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  • Tranquil pastoral Sundays River valley location
  • Very close to Addo Elephant Park 
  • Excellent service and fine cuisine

Cosmos Cuisine

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

10km from Addo

 

-33.5032, 25.628

About

Cosmos Cuisine is located in lush gardens dotted with Koi dams and a crystal-clear swimming pool.

The 13 deluxe rooms are subtly decorated in delicate neutral shades and beautifully furnished. Rooms are spacious with a large lounge areas, television, air conditioning, fully stocked bar fridges, robes and internet connectivity.

Once you are checked in, unpacked, and relaxed, feel free to explore the facilities before enjoying a light lunch or five course dinner, made from fresh produce and venison from the valley, in the award-winning restaurant.

Cosmos Cuisine offers a full and varied tour service to the Elephant Valley, including half and full day trips to the Addo Elephant National Park, Kwantu Game reserve, Schotia Tooth & Claw Night Safaris, river cruises or once-in-a-lifetime elephant interactions. It is recommended that guests pre-book their activities to avoid disappointment. Enquire at reception regarding the rent-free loan of binoculars and waterproof jackets.

Alternatively, guests can embark on self-drive trips to flexibly explore this action-packed, beautiful region. 

After the excitement of the day, relax in one of the comfortable guest areas with a fine brandy, liqueur or coffee, or enjoy a cocktail in the ladies bar.

The next morning, start your day with an extensive buffet breakfast, followed by a game of tennis or a massage treatment, or simply recline on the loungers at the poolside.

Rates & Summary


13 Deluxe Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
Family room has adjacent bedroom with 2 single beds
En-suite bath and shower
Spacious lounge area
Views of the garden or pool

Pricing

  • TBA

Catering

Continental and Full English breakfast included

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.
Maximum of 2 children sharing with adults.

Why Stay Here?

A mere 10 minutes from Addo Elephant Park and 45 minutes from central Port Elizabeth, luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine and traditional countryside hospitality can be found at the welcoming Cosmos Cuisine.  Come and enjoy the traditional and notably excellent service offered by this full service guesthouse, and embark on a variety of memorable outdoor excursions. In the heart of the charming Sundays River Valley in the Eastern Cape, which is renowned for its citrus products and rose farms, the guest house is an oasis of peace and tranquility and offers luxury accommodation in 13 deluxe rooms.

Summary

  • Tranquil pastoral Sundays River valley location
  • Very close to Addo Elephant Park 
  • Excellent service and fine cuisine

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, tennis racquet, binoculars for bird watching and game viewing.

Road Conditions

All approach roads leading to Cosmos Cuisine are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis
  • Game drives
  • Bird watching
  • Elephant back safaris
  • Guided bush walks
  • Quad-biking tours
  • River cruises
  • Numerous other day tours can be arranged

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • Designated smoking areas

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 500m
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Sunshine Coast

Eastern Cape

About

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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