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This section of the park is surrounded by rugged mountains and densely fragrant vegetation.
5 things to seek
- Red hartebeest
- Hippo in the Sundays River
- Fish eagles on the Sundays River
- Tel: +27 (0) 42 2338600
- Fax: +27 (0) 42 2338643
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ranger in Kirkwood: Tel - +27 (0) 42 2301593
- Ranger at Kabouga Gate: Tel - +27(0) 42 2300740
Surrounded by mountains in the rugged Kabouga area of the Park, Kabouga Cottage sleeps six people in two bedrooms (with one bed in the open-plan lounge).
Bedding, cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils provided with gas stove, gas fridge, hot water geyser and solar-powered lights. There is no electricity. An old reservoir serves as a swimming pool for those hot days in the valley. Walking trails are easily accessible from the house. There is an outside braai site and visitors must provide their own wood.
The cottage 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.
Tariffs: R445 per night for first two people plus R160 for each additional adult and R88 for each additional child (under 12) per night. Note: these tariffs exclude conservation fees per night. Two additional people can be accommodated in the house (i.e. eight all together) if own mattresses and bedding are provided.
Situated on the banks of the Sundays River, Mvubu Campsite provides 6 stands with a maximum of 4 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.
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Reservations for both Kabouga Cottage and Mvubu Campsite must be done through the Addo Rest Camp:
- Tel: +27(0)42 233 8619
- E-mail: Addoenquiries@sanparks.org
- Payment is made at the gate with cash or cheque (no card facilities available).
- Walking Trails (day trails)
- Fishing on Sundays River
- 4x4 Trail
The following facilities are available at Kabouga:
- One toilet and one paraffin-powered shower.
- Braai sites.
- Lookout deck on Sundays River.
- No electricity.
- Access with high clearance vehicle only.
- There is very limited cellphone coverage in the area.
How to get there
Directions from Addo Main Camp
Turn left out of the Park and travel towards the town of Addo on the R335.
Turn right onto the R336 towards Kirkwood. At the intersection with Kirkwood Main Road (four way stop with Kirkwood Main Rd on your left), pass straight over, past the Kirkwood golf course on your right. At the T-junction turn right and follow the road past the cemetery. Turn left at park signboard “Kabouga Section”. Pass through a number of gates (please remember to close them) until you reach the park boom gate, where you will be assisted by staff.
Directions from Port Elizabeth (PE)
Take the R75 towards Graaff-Reinet. Turn right at the signpost towards Kirkwood and Addo Elephant National Park. Proceed with this road, through the Main Road of Kirkwood. At the four way stop, turn left and proceed past the Kirkwood golf course on your right. At the T-junction turn right and follow the road past the cemetery. Turn left at park signboard “Kabouga Section”. Pass through a number of gates (please remember to close them) until you reach the park boom gate, where you will be assisted by staff.
Office and Gate Hours
- Kabouga Gate is open from 07:00 – 16:00.
- Ranger on duty (emergencies) Tel: (042) 230 0740
Full Addo Map (PDF format)
- General Tariffs Information
- 2013/2014 Tariffs
- Pensioners' Discount
- Members of SANParks’ loyalty programme WILD do not pay conservation fees provided that proof of Identity and their WILD card are shown on arrival.
- Cost of a Wild Card
- View accommodation pictures and availability for Addo Elephant National Park
- Activity tariffs
|Daily Conservation Fees for 1 November 2013 to 31 October 2014|
|South African Citizens and Residents (with ID):||R50 per person, per day
R25 per child, per day
|SADC Nationals (with passport):||R100 per person, per day
R50 per child, per day
|Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors):||R200 per adult, per day
R100 per child, per day
|Wild Card: Year Permits available for all our guests|
Fauna and Flora
The Kabouga area is home to wildlife such as the red hartebeest, kudu, bushbuck, warthog, baboon, vervet monkey and many other small mammals.
A variety of birds occur, including the ostrich. Hippo occur in the Sundays River, moving between Kabouga and the Darlington Dam area. Evidence of leopards has been found in the mountainous areas but these elusive predators are very rarely seen.
Vegetation in the Kabouga area includes Albany Thicket, riverine thicket along the river course, Southern mistbelt forest in the ravines and on the slopes of the mountains and Fynbos on the mountain plateaus and slopes.
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