Long a preferred Sunday lunch destination of Port Elizabethans looking for a day in the country, the Zuurberg Inn is still a staple and much loved accommodation destination.
As a child we used to leave directly from Church for Sunday Buffet Lunch at the Zuurberg Inn, in my late Father’s pride and joy – his white Mercedes S Class. The mere fact that he was prepared to drive on a gravel road up the mountain for Sunday Lunch imprinted on my mind just how precious a place this was. My father never rode on any other gravel road but that one to the Zuurberg Inn.
My childlike mind would survey the vast quantities of food available and say; “One day I will be big and return to try and eat my way through as much food as possible”. Afterwards we would lie on the grass overlooking Addo and soak up the sun before returning to the ‘big city’ of Port Elizabeth.
Winter weekends at the Zuurberg Inn were always special – roaring fires, sherry, rib sticking real food and good times ….
This web site is a tribute to those wonderful days and a means to get more people to share those good times by booking a holiday or weekend break, placing a review or uploading images to share with those who have a special affinity for a grand old lady on the original road to Johannesburg.
Now known as the Zuurberg Mountain Village the accommodation choices include:
- Zuurberg Manor: The Zuurberg Manor is the original part of the hotel dating back to 1861. It is comprised of 9 spacious rooms, 5 of which are family suites. Each room has a full bathroom with shower and bath, mini-bar and private patio with spectacular views.
- Zuurberg Village: These are Zuurberg’s Edwardian Village Cottages arranged so that one can enjoy both the spectacular mountains and valley views. Each cottage boasts 2 private patios on the east and west side of the unit, ideal for magical sunrise and sunsets. Reserved for adults, The Zuurberg Village features black-wood floors, climate control, under-floor heating in the bathroom, a freestanding bath and an indoor and outdoor hot and cold shower.
The Zuurberg Mountain Village is a haven of historical delight set high up on the Zuurberg Mountains – a tranquil and truly unique mountain top retreat set in 160 hectares of indigenous vegetation with breathtaking views overlooking the Addo Elephant National Park.
This 150 year old historical hotel is a mere one hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth and offers her guests an elegant lifestyle and ambiance of a bygone era. The Zuurberg Manor and Zuurberg Village offers comfort, traditional country cuisine, friendly staff and a countless number of outdoor activities that enhance your experience.
Zuurberg boasts a countless number of activities including:
- English Pub
- Function Facilities
- Swimming pool
- Tennis Courts
- Kiddies Playground
- Games Area
- Private guided game drives into the Addo National Elephant Park
- Walking trails in the Addo Park and on Village property as well.
- Horse Trails into the Addo Elephant National Park.
- The all-important “Addo Elephant Interaction.”
The Zuurberg Mountain Village is still a preferred destination for South Africans and internationals alike.
- Accommodation Type: Hotel Accommodation
- Operated By: Zuurberg Mountain Village (CTT)
- Service Levels: Henri at Zuurberg Mountain Village will reply to enquiries within 12 hours.
Local Attractions and Landmarks:
- Port Elizabeth – 80.0 km
- Addo Elephant National Park – (Main Camp) 18.0 km
- Grahamstown – 130.0 km
- Schotia – 60.0 km
- Addo Park – (Zuurberg Section) 1.0 km
Check In / Out Times:
- Check in after 14:00
- Check out before 11:00
Zuurberg Mountain Inn – Hotel in Addo, Frontier Country, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Directions to Get to Zuurberg Mountain Village Inn: (GPS Co-ordinates: S 33˚21′.071″ / E 25˚44′.674″)
From Port Elizabeth:
Take the N2 towards Grahamstown. You will pass the entrance to Blue Water Bay. You will see the Coega project on your left hand side. You will see the exit for the R335 (Motherwell / Markman) on your left hand side. Please turn left and continue with this road. You will come to the small town called ADDO. Please continue with the road. You will go across a railway crossing. You will travel a further 10 km till you see our turnoff on your left hand. You will turn left onto a gravel road and travel a further 16 km till you reach the hotel. If you go past the entrance to the Addo Elephant National Park, then please turn back.
Take the N10 towards Paterson. At Paterson you would turn right onto the R342. You will continue on this road for the next 24km. You will drive past the entrance to the ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK. You will see a sign on your right hand side saying “Zuurberg”. You will turn right here onto a gravel road and travel a further 16 km till you reach the hotel.
