Woodall Country House – Addo Elephant Park

Woodall Country House

Woodall Country House is tucked in the heart of the Sundays River Valley, on the doorstep of the Addo Elephant National Park. Situated on a peaceful citrus farm where miles of citrus trees bear fruit all winter and scent the air with blossoms in the springtime. Only 45 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth, you’ll find the world famous Addo Elephant park and this fantastic Addo accommodation. It is the ideal base from which to explore the Addo Elephant Park, and nearby game reserves. Revealing a rich and diverse piece of malaria – free Africa, Woodall guest house offers five star luxury accommodation and high standards of service, leaving you unwilling to leave and eager to return. Honeymooners are especially pampered at Woodall Country House & Spa in an environment of peace and privacy.

When you visit Woodall Country House you will not only experience world class  luxury and accommodation, Addo Elephant Park offers some of the best game  viewing in South Africa.
Experience game at close quarters and indulge in magnificent  scenery at Addo Elephant Park from Woodall’s comfortable game viewing vehicle.  Game viewing tours are guided by highly qualified staff whose passion for the Addo  Elephant Park is inherent and infectious.
After a day of game watching under the African sun retreat  to our Addo Elephant Park and laze around the full size pool,  fringed with palms and a waterfall; or take a moment to sit peacefully on the  expansive sun-downer deck and view rare South African waterfowl. Snacks are  served daily at sunset. Other facilities include a lounge with satellite TV and  fireplace, library, CD library, curios, wi-fi internet and fax facilities.

The establishment was developed from the original farmhouse  built in the early 1900’s and the charming ambience and character of yesteryear  still permeate the atmosphere of this Addo accommodation. Old world attention  to detail blends seamlessly with contemporary African luxury and style as  reflected in the raw, earthy magnificence of the architecture. This  award-winning Addo elephant park accommodation caters for the discerning  traveller by offering five star luxury and standards of service, reflected in  attention to detail and spacious accommodation.

Accommodation

Opening on to the fresh sight and scent of lush gardens, the rooms at Woodall Country House are as seeped in luxury as they are in comfort. Each room is spacious, private, and equipped with every convenience from climate control to internet access. Other features include private verandas, en-suite bathrooms, invigorating outdoor showers, mini-bars, sumptuous furnishings, crisp percale linen, bathrobes, telephones, electronic safes and CD players. Each room is individually designed, making use of natural materials, raw silks, and fascinating décor items collected by the South African owners, on their world travels. Some rooms reflect a bygone era of indulgent romance, some echo authentic colonial style, while the more modern suites boast an Afro-chic feel that blends traditional colours and styles with sophisticated contemporary flair.

Luxury Rooms

Luxurious rooms and cottages are private and spacious with an understated elegance and a classical feel. Each room is individually designed and decorated with an air of bygone romance.

Luxury Suites

Luxurious suites with a contemporary feel are airy and furnished using natural materials and raw silks. Light and spacious, completely private, each suite offers understated refinement: spacious bedrooms, separate sitting, dressing areas, expansive bathrooms complete with double outdoor showers and private pools. There is one family suite.

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

Eastern Cape’s Health Spa & Gym

Woodall Country House & Spa

Fantastic spa treatments at Woodall Country House & Spa

The Eastern Cape’s Health Spa & Gym, a sanctuary for relaxation, personal rejuvenation and serious pampering flows onto a full size pool, fringed with palms and a waterfall. We pride ourselves on our uncompromising approach to wellness. Our dedicated and professional therapists are on hand to make the spa experience as memorable as possible. The latest techniques of the modern world are meticulously combined with age-old remedies to create an unforgettable African touch, in an exceptional environment where relaxation comes easily.

Enjoy the healing benefits of water in our various hydro therapies. Allow the underwater jets of the hydro bath to invigorate your muscles. Choose from a variety of milks or essential oils to suit your mood and to enhance your hydro experience.

The sauna and steam room will aid in stimulating circulation and preparing the body for massage.

Our indoor wet area features the stunning Vichy and Chromotherapy showers. Relax on a heated marble slab, while the gentle buffing of a Geranium and Pine body polish, smoothes you skins’ surface, and varying pressure in the warm water washes it clean away.

ADDO  ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK

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Excellent guided tours into the Addo National Park

Addo  is the best place to get up close and personal with the biggest land  mammal – the Park is home to the densest population of elephant in  the world. Other mammals include Lion, Hyaena, Cape buffalo, and  Black Rhino, as well as Zebra, Jackal, Warthog, Suricate and numerous  species of Antelope. Over 150 bird species have been recorded in Addo  and there are around 600 different plant species. Addo is also home  to the endangered dung beetle. Whether you experience the park from  the comfort of your own vehicle or on a game drive with an  experienced guide, the chances are you will have close encounters  with the elephant. To  make the most of the park, be sure to bring binoculars, camera,  walking shoes and wildlife reference books

Game  viewing from your own vehicle: Explore more than 75 kilometres of road through prime wildlife country. There are a number of lookout  points at waterholes in the area. Opening hours change according to  season. No reservation required.

