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Imagine sipping on a refreshing drink as the elephants and buffaloes of Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) peacefully drink from a waterhole mere metres below you while the sun sets behind one of the country’s majestic mountain ranges. This is a possibility at the new Nyathi Rest Camp.

Nestled at the foot of the majestic Zuurberg Mountain range and surrounded by hills, Nyathi Rest Camp is the new, exclusive, self-catering addition to the accommodation offering at Addo Elephant National Park. The name of the camp means buffalo, which is something you are sure to see.

A slow and steady drive through the Big Five Nyathi section of Addo will have you hoping for a glimpse of the king of the jungle or the elusive lazy leopard. Only 12km from main camp, Nyathi offers guests the seclusion and isolation that only nature can bring. Set on the banks of a floodplain, each unit has been built on stilts and provides a spectacular view from the bedrooms, lounges and even some bathrooms thanks to wide open glass panels. The seasonal river flowing just beneath the camp brings relief to many animals that are found in this section, be on the lookout for baboons, kudu, warthog and the main star, elephants.

The rest camp consists of eleven units: eight two-sleeping units, one four-sleeper unit and two family units which sleep six each.

Each unit is inspired by the African culture with the architecture reflecting the dome styled and thatch homes of old. The décor inside the units takes its cue from the round leaves of the spekboom – which is abundant throughout the park. The copper pipes and taps also give the units a more authentic feel and make you feel right at home.

For a more relaxed viewing experience, guests can visit a waterhole which is accessible on foot inside the small camp. A variety of game and birds frequent this area so if you who want to enjoy all that Addo has to offer, from a more secluded section of the park, Nyathi Rest Camp is ideal for you.

5 Things To Seek

  1. Elephants
  2. Lions
  3. Leopard
  4. Cape buffalo
  5. Flightless dung beetle (which has right of way on the roads!)

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This 52-page full-colour brochure gives the visitor a complete overview of the Park, its fauna and flora, history, new developments, accommodation and activities. Highly recommended! Available from the park directly.

Did You Know?

  • The park conserves no less than five of South Africa's seven biomes