Avoca River Cabins

In the beautiful citrus and rose growing area of the Sundays River Valley, 25 minutes from the Addo Elephant Park, Dave and Judy Smith welcome you to their farm. Avoca, which means 'The meeting of the waters ' offers fully-equipped chalets along the river. Ideal for nature lovers and bird watchers.

Avoca also offers professional guided tours to the Addo Elephant Park on our game viewing vehicle. Inquire about availability and pricing when requesting a booking. The wildlife includes, inter alia, Lion, Rhino, Elephant, and several Antelope.

Various options are available when seeking accommodation. We have chalets that sleep two to five people. Two thatch-roof mud huts with hot shower/toilets alongside the river. There is an abundance of fish and bird life. Scenic walks through the citrus orchards, and canoeing on the river , which is inclusive of the price. A path leads down from the lush garden to a bush camp overlooking the river where two air-conditioned en-suite cabins nestle in a sheltered clearing.

A third "honeymoon suite" privately positioned adjacent. The semi-detached family units and chalets along the river are extremely popular. Each unit has a kitchenette and a hot shower/toilet. The Orchard Room, dining and breakfast area, overlooks the swimming pool and garden. Our Riverside function venue overlooking the river is ideal for any celebration. This area boasts views of the river and Zuurberg mountain range. Accommodation rates are per unit on the site. We do welcome singles and couples to enquire about better options. Self-catering units are serviced by prior arrangement and at extra cost. We also cater for backpackers.

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  • "The beautiful, well maintained gardens."

    09 May 2018

    "Although our cottage was neat and clean it is far too small for 3 adults never mind 4 which it can accommodate. The hot plate needs to be replaced, it was inadequate on which to cook our pasta meal which took almost an hour to get to a boil."

  • "River view"

    14 April 2018

    "Loved the agricultural views and tranquility.Shared kitchen not ideal"

  • "great pool, very nice and friendly staff"

    26 February 2018

    "we loved our holiday at your site, you were very helpful... dinner would be nice, but not a big problem as there are a few restaurants around..."

  • "Paddling on the river"

    10 January 2018

    "Sewrage smell outside room 4 @ Thommies Place needs to be addressed"

  • "Peaceful"

    09 October 2017

    "Peaceful & beautiful. The most loveliest smell lingering in the air"

  • "peaceful place with family"

    06 June 2017

    "I loves the flowers the rivers the farm and very friendly farm owners and lots fun with my family there. Only one thing is the wifi function is very weak in my room"

  • "Peaceful"

    28 May 2017

    "Super getaway on the Sundays River. Bonus being an orange farm."

  • "Great accommodation for a reasonable price"

    08 May 2017

    "We loved the friendly reception, the beautiful rooms and the natural setting. Lovely birdlife in the early morning, a well equipped shared kitchen in Uncle Townies."

  • "Avoca cabin"

    05 March 2017

    "Beautiful gardens make such a good impression. Housing was clean and neat. Shower drain a bit blocked. Water all over the bathroom floor.Suggest however that it must clearly be stated that the 4 sleeper is for 2 adults with kids and not 4 elderly adults.Braai grid must definitely be replaced!! It is in a very bad state."

  • "Our weekend 18-20 November 2016"

    21 November 2016

    "From the minute me arrived at the resort, we were greeted with warmth and very happy and excited staff. We have stayed there a few times already, and Everytime it's such a blissful experience. The beautiful gardens, landscaping and lovely bird life makes it the perfect getaway. The new lady at reception was so helpful and kind, and Riaan was his usual happy, professional self, as always. Such a pleasure to have been there. We look forward to our next getaway. Regards. Shaun Wallace and family"

  • "What a fantastic place!"

    30 August 2016

    "We had four nights at Avoca - the castle was really comfortable, breakfasts perfect and the attention to detail was extraordinary. The birdlife was just brilliant - kingfishers, Fork tailed drongos, sunbirds, mousebirds and all seen from the patio. I would recommend Avoca for visits to the ADDO area with no hesitation!"

  • "Great peaceful surroundings"

    10 August 2016

    "Due to our late booking, only shared accommodation at Old Townies was available. We met amazing South African- and overseas visitors, all of whom who shared very interesting experiences. We have had a super long weekend, enjoyed the scenery at the venue and nearby Addo elephant park, Zuurberg Mountain Village andThe Lookout restaurant. We have also had a variety of dishes and drinks at the Africanos restaurant just a few kilometers away from the venue, where friendly, efficient service is the norm. Our accommodation was comfortable, clean and affordable. A huge thank you to Francois and Riaan for their quick responses to our enquiries."

  • "great stay"

    30 June 2016

    "Had a great time, kids had fun and Mom & Dad could relax."


