One of Elephant House's magnificent deep verandahs, filled with overstuffed armchairs and couches, African artifacts and framed prints, photograph by Elsa Young.


Beyond the citrus groves in the sun-drenched, evocativally named Sundays River Valley, lies Elephant House. A proudly South African, family-run lodge filled with broad smiles, home-cooked meals and good old fashioned hospitality.

Luxurious four-poster bed with mosquito net and wooden side table, photo by Elsa Young.
Smiling Elephant House staff member starting an outdoor evening fire, photo by Elsa Young.
Luxurious four-poster bed with mosquito net and wooden side table, photo by Elsa Young.

This is the place to while away hot summer afternoons poolside, to fall asleep reading on a deep verandah, to celebrate with sundowner cocktails after a day exploring the magnificent Addo Elephant National Park, and to nestle up with family and friends on a winter’s night in front of a roaring fire.


Deep open verandah with sofas, rugs and African artifacts, photo by Elsa Young.

The Main House

Our much-loved farmhouse features 8 en-suite bedrooms and wide verandahs filled with antiques and local art.

One of the Cape-style Stable Cottages photographed from across the swimming pool, photo by Elsa Young.

The Stable Cottages

Our 6 Cape-style cottages with private stoeps and a shared swimming pool are set on five acres of rolling lawns.

A delicious plate of food on a tablecloth strewn with vintage photographs.

Wining & Dining

Our chefs prepare wholesome farm-to-table meals and we serve the Cape’s finest wines throughout the day.

Magnificent lion and lioness lying together and surveying their territory.


The numerous experiences we have on offer will move your soul and stay with you long after you’ve returned home.


Our beautiful country and its rainbow of residents are waiting with open arms. We look forward to having you experience the colours, the space, the smells, the wildlife and the friendliest people on earth.

Oil lanterns next to the pool during sundowners at Elephant House. Photo by Elsa Young.

“Our favourite place in all of South Africa!”

Dottie Owen Ellis, North Carolina, USA.

“Loved the décor, flowers and gardens. We’re so sad to be leaving after our absolutely wonderful stay at this special place. A huge thank you to the efficient, caring and friendly staff.”

Harry and Kim, Cape Town, South Africa.


Magnificent elephant in the bush

Addo Game Drives

Two daily game drives on our open 4×4 Land Rover into Addo Elephant National Park.

Local old lady walking on a hill path with a stick in her hands and a bundle on her head.

Cultural Tours

Explore interesting places nearby and visit with the always-welcoming locals.

Canoeing on the Sundays River.

Canoeing Safaris

Scenic paddles down the gorgeous Sundays River with local adventure guides.

Golfer putting a golfball towards a hole on the green.

Golfing Excursions

We are close to a number of world-class courses, with our local just 30 minutes away.

Elephant House staff member standing on the stoep with a welcoming smile at sunset, photo by Elsa Young.
Crops being picked from fertile soil.


We do our utmost best to support conservation and eco-tourism initiatives and our policy is to employ, empower and uplift people from our close community and to support their tourism and farming enterprises.

Crops being picked from fertile soil.

Accommodation Options

What we offer