Want to “get away from it all” after a long day of game drives in Addo Elephant National Park? Book a camp that you’ll have all to yourself, in a magical wooded wonderland.
Nestled among the picturesque trees, ferns and fungi of the Woody Cape section of the national park, Langebos Huts are a perfect accommodation option for keen botanists and birders.
Each hut sleeps up to four people, with an open-plan lounge, fully-equipped kitchen and central braai area. There are two bedrooms; one with a double bed and the other with two single beds. A short wooden walkway leads from the kitchen to an adjoining, spacious bathroom with toilet, shower and sink.
Views from the lounge and main bedroom onto Alexandria Forest are idyllic and you’ll appreciate the peace and quiet of the surrounding woodland.
Because the huts are booked “simultaneously”, your group will have the entire camp to itself – even if you don’t book a second hut.
Until the end of March, Langebos Huts can only be booked through Addo’s Matyholweni Reception Office. Call +27 (0)41 468 0916 or +27 (0)41 468 0918, or email [email protected] to book.
What to do
Just one-and-a-half hours from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, Addo Elephant National Park encompasses three distinctly different environments: high forests, desert-like dunes and cliffs crumbling into the sea and spectacular beaches.
The Langebos Huts are a great base camp for bird watching and hiking. Bird life is prolific with about 300 species recorded, and the forest is home to the spectacular Knysna turaco and charismatic trumpeter hornbill. Forest weavers also hang delightful nests in forest clearings.
The conservation status of Alexandria Forest is extremely high, because most of it has been lost to planted pastures and only five percent is formally conserved. It is also home to the nocturnal tree hyrax (tree dassie), so listen out for its wailing cries at night.
Signs of the shy leopard and brown hyena have been recorded and, on occasion, are sighted by hikers and locals. Bushbuck, bushpig, common duiker, grysbok and blue duiker frequent the forest.
If you’re looking for a good hike, consider Addo’s two-day, 32km Alexandria Hiking Trail, as well as the shorter 7km Tree Dassie Trail. Both depart from the Woody Cape Reception office. Shorter walking trails also lead off from around the huts.
Alternatively, spend some time along the coast, accessing the beach from the nearby Woody Cape Backpackers.