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 Post subject: Re: Addo: Advice
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:44 pm 
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Hi there all, first time visiters to addo this July. Always going to kruger in July, but we thought lets brake the cycle and do something different this year. - want to know what the weather is like then - we are camping - or what time of year is the best to visit addo. Thanx

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 Post subject: Re: Addo: Advice
Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:02 pm 
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Legadema: I have camped in July and found that one day could be winter and the next day summer. I found the temp around +/- 10 at night but it does vary a lot. But with a nice fire going and wrapping up warm that is all you need to make each evening special. As far as what time of year to visit well for me anytime is right, it does get very hot in summer (I love it) and can get very cold during winter(wife loves it) Addo is a great place to visit and the elephants are used to cars (not poeple) and they do get very close, so enjoy your visit.


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 Post subject: Need some information about Addo Elephant national park
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:20 pm 
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Hello,

I and my wife are planning to visit Addo NP on from the 8th to the 9th of April.

We want to stay a night at the park and to do 2 game drives, one at the afternoon and one at night, and a horse ride in the morning after.

This is our first time in the park so I wanted to know if this is a doable plan and how can I make the reservations for both the accommodation and the game activities ?

Thanks,
Alon


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 Post subject: Re: Need some information about Addo Elephant national park
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:37 pm 
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Hi Alon and welcome to the forums!

Are you sure that you cannot squeeze in another night? It sounds a bit much for just one day. The nice thing about Addo is that you can drive around by yourself i.e. if you are coming by car?

I am not informed on the horse riding, but I am sure that somebody else will know.

If you book a rondavel, you will have the waterhole just in front. Have a look here!


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 Post subject: Re: Need some information about Addo Elephant national park
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Hi Alon,

welcome to the forums :D

Have a look here for the game dirves and the horse riding:
http://www.sanparks.org/parks/addo/tour ... .php#horse


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 Post subject: Re: Need some information about Addo Elephant national park
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Hi Alon,
I was out at Addo yesterday and I went to the Game Drives and Horse Rides booking office and enquired about online bookings and I was informed that that was not possible but one had to do your bookings via e-mail. Here is the e-mail address that was given to me. addogamedrives@sanparks.org

Wishing you a wonderful stay at Addo
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 Post subject: Re: Need some information about Addo Elephant national park
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:14 pm 
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Hi ALon,

accomodation is best booked by phone at the central Sanparks office. As for game drives and horse riding, the booking via e-mail as mentioned by Ronnie works perfectly. I have done this for my last trip to Addo and will do so again for my next visit in August.

If you are experienced horse riders, I would recommend doing the 3-hour afternoon ride. I did both and enjoyed the afternoon one a lot more. In the morning it is mostly beginners with walking only, so you do not get too far, whereas with the longer time in the afternoon and trotting and cantering you get into really nice scenery and I saw elephants from horseback as well. However, the pace is quite fast.

Enjoy your trip.


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 Post subject: Addo Restcamp: ATM, visa, internet?
Unread postPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 10:45 am 
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Hey everybody :)

I have three questions, hope someone can answer them.

1) Is there an ATM inside the Addo restcamp to draw money?
2) Can i pay with Visa credit card at the shop, restaurant and fuel station?
3) do they have internet there?

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Anton


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 Post subject: Re: Addo Restcamp: ATM, visa, internet?
Unread postPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 11:29 am 
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Hi Anton, and welcome to the forums!

In reply to your questions:

1. As far as I know, there is no ATM in the main restcamp.

2. You can pay with your credit card at the shop and restaurant, but as far as I know, not for fuel.

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# Credit cards are accepted for payment of accommodation & activities (except for the Alexandria Hiking trail, Zuurberg horse trails, Kabouga accommodation and 4x4 trail), shop purchases and restaurant meals.
# First National Bank with ATM is situated in the town of Addo, 15km from the park. Other banking facilities are located in the town of Kirkwood, 35km from the park and Port Elizabeth, 75km from the park.


3. One can get access to internet via a 3G connection using your cellphone or a data connection on your notebook. There is no internet cafe in the camp.

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 Post subject: showing up with no booking
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Hi people,

a simple question: can one get a chalet/cottage/...in Karoo NP, MZNP, Addo NP without having booked in advance, given there is availability? Would seem logical but I've never done it.

Leaving on holiday next week-end, we are still doubting between SA or...Spain. Normally we would go to Spain, but since we found some good airline deals we are still considering SA (eastern and western cape). The thing is, we don't like spending 2 weeks in rain and drizzle so we would like to go "where the sun is". You people are getting close to winter now so I don't want to book everything in advance (what I normally do).......hence my "simple" question.

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 Post subject: Re: showing up with no booking
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Hi Salva,
Yes, you can show up with no booking and get a place to stay, availability dependent of course. You can also book directly with the Park by telephone if its less than 24 hours in advance.
Addo: 042 2338600
Karoo: 023 4152828
Mountain Zebra: 048 8812427 / 3434

Although this is our quiet season, the parks tend to be busy during the school holidays so bear that in mind. The next school holidays in the eastern and western cape are 24 June - 18 July.

As for rain, well we don't often get lots of rain during winter. There are always exceptions to weather but over the long-term, these are our low rainfall months. It does get cold at night and early mornings so bring warm clothes. the days are usually pleasant and sunny. We do get snow in Karoo and Mountain Zebra NPs in mid-winter, mostly on the high-lying areas but we have had a sprinkling of snow in Mountain Zebra rest camp before.

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 Post subject: Re: showing up with no booking
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Thank you so much, Megan, for your quick and clear answer.

If we don't make it this year, it will probably be next year.

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 Post subject: Re: showing up with no booking
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The decision has been made!

Sa, here we come. First sanp stop will most probably be Karoo NP for 1 or 2 nights, arriving next sunday. After that? The sun will show us the way.

Thanks again for your swift response Megan.

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 Post subject: Re: showing up with no booking
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Salva , we'll be camping in Addo on 16.17.18 june ....... so look out for the yellow ribbon on the white nissan tiida and hopefully we'll meet up for a drink 'n a chat around the fire :thumbs_up: :dance:


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Thx Matthys and Tiggercat.

Tiggercat, I'm afraid I will be already back in Belgium by than :cry:

It's only a short, two week trip this time but we're still looking very much forward to it!!!

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