Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park

The scenic and malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park is only a one hour drive from Port Elizabeth, and as well as having a high density of elephants, the Park also boasts lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard, zebra, giraffe, and much more.

Addo Elephant National Park

Self-Drive Safaris or the luxury of a Private Lodge

The Addo Elephant National Park is only a 60 minute drive from Port Elizabeth. This malaria-free National Park is one of the more scenic National Parks in South Africa, with rolling green hills covered in thick, lush vegetation, most of it evergreen, so it is attractive at whatever time of year you visit.

The Park was established in 1931, when a small area of land was set aside to protect the African elephant population of only 11 left in the area. 

Today, it is home to over 450 elephants, who roam freely across the now 180,000 hectare reserve alongside the rare black rhino, lion, buffalo, kudu and red hartebeest, as well as over 400 bird species.

Addo has the greatest density of elephant per square kilometre in Africa, and offers some wonderful elephant viewing opportunities.

Many visitors to Addo do a self-drive here, as this gives you the freedom to explore the Park at your own pace. The Park is open from sunrise to sunset.

The road network in Addo is very good, and it is possible to drive around in a normal 2WD saloon car - but the elevation offered by a 4WD vehicle does have the advantage of being able to see over bushes!

You can also join a guided game drive led by a knowledgeable, qualifed guide.  These depart at different times throughout the day from the main reception area - please note that it is advisable to book these drives in advance, especially during the high season.  Drives can be booked by emailing addoenquiries@sanparks.org.

The game drives tend to last around 2 hours, and are conducted in open top Land Rovers or trucks, depending on numbers.

Because this is a National Park, all visitors are restricted to the road network, whether they are driving in their own car or on a guided game drive.

Many people choose to stay in one of the nearby excellent guest houses or hotels, located outside the Park, but which are only a short drive away from the main entrance gate.

It is also possible to stay in the Park overnight, which offers the opportunity to drive into the Park early before the other day visitors start arriving. 

The popular Main Rest Camp offers a wide variety of self-catering accommodation units to suit all budgets, and a unique feature here is the waterhole lookout point, which is floodlit at night, as well as an underground hide, allowing close encounters with wildlife at the waterhole.

The more luxurious way of staying in the Addo Elephant National Park is to stay in one of the private lodges - Gorah or Kuzuko - which are situated in private concessions within the Park boundaries.

The advantage of staying at one of these lodges is that your game drives will be with experienced rangers, who are allowed the freedom of driving off road on the private concession land, and who also have access to parts of the Park that self-drive visitors are not allowed in.

 

 
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Addo Main Rest Camp

National Park Camp

Guest Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 based on 13 ratings

The accommodation in the Addo National Elephant Park is in comfortable and well-appointed guest houses, rondavels, cottages, forest cabins and chalets. The guest houses and rondavels all overlook a floodlit waterhole.

 

 

Chrislin African Lodge

Guest House / B&B

Guest Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 based on 8 ratings

Experience true African accommodation when staying at Chrislin African Lodge in traditionally built mud huts located on an eco-friendly farm, just 12 km from the main gate of the Addo Elephant National Park.Each hut is constructed with mud and dung, and offers spacious and comfortable eco-friendly accomodation.

 

 

Matyholweni Rest Camp

National Park Camp

Matyholweni, which means 'in the bush' in Xhosa is located near the coastal town of Colchester at the Sundays River Mouth, just 3 km off the N2 highway, Matyholweni is easily accessible and provides a second gateway into the Park. Amenities such as shops, restaurants and a fuel station are available in the nearby town.

 

 

The Stable Cottages

Guest House / B&B

Guest Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 4 ratings

The very spacious Cape Country style cottages all have reeded ceilings and private verandah. Two of them are family suites with a separate interleading bedroom for the children.

 

 

The Elephant House

Guest House / B&B

Guest Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 based on 7 ratings

The decor at the Elephant House evokes colonial and African images and is furnished with the owners' private collection of antiques, Persian rugs and Africana art. The 9 spacious bedrooms open onto courtyards and private verandas.

 

 

Woodall Country House and Spa

Country House

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings

The Cape-style bedrooms are all elegantly furnished, and open onto beautiful rose or indigenous gardens. 3 luxury cottages overlook a private dam.

 

 

Kuzuko Lodge

Safari Lodge

All of the 24 en-suite and air-conditioned private chalets are beautifully furnished and fully equipped to ensure your absolute comfort. Relax on your own private patio, star gazing and listening to the sound of the bush settling for the night.

 

 

RiverBend Lodge

Guest House / B&B

The 7 luxury rooms are all spacious and beautifully decorated with en-suite bathrooms. The Honeymoon Suite is the ultimate in luxury and offers complete privacy from the veranda, outdoor shower and private plunge pool.

 

 

Gorah Elephant Camp
Travel Butlers Award Winner

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 based on 6 ratings

Your accommodation is in spacious and luxurious tented suites, which are reminiscent of the golden era of safaris in the early 1900s, yet with all the comfort and excellence associated with Africa's finest game lodges. Sumptuous breakfasts and superb lunches are both served in the elegant dining room, or on the veranda overlooking the waterhole.

 

 

Zuurberg Mountain Village

Guest House / B&B

Guest Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 based on 5 ratings

The Zuurberg Mountain Village is situated just 18 km from the Addo Elephant National Park main gate. This gracious 150 year old hotel is a peaceful and truly unique mountain top retreat, set in 160 hectares of indigenous vegetation with breathtaking views overlooking the Addo Elephant National Park.

 

 

Dungbeetle River Lodge

Guest House / B&B

Guest Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 based on 3 ratings

Dungbeetle River Lodge is situated on the banks of the Sundays River alongside the Addo National Park entrance.There are 6 large, safari type en-suite bedrooms, with old world furnishings and subtly decorated to give you a classy colonial African feel.

 

 
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Addo Elephant National Park

Addo AT A GLANCE

  • 180,000 Hectares
  • Big 5 Safari Reserve
  • 45 Minutes Drive from PE
  • Malaria Free
  • Over 450 Elephants
  • Self-Drive Safaris
  • Wide Choice of Accommodation

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