    16 May 2016

    "Thankyou for a lovely break away, the Avoca Chalets are beautiful, very neat and homely. Stunning gardens and beautiful walkway. We are soooo happy to have had this experience. Thankyou once again !!!"

  • "Peace perfect peace"

    27 November 2015

    "One night and two meals at this peaceful place near to Addo National Park. Very welcoming and relaxed hosts."

  • "Amazing Family Destination"

    11 August 2015

    "<p>We stayed at treetops, the rooms and the view are incredible. We all had a fantastic time plenty of activities, canoeing, fishing and a lovely kids play area. Everything is so well kept and neat and the staff are extremely friendly. We will definitely be back. Thank you so very much </p>"

  • "Tree Tops - Avoca"

    06 August 2015

    "We stayed for 3 nights, and the whole experience was delightful. Friendly and hospitable staff, very comfortable accommodation and a beautiful spot in which to relax. We all loved it.<br /><div><br /></div><div>Establishments Response:</div><div><br /></div><div><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 13px; line-height: 16.8999996185303px; background-color: #fefef0;">Thank you for such a lovely review, always happily received. Our aim at Avoca is to make our guests feel at home and special. Your suggestion is a good one and we will certainly add a shelf for toiletries.</span></div>"

  • "Great, stunning place."

    20 July 2015

    "Great, stunning place.Friendly people. Stunning scenery."

  • "Great stopover near Addo"

    18 April 2015

    "Perfect stopover after a day in Addo, lovely setting amongst citrus farms overlooking the valley and reasonably priced."

  • "A family resort"

    17 April 2015

    "<p>We spent 3 nights recently in the mud hut, which was pleasant. </p><p></p>"

  • "Nice location at the river"

    14 December 2014

    "We rented the Gymnogene chalet which they also call their Honeymoon chalet. It's big, and nicely located above the river with a good view to the river and the farmland on the other river bank. We didn't engage in any local activity - you can e.g. get kayaks for paddling on the river - as we only had the Addo Elephant N.P. in mind which is easy to reach from there.Breakfast costs 50 ZAR extra but it's worth it because you get the full continental choice and eggs, bacon etc that you can order additionally."

  • "Nice stay at Avoca"

    18 August 2014

    "We enjoyed our stay at Avoca. Very nice cabins. Beautiful gardens. Owners Judy and Dave were very friendly. Riaan, who assisted us with the bookings, was very friendly and helpful. We can't wait to go back to Avoca for our next weekend away."

  • "Overnight stay in River Cabin"

    12 April 2014

    "A beautiful place to stay. Lovely scenery and well equipped rooms."

  • "Pleasant stay"

    08 February 2014

    "We stayed in the forest cabins. The cabins are very nice. The swimming pool is near and the meals on the terras at the swimming pool were superb. The shared lapa has only one fridge for two cabins and the stove has only two pits. Since we were the only guests that used the stove, this was no problem."

  • "Nice stay"

    16 December 2013

    "We enjoyed our stay, but we had hoped we good have a braai or something like that with other guests. The chalet was clean but very basic. The swimming pool was very nice and also the people who work here."

  • "A perfect place for Addo NP"

    23 November 2013

    "It was a dream to stay in this wonderful river cabin gymnogene and also in cabin sunbird. We would only be too pleased to come again to Dave with his dog Maximus."

  • "Great atmoshphere for kids"

    02 October 2013

    "Playground was great and great place for families."

  • "Tree Tops Cabin"

    25 September 2013

    "Comfortable accommodation in great farm location convenient for Addo Elephant Park."

  • "Beautiful"

    15 September 2013

    "Beautiful accommodation overlooking the river. We enjoyed it very much."

  • "Very pleasant"

    05 July 2013

    "Very pleasant stay. Riaan was very helpful and friendly. The resort is very well kept with beautiful gardens and chalets/huts."

  • "Nice"

    06 April 2013

    "After a few problems with our bookings, everything sorted out to our satisfaction We will certainly use Avoca cabins again. Patricia England."

  • "Beautiful grounds, friendly hounds!"

    20 February 2013

    "We loved it. Plenty to do in addition to relaxing on the stoop. Paddling, swimming - lots of fun."

  • "Excellent"

    10 January 2013

    "Worth every cent."

  • "Very nice"

    10 January 2013

    "Overlooking the Sundays River, not too far from Addo Elephant park. We stayed in the Castle. The rooms were nice, good kitchen facility, great bathroom. The manager - Riaan was very helpful."

  • "Super spot"

    30 November 2012

    "We were kindly upgraded and had a lovely stay in 'Kingfisher' by the river and the citrus trees on the farm. Everyone was very friendly (including the cats) and its very convenient for ADDO NP."

  • "Net 'n plesier"

    24 October 2012

    "Ons was daar toe die rivier lekker vol was en die water het die hele tyd gekabbel. Die huisie was wonderlik en ons eht dit terdee geniet! Dankie!"

