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ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK & SURROUNDING AREAS - SOUTH AFRICA - 
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Deep within the shadows of the dense valley bushveld of the Sundays River region of the Eastern Cape lies the Addo Elephant National Park. Here, the evenings are punctuated by the strident howl of the black-backed jackal, and the francolin's call heralds each new dawn. Safe from relentless persecution in the past, the grey leviathans of the bush now roam in peace. The original Elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area - today this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 450 elephants, Cape buffalo, black rhino, a variety of antelope species, as well as the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. But the Addo story has only just begun. Plans to expand the  164 000 ha Addo National Elephant Park into a 360 000 ha mega-park are moving forward at an exciting pace. This expansion is transforming Addo into the ultimate tourism destination. 

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Some of its unique features already include:

  • Unrivalled natural diversity, with five of South Africa's seven major vegetation zones (biomes).
  • The Big 7 (Elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, whales and great white sharks) in their natural habitat.
  • Rich heritage of archaeological and historical sites.
  • A wide variety of accommodation and activity options.
In addition, plans include the proposed proclamation of a 120 000 ha (296 500 acre) marine reserve that includes islands that are home to the world's largest breeding populations of Cape gannets and second largest breeding population of African penguins. 

ADDO ELEPHANT PARK - BED & BREAKFASTS WITH DISTANCES FROM PARK

Addo Olifantskop Lodge, Bed and Breakfast, GREATER ADDO - 34 kms
Olifantskop Lodge is situated among the foothills of the Zuurberg Mountain Range. The Lodge is set in a beautiful garden setting and offers excellent bird watching. Its rustic charm will keep you coming back year after year.  Olifantskop Lodge is an ideal base from which to explore the neighbouring towns of Alicedale, Paterson and Addo including the many game parks with their spectacular scenery and rich vegetation. These parks are a haven to the Big Five as well as a large variety of other wildlife.  The list of Game Parks are the famous Addo National Park, Amakhala Game Reserve, Schotia Safaris and Bushman Sands just outside Alicedale.
Cosmos Cuisine, Bed and Breakfast, GREATER ADDO - 15 kms
Experience warm hospitality in a relaxing and comfortable owner managed environment. In house Guests are spoiled in the renowned restaurant, where food is presented with flair. Indulge your senses throughout the five-course meal with a selection of South African estate wines. Voted one of the Top 30 restaurants in South Africa. Bedrooms offer private entrances, air-conditioning, telephone, television fully stocked bar fridges etc. Relax around the rock pool or read and unwind in the lush garden with their Koi dams. Personalised game drives, packages and tours with the in house qualified guide to nearby Addo, Schotia, Pumba big 5 game reserve and Bushman Sands offered.
Geelhoutboom B & B, GREATER ADDO  - 30 kms
Kirkwood is situated in the magnificent Sunday's River Valley, only 45 min drive from Port Elizabeth. The Sunday's River Valley is the main Citrus producing area, not only in the Eastern Cape, but also in South Africa. It borders the Addo Elephant Park as well as several other private Game Reserves. Geelhoutboom B&B offers excellent accomodation.  Our rooms are tastefully furnished..
Halstead Farm, Bed & Breakfast, GREATER ADDO  - 5 kms
Halstead Farm is a double storey 'Province' style farmhouse built just before the turn of the 20th century when this valley came into prominence as a citrus growing region. The central position of Halstead has proved to be a useful springboard to explore the valley. The Sundays River Valley is typical of many farming communities with carious farmstalls, polo club, library etc.  A mere 10 minutes from Halstead is the entrance to the Addo Elephant National Park. Our guests have many game viewing options. Horseback safaris have proved to be extremely popular for the more experienced of horsemen. For those who want to enjoy the opportunity of seeing lions, we can arrange excursions on the 'Tooth and Claw Safari's' with Scotia Safaris.
Sandflats B & B, Bed & Breakfast, Self-catering, GREATER
ADDO  - 22 kms
Far from the madding crowd you will find the tranquil country village of Paterson, where the only sounds disturbing you are the sounds of nature.  Here you will find the Sandflats Hotel, where your hosts, Rudy and Denise Wilhelmi, are looking forward to make your stay as pleasant as possible.  The Sandflats Hotel is ideally situated for the visitor to make it a base from which to experience the best that the beautiful and diverse Eastern Cape has to offer.  You can soak up the early morning sun on one of the many safe beaches around Port Elizabeth, spend the day in historical Grahamstown in the heart of South Africa's Settler country and enjoy an evening game drive at the Schotia Game reserve.
The Green Tree, Bed & Breakfast with Self catering Unit, GREATER
ADDO - 26 kms
In close vicinity of the Greater Addo Elephant Park and the Sunshine Coast, The Green Tree Cottage welcomes you! The Green Tree Cottage is situated on a working dairy farm, Wycombevale, where your host & hostess, Datie & Lezl van Niekerk, will make your stay a most memorable one. Enjoy staying in four luxuriously decorated air-conditioned cottages, dine in our private dining room, and experience Game viewing in the malaria free Eastern Cape. If the sun, beautiful beaches and nature are what you are looking for - look no further! We have it all within a short drive from the Green Tree Guest Cottage.
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ADDO ELEPHANT PARK & VICINITY - BUSH, GAME & SAFARI LODGES

