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 Post subject: Re: Addo: Camping
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:01 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Addo: Camping
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:17 pm 
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We have often camped at Addo and in the beginning lost a lot of pegs. I used a large hammer [2.5kg] as we had been warned about the hard ground, to knock them in and they nearly all bent. We soon learnt that the smaller hammer did the trick, just that it takes a lot longer. One has to tap, tap, tap at the peg until it breaks the gravel bits hidden under the top layer or moves them out the way. I now very seldom bend a peg.
But hey! camping is great fun and this all helps with the excitement of being out in the bush. I would not swop Addo for any other camp. Facilities are great and clean and plenty of animals to see. Did I mention that they are also very friendly!


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 Post subject: Camping in Addo
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If you had to chose between camping in June or August which would it be?

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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Addo
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:00 pm 
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Both are going to be very very cold! We were there in July 2011, and woke up to frozen dishtowels and bath towels, as well as ice on the windscreen on both mornings. The sightings were lovely, and we had beautiful days though.

Other suggestions on the board are to avoid school holidays as it gets quite noisy, but we were there during the holidays and in the tent section, didn't really notice a lot of noise.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Addo
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Campsite at Addo is one of the best in Sanparks. June or August could be quite cold. Spring in later August is good. Possibly may rain in August though, possibly no rain in June. But these days the weather seems all over the place. Try to get your tent under a tree to avoid the frost on it. I hope that whenever you decide to go you will have the best time. Game viewing is really good in Addo. So enjoy! I am :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Addo
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:34 pm 
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Hi Jacani

If you are asking for campsites where you use your own tent -- no luck. I have written to Megan and encouraged them to open a special campsite in the new Matyholweni area, and they opened Spekboom instead, which is not bad, but not cheap either, and you use their safari tents.
There is still a big need for such a small camp, but nothing new, in spite of those promises -- everything is "longterm" in Sanparks -- they like taking their time over things, to do it properly, to use local labour, and to think about it twice, a few more times.... a good example was the Addo webcam -- from plan to execution took a very long time! Same with the new picnic spot (Jacks), but in the end it is worth the wait!
Right now I am waiting for them to take the lionesses off contraceptives so Addo can have some new cubs to photograph....!

Enjoy your camping!

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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Addo
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:30 am 
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Situated on the banks of the Sundays River, the Mvubu Campsite provides three stands with a maximum of four people per stand. One hot water shower (paraffin-powered) and one flush toilet are available. There are braai sites and visitors must provide their own firewood. Water for washing is available but visitors should take their own drinking water. Canoes are available for use on the Sundays River – please contact the ranger on duty. Swimming and fishing is allowed in the Sundays River but please note that hippos do occur in the river and could be potentially dangerous.

The campsite is accessible with high clearance vehicles only and is located near the town of Kirkwood, approximately 45 minutes to one hour’s drive from Addo Rest Camp. The Kabouga area is not home to the Big Five.

This accommodation can only be booked at Addo Main Camp. The cost for the first two people is R110. Additional adults or children under 12 pay R30 per person.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Addo
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:44 am 
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We have been to Addo several times (with caravan) and I must say of all the Sanparks camp sites this one takes some beating. There may only be the one camp site at Addo Main Camp but it is tops. An example to all the other sites in Sanparks (I have not been to them all) and the staff are to be complimented on their hard work in keeping Addo Camping sites so amazing. Next on my list as far a caravaning goes is Shingwedzi and Crocodile Bridge. The rest of Addo Park even to the southernmost area is easily accessible from the main camp.


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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Addo
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:45 am 
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I am thinking of going to Addo in Feb or March next year and intend to caravan in the campsite.

I have read lots of lovely reviews but would like some more specific advise from people who have camped there.

I have just had a look at the tarrif page on the website and it seems that there are a few different types of campsite in the main rest camp as there are 3 different prices ranging from R190 to R230 per night.

One of my main requirements is that my site has a nice view. I can sit for hours and look at a nice view and feel at peace with the world. When we last stayed there a few years ago, we stayed in one of the forest cabins which was completely surrounded with thick bush/trees and no view whatsoever. I did not enjoy it at all. I am not too fussed with shade as we have a gazebo for this and will opt for a view anytime.

Can anyone advise me about which type of site to book or even better, some site no's with a nice view? I camp at Storms River quite often and have a list of my favourite site no's. Once I have paid and got my reservation confirmation, I phone the park and book a specific site. It works like a charm and I would like to be able to do this at Addo as well.

Can anyone help with this?

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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Addo
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:11 am 
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We have camped at Addo a few times and I don't think there is view from any of the sites at Addo.
There are caravan sites (6 people) and small camp sites (very small only for 4 people). The camp sites are between the Safari Tents and Caravan sites and have very little view. The caravan sites are in the centre with no perimeter view.
The Safari Tents are amazing and have an amazing view. Stayed there twice and had two very special sightings both times within a meters from our deck.


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 Post subject: Re: Camping in Addo
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:28 am 
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Hi Alex,
You need to book a caravan site and pay the relevant fee that pertains to that site. One caravan site has a view of the park (I don't recall the site number) but it is in the corner just past the communal kitchen.
Unfortunately you cannot book the sites, it is based on a first come first serve bases. We prefer the ones further from the ablutions as it allows for more peace and quiet.
Enjoy the park.


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 Post subject: Rustic camp site(s) in Addo?
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Are there any rustic campsites away from the Main Camp in Addo?
If so, where and can any be recommended.
We camp with our own RTT and trailer and are self sufficient except for toilet and shower, so would need at least that on site.

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 Post subject: Re: Rustic camp site(s) in Addo?
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:33 pm 
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Yes, wonderful camping in the Kabouga section. Phone +27 (0) 42 2338600


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 Post subject: "Overtime!"
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:26 pm 
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Something that we experienced in KNP, but never in Addo until now, is how some campers simply ignore the check-out time on their last day (even if Addo is VERY generous as far as that goes). They simply depart at their leisure. More than once, we've had to take a less desirable plot, just to notice that someone starts breaking down camp in the afternoon! This is really so unfair to newcomers. We even had a neighbour who had one night's reservation only. He went to the office to tell them that the camp isn't full, even when he was informed that there is no chance of an extra night......he ignored it all and stayed another night....just like that!
What happened to honesty and camp-etiquette? Just saying.


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 Post subject: Re: "Overtime!"
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:22 am 
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Sajvv perhaps the incident of your neighbour in the camp is the exception and not the rule :hmz: as what he did was dishonest.

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