Addo itself is a rather small and boring town, but it is well known because of the fantastic Addo Elephant National Park nearby.
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Addo Elephant National Park is located just a short drive north of Addo. Although the park is famous for its elephants, there are many more animals here and species include buffalo, the endangered black rhino, antelope species and lion and spotted hyena are here in small numbers as well. The park is about to be called Greater Addo Elephant National Park as it has been expanded to include several islands and marine wildlife, including African penguins! And whales and great white sharks are in those waters as well and as a consequence the park is promoted as the only park to see the Big 7, which includes the famous Big 5 (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard) and the whale and great white shark as mentioned above. A truly unique park which is a very easy to visit and located in a malariafree area.
Check Sanparks' Addo Elephant National Park website for more information about getting and staying here.
Most of the accommodation options are located outside of the town of Addo itself. There are dozens of guesthouses and B&B's along the roads leading towards Addo. You can either book upfront or just follow one of the roadsigns. Most of them have options to include diner as well.
|Addo Backpackers and Orange Elephant Restaurant||PO Box 197||Hostel||86|
|The AardVark Guest House & Backpackers||PO Box 343||Hostel||88|
|Orange Elephant Backpackers and Restaurant||On the Main Rd (R335)||Hostel||-|
|Cleveland||Morehoop Farm po box 151||Guesthouse||-|
|Locomotive Lodge||PO Box 51||Hostel||-|
|Lemon3Lodge||P.o Box 43 Kirkwood6120 Eastern Cape||Guesthouse||-|
|Africanos Inn||PO Box 48||Guesthouse||-|
|Heritage House||45 Bree Street||Hostel||-|
|Gorah Sands Country Guesthouse||Gorah Farm Paterson||APARTMENT||-|
Lupus Den is a highly recommended guesthouse just a 10-minute drive from town and from the park. There is a choice of rooms in the house itself or in one of the 3 new luxurious rooms outside the house, which are luxurious and come with fourposter beds and outside sitting terrace. There is also a pool to relax after a hot day in Addo park. The lady of the house makes fantastic breakfasts and, on request, home made diners, which are just excellent and, not without reason, have won prices for best food. Prices range from R400 to R800 for a double room.
Big cities and most of the popular places in the country usually have an internet café though they are not as abundant as in, for example, Asia or South America. It's also relatively expensive, usually 20-30 rand an hour, sometimes even more. Many of the accommodation options have internet access available, either wireless with your own laptop or by their own computer(s). Wireless access is also available throughout the country in more and more cafes and eateries, sometimes free and sometimes for a small fee. Note that you usually have to login anyway and agree with the terms and conditions. It is cheapest to buy a prepaid cell phone starter pack (less than R10) and access the Internet with GPRS or 3G. Generally R2 per MB for out of bundle data from most providers (50c for Virgin Mobile), but it becomes a lot cheaper if you buy a data bundle. In general coverage is good except the more rural parts of the northern and northwestern parts of the country (especially Northern Cape).
See also International Telephone Calls
South Africa's country code is 27. Telephone numbers in South Africa are 10 digits, including the local area code. There are also some prefixes like 0800 (toll free), 0860 (charged as local call) and 0861 (flat-rate calls). The general emergency number is 10111, ambulance is 10177 and police is 1011.
South Africa has very good phone facilities, which are also becoming more and more competitively priced, now that more operators are active on the market. The main ones are Neotel and Telkom South Africa. Local phone calls are cheap (about one Rand an hour), domestic long-distance calls are about twice as expensive. International calls start at around 6 Rand an hour but can be (much) higher to less usual countries. Note that public phones are about twice as cheap as new private phone centres. Phone calls tend to be the cheapest during the weekend and during business hours (8:00am to 5:00pm) on weekdays and more expensive during the evening and nights at weekdays.
There are also good mobile-phone facilities, with GSM and 3G networks. There are five cell phone providers in South Africa: Vodacom, MTN, Cell-C, Virgin Mobile and 8ta. SIM card prepaid starter kits are available from R10. You will need a passport and a proof of residential address and it has to be registered before you can call or receive calls. You can buy credit for prepaid phones just about everywhere, remembering you will usually need cash to do so from service stations.
The SAPO (South African Post Office) is the nation's postal service. They have a track & trace system for parcels as well. Post offices are open from 8:30am to 4:30pm from Monday to Friday, and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Domestic and international deliveries are reliable but can sometimes take up to several weeks. If you want to send something oversees of any value, try using one of the private mail services, like Postnet. Also international courier companies like TNT, UPS and DHL tend to be fast, very reliable and competitively priced.
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