Addo Elephant National Park
Picture watering holes, brought to life by night time floodlights and overhanging decks.... A wide selection of activities, both traditional and alternative, catering to the adventure needs of guests, and a stunning selection of wildlife and bird populations. These are some of the factors which make up the elegant getaway experience of the Addo Rest Camp a thriving animal and guest community... offering comfort, style, affordability and adventure!
Addo Elephant Park is a place of safety for a vast array of South Africa's wildlife, including the beautiful Big 7, elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and the great white shark.
Hidden away in the thick bushveld of the Park, one can find Mathyolweni Rest camp, a satellite camp located in the new southern wedge near the small town of Colchester. Mathyolweni Rest camp derives it's name from the Xhosa word which means "in the bush", offering peace and tranquility far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This area does not have elephants yet, but there are plans to re-introduce elephants, buffalo, eland, red hartebeest and possibly black rhino from May 2007.
Mathyolweni Rest camp presents a broad variety of game viewing and outdoor activities, including horse-riding, guided bush walks, game drives, 4x4 trails and serene picnic spots. Nothing could be better if you are a bush lover.
Home to one of the densest African elephant populations on earth, this exceptionally tuned ecosystem is a refuge to over 350 elephants, 280 Cape buffalo, black rhino, a variety of antelope species, as well Africa's distinctive flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.
Hidden next to the Witriver in the Zuurberg Mountains about 22 km from the main rest camp you will find the authentic rustic Narina Bush Camp. Here, the magnificent African Sunset is interrupted only by the boisterous howl of the black-backed jackal, and the francolin's call announces each new dawn.
Did you know that Addo Elephant National Park embraces the largest coastal dune field in the southern hemisphere, not only does it pride itself in the Big 7, elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark, it also protects the world's largest Cape gannet propagation on Bird Island.
The Eastern Cape's popular Addo Elephant National Park is home to impressive pachyderms, gorgeous regional vegetation, its own section of the serene Sundays River, and Spekboom Tented Restcamp. Situated directly in the middle of the area's Albany thicket and sporadic grassland, this authentic and rustic tented camp provides guests with the setting for a perfect safari getaway.
Spekboom camp provides five tents, each unit sporting two beds, chairs and a table, kitchen utilities, cutlery and crockery, a braai (barbecue) unit and solar-powered lighting. The camp has two communal hot water showers, as well as toilets and a sink, all of which is within easy reach of the tents themselves.
Guests can take in some animal spotting, at the nearby watering holes, via the camp's specialised viewing slots. Nocturnal animals, such as hyenas congregate around these same areas in the early evenings, and are readily spotted with the use of a flashlight. Self-drive trips are conducted during the day.