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Overview

A floodlit waterhole serves as a unique lookout point at night, and Addo Elephant National Park's main rest camp is noted among guests for its wide selection of accommodation units, suited to a variety of tastes, and popular alternatives in guest activities. The park's animal community is put within easy access of visitors, a floodlit waterhole providing an uncommon lookout point for night-time groups.

Accommodation

Accommodation facilities on offer at Addo Rest Camp are as follows.

• Camp sites comprise of twenty sites, with electricity points, accommodating a maximum of six people. Site guests make use of communal ablution and kitchen facilities available. Only one caravan (and side tent) and one vehicle, or one tent and one vehicle, or one auto villa, or one motor home is permitted per camp site

• Domkrag Guest House and Hapoor Guest House overlook the water hole, with two bedrooms each, both with en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, furnished living rooms, and fully equipped kitchens. Both units accommodate up to six people

• Twenty-two chalets are available, each accommodating either two adults and two children or three adults on two single beds and a sleeper couch, all in the same area, meaning there are no seperate bedrooms. All chalets are air conditioned, with fully equipped kitchens. Bathrooms have baths and showers, and two of the chalets are adapted to accommodate paraplegics

• Six semi-detached chalets, eight cottages, and six rondawels overlooking the floodlit water hole sleep two people each. Bedding takes the form of two single beds, and these air conditioned units are complete with showers, toilets and hand basins, as well as kitchenettes, equipped with a bar-fridge, two-plate stove, microwave oven, cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils. The rondawels share a communal kitchen with a four plate electric stove, cutlery and crockery. Cooking utensils are shared with the other huts

• The forest cabin sleeps a maximum of four people, in an open area with four single beds. These ten units are equipped with showers, toilets and hand basins, a communal kitchen, as well as braai facilities, cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils and a fridge

• The camp's sixteen family chalets accommodate a maximum of six people each. These unit comprise of one bedroom, a bathroom which leads off of the bedroom's bedsitter area Each unit has an equipped kitchen and air conditioning

• A further fifteen chalets sleep two people each, accommodating guests in a welcoming, open plan unit with a mini kitchen, shower, toilet and hand basin

Safari tents have two single beds each, bedding, towels, fan, fridge, braai (barbecue) area, and separate communal ablution facilities, including showers, toilets and basin. The camp's communal ablution block is also freely available, and has a bath. Each tent also has a communal kitchen with two plate stoves, cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils.

Activities & Facilities

Addo Rest Camp offers adventure in the form of guided horse trails and game drives, all under the supervision of well informed and keen professional field guides. Important to note is that children under the age of six are not permitted on game drives.

The Sasol Red Bishop bird hide, a PPC discovery trail (suitable for visually-impaired and wheelchair-bound visitors), the underground hide and a host of hop-on tours providing easy access to the sites and wildlife of the area.

Facilities at the camp include:

• A fuel station which provides petrol and diesel between the hours of 7 AM and 5 PM

• A curio shop which also sells snacks and basic supplies open from 8 AM to 6 PM (times are subject to seasonal change)

• An a la carte restaurant in the main camp, serving meals throughout the day (7 AM to 10 PM ). Bookings are advised

• A swimming pool is available to overnight visitors

• A day visitor's braai and picnic area

• Public telephones and a post box

• Accommodation, activities (barring the Alexandria Hiking trail and Zuurberg horse trails), shop purchases and restaurant meals are all payable by credit card. There is also a First National Bank, with ATMS, in the nearby town of Addo, as well as further banking facilities in Kirkwood and Port Elizabeth, thirty-five and seventy-five kilometers from the camp, respectively.

Wildlife

The main game area of the Park, Addo Elephant National Park hosts the sought after Big Five, as well as red hartebeest, eland, kudu, common duiker and grysbok, spotted hyena and Burchell’s zebra, warthog, vervet monkey, bushpig and various other small mammals. This area of the park is also home to around 250 species of bird. Covered with Albany Thicket, patches of this grassland also show the area's history as a farmland before it was incorportated into the park.

Directions

By Air:

• The nearest domestic airport is in Port Elizabeth, 75km from the park. A number of hire car agencies have depots at the airport.
• International airports are situated at Johannesburg and Cape Town, with connecting flights to Port Elizabeth available.

Directions from Port Elizabeth (PE):

• Take the N2 highway towards Grahamstown.
• Take the turnoff to the left signposted “Motherwell” and “Addo Elephant National Park”.
• Turn left at the top of the off-ramp and proceed through Motherwell.
• Follow this road until you see the entrance to the park on the right.
Distance PE to park - about 72km.

