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Orange Elephant Backpackers and Thirsty Herds Pub

Book more than 2 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Brilliant Staff
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Property Description

The Orange Elephant is situated just 8 short km from the main gate of the famous Addo Elephant National Park. It's the perfect place to start and end your Addo Elephant adventure. Situated on a working lemon farm and in a lush garden, the backpackers offers more that just a place to sleep. Try our vibey pub with the best pizza in the area. Weekends we do traditional South African fare cooked on the open fire. Be it a potjie or a braai there is always something going on.

Join one of our full day safaris into Addo with our trained and knowledgeable guide to spot the world famous Elephants, Buffalo, Lion, Black Rhino and if you really lucky the elusive leopard.
Apart from the Addo Elephant National park and its world famous wildlife there is also a lot to see and do in the area.

Addo is the second largest citrus producing area in South Africa and it is due to the Citrus industry the Park came into existence. Conflict between man and the Elephants of the area made it necessary to form the National Park way back in the 1930's.
We also boast the longest dual zip line in South Africa. At just under 1/2 km long and dropping around 70m.

Orange Elephant Backpackers and Thirsty Herds Pub has an 4 bed dorm, double rooms as well as en suite rooms. There are extra single beds in the rooms at an extra charge. Rooms are large and airy with a fan, mosquito machine and a heater for the winter nights.

Please note we are around 80km from Port Elizabeth. The Bazbus does not stop at the Orange Elephant Backpackers, hence the shuttle.
We do offer a shuttle service to the Orange Elephant from Port Elizabeth.
The shuttle leaves Port Elizabeth between 07h00 and 07h30. Bookings essential.

Orange Elephant Backpackers and Thirsty Herds Pub Policies & Conditions:

Cancellation policy: 24 hours before arrival.

Check in from 14:00 to 21:00 .
Check out before 10:00 .

Payment upon arrival by cash only as due to Covid-19 we had to cancel our Credit card machines.. Diner Club and American express are not accepted.
This property may pre-authorize your card before arrival.

Taxes included.
Breakfast not included.

Reception time is 07:00 to 19:00. Late check-ins are done from the bar.
No curfew.
Age Restriction: no under 18's.
The maximum period of stay is of 5 days. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 6.0

  • Security 8.0

  • Location 9.0

  • Staff 7.0

  • Atmosphere 6.0

  • Cleanliness 5.0

  • Facilities 6.0

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    20 Dec 2019
    A great spot to base yourself for exploring Addo! Such friendly staff and the dorms, bathrooms and common spaces were all really clean and comfy. The cute dogs were a highlight! Highly recommend the Addo Game Drive tours they offer too - we had the best day in the park. The only minor issue we had was that wifi was patchy, but this seems to be a common problem across South Africa and it’s always nice to switch off for a while. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here!
    New Zealand, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 10.0


    14 Nov 2019
    I travel to Addo every 3 weeks visiting and working on farms and normally stay at hotels, lodges or B n B's. I have often driven past Orange Elephant Backpackers and wondered what it would be like to stay there so stayed over in the dorm on Thursday night. What a pleasant experience. It was a rustic and friendly family run business. Everything was clean, the beds were fine and the toilets and showers great. I really liked the relaxed vibe and yet professionally run environment. I will be back.
    South Africa, Male, 41+
  • 9.4


    05 Feb 2020
    Great hostel for exploring Addo park. Great pub on site and nice pizza. Rooms are functional and comfortable. Only negative is that there seems to only be 1 bathroom/shower for all the guests to share :/ overall I'd stay here again happily
    England, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.4


    14 Jan 2020
    Fantastic location, lovely staff, didn't check out the bar but good to see it's around
    Australia, Male, 18-24
  • 9.4


    20 Oct 2019
    Friendly and helpful staff. Clean accommodation, large room, good WiFi. Very close to ADDO elephant national park.
    England, Male, 41+
  • 9.1


    01 Dec 2021
    Great big rooms. This hostel was clean and comfortable. It's a 10 minute drive away from the Addo Elephant park. The kitchen is spacious and offers all the dishes you need. Only downside was the fridge could use an upgrade and internet was choppy. The staff was friendly and accommodating. Great place to stay. I would stay here again.
    Canada, Couple, 31-40
  • 8.9


    05 Feb 2020
    Enjoyed my stay everyone very friendly and helpful. Lovely breakfast and pizza. Brilliant day out in Addo Park saw lots of animals even though it rained all day!
    England, Female, 41+
  • 8.3


    07 Oct 2019
    Good for a one night stay. Super close to Addo main gate. Great kitchen fully equipped. Only problem was the no wifi, even at the pub... good pizzas though..
    Australia, Couple, 25-30
  • 5.4


    25 Sep 2020
    Poor communication. Forgot to tell us they had no card Machine, had to draw cash to pay remainder fee. In a one horse town, Addo's ATMs either had queues for days or were not working. We spent a few precious site-seeing hours trying to draw cash, when a simple email telling us in advance would have sufficed. And bonus, arriving after a long dusty trip.. No hot water.
    South Africa, Female, 25-30
  • 4.3


    19 Mar 2022
    You pay a premium price for the proximity to Addo Elephant park. And this proximity is already the best thing about this place. Maybe the baby kittens - if you like cats. The place is run down, the shared bathroom filthy. Bed squeaky. You can survive a night there. No Restaurant on premises and no pool - not like in the add. We highly recommend the RiverFront Restaurant nearby - amazing sunset dinner!
    Switzerland, Male, 41+
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  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Hot Showers
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Luggage Storage
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi