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Chrislin African Lodge

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Off Valentine Road Hermiston Farm, Addo, Sundays River Valley 6105 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 20/07/01 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Chrislin African Lodge
Updated 20/07/01 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#8 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Addo
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Experience true African accommodation when staying at Chrislin African Lodge in traditionally built mud huts located on an eco-friendly farm, just 12km from the main gate of the Addo Elephant National Park.The tranquil setting is described as paradise by nature and bird lovers. If not exploring one of the nearby game reserves, time can be spent relaxing along side the pool or in the lounging lapa. Being a family run lodge, emphasis is placed on friendly service, comfort and delicious South African food. Meals can be served on request during season.
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Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Hiking
Horseback riding
Children's playground
Indoor play area for children
Secured parking
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Canoeing offsite
Tennis court offsite
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
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Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Safe
Sofa
Coffee / tea maker
Refrigerator
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
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Mid-range
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa
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Arend V wrote a review Apr 2022
Mechelen, Belgium2 contributions
The lodge is an oasis of peace and quiet. For us, this was the sixth and final stop of our trip. We even booked an extra (third) night here, because we found such peace and quiet in the lodge's huge garden among the citrus groves. With our three children, we stayed in a hut with two adjoining rooms. The word hut is an understatement for the very luxurious feeling of the rooms. This is due to the sober but tasteful decor, the great king size beds and the beautiful bathroom with spacious shower. The huts are cleverly arranged, giving you a great sense of privacy, while both the restaurant (where you can have breakfast and dinner) and the pool and playground (highly appreciated by the kids) are all close by. The lodge has a very family atmosphere because of the friendly presence of owner Linda and her son Chris (who organizes day activities and can take you to unique places that you would never be able to see or do on a regular guided tour - check out his company Criss Cross Adventures). If there is one place in SA where we would come again, it is this one.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Roger H wrote a review Feb 2022
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After our last visit what was perfect ,3 years back,we found now on a new trip a completely service’s less and aged ,non mentained lodge. Nobody helping with luggage.,in the lodge,lots of animals,beetles and other insects , comming probable from the roof what needs urgently maintenance. The kichen choice of 5 dishes,every day the same,serviced in the restaurant by a so called chef in swimming short and slippers. Choice of 3 wines (due to covid,he had to trow wine away whyle it was to old !!!) Then the payment,no card machine option ..(to expensive due to covid !!) Only positive point was the breakfast.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Room Tip: Dont go there.dogs arrouns all the time even in the kitchen
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Response from Margaret Pickels, Owner at Chrislin African Lodge
Responded 21 Feb 2022
It comes with great disappointment reading your review and that you did not enjoy your stay with us like the last time. We had to stop operating for a long while when Covid hit, and we tried very hard to keep our staff and our business going. We had to scale down on everything hence our card machine was returned as it was too expensive to maintain, however you are still able to pay with a card via our Paygate link, make an electronic bank transfer or a cash payment. When we were allowed to operate again it was with skeleton staff only and having all the Covid protocols in place. With the decline in business, we had to make our menu smaller, to prevent wastage. When business picks up, we will return to “normal” again. We have made a note about the animals and will try and control them better, but they are there for your safety also. We are however pleased you enjoyed breakfast and even decided to stay one night extra. We were very happy to host you again and sincerely hope that you enjoyed the rest of your trip.
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Bart D wrote a review Nov 2021
Mechelen, Belgium13 contributions4 helpful votes
Chrislin African Lodge * 10/10 * Great, spacious Room (Sunset Huts) * Reasonably Good Wifi, although we were on the edge of the network-range * All buildings really well maintained * Really nice breakfast * Friendly staff * Good location * Nice play-area for kids in the restaurant * Kids-chair available in the restaurant Bart, Katrien, Wout & Leon
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Margaret Pickels, Owner at Chrislin African Lodge
Responded 21 Feb 2022
Dear Bart, Katrien, Wout & Leon, Thank you so much for your kind review :) It was really great hosting you. We hope to see you in Addo soon again:)
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Keith R wrote a review Oct 2021
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Our family recently spent four lovely nights at Chrislin. We were self catering all our needs were met the staff were really superb. We enjoyed breakfast in their dining area it was really most enjoyable and a good way to start the day. One night we ate in their restaurant another excellent meal. The staff and hostess made our stay enjoy. Would we return OF Course It was a perfect place to explore Addo and the region
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Margaret Pickels, Owner at Chrislin African Lodge
Responded 01 Nov 2021
Thank you for the great review. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. See you and your family soon again :)
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Dom P wrote a review Jun 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa8 contributions
We stayed at Chrislin a few weeks ago for a two night stop over and visit to Addo Elephant Park. Linda & Jean couldn't have made us feel more welcome. The rooms where very spacious and clean. The grounds are beautifully kept. Breakfast and dinner was excellent. They arranged a full day guided tour of Addo for us with Chriscross adventure tours. Got to see a huge amount of animals. Chrislin is located very close to the main gate at Addo and is a perfect safe place to stay if you are visiting the area. You wont be disappointed... great value for money.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from Margaret Pickels, Owner at Chrislin African Lodge
Responded 05 Jul 2021
Thank you for the great review. We are so pleased that you and your family enjoyed your time with us and Crisscross Adventures.
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Moratwa wrote a review Jan 2021
Centurion, South Africa45 contributions26 helpful votes
The people are so warm, welcoming and friendly. They wanted to go above and beyond for us to have lunch when we arrived. We also ran late for breakfast and they still gave us a full service and a complete menu....with freshly squeezed juice from oranges picked from the yard. The rooms are very spacious. The lodge is very close to activities and other hotels.
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Response from Margaret Pickels, Owner at Chrislin African Lodge
Responded 07 Jan 2021
Thank you for the kind review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us:) May 2021 bring you joy and we hope that you come visit in the future again. :) Stay safe.
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Vendula L wrote a review Jan 2021
Zelezna Ruda, Czech Republic2 contributions
Highly recommending;) the staff is so nice you forgot about the annoying mosquitoes (just a few of them) :) thank you so much, if possible, we’re totally coming back :) nice clean rooms with a comfy terrace:) food was amazing as well and we had been well cared of by the nicest people :)
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Margaret Pickels, Owner at Chrislin African Lodge
Responded 07 Jan 2021
Thank you for the amazing review, it really brings us joy to know that our guests enjoyed their stay with us :) Hoping to see you in the near future again. Stay safe:)
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Butterfly015 wrote a review Dec 2020
London13 contributions18 helpful votes
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Peaceful, serene, tranquil holiday with 2 small children, in beautiful surroundings with Addo Elephant Park at your doorstep. Amazing hospitality, generous breakfasts and delicious dinners. Swimming pool, play and lapa area. Braai facilities.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Margaret Pickels, Owner at Chrislin African Lodge
Responded 22 Dec 2020
Thank you for your amazing review. It was nice hosting you and your family. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year:)
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CurbedEnthusiasm wrote a review Jun 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia133 contributions26 helpful votes
We loved our stay at the charming Chrislin African Lodge. It oozes all the charm you'd expect from a small lodge in the bush and is full of warm hospitality. Due to the popularity of the lodge, we ended up staying one night in a smaller room and two nights in a larger one, but both were absolutely lovely. I will say that our first room did not have air conditioning so it got a bit warm even with the windows open at night, but the second room had excellent A/C and we were very comfortable; I recommend making sure you get a room with A/C because the windows don't have screens. The grounds are pristine and the rooms are spotlessly clean. There are wonderful public areas like the open air seating/reading area under a classic thatched roof. There's a swimming pool that was glorious after a long day of game drives. The hospitality was absolutely wonderful. Particularly, Nadia is an amazing hostess and makes sure that every guest feels like a VIP. Breakfasts were delicious and very filling. Dinner is available each night for a fixed price; it was good but I would have liked a larger dessert. Their milk tart was delicious but I wanted more than a shot glass size. What can I say, I have a sweet tooth and their desserts are divine. There's also some good nearby restaurants so if you have a car you can change up where you eat. Connected with the lodge is Criss Cross Adventures for game drives in the Addo and other local activities and I cannot recommend them enough. They are an excellent outfit and our game drives were excellent. We did a full day in the Addo and a half day on river canoes and we were totally satisfied. In closing, I highly recommend Chrislin and Criss Cross Adventures for your stay near the Addo National Park. It was a peaceful, magical place to stay.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Margaret Pickels, Owner at Chrislin African Lodge
Responded 07 Jan 2021
Apologies for our delayed response. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us, as well as Crisscross Adventures. We will definitely make sure that you receive a bigger dessert next time :) Stay safe:)
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Eric B wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom1070 contributions289 helpful votes
It was quite hot for late summer and we didn't have a/c but the ceiling fan kept us cool enough overnight. We enjoyed our two nights. The room was reasonably well equipped and meals ever so good, with reasonable prices for wine. We paid more than usual on the trip for the accommodation but felt that it was good value (especially compared to some of the private game reserves) because it included a full day Addo game drive with CrissCross Adventures. In the afternoon it was just us and our driver, in a big open sided vehicle and we saw lions, and ostrich display, an angry elephant advancing on us and had a wonderful time.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from ChrislinAfricanLodge, Front Office Manager at Chrislin African Lodge
Responded 08 Apr 2020
We so enjoy reading these reviews and always love reading about how our guests enjoyed their stay with us! Thanks very much for your review and we hope to have you visit us again in the future :)
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PRICE RANGE
US$86 - US$105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaEastern CapeGreater AddoSundays River ValleyAddo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
18
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chrislin African Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Chrislin African Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre (1.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Chrislin African Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Chrislin African Lodge?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, a pool view, and a sofa.
What food & drink options are available at Chrislin African Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Chrislin African Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Chrislin African Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Africanos Country Estate Restaurant & Sushi Bar, River Front Restaurant, and Sneezewoods Restaurant and Wedding Venue.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Chrislin African Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Chrislin African Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.