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Why did we hand pick Addo Palace Ndebele Bush Lodge?

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  • Three meticulously designed, beautifully appointed lodges
  • Close to the Addo Elephant Park and other wildlife activities
  • Tranquil and beautiful 2500ha private game reserve location

Addo Palace Ndebele Bush Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

30km from Paterson


-33.3113, 25.8222


The 2 500ha Ndebele Private Reserve showcases abundant vegetation and wildlife, while simultaneously paying tribute to the distinctively vibrant art and unique culture of the Ndebele people.

The owners brought in some top architects and designers to bring this mixture of nature and culture into the design of Addo Palace. The result is a place that blends into the unspoilt environment while seamlessly incorporating natural materials and modern interpretations of Ndebele art.

The three lodges, built out of stone, wood and thatch, are set amongst the indigenous vegetation overlooking a lush valley. 

The Main Lodge has the vivid patterns of traditional Ndebele art all over its outside walls, making it exceptionally striking to the eye. The spacious lodge has soaring ceilings and a very open, inviting design containing a lounge with fireplace, dining area and expansive outdoor patio overlooking the valley. Animal artwork, traditional artefacts and beautifully carved wooden pieces are features throughout the communal areas and five luxury guest rooms.

Decorated by an award-winning designer, Zebra Lodge has a slightly more subdued Ndebele design but is an equally beautiful building situated just off the Main Lodge and is perfectly equipped for self-catering. Guests are watched over by the zebras on the walls and natural wood and stone are tastefully incorporated throughout. 

Due to a shared lounge and dining room area, patio and braai, the lodge’s four Queen rooms should ideally be booked by one party, making for a perfectly private stay. The lodge also contains a family room, which consists of two interleading bedrooms.

Named after the magnificent spiral-horned antelope that roam the reserve, Kudu Lodge has three suites and allows guests to enjoy a jovial time together in the lounge and on the patio overlooking the Kromrivier Valley.

Overall, Addo Palace is all about bringing friends and family together to enjoy each others’ company, either in the rooms, the braai areas or the swimming pool.

During your stay, you will be absorbed by the Ndebele and Xhosa cultures while fully appreciating the importance of South Africa’s precious conservation areas. Although it shouldn’t be used often, those who haven’t managed to escape the clutches of the outside world completely can make use of the wireless internet.

Some exciting excursions can be arranged for you by the staff, who are happy to draw up a suggested daily plan. As you’re situated right next door to the famous Big Five haven of the Addo Elephant National Park, you will probably jump at the opportunity to take a guided game drive through this magnificent wilderness area. To get a particularly intimate connection of wildlife, let the lodge book you an elephant-back safari or a trip to the cheetah-breeding project.

Rates & Summary

Main Lodge

5 Luxury Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Easy access to lodge facilities

Zebra Lodge

4 Queen Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Shared lounge/dining room, patio and braai area

1 Family Room

Sleeps 5 in double and triple rooms
Shared bathroom with bath and shower

Kudu Lodge

3 Queen Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen bed
Full en-suite bathroom
Fully equipped kitchen


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Accommodation only, bed and breakfast or full board options


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Addo Palace is situated on a private reserve bordering the renowned Addo Elephant National Park. Three beautifully designed buildings offer flexible catering options for guests staying in the luxury rooms. Visitors will be very impressed not only by the stunning location, but also by the lovely exterior and interior designs and natural feel of the three lodges. There are plenty of outdoor and indoor areas to enjoy with friends or family while admiring the unspoilt surroundings.


  • Three meticulously designed, beautifully appointed lodges
  • Close to the Addo Elephant Park and other wildlife activities
  • Tranquil and beautiful 2500ha private game reserve location


It is advised to book out each lodge for ultimate privacy.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The good gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pools
  • Game viewing

Nearby: Addo Elephant National Park, elephant-back safaris, cheetah breeding project, beaches.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • No under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • No Restaurant
  • Braai area available


  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Garden

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




Sunshine Coast

Eastern Cape


With the most recorded sunshine hours in South Africa, the name Sunshine Coast is no idle boast or empty promise. Situated between Port Elizabeth and East London, the quaintness of the Sunshine Coast is a welcome escape from big-city bustle. 

