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  • Spacious, comfortable accommodation
  • Close to the Addo Elephant Park
  • Tranquil, rural Sunday's River valley location

De Old Drift Guest Farm

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

5km from Addo

 

-33.5724, 25.6697

About

Located in the heart of the Sundays River Valley, De Old Drift is a small farm that combines the citrus-growing characteristics of the area with the surrounding natural thicket vegetation and rugged hills. Owners Neels and Juanita Diederichs have created a charming guesthouse that features thatched rooms and cottages for both bed-and-breakfast and self-catering guests, with various options for couples and families.

Among the palm trees and lavender-filled gardens, the four individually decorated bed-and-breakfast rooms are exceptionally spacious, giving guests plenty of room to move around in. Furniture has all been handcrafted from rich, attractive Oregon pine, and is decorated with splashes of bright colour. The verandahs overlook the garden and are also very spacious with comfortable seating areas, making these peaceful spaces to while away any free time and enjoy the balmy climate. 

Rooms are conveniently situated a short stroll from both the dining room, where hearty breakfasts and homemade dinners are served, and the swimming pool with its loungers under the palm trees. Upon arrival, make sure to confirm that you want dinner or light lunches. Options for self-catering guests at De Old Drift are numerous, with the five cottages sleeping between two and six people.

Realising an opportunity to accommodate big families and travelling friends, the Diederichs recently built a homely deluxe family unit, which has two expansive en-suite bedrooms, a full kitchen and lounge, plus braai facilities on the big verandah.

The family unit is attractively surrounded by a rose garden and trees. For couples, the garden cottage has an open-plan living area and bedroom, and the thatched roof cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms, with the main bedroom featuring an outside view from the King-size bed. All the cottages have patios, ensuring that guests can enjoy the pretty surrounds. Facilities such as air-conditioning, hairdryers, satellite television, wireless internet and tea and coffee trays will leave you wanting for nothing.

On the farm, guests can take a stroll through the orange orchards while admiring the mountain views, before going down to the Sundays River bordering the property. Kids will love the care-free farm setting and playing with the farm’s friendly dogs. Venturing slightly further afield, the famous Addo Elephant Park has some of South Africa’s biggest elephants, and is home to plenty of other game and five of the country’s seven plant biomes. The park offers activities such as elephant-back safaris and guided game drives, so ask your helpful hosts about the best ways to explore this important conservation area.

The guest house is also ideally situated for outings to attractions such as the Daniell Cheetah Project, the fascinating reptile and raptor park and the Casa Mia Health Spa. Upon return, the guest house is a welcoming environment in which to put up your feet and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Rates & Summary


4 Bed and Breakfast Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite shower
Patio

Self-catering Deluxe Family Suite

Sleeps 6 in King-size bed and 4 single beds
En-suite showers in both bedrooms
Lounge and kitchen
Verandah and braai facilities

Family Unit

Sleeps 3 in King-size bed and sleeper couch
Bathroom with bath and shower
Kitchenette
Patio with braai area

Self-catering Thatched Cottage

Sleeps 4 in King-size and twin beds
Bathroom with shower only
Kitchenette
Braai area

Self-catering Garden Cottage

Sleeps 2 in double bed
Bathroom with shower
Patio with braai area

Self-catering Unit

Sleeps 3 in King-size bed and sleeper couch
Bathroom with shower and bath
Patio with braai area

Pricing

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Catering

Continental and English breakfast included in B&B rooms
Breakfast at R 125 pp for self-caterers
Dinner available at extra cost

Kids

Children of all ages welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated just 200 metres away from the Sundays River, a short distance from the small village of Addo, and close to the magnificent Addo Elephant Park, De Old Drift offers both bed-and-breakfast and self-catering accommodation in a tranquil setting. The guest house is located on a small but peaceful citrus farm, which blends perfectly into the surrounding natural environment. Rooms offer mountain views and open onto gardens filled with lavender and butterflies.

Summary

  • Spacious, comfortable accommodation
  • Close to the Addo Elephant Park
  • Tranquil, rural Sunday's River valley location

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

Good gravel approach roads, suitable for all vehicles, lead to the guest house.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Citrus farm

Nearby: Addo Elephant Park, game drives, elephant-back safaris, Amakhala Game Reserve, cheetah breeding project, reptile and raptor centre, adventure tours, horse riding, Sundays River, health spa.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Electric stove
  • Fridge or minibar
  • Basic cleaning materials

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • 24 hour security

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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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