The Elephant House

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The Elephant House is an exclusive 8 bedroom lodge situated near the Addo Elephant National Park in the sun-drenched Sundays River Valley.

This thatched colonial style lodge offers guests all the splendour of a bygone era.

The Sundays River Valley is world famous for its citrus fruit production - the Sundays River Citrus Co-op alone exports an excess of 12 million cartons of fruit to Northern Hemisphere Countries every year.

The valley is reputed to produce some of the finest quality lemons and oranges in the world.

The dcor at Elephant House evokes colonial & African images and is furnished with the owners` private collection of antiques, Persian rugs and Afrikana art.

The in-house chef prepares lovely light lunches at the pool and delicious three course candlelit dinners.

The Addo Elephant National Park was proclaimed in 1931 and today this finely tuned ecosystem is home to over 400 elephants. This makes the Addo Park the most concentrated elephant reserve in Africa thus giving one a good chance of experiencing some of the best elephant viewing in the world.

Apart from elephants there are also lion, hyena, black rhino, buffalo and various antelope species. Of the smaller animals the surricates and the flightless dung beetle are of great interest.

The accessibility of this area coupled with its close proximity to the Garden Route and Cape Town makes the Addo Elephant Park and its surrounding areas an extremely desirable destination.

Two kilometres away from the Elephant House is the Addo Polo Club where polo is played in the cooler winter months and cricket in summer.

Kirkwood, which has a beautiful golf course, is a 30km drive through the valley.

Activities:

Lodge Facilities:

2 Swimming Pools set in the lush gardens
Dining - light lunches on the terrace or beside the pool and delicious three course candlelit dinners served daily - superb country cuisine complimented by a selection of great Cape wines!
Games drives into Addo on open 4X4
Varied list of other activities including day trips to nearby private reserves, elephant back safaris, horseback safaris, canoeing on the river, helicopter trips as well as cultural, historical and agricultural tours in the valley
"Club Room" for guests' use with DVD library, games and laptop with complimentary internet access
Library

The Elephant House Safari Co. is the in-house safari division where qualified guides conduct excellent daily game drives into the Addo Elephant Park on open Land Cruisers as well as cultural, historical & agricultural tours in the valley.

Other options include horseback safaris into Addo, a helicopter trip to the beach and day visits to the various private game reserves in the area.

There are various game viewing options available in Addo and the surrounding area -
* Addo Elephant drives
* Valley tour
* Schotia "Tooth and Claw" Safari
* Shamwari Game Reserve
* Night and Sunset Drives
* Horse Trails
* Addo Elephant Back Safaris and Walks
* Helicopter trip to beach
* Waverley Farm's Flowers
* "Spirits of the Past" Tour
* A Port Elizabeth City and Eco Tour
* Bushman Sands
* Golf

The Elephant House will try to tailor your stay to suit your needs as much as possible in order for you to get the best possible chance to experience all the area has to offer.

Cancellation Policy:
· Deposits are non-refundable
· Cancellation within 21 days of date of arrival 50 % of accommodation costs
· Cancellation within 14 days of date of arrival 75 % of accommodation costs
· Cancellation within 7 days of date of arrival, full accommodation costs as booked and confirmed payable
· All cancellations to be provided in writing & acknowledged in writing by the Elephant House.
· Refunds and waiver of cancellation policies are at the discretion of management and at the ability to re-let the rooms.
Facilities & Services:

24-Hour Room Service
Wine Tasting
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Garden
Library
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - covered)
Wi-Fi
English
Other Language
Communal Television
Communal Satellite TV
DVD and/or VCR
Horse Riding
Mini Golf
Swimming Pool
Directions:

From Port Elizabeth take the N2 towards Grahamstown then take the Motherwell/Markman offramp and turn left onto the R335 which is the road that takes you straight to Addo and the elephant park.

Follow this road for about 50km and you will be driving through the town and once you have crossed the railway line, 4km from there, you will see The Elephant House clearly signposted on the left of the road.

A further 8km you will get the Addo Elephant National Park on your right.

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Units and Rooms

Elephant House has 9 spacious fully air - conditioned and heated en suite rooms, room facilities include:

Percale Linen
Air-conditioned & heated
Telephones and dial-up internet access
Hairdryers & bathrobes
Safes
King size bed - extra length
24 hr room service

In addition to the main house we also have 2 cottages (The Stable Cottages) which are on the same property, but separate from The Elephant House. They are decorated in the same style as EH, and are also fully air conditioned and heated, the principal difference being that the bathroom only has a shower, there is also a stocked mini bar and coffee/tea making facilities. These are great value for people with young families!

Latest Reviews
We loved our large cottage room with the patio overlooking the pool. We ate dinner and breakfast at the Elephant House and let me tell you, the food is something to look forward to! One of the best meals I had in South Africa was at the Elephant house.
The staff was also very friendly; helping us to organize an elephant back ride through a game reserve. It was the best way to start our South Africa tour!

Michelle Olson Jan 2014