The area includes the inland towns of Alexandria, Salem and Bathhurst, with kilometres of beaches accessed via Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Bushmans River Mouth, Kenton-on-sea, Kasouga, Port Alfred and the Great Fish River area. The mixed derivations of these names suggest the rich cultural heritage of the area – the primary meeting point of San, Xhosa, Boer and British. The British influence is clear in the architecture of Bathhurst, Salem and Grahamstown.

Driving on the N2 or its tributaries the R67 or R72, the rolling green hills Lord Charles Somerset likened to English parklands were not exactly what the settlers expected. The unique dark golden-green shade of the Albany Thicket biome is due to the dense growth of hardy drought-resistant plants such as aloe, euphorbia and spekboom. Rain falls in winter and summer, and while not frequent, it is at times unpredictable, so the vegetation is built to withstand fickle skies.

Although unattractively scrubby to some, the Thicket contains 20% of the 316 threatened plant species found in the Eastern Cape, making it an important centre of endemism.

One is tempted to describe this beautiful and unusual landscape as “untouched”, but the area has long been farmed, with cattle, sheep, ostriches, pineapples and chicory among its historically successful concerns. Many farms have since been converted back into game reserves, such as the world-class, malaria-free Kariega and Shamwari Reserves. Game fences line the long, quiet, tarred roads and drivers are often startled at the sight of elephants, giraffes or other game grazing along the fences.

Drivers should also look out for smaller wildlife - porcupines, small antelope, hares, snakes, owls and tortoises - crossing the roads at dawn, dusk and at night.

The beaches and dunes of this coastline are magnificent. The Alexandria dunefield - famously the largest active dunefield in the world - and the exquisite Alexandria State Forest have been absorbed by the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. 

While Kenton-on-sea and Port Alfred are the main seaside attractions, the family-oriented Cannon Rocks, Boknes and Kasouga are popular places to buy holiday homes and have a few lovely self-catering and guest cottages.

The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is a replica of the padrão erected there by Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias on his 1488 cruise past the South African coast. At the Cross there is a deck for dolphin sightings and whale-spotting in late spring and early summer. In season, southern right whales are sighted all along the Sunshine Coast.

Despite its fairly good roads and obvious attractions, this area is still, miraculously, relatively unspoilt and undeveloped. With the exception of the graceful Port Alfred Marina, attempts to beat its bush and rivers into commercial shape have been abandoned and it remains gentle, peaceful, simple, pristine and soul-enriching.

Situated on the Indian Ocean, one needn’t expect the “bath water” temperatures of KwaZulu-Natal  - Sunshine Coast swims are invigoratingly cool and sometimes chilly, but seldom as achingly cold as the Western Cape.

The area doesn’t have the same flashy allure as other popular seaside destinations, but if you think of the coast as a place to relax and unwind, rather than paint the town red, there is no better place to visit.

Look out for

Addo Elephant National Park, 30 minutes from PE, features the “Big Seven” (the Big Five, plus southern right whales and great white sharks).

Explore Alexandria’s dunefields on the two-day Alexandria Hiking Trail or the seven-kilometre Dassie Day Trail, named for a rare tree dassie in the area.

Bathurst - founded in 1820, this “English country village in Africa”, 10 minutes from Port Alfred, is home to the Pig & Whistle, the oldest pub in South Africa, and the 16,7-metre-high Big Pineapple.

With unspoiled beaches, the tiny villages of Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Kleinemonde are a fisherman’s and bird-watcher’s paradise. Cannon Rocks is named for its two cannons and anchor. The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is an uplifting thee-kilometre walk from Boknes across incredible sandy beaches, or a six-kilometre walk at low tide from Bushmans River.

Bushmans River – the second-longest navigable river in South Africa, with 22 kilometres of navigable water, is a favourite with canoeists, sailors, water-skiers and fishermen.

Kasouga – maintains its rustic beginnings with dirt roads and no streetlights, hotels and shops, wonderful birdlife and an exquisite lagoon.

Port Alfred – enjoy the elegance of the Royal Alfred Marina. Famous for its annual powerboat race, Port Alfred offers provides great shopping, dining, and beauty retreats.

The Sunshine Coast, and nearby holiday meccas such as Great Fish River, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Jeffreys Bay, Tsitsikamma and the Wild Coast, offers excellent surfing, adventure and water sports, fishing, nature reserves and world-class hikes, mountain biking, canoeing, beach horse-rides, bird watching, 4x4 trails, game-viewing, golf, and as well as rich local arts and culture.

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