Just before peak season hit us I was on a social media workshop road trip in the Karoo and Addo areas. The night before the workshop in Addo I got to stay at Addo Palace in the Ndebele Private Reserve bordering the Addo Elephant National Park. It's always nice to stay and experience somewhere new and this was no different. Ndebele Private Resevre is a 2500 acre game farm in the foothills of the Zuurberg Mountains and about 30 minutes from the Addo main camp.
Addo Palace consist of three thatched buildings decorated with Ndebele patterns outside and an African theme inside.
The main building, or Main Lodge, has five luxurious en-suit rooms and also accommodates the main lounge, dining room and kitchen. Kudu Lodge has another 3 suites with en-suite bathrooms and kitchens while the Zebra Lodge is a family unit that can be used on a full self catering basis if necessary.
I stayed in one of the Main Lodge rooms with big spaces and high ceilings. I had the option of taking the room at the end of the passage with the veranda that has a view of the mountains, but I gave that up to my travelling companion. Darn!
Although we had blue skies there was a nip in the air so there wasn't a chance for me to try out their pool. Would have loved to just float in the water and take in the surrounds....
I did get to do that though on the lapa wall though
Addo Palace would have been the ideal spot to just chill for a couple of days, but the road back to civilization was waiting the next morning. Will have to make a plan to get back there some time.
Disclosure: I spent the night as guest of Addo Palace - Ndebele Private Reserve but didn't receive any additional remuneration and retain full editorial control over my post.