Addo Guest Comments
My girlfriend and I just spent one month in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape area of South Africa from the 7 Dec 09′ until 7th Jan 10′. We decided we wanted to spend a couple of those days in the Addo Elephant National Park area. A fellow traveler we met on a reserve we were volunteering at recommended a company called “Crisscrossadventures” to help us experience the Addo Park, since he himself had had such a positive experience with them.
We called Chris the owner and explained that we had two days to see and experience as much of Addo Park as possible. We definitely wanted to see plenty of elephants, but we wanted a local, off the beaten path, experience. Not only did Chris and his girlfriend Terri deliver in every way but they were two of the friendliest people you could ever hope to meet! They are both locally born and bred in this area and not only are they very knowledgeable and passionate about all it has to offer, but we could tell straight away that they loved nothing more than to share their love of this area with others.
We were picked up by Chris and Terri in their off road van on a Saturday morning and off we went to the Park area. For the morning they took us up into the mountains, where they are fortunate to have access to a privately owned area within the park, and it was just the four of us hiking and enjoying the views, bird life and fauna in the area. Lunch was spent at a really cool mountain lake surrounded by mountain rock formations and trees and while we enjoyed chilling out in the water Chris and Terri cooked us a traditional South African Braii on the open fire. From our raft on the lake we spotted a family of Baboons sitting on the rocks just checking us out!!
The next day we spent the morning canoeing down the Sunday’s River, just enjoying the peace and quiet, with Chris pointing out the amazing sights, sounds and history of the area. After lunch we were off to Addo Elephant Park, where Chris and Terri ensured we not only saw plenty of elephants but also lions, which we would have never seen if it wasn’t for their keen eyes. This is definitely where it helps to have a local with you as not only can they spot the wildlife quickly and easily but they can tell you a lot of interesting facts about them.
By late afternoon we had made our way down to the coastal part of the National Park. Chris and Terri had loaded the fishing rods in the van so we walked down to the shoreline with these amazing sand hills surrounding us and did a spot of fishing with the other locals while watching another beautiful African sunset over the water.
An amazing weekend and we can’t recommend them highly enough. They took care of every little detail for us- food, drinks, accommodation, transportation- all for a reasonable price. A must do for anyone who wants to experience the real South Africa!
Andrew Shanks and Samantha Wood
Fantastic weekend from start to finish, Beautiful day on the River, Excellent game drive through Addo, and an afternoon in the Mountains- what a Perfect weekend! Will be sure to spread the word around!
Michael and Valentina
Very nice canoe paddle through Nature! We both enjoyed it a lot! Thanks to you we’ll have some great photo’s to show!
Dave and SueAnne Cohenn
We had such a fanstastic time with you guys last year, that we just had to do it again, We weren’t disappointed, we had a brilliant time floating down the River and seeing all the wildlife!
Becca and Rob Hoblinson
What a Stunning weekend, I learnt to Ski at Sundays Mouth, tried a bit of fishing, and camped overnight- was an exceptionally chilled out and great time.
5days with Chris and Terri in Addo, we have seen many places, experienced the nature, and seen things we would not have seen without you. It was amazing, but next time we come back we will call you a month earlier to get fit (to ride your mountain bike uphill) Thank you so much!
Michaela Kuhlen and Ulrika Richter
We stayed only 3 days in Addo, and did the River Safari with Chris and Terri, It was superb! We saw many birds guided by Chris, the best: fish eagle and crowned eagle. Chris was a true Gentle man, he helped and told us interesting things about the birds and animals on the river, we even saved a drowning turtle!!!Thank you both very much for this nice, beautiful, interesting day with you.We wish you both all the best!
Gabriella, Stefan, and son Nico
It was an awesome trip, we saw so many elephants and other animals, thanks so much for your detailed information, we really enjoyed it!