- Incredible mountain location
- Best verandah in Africa
- Elegant colonial style
- Infinity pool
Camp Figtree is a small boutique lodge in a stunning remote location set high in the Zuurberg Mountain Range, yet only a short drive from the main entrance to Addo Elephant National Park.
If there were a contest for best stoep (verandah) in Africa, it would be hard to imagine anywhere besting the colonial elegance, mountain views and utterly remote location of Camp Figtree’s magnificent terrace. This small lodge is set atop a high Zuurberg peak with 270 degree views, yet is only a short drive from the main entrance to Addo Elephant National Park, which is home to over 500 elephants, 450 Cape buffalo, lions, spotted hyena, black rhino and the fascinating flightless dung beetle.
The lodge has been designed around the original 1920's farmhouse and renovated sensitively with traditional corrugated iron roofs and the aforementioned stoep. There are four superior suites, three newer luxury suites and family cottage. Each suite is uniquely decorated with an elegant colonial feel. The infinity pool is set on the edge of a cliff with the terrain dropping away to the valley below.
The main reason for being here is for the wildlife of Addo. Camp Figtree have their own guides and open sided 4WDs and offer guests daily morning game drives usually lasting around 3 hours (extra cost). You can also visit Addo in your own vehicle, but to get the most out of the experience, it really is worth paying extra to have the specialist guide and open 4WD. It is well worth also taking the time to explore the environs of the lodge, enjoying the walking trails or enjoying a bush picnic safari style.
What you get with Camp Figtree is a very real sense of wilderness and an authentic safari ambience at superb value compared to other safari lodges in the Eastern Cape and Addo area. It is important to understand though that game drives do take part in the National Park, which can get very busy with visitors and vehicles – especially when compared to private reserves such as Amakhala or Shamwari. Please note that there is also no electricity overnight and access is via a steep gravel road (it is an adventure getting there, but we had no problem in our small standard hire car).
For Families: Camp Figtree welcomes children and there are no age restrictions. This is a peaceful grown-up setting, so isn’t the kind of place to let the kids run wild, but with well-spaced suites and plenty of outdoor space this isn’t usually a problem. Standard suites can accommodate rollaway beds, there is one superior suite with a separate single room to accommodate families of 3 or 4 (with younger children) and for larger families, there is a family suite which has a double master bedroom, 2 bunkrooms, its own pool and gardens. Dinner can be taken on your own verandah if preferred and babysitting can be arranged given enough warning.
Addo Elephant NP
- Very family friendly
- Under 5s allowed on game drives
- Stunning Colonial Style
- Adjoins Addo NP
Addo Elephant NP
- 8 bedroom lodge
- Colonial feel
- Near Addo National Park
- Swimming Pool
The perfect first family safari combining Cape Town and the the malaria-free game reserves of the Eastern Cape.
Tailor-made Luxury 8 days
From $1,099 per person
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019