  • "Good experience"

    15 October 2012

    "We slept in the Castle and it was really a good experience! The area is wonderful and birdwatchers would love to visit this place. There is a wonderful playground for children. The atmosphere is tranquil and enjoyable. I would stay there again."

  • "A great place!"

    01 August 2012

    "Dave and Judy have a wonderful spot along the Sundays River! We've stayed in many self-catering/B&B's in South Africa and it's one of the nicest. They've obviously put a lot of passion, planning and work into creating such a lovely, relaxing spot. The gardens, even in winter, are such a complement to the already gorgeous setting. And if you've got children, they'll find the well-designed playground areas lots of fun! Dave is also a wealth of interesting historical information regarding the development of Sundays River Orange Co-op. We stayed in a small cabin that shares a kitchen with one other cabin and our view was looking down to the Sundays River as it meanders by and across the river to orange orchards: a great foreground for the most spectacular African sunset! It's close to Addo too, so if elephants are your favorite African animal, you'll see LOTS within a 20-minute drive. The only improvements I'd recommend are two: - the old-fashioned double bed really does need an upgrade; - a heater should be provided in winters as the rooms are chilly."

  • "Gymnogene"

    30 April 2012

    "Most beautiful experience, I will definately come again."

  • "Cabin 3"

    08 April 2012

    "Thank you all for yet another great time. The children really enjoyed the canoes and play areas, and we of course enjoyed everything at Avaco. Thanks again Judy, Dave and Riaan. Hope to see you all again soon."

  • "Beautiful"

    17 February 2012

    "We had a great stay here. We had our own room over looking the river, peaceful and beautiful. Comfy, clean rooms and easy to find. The staff were great, they even made us a packed lunch as we had a long drive the next day! Thank you for a lovely stay."

  • "Fun place for family holiday"

    29 December 2011

    "This is a wonderful place to stay, on the river and close to the Addo national park. Extremely friendly staff, well organized and a very pleasant experience. Thank you."

  • "Nice hideaway"

    28 December 2011

    "Nice hideaway, very friendly and helpful staff."

  • "Awesome"

    05 December 2011

    "We at JSH had an awesome time at Avoca this last weekend. Avoca is sooo beautiful! We'll be back before you know it."

  • "Wonderful"

    30 November 2011

    "We stayed for three nights and it was just wonderful. The cottages located in the middle of nature are beautiful, with wonderful views. The service was just outstanding. It's just a great place to relax and enjoy South Africa. Highly recommendable."

  • "A children's paradise"

    14 November 2011

    "Dave and Judy have created a children's, and adults', paradise. From jungle gyms and trampolines to a swimming pool, the free use of the boats on the river and a fantastic garden full of flowers and birds."

  • "Lovely stay"

    13 November 2011

    "Relaxing place to be. Nice pool, close to Addo."

  • "Most welcoming"

    26 October 2011

    "As always Judy and Dave made us most welcome and our accommodation was great as usual. See you again in March or even February."

  • "Highly recommended"

    22 October 2011

    "Although we only stayed for one night and did not get to see and experience all that is on offer we were really impressed with the comfortable accommodation and how neat the property was and the friendly welcome from Riaan. We will be back for a longer stay!"

  • "Beautiful, relaxing, hospitable, enjoyable"

    08 August 2011

    "Our group of 14 spent the weekend here (in Uncle Townie's house) and loved it. Dave, Judy, and Riaan are generous, hospitable hosts who took great care to make our weekend memorable. I'm so glad that we opted to pay R100 per person for catered dinners. The food was excellent, and it was a pleasant break to not have to prepare our own meals! The property is vast and lovely, and we enjoyed the Schotia Safari game drive we booked through Avoca."

  • "Fab family holiday spot"

    03 July 2011

    "This was my first trip to the Eastern Cape and the Addo area. Avoca is a fabulous place for a family. It has everything you need to keep kids busy but still has adult sophistication. Will definitely be back. The setting is just stunning. Big thumbs up."

  • "Wonderful"

    04 May 2011

    "Avoca is well managed, and the stay was wonderful. The place was spotlessly clean, breakfast was good. It is a lovely stopover to use as a base for exploring the whole area. Thank you!"

  • "Our stay at Avoca"

    19 December 2010

    "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with you at Avoca. Your facilities are wonderful and we will be returning."

  • "Avoca River Cabins"

    04 November 2010

    "I can highly recommend it. I stayed in the Gymnogene Chalet for 5 nights and enjoyed it very much. The view is beautiful. You have your private terrace overlooking the river with braai. The chalet is very comfortable and the staff extremely friendly."

  • "Brilliant, what a pleasure!!"