DAY TRIPS TO PRIVATE GAME RESERVES

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ADDO  ELEPHANT BACK SAFARIS: (± one hour drive from Woodall)

A  unique opportunity to walk/ride with Elephants, and to be  at one in nature while in the company of these awe-inspiring gentle  giants. Addo Elephant Back Safaris is situated in the pristine  valleys of the Zuurberg Mountains within the recently proclaimed  Greater Addo Elephant Park. This area is regarded as Africa’s most  biologically diverse, supporting 4 of the 7 biomes or eco regions in  Southern Africa. During the rides, informative guides will provide  information on this unique area. After the walk relax at the  boma overlooking the elephants’ favourite water hole

Walk  / Ride with the Elephants:

HIKING  IN THE ADDO AREA

Addo  Park Discovery Trail: This  unique 2 km trail through typical Addo thicket has been specially  designed for disabled visitors and is suitable for wheelchairs

Zuurberg  Nature Trails: (1  hour and 4 hours). These trails wind through fynbos and deep kloofs  within unspoiled indigenous forests, home to a wide range of game and  birds, as well as various vegetation types including impressive cycad  and yellowwood populations. Zuurberg is open from 07h00 – 16h30

Conservation  fee: R150/person

ADDO  HORSE TRAILS

Addo  Park:

Breathtaking  horse trails through Addo allow you to become one with the African  bush. In the Nyathi section for the park – encounters with large  game are possible. There are no lions or hyenas in this section. Age  10yrs + only

Zuurberg  Mountain Horse Trails:

Conducted  in the Zuurberg Mountain section of the park – no encounters with  large game, but beautiful scenic views of the mountains

ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK GUIDED MOUNTAIN HIKE

Guests will be driven up the Zuurberg Mountain Pass to a remote, pristine, and lush forest section of the Addo Elephant National Park, deep in the heart of the Zuurberg Mountains. From there they will have a guided hike through the Mountains, where they will learn about some interesting plants, whilst enjoying the beauty of the area, within unspoilt nature. This hike is not recommended for the elderly, but is a great way to get out into the Greater National Park and stretch those legs. Drinks and snacks will be provided throughout the hike, and at the bottom of the hike there’s a lovely mountain pool to have a swim in. At the end of the Hike, guests will be taken for a light lunch at the Zuurberg Mountain inn, before heading back down the mountain. Bring Hat, Sun cream, Sunglasses, Camera, Walking Shoes and Binoculars.

ADDO  RIVER SAFARI

Explore a different side of Addo and view game and birds on the riverbanks while you drift down on some of the most scenic parts of the Sunday’s River in a custom designed, comfortable and stable canoe (no paddling experience needed). The popular guided Addo River Safari’s offers guests the best bird watching in the Eastern Cape, where one can find countless water birds, 7 different species of Kingfisher and chance sightings of the elusive African Fish Eagle and magnificent Goliath Heron. (Bring Hat, Sunglasses, Camera and Binoculars) Waterproof buckets provided.

ADDO  BEACH SAFARI

Guests will be shuttled to the coast, or have the option of driving their own car. The Sunday’s River Mouth has much to offer and guests will have fishing rods, canoes, and sand boards at their disposal. Experience the true outdoors, relax and take in some of the most scenic views of the surrounding sand dunes or have a stroll on the endless white sand at the edge of the warm Indian Ocean. Enjoy a lovely lunch on the beach. This is an ideal outing for families. Bring hat, sunglasses, camera, walking shoes or flip-flops and binoculars. Skiing and boat rides also available on request at an extra cost.

ADDO FISHING SAFARI

Try your hand at fresh and still water fishing for Bass deep in the Zuurberg Mountains. Learn the art of spinning or fly-fishing from a river bank, canoe and float tube. No experience necessary as your capable guides will make fishing easy and pleasurable. Also a bird watchers paradise. Bring hat, sunglasses, camera, walking shoes or flip-flops and binoculars.

ADDO MOUNTAIN BIKE SAFARI

Guided mountain biking through the beautiful Zuurberg Mountains. Lunch time set up in the mountains. Not too strenuous as most of the track is downhill, but for the more energised guests, more strenuous track are available such as those which meander through beautiful rock pools deep in the mountains

SPECIALISED  TOURS

Tailor-made  birding and dendrological tours in the Addo region can be arranged  with highly experienced specialists within these fields.

PENGUIN  CRUISES (Departs  Port Elizabeth Harbour)

Penguin  Island Cruise 

Discover  the marine life of Algoa Bay off Port Elizabeth, one of South  Africa’s most diverse bays….. Bryde’s whales, bottlenose and  humpback dolphins can be seen almost all year round; Southern right  whales visit every year to give birth to their calves and mate; and  humpback whales pass through during their annual migration. Hundreds  of common dolphins often come into the bay to feed. Add to this the  Cape fur seal, several species of shark and seabird, as well as a  visit to St Croix Island Marine Reserve to see the largest breeding  colony of the endangered African Penguins

Sundowner  Cruise 

The  tour starts with a harbour cruise and a full safety briefing and then  takes a leisurely cruise along Port Elizabeth’s beautiful beachfront.  The cruise passes the Cape Recife Lighthouse where refreshments are  served. Cape Fur Seals and numerous sea birds may be seen and  sometimes whales or schools of dolphins are encountered

Fishing Charters

These are either a half or full day charters. We leave as early as possible in the morning and are back by lunchtime for the half day charter. Full day charters are a bit more complicated and run out to the Agulhas Current in search of Yellow fin Tuna. The charters are led by a highly qualified skipper who has fished for South Africa on numerous occasions. The cost of a full day game fishing charter is available on request

TRANSFERS:

The  following transfers are available:

Port  Elizabeth Airport, Amakhala, Pumba, Kwantu, Schotia, Addo Elephant  Park, Grahamstown, East London

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