Alternative route from PE:

• Take the N2 highway towards Grahamstown and carry straight on until the N2 splits off to the left from the N10.
• Carry straight on, following the N10 towards Cradock/Cookhouse.
• Take the R342 to the left when you get to the intersection with Paterson on your right. This will be sign posted “Addo Elephant National Park”.
• Follow this road, looking out for the entrance to the park on your left.

Directions from Grahamstown:

• Take the N2 towards Port Elizabeth.
• Follow this road until you see the turnoff to the N10 towards Cradock/Cookhouse.
• Take this turnoff and Carry straight on, following the N10 towards Cradock/Cookhouse.
• Take the R342 to the left when you get to the intersection with Paterson on your right.
• This will be sign posted “Addo Elephant National Park”.
• Follow this road, looking out for the entrance to the park on your left.Office and Gate hours

Main Addo Rest Camp Reception is open from 7 AM to 7 PM daily

Main gate: Opens 7 AM, closes 7 PM

GPS: -33.4442 (latitude), 25.7458 (longitude)

Reviews


We were completely satisfied and impressed.

Doug Timm

Christa du Preez

W.Tietz

Staff, accommodations and park were super.

Pieter Carel Moolman

I have only one criticism which is that the crockery/cutlery supplied needs to be more comprehensive - to iclude sharp cutting knoves and scissors - and sufficient for four people even in a two person chalet

michael harrison

We had a wonderful stay in Addo. We saw some marvellous wildlife and the Forest Cabin was lovely

Janet Holloway

We were stuck behind a herd of elephants for half an hour. They were ambling to a waterhole - a lesson in live life in the slow lane.

Nirmal Ghumman

All in all a good experience except we thought the food in the restaurant was not up to standard.

Mr Douglas Bradshaw

The most fantastic camping experience. Ablutions exceedingly clean - staff wonderful - camp area beautiful. WEATHER - GREAT

Michele van der Bank

Because the restaurant was in the building phase, we had to rely on the shop. We found the shop extremely limited for "self catering" food needs. My advise would be less curios and more staple food items in the shop.

Troy Buttress

A floodlit waterhole serves as a unique lookout point at night, and Addo Elephant National Park's main rest camp is noted among guests for its wide selection of accommodation units, suited to a variety of tastes, and popular alternatives in guest activities. The park's animal community is put within easy access of visitors, a floodlit waterhole providing an uncommon lookout point for night-time groups.

Accommodation facilities on offer at Addo Rest Camp are as follows.

• Camp sites comprise of twenty sites, with electricity points, accommodating a maximum of six people. Site guests make use of communal ablution and kitchen facilities available. Only one caravan (and side tent) and one vehicle, or one tent and one vehicle, or one auto villa, or one motor home is permitted per camp site

• Domkrag Guest House and Hapoor Guest House overlook the water hole, with two bedrooms each, both with en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, furnished living rooms, and fully equipped kitchens. Both units accommodate up to six people

• Twenty-two chalets are available, each accommodating either two adults and two children or three adults on two single beds and a sleeper couch, all in the same area, meaning there are no seperate bedrooms. All chalets are air conditioned, with fully equipped kitchens. Bathrooms have baths and showers, and two of the chalets are adapted to accommodate paraplegics

• Six semi-detached chalets, eight cottages, and six rondawels overlooking the floodlit water hole sleep two people each. Bedding takes the form of two single beds, and these air conditioned units are complete with showers, toilets and hand basins, as well as kitchenettes, equipped with a bar-fridge, two-plate stove, microwave oven, cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils. The rondawels share a communal kitchen with a four plate electric stove, cutlery and crockery. Cooking utensils are shared with the other huts

• The forest cabin sleeps a maximum of four people, in an open area with four single beds. These ten units are equipped with showers, toilets and hand basins, a communal kitchen, as well as braai facilities, cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils and a fridge

• The camp's sixteen family chalets accommodate a maximum of six people each. These unit comprise of one bedroom, a bathroom which leads off of the bedroom's bedsitter area Each unit has an equipped kitchen and air conditioning

• A further fifteen chalets sleep two people each, accommodating guests in a welcoming, open plan unit with a mini kitchen, shower, toilet and hand basin

Safari tents have two single beds each, bedding, towels, fan, fridge, braai (barbecue) area, and separate communal ablution facilities, including showers, toilets and basin. The camp's communal ablution block is also freely available, and has a bath. Each tent also has a communal kitchen with two plate stoves, cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils.