    04 October 2010

    "This is definitely one of the best accommodations we have ever encountered.The chalet is very well equipped, clean and comfortable. There were lovely views with great birding. Dave and Judy go that extra mile to make you feel welcome and cared for."

  • "Lovely stay"

    15 April 2010

    "We loved Avoca River cabins, the setting, the canoes. Riaan the manager very helpful and friendly. Kids loved it. Thank you for a lovely stay. Saras"

  • "Awesome weekend getaway"

    07 April 2010

    "Fishing excellent, accommodation excellent, hospitality excellent.We will definitely be going back.Special thanks to Riaan........................."

  • "Amazing! Would highly recommend!"

    29 March 2010

    "Beautiful view from our cabin, comfy beds, great staff and love the dogs! Well priced and close enough to Addo for us! Will visit again for sure."

  • "Wonderful stay"

    09 March 2010

    "We had a wonderful stay our hosts were very welcoming and because they thought that the accommodation we had booked was not really suitable for my brother in law who is slightly disabled, they moved us to a more suitable accommodation, we will definitely be back when we travel that way again."

  • "Avoca River Cabins"

    13 January 2010

    "Riaan, the manager was very helpful with our requests for information on hiking and sightseeing, even though he was obviously very busy.Our room was lovely and spacious, but the self-catering area and facilities were perhaps just a little tight, though not unmanageable for 2 people. It would have been good if the kitchen area lighting worked, and a light on the patio/dining/braai area would have been marvellous. Next time we go, we'll take a candle or two."

  • "Surprisingly pleasant"

    06 January 2010

    "mystery, very enjoyable, definitely do it again, and recommend others."

  • "Awesome place"

    04 January 2010

    "Nice chalets, nice view."

  • "Avoca - quite a (re)treat"

    22 December 2009

    "Great accommodation in a wonderful setting.Having stayed a full week we could have easily done another one with so much to see and experience in close vicinity of the farm as well as the surrounding region.The canoes were an absolute hit with the kids."


    12 August 2009

    "We had a ball. The farm is a great escape. The scenery is breath taking and the photos on the Internet does not do any justice to Avoca. We didn't want to go back to the everyday life. Wish we could have stayed for a month. Dave, Judy and Riaan where so helpful. We even had rose peddles and champagne that was waiting on our arrival. We will definitely be visiting again. And the best of all...........there is no TV."

  • "Enjoyable stay"

    21 July 2009

    "As a party of six we enjoyed our stay in the 6-birth cabin. It was sufficient for our requirements and we enjoyed the hospitality and general friendliness of everyone on the farm. Avoca is well placed for sight seeing at Addo Elephant Park and the many other local sites. We also drove to Addo Elephant Back Safaris (1.5hrs) and enjoyed riding elephants. We visited Daniell's Cheetah Breeding Project and the Crocodile Farm. Excellent bakery at Lenmore and good food from Africanos, all within easy reach. Best wishes. Jos te Braake 16-18 July 2009 "

  • "Recommended"

    18 July 2009

    "It was nice."

  • "Very good"

    29 November 2008

    "Lovely venue. Adequate accommodation"

  • "Thanks for the lovley stay."

    24 November 2008

    "It's been absolutely wonderful, want to book again with some friends.. They dont even know about Avoca, so will definitely book again."

  • "Thanks for the lovley stay."

    24 November 2008

    "It's been absolutely wonderful, want to book again with some friends.. They dont even know about Avoca, so will definitely book again."

  • "Beautiful surroundings"

    11 August 2008

    "Avoca is a lovely establishment! What a great family get away, peaceful and beautiful surroundings. We will definitely be back! "

  • "Beautiful surroundings"

    11 August 2008

    "Avoca is a lovely establishment! What a great family get away, peaceful and beautiful surroundings. We will definitely be back!"

  • "Great place."

    08 January 2008

    "Had a lovely stay at the River Cabins, the kids loved sleeping in the rafters. It was a special treat to get oranges and lemons out of the orchard. The breakfast was memorable! "

  • "Great place."

    08 January 2008

    "Had a lovely stay at the River Cabins, the kids loved sleeping in the rafters. It was a special treat to get oranges and lemons out of the orchard. The breakfast was memorable!"

  • "Wished we could have stayed longer!!"

    19 March 2007

    "Dear Dave & Judy,Thank you for welcoming us ... we LOVED the Avoca River Cabins, and so wished that we could have stayed longer with you and seen more of the surrounding area, which was so beautiful...absolutely perfect !Kind regardsLiz, Pete, Sue & Keith"

  • "Wished we could have stayed longer!!"

    19 March 2007

    "Dear Dave & Judy,Thank you for welcoming us ... we LOVED the Avoca River Cabins, and so wished that we could have stayed longer with you and seen more of the surrounding area, which was so beautiful... absolutely perfect !Kind regardsLiz, Pete, Sue & Keith"

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