Addo – Eastern Cape
Come and relax in our tranquil environment, with only the sounds of nature at your doorstep…
De Old Drift Guest Farm, a short distance from the little village of Addo in South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape Province and only 15min drive from the renowned Addo Elephant National Park, with its big Seven, and numerous other species.
De Old Drift is a working citrus farm, one of the smallest but most peaceful farms in the area. Take a slow stroll through the orchards when the trees are in blossom and the smell of citrus permeates the air, venture down to The Sundays River, only a short 200metres walk away, where Njala, Kudu’s and Rooibok can be seen on the ridge of the mountain or relax around the pool after an exciting day of adventures and game viewing in the Elephant Park.
Start your day with a wholesome, revitalising breakfast in our thatched roof lapa, overlooking the garden and swimming pool area. Adventure, fun and games await children, with Pumba (Labrador), Timone (Jack Russel) and Mufasa (Bullmastiff) who love to make new friends and play… a farm-style wonderland for all children. Your hosts Neels & Juanita will make sure that your stay will be one to remember.
Relax and unwind around the swimming pool in the cool shade of the palm trees or under the warm African sun! Crisp beverages will be served while you soak up the sun and enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains in the distance.
Join us in our thatched dining room for a scrumptious breakfast before your day’s adventures or enjoy a sun-downer with us before sitting down to a delicious homemade meal for dinner! For self-catering guests, we offer breakfast at R125p.p. Please inform us upon arrival if you would like to join for Dinner. We serve light lunches on request.
De Old Drift is a Guest House situated in the heart of Addo, on a working citrus farm and not only does it boast a rich history in the area but it is in close proximity to many other attractions in the Sundays River Valley. With the Addo Elephant National Park on our doorstep, home to 5 of the 7 plant biomes, the Big 7 and its pride in natural conservation efforts – this Park is a must see destination! Scroll through the many guided tour options in and around the Park as well as many Adventure activities such as birding, hiking, horse-riding and canoe safaris.
Spend many peaceful hours in the indigenous bush relaxing and keeping your eye open for some of the many bird species we have in the area including; the African Fish Eagle, Malachite Kingfisher, Spotted Eagle Owl, Southern Red Bishop, Cape Weaver, Black Headed Heron, & the Cattle Egret to name a few
Addo Elephant National Park
The Addo Elephant Park with is big 7 and numerous other species, has guided game drives during the course of the day, with the most popular being the sunrise and sundown tours. The duration of these tours are approximately 2 hours, with the arrival time being 15 min prior to the game drive. All drives are conducted by qualified guides in open-top land rovers. Children under the age of 6 years, are unfortunately, not allowed on these tours. The times of these guided tours change from season to season.
Schotia is one of the first private game reserves in South Africa and is situated on the boarder of the Addo Elephant National Park. Schotia Safaris offers a four hour guided game drive amongst the lions and various other wildlife species, in an open top Land Rover, followed by a delicious buffet dinner which is all prepared on open fires. Enjoy this wildlife experience for only R600per person. This price includes dinner and drinks. Children of all ages are welcome at Schotia.
Horse Trails – Addo Elephant Park
The Addo Elephant National Park offers horse trails for both the beginner as well as the experienced rider, with both morning and afternoon safari’s to choose from. Horseback safaris offer the opportunity to view wild animals in their natural environment but from a safe distance. No children under 10 years are allowed.
Feel the heartbeat and rhythm of Africa as you become part of a Big 5 Safari Adventure on Amakhala Game Reserve. The day safaris start at 12h00 and ends approximately at 16h00. The safari includes a game drive through the reserve, enjoying all the spectacular views. Enjoy mouth-watering snack platters, in the true African tradition, before departing on a tranquil river cruise. After the river cruise, another game drive awaits through different parts of the reserve, making your way back to Reed Valley.Children 6 years and older welcome.
Elephant Back Safaris
Addo Elephant Back Safaris is situated within the recently proclaimed Greater Addo Elephant National Park. Appreciate nature from an elephant’s perspective. Walking beside these gentle giants will allow you to observe the elephant’s habits in their natural surroundings. This safari experience is about learning and becoming familiar with one of Africa’s most stately, intelligent mammals – the African Elephant. Walk with the Elephants through the bush, ravines and forest. The walk is not tenuous and at an enjoyable pace. Then enjoy the thrill of riding these gentle giants to their favourite waterhole to watch them swim and make the most of the mud. Here you will be able to relax and enjoy watching the elephants at the waterhole. You will take back memories that will stay with you forever.
Daily tours: 08h00 am, 11h00 am and 15h30 pm
These tours include the walk, the ride on the elephant as well as feeding these giants. Duration: Approximately 3 hours.
CASA MIA HEALTH SPA
Nestled amongst citrus trees in Addo, on a tranquil bank of the Sundays River Valley, Casa Mia offers various Spa treatments and a range of massages.
Daniel Cheetah breeding project
Daniell Cheetah breeding project was established in May 2001 and started with just three cats. It has since grown with breeding, purchase and swapping of animals. The aim of this project is to play part in the conservation of Cheetah’s, the re-establishment of pure gene lines, as well as educating people to the importance of conserving this amazing specie. The cheetah project offers a “once-in-a-lifetime’ experience where visitors do not only get an interesting, personalized tour, but actually get to interact with the animals. Visitors are encouraged to touch the cheetahs and have photographs with some of them. We believe this opens people’s eyes to the importance of the Cheetah’s conservation. Situated on the R75 national road, about 45 min drive from Addo.
Crisscross Adventures is an Addo Tour Operator specialising in Individual, Family or Group Tours of Addo, South Africa since 2005. Crisscross Adventures offer quality, safe and affordable adventure tours of the Greater Addo Region in the Eastern Cape or Customized Tours of South Africa. The local Addo Tours feature Addo Elephant National Park game drives, as well as a variety of other Addo Activities such as: Addo River, Beach and Mountain Safaris specializing in Bird Watching. Crisscross Adventures recognise that Addo offers some of the world’s best photographic opportunities and the pace of the tours keep this in mind, giving you time to absorb the scene and linger for that perfect shot.
De Old Drift Guest Farm
PO Box 187, Addo 6105
25° 40’34,90’ E