Addo National Park is situated in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Here you can see the Big 7 (Elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, whales and great white sharks) in their natural habitat. You can phone Addo at 042-233-8600.
25 August 2013 : Writeup by Paula Wiegmink : After my wonderful experience hunting for ancestors in Alexandria I was very excited to find out that the Intsomni Lodge was owned by relatives! It seems this area is very much steeped in family history. So a visit to the lodge was now definitely on the cards. The next day my friends from Port Alfred took me to Intsomni lodge to meet up with my relatives. Africa is always full of surprises and today was no exception. I was delighted when we passed an elderly man with his donkey cart fully decked with a chevron on the back! I just had to stop and take a photo.
Intsomni Lodge is situated in a part of the Alexandria Forest Reserve and is not that far from Port Alfred. As we travelled along, the vegetation soon started to change and we travelled down a road flanked by thick vegetation on either side and eventually pulled up outside the rustic lodge nestled away in the forest vegetation as though hiding from the outside world. As we entered the building the ambience hit me with such force. All the artefacts and décor were carefully chosen and placed to give maximum pleasure to the senses. We sat in a lounge area to chat and take in the wonderful surroundings which were clearly visible through large windows and glass doors. After some animated discussion we were taken on a tour by the owners. The lodge has raised decking pathways over the densely vegetated underlay and take you off to the various rooms. Every room opened out onto decks overlooking the heavily wooded area. You can view the passing game right from your living area, out in nature as it should be. The rooms are private and have a sense of total seclusion which I think would be ideal for honeymooners!
Walking back from the rooms along the wooden decking back to the dining and reception area one can see great thick vines intertwined with tree trunks and other vegetation and the tree canopy above hangs like an umbrella shielding you from the elements. Although enclosed, from the dining area, you have the feeling of being at one with nature. You can view the wildlife passing by while you are having breakfast. From the main building one can then take a walk along another pathway to a lookout platform situated above the pool area. An ideal spot to while away the hours in peace and harmony. Many species of wildlife can be viewed out in the open plain towards the dunes in the distance which eventually meet up with the ocean. Intsomni im my opninion offers everything. A wonderfully serene place nestled in a perfect location surrounded by nature. What an incredible place.
After our tour we headed back to have tea and cake served in true style. We were made to feel like royalty.
I hope that one day I will have the opportunity to go back and stay at this beautiful place and savour all it has to offer. We left Intsomni and headed back to Port Alfred. Travelling along the Kowie River we stopped to take photos. The view was breathtaking. As far as the eye could see the river meandered into the distance. When we arrived back in Port Alfred I ran down to the river for another look and the water was like glass with the mirrored reflections confusing the eye. Such a picturesque and serene place.
Another great day in Africa. After visiting with my friends in Port Alfred I returned to Durban via east London. I travelled to East London by car and flew to Durban to await my next adventure.
Woodall's Country House (by Dawn Govender)