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Spend a night in the middle of the bush, listening to the sounds of the wild around you.
You may catch a glimpse of nocturnal animals drinking at the waterhole, gaze at the starry skies and enjoy being away from it all. The Spekboom tents are located in the fenced area of Spekboom Hide in the Park’s main game area.
Five things to seek
- Spotted hyena
- Black-backed jackal
- Fiery-necked nightjar
- Spotted thick-knee
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Five tents are available, each with two beds and mattresses.
Each tent has two camp chairs, a table, a braai unit and a solar-powered light. There are two communal hot water showers, two toilets and a washing up sink a short walk away from the tents. A utility box is provided at the tent. The box contains:
- Cooking set (two pots, one pan) & kettle to use on fire
- Barbeque tong, cork screw
- Two wine glasses (metal), two long glasses (metal)
- Two plates, two breakfast bowls
- Two forks, two steak knives
- Dish washing liquid and cloth
Bedding and towels are provided. Guests staying at Spekboom Tents cannot access the Restaurant in Addo Main Camp for dinner or take the Sundowner, Night or Sunrise Guided Game Drives.
Visitors must bring their own firewood and flashlights. Tents are only serviced on departure. The hide is fenced with electrified fencing.
Accommodation images may differ from the actual units as refurbishment of various accommodation types occur on an on-going basis.
There are variety of fun activities on offer at this camp:
- Spot animals drinking at the waterhole through the viewing slots in the Spekboom hide.
- Visitors overnighting in the tents can watch the waterhole at night. A good flashlight is essential for moving around the fenced-in hide at night and spotting animals at the waterhole. Please do not shine lights directly in animals’ eyes.
- Go on a self-drive game drive during the day and return to the tents before sundown.
The following facilities are available at Narina:
- There is an open camp kitchen with gas-powered fridge and stove.
- There is one paraffin-powered shower and toilet in the camp.
- Bedding, towels, cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils are provided.
- There is no electricity and lights in the camp are solar-powered.
- Visitors access the Bushcamp via a 500m path from the parking lot over a small wooden bridge and through the forest.
- Visitors must check in at Addo main camp reception before proceeding to the camp to arrive at well before sunset for visibility.
How to get there
The Spekboom Tented Camp is situated in the Spekboom Hide which is accessible via the Southern Access Road in the Main Game Area and is about 27km from Matyholweni Gate and Camp. The camp is located about 12km drive away from Addo rest camp.
Check-in and check-out times
- Check in time: 13:00
- Check out time: 10:00
- Guests must remain within the fenced Spekboom Hide between sunset and sunrise and may not access the rest of the game area during that time.
- General Tariffs Information
- 2015/2016 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
Fauna and Flora
The main game area of the Park is home to the Big Five as well as antelope such as red hartebeest, eland, kudu, common duiker and grysbok. Spotted hyena and Burchell’s zebra occur as well as warthog, vervet monkey, bushpig and small mammals. About 250 bird species occur in this area of the Park.
Spekboom Tented Camp is located within the Spekboom Hide which contains a pristine piece of Albany Thicket. Once known as Valley Bushveld, the Albany Thicket biome was not recognised as a biome on its own until relatively recent times. It has a unique vegetation structure dominated by thorny, semi-succulent shrubs, often in impenetrable stands, interspersed with some small trees. The distinctive clumps of vegetation thrive from the activity of animals. Termite mounds, earthworm activity, mole rat colonies and aardvark burrows – all help increase the organic content of the soil.
Albany Thicket is the predominant vegetation type in the Addo Elephant National Park, occurring in the Darlington and Kabouga sections, the Kuzuko Contractual Area, and along the coast. Rainfall can occur at any time of the year as this area in the park is a climactic transition zone between the all-year rainfall zone in the west and the summer rainfall zone in the northeast.
A night in the Spekboom Hide is an ideal time to spot nocturnal animals in the game area and at the waterhole.
Look out for:
- small-spotted genet
- striped polecat
- scrub hare
- small-spotted cat.
Animals such as elephant, black rhino and kudu are also active at night, feeding and drinking from waterholes. Predators such as lion, leopard and spotted hyena are active during the cooler night time when they hunt for prey. Small predators and scavengers such as black-backed jackal, caracal and bat-eared fox are also active. Common night birds include spotted eagle owl, fiery-necked nightjar and spotted thick-knee.
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