Addo Rest Camp offers adventure in the form of guided horse trails and game drives, all under the supervision of well informed and keen professional field guides. Important to note is that children under the age of six are not permitted on game drives.

The Sasol Red Bishop bird hide, a PPC discovery trail (suitable for visually-impaired and wheelchair-bound visitors), the underground hide and a host of hop-on tours providing easy access to the sites and wildlife of the area.

Facilities at the camp include:

• A fuel station which provides petrol and diesel between the hours of 7 AM and 5 PM

• A curio shop which also sells snacks and basic supplies open from 8 AM to 6 PM (times are subject to seasonal change)

• An a la carte restaurant in the main camp, serving meals throughout the day (7 AM to 10 PM ). Bookings are advised

• A swimming pool is available to overnight visitors

• A day visitor's braai and picnic area

• Public telephones and a post box

• Accommodation, activities (barring the Alexandria Hiking trail and Zuurberg horse trails), shop purchases and restaurant meals are all payable by credit card. There is also a First National Bank, with ATMS, in the nearby town of Addo, as well as further banking facilities in Kirkwood and Port Elizabeth, thirty-five and seventy-five kilometers from the camp, respectively.

The main game area of the Park, Addo Elephant National Park hosts the sought after Big Five, as well as red hartebeest, eland, kudu, common duiker and grysbok, spotted hyena and Burchell’s zebra, warthog, vervet monkey, bushpig and various other small mammals. This area of the park is also home to around 250 species of bird. Covered with Albany Thicket, patches of this grassland also show the area's history as a farmland before it was incorportated into the park.

By Air:

• The nearest domestic airport is in Port Elizabeth, 75km from the park. A number of hire car agencies have depots at the airport.
• International airports are situated at Johannesburg and Cape Town, with connecting flights to Port Elizabeth available.

Directions from Port Elizabeth (PE):

• Take the N2 highway towards Grahamstown.
• Take the turnoff to the left signposted “Motherwell” and “Addo Elephant National Park”.
• Turn left at the top of the off-ramp and proceed through Motherwell.
• Follow this road until you see the entrance to the park on the right.
Distance PE to park - about 72km.

Alternative route from PE:

• Take the N2 highway towards Grahamstown and carry straight on until the N2 splits off to the left from the N10.
• Carry straight on, following the N10 towards Cradock/Cookhouse.
• Take the R342 to the left when you get to the intersection with Paterson on your right. This will be sign posted “Addo Elephant National Park”.
• Follow this road, looking out for the entrance to the park on your left.

Directions from Grahamstown:

• Take the N2 towards Port Elizabeth.
• Follow this road until you see the turnoff to the N10 towards Cradock/Cookhouse.
• Take this turnoff and Carry straight on, following the N10 towards Cradock/Cookhouse.
• Take the R342 to the left when you get to the intersection with Paterson on your right.
• This will be sign posted “Addo Elephant National Park”.
• Follow this road, looking out for the entrance to the park on your left.Office and Gate hours

Main Addo Rest Camp Reception is open from 7 AM to 7 PM daily

Main gate: Opens 7 AM, closes 7 PM

GPS: -33.4442 (latitude), 25.7458 (longitude)

We were completely satisfied and impressed.

Doug Timm

Christa du Preez

W.Tietz

Staff, accommodations and park were super.

Pieter Carel Moolman

I have only one criticism which is that the crockery/cutlery supplied needs to be more comprehensive - to iclude sharp cutting knoves and scissors - and sufficient for four people even in a two person chalet

michael harrison

We had a wonderful stay in Addo. We saw some marvellous wildlife and the Forest Cabin was lovely

Janet Holloway

We were stuck behind a herd of elephants for half an hour. They were ambling to a waterhole - a lesson in live life in the slow lane.

Nirmal Ghumman

All in all a good experience except we thought the food in the restaurant was not up to standard.

Mr Douglas Bradshaw

The most fantastic camping experience. Ablutions exceedingly clean - staff wonderful - camp area beautiful. WEATHER - GREAT

Michele van der Bank

Because the restaurant was in the building phase, we had to rely on the shop. We found the shop extremely limited for "self catering" food needs. My advise would be less curios and more staple food items in the shop.

Troy Buttress

Accommodation options

Tent Site (CK4T)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 25 $ 6 $ 3 4 people
From $ 25

For 2 people

- Maximum of four people per site - Powerpoint (220v) - Very small sites (3.5 x 4.5m)- only tents allowed - Visitors must provide their own camping equipment - Visitors must provide their own small tent 

Caravan Site (CK6CP)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 27 $ 6 $ 3 6 people
From $ 27

For 2 people

- Communal ablutions - Communal kitchen with electricity, hob and sink - Gravel ground cover - Powerpoint (220v) - Visitors must provide their own camping equipment - Visitors must provide their own tent / caravan.