Addo Palace Bush Lodge, Guest House, Lodge, Self-catering, B&B, ZUURBERG

Recently opened Addo Palace Bush Lodge offers luxury accommodation on a spectacular and peaceful 1000-hectare private property bordering the Great Addo National Elephant Park. We offer our clients the choice of Accommodation, Bed and Breakfast, Full Board or Self Catering.  We are located one hour from Port Elizabeth and close to world renowned Schotia and Shamwari Game Reserves.  We can arrange all your activities in the area including  Elephant Back Safaris, Private plan charters, Big 5 Game Drives, Quad Biking and much more.
Nguni River Lodge, Luxury Game Lodge, Nyathi Concession, 
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Spectacular views over a pristine floodplain and the Zuurberg Mountain as backdrop are the picture perfect image that welcomes every Nguni River Lodge guest.  Situated in the malaria free Addo Elephant National Park, only an hour’s drive from the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, Nguni River Lodge offers a wide variety of game viewing, outdoor adventure and luxurious accommodation.  Eclectic selections of shapes, textures and colours offers the guest at Nguni River Lodge luxurious accommodation in 7 double guest suites and 1 King suite.  Each suite boasts private plunge pools and balconies overlooking the river and floodplain below and sightings of animals can be seen from the privacy and comfort of your own room. 
Amakhala Game Reserve, Lodge, AMAKHALA GAME
RESERVE  - 30 minutes
Amakhala is named after the Xhosa word meaning Aloes, the prolific indigenous plant found in this uniquely diverse province. Steeped in history and beauty, this 5000-hectare game reserve creates an ideal environment for an unforgettable safari and an intimate experience of the varied landscape, including breathtaking views of the Bushman's River.  A range of SABS accredited accommodation is available, from bush lodges to charming farm cottages and elegant country houses. Surrounding attractions include the Shamwari Game Reserve (5 min), Addo Elephant National Park (30 min), Grahamstown (40 min), the Sunshine Coast with its stunning beaches (45 min), and historical Settler villages such as Sidbury and Salem.
Bukela Game Lodge, AMAKHALA GAME RESERVE  - 30 minutes
Bukela Lodge is situated in the malaria free, 6000 hectare Amakhala Game reserve just 40 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth. The Owners, Deon & Elsa Truter, have for many years dreamed and envisioned such a place, where one could relax and partake of the splendor of the African bush whilst still enjoying quality service and comfort. Having both explored most of the South African reserves extensively, they chose “this place of great admiration” in order to realize their dream, not only for its magnificence but also because it would offer their guests an opportunity of discovering the Eastern Cape which is of significant cultural and historical importance. In addition, the proximity of the coast to Bukela Lodge offers guests the opportunity of enjoying the bush and discovering the pristine beaches of the Eastern Cape.
Camp Figtree, Private Lodge, GREATER ADDO - 15 kms
Camp Figtree is an intimate Private Lodge set high in the Zuurberg Moutains overlooking the Addo Elephant National Park.  Built in traditional Colonial Style, Camp Figtree offers 270 degree jaw dropping views of the Addo National Park.  Come and enjoy the stars, elephant walks, horse back safaris or the Big 5 on your door-step.  For the food and wine lovers, let us delight you will our gourmet meals.  With only six rooms we can cater to your every need in a relaxed atmosphere.  A perfect place for a soft safari! 
Elephant House, Lodge, GREATER ADDO - 8 kms
The Elephant House is a small exclusive lodge only minutes away from the Addo Elephant Park.  Situated on a beautiful race horse stud and surrounded by rolling lawns and indigenous trees this is the perfect place to return to after a hot day in the bush. The lodge, with its thatched roof, wide verandas and exceptional service is reminiscent of the old colonial safari experience.  The antiques, superior fabrics and the owner's private collection of Africana art gives on the feeling of cosseted luxury. Every evening the drinks tray is brought out for sundowners and dinner is a sumptuous candle lit affair.
