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Noisy Bird | Hadeda Ibis

Noisy Bird | Hadeda Ibis

Chrislin African Lodge guests often ask, “What is that noisy bird?” We immediately know that the bird they are referring to is the hadeda ibis. The name is an imitation of its call, a loud and distinctive “haa-haa-haa-de-dah”. This large bird can reach over 70cm in length and can weigh…

7 Facts About Addo’s Big 7

7 Facts About Addo’s Big 7

On the doorstep of Chrislin African Lodge, a mere 12km away, is the very special and unique, Addo Elephant National Park – the only home to South Africa’s Big 7. The Big 5 – lion, black rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard – was originally termed by trophy hunters who identified…

Top 5 Biomes in Addo Elephant National Park

Top 5 Biomes in Addo Elephant National Park

There are 5 biomes in Addo Elephant National Park. This is a major, but far lesser known or appreciated attraction of the park. Stay at Chrislin and discover the diversity of the biomes in Addo. A biome can be defined as a naturally occurring community of flora and fauna which…

Addo Elephant National Park Top Animals

Addo Elephant National Park Top Animals

The Addo Elephant National Park is the third largest national park in South Africa and the only park home to the Big 7. We have compiled a list of the top animals to see in the Addo Elephant National Park. Elephant: Top Animal in Addo National Park African elephants are…

Autumn is Awesome in Addo

Autumn is Awesome in Addo

During the autumn months of March, April and May, after our hot Addo summer, comes our cooling-off season of autumn. Night time arrives earlier, the sun arrives a little later in the morning, temperatures begin to drop slightly and most vegetative growth decreases. In Addo, autumn is the start of…

Chrislin African Lodge is 20 Years Old!

Chrislin African Lodge is 20 Years Old!

It’s so hard to believe that Chrislin African Lodge is 20 years old. What a wonderful and exciting journey it has been. We have met the most extraordinary and amazing people from all over the world, many of whom have become personal friends. We have grown from sleeping 6 people…

Spekboom: Eastern Cape Miracle Plant

Spekboom: Eastern Cape Miracle Plant

The Spekboom, also known as Porkbush or Elephant’s Food, is an Eastern Cape miracle plant. You will definitely see some at Chrislin as well as in the nearby Addo Elephant National Park. The Spekboom is a miracle plant and vital to our ecosystem for a number of reasons. It is a…

Safari Addo: Help Africa’s Endangered Wildlife

Safari Addo: Help Africa’s Endangered Wildlife

The Addo Elephant National Park is home to some of Africa’s most endangered animals. The conservation fee paid to South African National Parks (SANParks) during your Addo safari will help conserve Africa’s endangered wildlife. The animals listed below are all endemic to the Addo area and we need all the…

Family Safari Holiday at Chrislin

Family Safari Holiday at Chrislin

If you are planning a family safari holiday and looking for family-friendly accommodation you should know that at Chrislin African Lodge we love hosting families! We have a big yard, a large outdoor pool, friendly pets and two play areas – one outside and one in our restaurant. Our accommodation is…

Addo – Citrus Paradise

Addo – Citrus Paradise

Our valley is more than just a home to over 600 elephants it is also an evergreen Addo citrus paradise! Here are some interesting facts about the citrus in our area: The varieties grown in our Addo citrus paradise include: satsumas, clementines, novas, mandarins, lemons, minneolas, navels, cara cara, maltaise…

Top TripAdvisor Addo Accommodation Reviews

Top TripAdvisor Addo Accommodation Reviews

While the unknown can excite some people, it can be intimidating for others. Trying new things is not everyone’s cup of tea and some travelers need a bit more information before making their final accommodation decisions. Many guests rely on the opinions of others and a great website to find…

Addo is Full of Vitamin C

Addo is Full of Vitamin C

When we think of Vitamin C, the first fruit that comes to mind is an orange. While our Addo valley is full of citrus trees, the orange is not the biggest source of vitamin C – it is a guava! A guava has four times more vitamin C than an…