Addo Elephant National Park

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The Addo Elephant National Park is a wonderful destination for adventurers, outdoor and nature enthusiasts.

At Addo, there are lovely picnic areas, and the guided bush walks and game drives are an exciting way to explore the wilderness and spot all the park’s magnificent animals, such as black rhino, zebra, ostrich, spotted hyenas, black backed jackals, buffalo, lion and leopard. Addo’s many antelope species, like the gemsbok, bushbuck, eland, kudu, wildebeest and springbok, never fail to delight. Furthermore, the unique flightless dung beetle is found almost exclusively in Addo. Addo is brilliant for a day’s self-drive and on a good day, from the comfort of your own car, you can see 250-300 elephants and the various other animals mentioned.

Game drives are conducted both in the day and at night by trained guides who are knowledgeable about the area. Other wildlife that guests can expect to see include the rest of the Big 5 (lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard), as well as giraffe, warthog and more. The area is also home to the Big 7 – the Big 5 with the addition of the southern right whale and great white shark. Self-drive game drives are also available.

Luxury Tented Camp

Kuzuko ★★★★★

Also known as the “Place of Glory”, Kuzuko Lodge is built high upon a hill in a private section of the northern part of the malaria-free Addo Elephant Park. It is here where breathtaking views from your private veranda are complemented by luxurious chalets and warm, attentive service. All chalets have a private deck, en-suite bathroom with bath and separate shower, colour television, direct dial telephones, digital safes, data cable point with cables available, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities.

sophisticated safari experience

Gorah ★★★★★

Set in the Addo Elephant National Park is the beautiful Gorah Elephant Camp. The camp offers unrivalled 5-Star lodging in the malaria-free Eastern Cape bushland. As the first private concession set right in the heart of Addo, the home of the densest population of elephants in the world, the sophisticated accommodation is utterly exclusive. As well as elephants, travellers will have the chance to encounter a range of wildlife including the rest of the Big 5, zebra, giraffe, warthogs and smaller mammals. Gorah Elephant Camp encompasses the era of the 1900s with antique furniture, soft, fresh white linen, silver crockery and an air of opulence. Gorah offers 11 uniquely designed tented suites, each tent coming equipped with its own private deck with endless views over the horizon. The tents are lush, while simply designed, and fully en-suite with a king-size bed waiting for you to lounge on. As a result, it is the perfect sanctuary to return to after a long day of safari adventure.

luxury bush camp

Figtree ★★★★

The camp has been designed around its original 1920’s traditional colonial style, which historically included the distinctive use of corrugated iron roofing, and wide, sweeping verandas that create a backdrop of nostalgic elegance reminiscent of the early pioneers. No detail is forgotten as enthusiastic staff attends to the individual needs of all guests. Guests will find comfort in knowing the entire region is malaria-free. Some evenings are spent in traditional African-style around a unique boma, where sounds of the crackling fire and night noises drift up from the valleys below, while being indulged by fine dining where three course meals have been prepared by our resident chef. At Camp Figtree, four luxury suites offer guests the unique opportunity to experience exclusivity, privacy, and the gracious style of old world elegance. Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, is individually decorated, and has a private veranda featuring stunning views.

private lodge experience

Woodall ★★★★★

Woodall Country House is situated on a peaceful citrus farm, a mere 65km from Port Elizabeth and adjacent to the malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park. It is ideally suited for nature lovers, food and wine connoisseurs, as well as those seeking time out in the spa. The property is owner run and the locally recruited staff offer excellent, friendly, and attentive service. Accommodation is private with exceptionally large rooms, especially the suites which have their own gardens and pools. The décor is chic, colourful and contemporary. A special feature is the beautiful garden which is alive with birds.

Reasons to visit Addo Elephant National Park
  • Addo Elephant National Park isn’t the only place to enjoy the region’s rich wildlife. Game reserves like Lalibela and Shamwari are also nearby, as well as a cheetah breeding project and even safaris on elephant back.
  • Addo boasts the longest twin zip-line in South Africa. There is no better (or faster) way to take in the area’s stunning scenery. There is also sandboarding and quad biking fun to be had at Sundays River.
  • The area is a reminder of the wild beauty of the Eastern Cape. Wherever you stay, you will be greeted with a tranquillity like no other. Even better, there are plenty of walking trails for exploring.
  • Brilliant for a day’s self-drive and on a good day, from the comfort of your own car, you can see 250-300 elephants and the various other animals.

What is the best time of year for game viewing?

Game viewing is not affected by the weather, seasons or time of year. Animals are active 365 days a year. If there is something you are specifically looking to see, consult with one of our safari experts upon making your booking.
Additionally, it’s recommended that you bring warmer clothing along for the trip as it may get cold, regardless of the time of year.

Must I book a day trip in advance?

No, booking is not required for day trips unless visitors wish to partake in organised activities, such as horse rides or guided game drives.

Is Addo Elephant National Park wheelchair accessible?

The park’s main area, its nature hides, the PPC Discovery Trail and Ulwazi Interpretive Centre are all wheelchair accessible. A selection of Addo’s chalets are also wheelchair friendly.

How many elephants are there?

There are over 600 elephants in the Addo Elephant National Park

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