Gorah Elephant Camp, Lodge, ADDO ELEPHANT PARK
Discover a sense of place and time in tune with the authentic African safari of centuries past. This is Gorah.  The first private concession in a National Park, is a premier lodge set in the heart of the malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park, home to the densest elephant population on earth.  The Gorah House - Restored to it's 19th century colonial splendour and period furnished, the main house reflects a noble opulence and delivers the meticulous service and attention to detail that characterises Hunter's properties. Member of 'Relais & Chateaux'.  The romantic atmosphere of the eleven spacious and luxurious tented suites, recalls the golden era of safari in the early 1900's; yet with the comfort and excellence associated with Africa's finest game lodges.
Hitgeheim Country Lodge, GREATER ADDO - 19 kms
An exclusive thatched lodge only minutes from Addo Elephant Park, situated on a working citrus, buffalo breeding farm and eco-reserve.  Guests are warmly welcomed into this special place of peace and tranquility. The private and stylishly appointed chalets with private wooden leisure decks, each providing spectacular views over the valley below, ensure that the rest of the world goes by unnoticed, while you relax in a luxury bath or outdoor shower.  Experience the fresh air when strolling through the natural surroundings, coming face to face with the indigenous species roaming their natural habitat.  Take a farm tour or arrange an exhilarating Elephant Back Safari or personalised game drive at Addo Elephant. Afterwards, indulge in a refreshing swim or sundowners on the verandah.
Lalibela Game Reserve, Lodge, GREATER ADDO - 65 kms
This private game reserve's location in the Eastern Cape means it is not only malaria free, but spans 5 ecosystems (valley bushveld, savannah grassland, fynbos, riverine forest and acacia woodland), resulting in a breath-taking diversity of plants, animals and birds.  Lalibela brings you the charm of authentic Africa and is a perfect blend of the formal and informal. Lalibela has 3 lodges - Lentaba Lodge, Mark's Camp and Tree Tops - all offering decor that is infused with the essence of Africa, as well as warm and friendly service and unforgettable game viewing.  At Lalibela food is true safari cuisine with an emphasis on local specialties, ranging from centuries-old recipes to exciting contempory African dishes.
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ADDO ELEPHANT PARK & VICINITY - GUEST HOUSES
Hopefield Country House & Guest Farm, GREATER ADDO - 15 kms
Situated in the heart of the Sundays River Valley, close to Port Elizabeth and a stones throw from the world famous Addo Elephant National Park you’ll find a haven of comfort and luxury.  Offering superiour service with unashamed flair, Hopefield Country House & Guest Farm is the ideal spot for a quiet weekend away, family holiday or as your home base when you explore the natural beauty of the Eastern Cape.  Slightly elevated above the green orchards of the farm, Hopefield Country House offers unobtrusive views of the natural beauty of the Sundays River Valley. The magnificent lawns with blue swimming pool are flanked by colourful flowerbeds frequented by various species of birds.
Kronenhoff Guesthouse, ADDO - 30 kms
Kronenhoff Guest House is set in the picturesque Sundays River Valley bordering the Addo National Elephant Park. The magnificent Cape Dutch, luscious gardens, spacious and luxurious rooms, first class restaurant combined with the warmth and hospitality of the caring staff, makes Kronenhoff the ideal retreat.  Kronenhoff is situated in Kirkwood, only 75km from Port Elizabeth. The Addo National Elephant Park is fast becoming one of the major tourist attractions in South Africa. Day and Night drives can be arranged. The Darlington 4x4 Route through the Zuurberg mountains offers a great experience for 4x4 enthusiates.
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