What do I need to pack?
Addo Elephant National Park is located in the Eastern Cape, a malaria free area. As such, there is no need to bring any preventative tablets or syrup, other than your prescription medication. However, we do highly recommend that you bring the following:
- Cameras, lenses and binoculars
- Light clothing for summer safaris
- Bathing suits for the pool areas
- Walking shoes
- Sunscreen and hats
- Warmer clothing for winter stays
The local currency is the South African Rand (R1=100 cents), which exchanges favourably with major international currencies. Take note that currency can be exchanged at banks, forex bureaus and at certain hotels. Foreign tourists can have their VAT (value-added tax at 15%) refunded at the point of departure, provided they present their original tax invoices. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa cards are widely accepted.
In South Africa, we drive on the left hand side of the road and wearing a seatbelt is compulsory. Non-residents are permitted to drive with a driving license issued and valid in their own country. However, it must be in English and have the photograph and signature of the holder. If yours doesn’t meet these requirements, an international driver’s license is required.
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.
What are the requirements to enter South Africa?
All visitors to South Africa must be in possession of a valid passport that has at least two full pages open for stamps. Visas are not required but people travelling with minors are required to carry an unabridged birth certificate for the minor, in addition to their passport.
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.
There are many malls, markets, stores and informal vendors who provide a variety of goods and services. Traditional African artwork, jewellery and other goods are widely sought after by tourists, and are readily available close to tourist attractions. Most major shopping centres and malls operate 7 days a week, but smaller town shops are often closed on Sunday. Addo Elephant National Park also has a curio shop at our main reception area.
All Addo accommodation units have plug points available with a 220V electricity supply. Visitors need to provide their own international adaptors or two-point plug adaptors. The caravan and tent sites also each have a 220v electricity supply point.
Food & Water
South Africa’s tap water is one of the safest and cleanest in the world. In hotels, restaurants and nightspots, the standards of hygiene and food preparation is closely monitored via inspections. Restaurants cover a wide variety of cuisines and visitors are usually very impressed with the standard and choice of award-winning cuisine on offer. The country’s many cultures make for varied traditional fare, which is worth exploring.
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.
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