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Addo Elephant National Park Safari in South Africa

The 145,000 hectare Greater Addo Elephant National Park surrounds the hotel where a range of spectacular horse-riding and hiking trails can be experienced from beginners to the more advanced. During this safari, you will get to enjoy game drives, wherein you will get to see various wildlife, and also you will get to receive pampering at the spa.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Maximum group size: 60 persons
  • Children policy: Children from three years old are allowed to join.
  • Park fees are included.

Highlights

  • 1 full day game drive
  • Discover Greater Addo Elephant National Park
  • Spot the Big Five and kudu, eland, warthog, and more
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 1 spa treatment

Styles


2 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 60 participants
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Accommodation

The more discernable guests can treat themselves to one of Zuurberg Mountain Village's Edwardian Village Cottages. The cottages are arranged so that guests can enjoy both the spectacular mountain and valley views. Each cottage boasts two private patios on the east and west side, ideal for magical sunrises and sunsets.

Other features include, black-wood floors, climate control, under-floor heating in the bathroom, a freestanding bath, and an indoor and outdoor hot and cold shower.

The lounge is a gracious and high-ceilinged room dominated by an immense stone fireplace with classic indigenous wooden furniture typical of the period. Aperitifs can be enjoyed around a log fire on cool winter evenings.

The Cycad, the hotel’s main dining area, is enhanced by several features - the counter hand-crafted by the 1820 Settlers, fireplaces, and French doors leading to the pool where alfresco dining may be enjoyed on balmy summer nights.

Woodifields Bar, named after the engineer of the Zuurberg Pass, is one of the few remaining genuine English pubs in the country, where refreshments can be enjoyed in a relaxing atmosphere.

Hotel leisure facilities include a swimming pool, tennis courts, kiddie’s playground area, pool table, game drives, hiking trails, and bird watching and horse trails.

Program

Day 1: Arrival and spa time

Arrive at Zuurberg Mountain Village late in the morning and relax with an el fresco lunch on the terrace. Spend the afternoon relaxing around the pool or doing a one-hour hike on the property. You will have a one-hour spa pamper treatment (massage, manicure, or pedicure). Enjoy dinner from 7 p.m. onwards. Overnight in your tastefully appointed village cottage.

Day 2: Full day game drive

Early breakfast at around 7:30 a.m. for departure at 8 a.m. for a full day game drive from the hotel into the Addo Elephant National Park.

The game drive covers the various periods of the day and should provide good sightings of elephant, buffalo, zebra, hartebeest, kudu, eland, warthog with good opportunities to see lion, hyena, jackal, and various others.

The park has a unique combination of vegetation hosting numerous bird species. You will enjoy a braai (barbecue) lunch at one of the picnic areas followed by the afternoon in the bush. You will return to the hotel at 6:30 and enjoy dinner from 7 p.m. onwards.

Day 3: Departure

Breakfast at Zuurberg Mountain Village then depart for your next destination. Check out time is 11 a.m.

Location

The 145,000 hectare Greater Addo National Park surrounds the hotel. As the third largest national park in Southern Africa, the variety of wildlife found in the park is astounding.

With 417 species of birds, 95 kinds of mammals, including the Big Five and of course the 600 elephants that roam there, it's an absolute treat for nature lovers. Mountain zebra, eland, kudu, bushbuck, duiker, red hartebeest and other endemic game of the area can be encountered, as well as prolific birdlife.

The wilderness drive traverses the Zuurberg section of the Greater Addo National Park. The trip is very scenic and you'll have expansive views of the mountains and far into the Karroo. The route goes through five different biomes with a great variety of beautiful flora and fauna.

Food

During this safari, your daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the price. Guests can be expected to enjoy a leisurely country breakfast and during the day. The Terrace menu is available for light snacks. Zuurberg Mountain Village offers a classic five-course Carvery or Table d’hôte. The Zuurberg Mountain Villages Traditional Sunday Carvery is legendary. Guests still travel from afar to celebrate this gourmet experience.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

You will have a one-hour spa treatment (massage, manicure, or pedicure).

What's included

  • 1 full day game drive
  • 1 one-hour spa treatment (massage, manicure, or pedicure)
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • All park fees

What's not included

  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Driving directions from Port Elizabeth

  • Take the N2 towards Grahamstown and pass Blue Water Bay.
  • Take the next exit to the R335 marked Motherwell / Markman.
  • Turn left and continue on this road. Drive through a small town called ADDO.
  • Travel a further 10 kilometers until you see the Zuurberg Mountain Village turnoff on your left.
  • Turn left – the road will become a gravel road.
  • Drive 16 kilometers up the original Zuurberg Mountain Pass until you reach the hotel. You do not need a 4x4 vehicle to drive on this gravel road (from the Addo side), but drive slowly and be on the look-out for oncoming traffic when going around the sharp, narrow bends.
  • Keep to the left side of the road. The drive up the pass is “naturally” bumpy, but is very scenic with expansive views of the mountains. It goes through five different biomes with an abundance of beautiful flora and fauna. In order to maximize your enjoyment, allow 20 minutes for this part of your journey.
  • Be cautious when driving up the pass at night, when there is heavy mist and during / after heavy rainfall.
  • Zuurberg Mountain Village looks forward to welcoming you. See you on top of the mountain!

Driving directions from Port Elizabeth (longer but more scenic and easier driving)

  • Take the N10 towards Paterson.
  • At Paterson, turn left onto the R342.
  • Continue on this road for the next 24 kilometers.
  • Drive past the entrance to the ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK. You will see a sign on your right hand side saying "Zuurberg".
  • Turn right, the road becomes a gravel road. Travel a further 16 kilometers till you reach the hotel as per instructions above.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Children information

Children from 3 to 11 years old will pay 2855 ZAR each while those aged from 12 to 17 will pay 3930 ZAR each.

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