives:
We tried to go on a Night Drive which accesses the game area after other visitors have left, but they point blank did not want to do this drive on the two days we tried - the 2nd time they came up with a new policy that they need a minimum number of bookings (despite us having seen only two people on an earlier drive that day). Very disappointing.
On our first day we did book on a Sunrise Drive at 7am with Jonathon. We really think this should have taken place earlier i.e. at 6.30 at the latest when the game gate opened as it was pretty much light by 7am. Jonathon was totally unenthusiastic offering limited commentary throughout, and when he did say something it was straight out of the information pack, so totally uninsightful!
- Also Known As:
- Addo Park Rest Camp Hotel Addo Elephant National Park