Safari Tent (ST2)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 67 - - 2 people
From $ 67

For 2 people

- 2 single beds - Barbeque Facilities - Communal ablutions - Communal equipped kitchen (hob, utensils, sink) - Fan & Heater - Fridge - No Smoking 

Forest Cabin (HF4)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 78 $ 18 $ 9 4 people
From $ 78

For 2 people

- 4 single beds with bedding - Communal kitchen with electricity, hob and sink - Fan - Fridge - No additional persons allowed - No Smoking - Utensils - Wc and shower 

Chalet 2bd (CH2)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 89 - - 2 people
From $ 89

For 2 people

- 2 single beds - Aircon - Mini kitchen (stove, fridge, utensils) - No Smoking - Open Plan - Unit Number 15 - Wc and shower 

Chalet 2bd +dsc (CH2/4)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 126 $ 18 $ 9 4 people
From $ 126

For 2 people

- Aircon - Kitchen with stove, fridge, utensils - Lounge with 2 single beds & 1 dbl sleeper couch - No Smoking - not suitable for 2 adults (dbl sleeper couch) - Open plan lounge / kitchen area - Wc, shower and bath 

Chalet 2bd + Dsc (CH2/4Z)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 126 $ 18 $ 9 4 people
From $ 126

For 2 people

- Aircon - Kitchen with stove, fridge, utensils - Lounge with 2 single beds & 1 dbl sleeper couch - No Smoking - not suitable for 2 adults (dbl sleeper couch) - Open plan lounge / kitchen area - Unit accessible to the mobility challenged - Wc, shower and bath 

Chalet 2bd S-d (CH2S)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 126 - - 2 people
From $ 126

For 2 people

- 2 single beds - Aircon - Hotplate, Microwave, Bar Fridge, Utensils - No additional persons allowed - No Smoking - Open plan kitchen - Semi Detached - Wc and shower 

Cottage (CO2)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 126 - - 2 people
From $ 126

For 2 people

- 2 single beds - DSTV (Limited Channels) - Fan - Hotplate, Microwave, Bar Fridge, Utensils - No additional persons allowed - No Smoking - Open plan kitchen - Wc and shower 

Cottage (CO2Z)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 126 - - 2 people
From $ 126

For 2 people

- 2 single beds - DSTV (Limited Channels) - Fan - Hotplate, Microwave, Bar Fridge, Utensils - No additional persons allowed - No Smoking - Open plan kitchen - Unit accessible to the mobility challenged - Wc and shower 

Rondavel 2bd Ck (HL2)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
14 Jun 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 126 - - 2 people
From $ 126

For 2 people

- 2 single beds - Aircon - Communal equipped kitchen (hob, utensils, sink) - Fridge - No additional persons allowed - No Smoking - Overlooks a floodlit waterhole - Wc and shower 

Chalet Family (FCH4)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
01 Jan 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 157 $ 18 $ 9 5 people
From $ 157

For 4 people

- 1 bedroom with double bed - Airconditioned lounge - Double Sleeper Couch (not suitable for adults) - Fan in bedroom - Kitchen - Lounge with 2 single beds & 1 dbl sleeper couch - No Smoking - Stove, fridge and utensils - Unit Number 16 - Wc, shower and bath 

Domkrag Guest House (GHD6)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
01 Jan 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 357 $ 34 $ 17 6 people
From $ 357

For 4 people

- 1 En-suite bedroom with 2 single beds - 1 En-suite bedroom with 4 single beds - Airconditioned bedroom - Beds can be pushed together to form three doubles - DSTV (Limited Channels) - Fan in lounge - Lounge - No Smoking - Open plan kitchen - Stove, microwave, fridge, utensils - View of waterhole - Wc and bath - Wc and shower 

Hapoor Guest House (GHH6)

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
01 Jan 2019 — 31 Oct 2019 $ 357 $ 34 $ 17 6 people
From $ 357

For 4 people

- 1 En-suite bedroom with 2 single beds - 1 En-suite bedroom with 4 single beds - Airconditioned bedroom - Beds can be pushed together to form three doubles - DSTV (Limited Channels) - Fan in lounge - Lounge - No Smoking - Open plan kitchen - Stove, microwave, fridge, utensils - View of waterhole - Wc and bath - Wc and shower