The Elephant House is an exclusive guest house, only a 10 minutes drive away from the Addo Elephant National Park main entrance gate. The decor is very colonial and furnished with the owners private collection of antiques, Persian rugs and Africana art, and the wide verandas are filled with comfortable sofas. The 8 spacious bedrooms open onto courtyards and private verandas.
This is an ideal place to stay if you wish to explore the Park in your own car. Alternatively, guests can choose to book an early morning or sunset game drive through the Park with the in-house field guide with many years experience, heading out on an open 4x4 safari vehicle and stopping for drinks and snacks midway through the drive.
After exploring the Park, relax around the pool area or find a quiet corner in the garden to put your feet up. The chef serves lovely light poolside lunches and in the evenings, a memorable 3 course candlelit dinner is prepared with flair and personal attention.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
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Breakfast is included. Guided game drives with an Elephant House driver into the Addo Elephant National Park are available at a cost of R1,350 per person per drive (pre-booking is essential, and cost is payable directly to The Elephant House - subject to change).
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.
Guest Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 based on 7 ratings
The Elephant House was a fantastic place to stay - the owners couldn't do enough for us.
Our stay at The Elephant House was the first of many decadent experiences. The setting for breakfast out in the open overlooking the pool and garden was very special. It really had the wow factor - we would have loved to stay more than one night but it was an ideal choice as we could visit Addo Safari in the morning from The Elephant House before going on Safari at Bukela Lodge in the afternoon. It was an excellent plan. We really loved our trip to Addo with a very friendly ranger from The Elephant House - it was a real highlight of our trip and we would not have known it was possible to do this without you.
We had a magnificent holiday - all accommodation was excellent but I would specifically comment on Pumba and The Elephant House as we would highly recommend both.
We are both keen to THANK YOU for your recommendation of the Elephant House at Addo, wow it was amazing.
The Elephant House was ‘more British than Britain’ offering full ‘English’ breakfasts, high tea (served with fabulous home made cake every day between 2pm and 4pm) and complimentary pre-dinner drinks served before the gong is struck to summon the guest through for a wonderful meal.
This was the PERFECT end to our adventure.
Simon and Jane Hole
Thanks for this, Paul ... Lalibela was great ... we were the only ones on that day's evening safari so they looked after us royally and focused on the things the children wanted to see (giraffes in Jessica's case, which proved a bit elusive ..!) The children thoroughly enjoyed it (especially playing the drums with the barman while we had supper!!) and it clearly taps into the coastal / no-malaria market well.
We would love to go back ... we had a wonderful time with our friends as well as on our trip up the coast ... but I suspect it may be a few years away yet as there are many other places to visit ... but looking at all the wonderful books at The Elephant House really whets the appetite for other areas of Africa!
The Elephant House Location.
Directions For Drivers
From The Garden Route/Port Elizabeth: Take the N2 towards PE/Grahamstown. Turn off the N2 onto the R335 (signposted Motherwell/Markman and there is also a sign right after this sign for the Addo Elephant Park). Travel approximately 43 km to Addo village. Continue through the village on the R335 in the direction of the Park. You will pass a backpackers hostel (Orange Elephant Backpackers) on your right hand side. The Elephant House is further on from this on your left-hand side and is clearly signposted.
From Grahamstown: Take the N2 towards Port Elizabeth/Plett/Knysna/Cape Town. Turn right onto a dirt road towards the Shamwari Game Reserve. You will see the Shamwari boards on the N2. Go past Shamwari (entrance on your right) and continue along the gravel road to Paterson. Take the R342 towards Addo, and approximately 25 km along the road you will see the Addo Elephant Park turn-off on your left. Continue past Addo Park and you will see The Elephant House on your right-hand side clearly signposted. Note that the R342 eventually changes into the R335 if you carry on straight with this road.
General Information For Guests
All rooms have air conditioning, a private veranda, a telephone, a hairdryer, bathrobes, and a room safe.
24 hour room service is available.
The guest facilities include 2 swimming pools set in the lush gardens.
Light lunches are served on the terrace or beside the pool and delicious 3 course candlelit dinners are served daily.
Laundry, valet and babysitting services are available.
Game drives into Addo are available on open 4x4 land cruisers with an in-house field guide who is an elephant expert with many years' experience with the elephants of Addo. The drives depart twice daily - morning drive departs at 09:00 and returns at 12:30; the afternoon drive departs at 14:00 and returns at 17:30. Drinks and snacks are provided on the game drive. The cost is currently ZAR 1,250 per person (which includes the Park fees), payable directly to The Elephant House on the day. Pre-booking is advised - please contact your Travel Butlers consultant to make the booking on your behalf.
Various other tours are available, including a Valley Tour; a cultural encounter to a predominately Xhosa speaking Nomathamsanqa Township to meet the people and experience real life in a modern rural township –you may even be invited into some homes and gardens, businesses and tavern; a scenic paddle down the Sunday's River where you can view a great variety of birdlife along the riverbanks; and a horseback safari in the Addo Elephant National Park or the Zuurberg Mountains (no children under 10 permitted on horse activities). More details and current costs available on request.
Children also have use of the 'Club Room' which has a selection of games and a DVD library.
The Elephant House are very involved with the local community, and their policy is to only employ, empower and uplift people from the community and to support their enterprises (for transfers, laundry, fresh food supplies, local artisans etc).
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