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is located in the Addo
area of the Eastern Cape
of South Africa
Addo National Park is the third largest wildlife reserve in the country, unusually encompassing mountain, savanna and coastal dune habitats. The area is renowned for elephants and represents one of the lowest cost ways to combine safari with Cape Town.
Set on a working farm in the Sundays River valley around 10km south of the main gate into the reserve, Hopefield House is a good quality guest-house which represents a lower cost way to inject a little but of safari into a self-drive trip.
The lodge is centred on a lovely colonial bungalow with comfortable lounge, bar and restaurant areas, leading out to a lovely garden and swimming pool.
Guest accommodation is in seven stylish bedrooms in the main house.
Activities include vehicle safari into the reserve, canoe trips on the river, guided walks in the Zuurberg Mountains, helicopter trips to remote beaches, elephant walks, horse-riding trails and township tours.
The main potential downsides at Hopefield House are the slight simplicity of the facilities, the less wild feel of the reserve, the relatively low predator sightings, the presence of self-drive vehicles and considerable traffic issues in the public access areas.