From East London and Grahamstown:
Take the N2 towards Port Elizabeth. Follow the road until you see the N10 turn off. Please turn right here. You will drive past SCHOTIA SAFARIS and continue towards Paterson. At Paterson you would turn left onto the R342. You will continue on this road for the next 24km. You will drive past the entrance to the ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK. You will see our entrance on your right hand side. You will turn right onto a gravel road and travel a further 16 km till you reach the hotel.
Take the R75 towards Port Elizabeth, pass Janseville. Take the Kirkwood turnoff. Drive down the main street, at the bottom you reach a 4 way stop. Turn right. Pass Summerdale and Sunlands and continue to reach a T-junction. Turn left and follow the road for appox. 8 km. There will be a sign on the left saying “Zuurberg”. Turn left at the sign and follow the road up the Mountain Pass for 16km to the Hotel.
From Oudtshoorn (via Langkloof):
Take the R62 towards Uniondale on the way to Aventuur. Passing through Joubertina and Kareedow towards Humansdorp. Take the N2 towards Port Elizabeth and follow our directions (above) from Port Elizabeth.
Rooms/Units and Seasonal Rates:
The Zuurberg Manor: Encompassed by beautiful gardens, the original manor rooms offer guests the comfort and space to unwind and relax.
- The Zuurberg Manor is the original part of the hotel dating back to 1861. It is comprised of 9 spacious rooms, 5 of which are family suites. Each room has a full bathroom with shower and bath, mini-bar and private patio with spectacular views. Conveniently situated near the lounge, dining areas and the swimming pool, the manor rooms will encourage you to break free from your busy routine and soak up the beautiful surroundings.
- The Zuurberg Village: The more discernable traveller can treat themselves to one of our Edwardian Village Cottages. The Cottages are arranged so that one can enjoy both the spectacular mountains and valley views. Each cottage boasts 2 private patios on the east and west side of the unit, ideal for magical sunrise and sunsets. Reserved for adults, The Zuurberg Village features black-wood floors, climate control, under-floor heating in the bathroom, a freestanding bath and an indoor and outdoor hot and cold shower. Come to Zuurberg Mountain Village for a few days and experience a tradition of excellent hospitality.
Hotel Leisure Facilities include a swimming pool, tennis courts, kiddies playground area, pool table, game drives, hiking trails, bird watching and horse trails.
The Zuurberg Inn has a 4 Star Grading from the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa and is AA Recommended
- Activities Nearby: Bird Watching, Horse Riding, Walking.
- Environment: Countryside, Game Reserve, Great Outdoors, National Park, Nature Reserve.
- Facilities and Services: Airport Shuttle Service, Babysitting Service, Bar on the Premises, Braai / Barbecue, Communal MNet, Communal Satellite TV, Communal Television, Fax, Fireplace on the Premises, Garden, Internet Access, Laundry Service, Off Street Parking, Parking Available, Photocopy Machine, Pool Table, Swimming Pool, Tennis Court, VCR, Wheelchair Enabled.
- Conference: Conference Venue 25-75 People: Notebook Projector Available, Overhead Projector Available, Slide Projector Available, Television Available, Whiteboard Available.
- Languages Spoken: Afrikaans, English, German.
- Grading: 4 Stars – Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, AA Recommended
Facilities in Rooms/Units: Bar Fridges in Rooms, Fan in Rooms, Heater in Rooms, No Smoking in Rooms, Radios in Rooms, Tea.
- Coffee in Rooms.
- Dining: A la carte Menu Offered, Breakfast Served, Dinner Served, Lunch Served, Restaurant on the Premises, Set Menu Offered.
- Memberships and Legal: Cape Town Tourism, GHA (SA) Accredited.
- Special Interests: Pets Permitted by Arrangement.
- Price Range: Mid
The Zuurberg mountains consists of four high chains running parallel, but separated by very deep rugged kloofs. As you ascend between the kloofs to the mountain summit, cycads Encephalartos altensteinii (darker green leaves) and the Encephalartos Lehmannii (light grayish leaves), the Aloe pluridens gracefully contrast themselves out against the harsh background of the typical East Cape shrubs, and red rocks of the conglomeritic Enon Formation.
The fynbos on the peaks (where the climates are colder, and windier), and the sour grasses, with hardy succulents, interspersed with Proteas and Plegaroniums, and other wild flowers, like ostrich eyes, “Struthiola”, survive.
As you get to the top of the mountain, and go over the ridge, to descend down the other side, the shock one gets as a result of the contrast from one side of the mountain to the other is quite sensational. It is like Mother Nature has taken her powers and created a new arid world here, for different soils, different plants, different animals.