ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK

Addo Elephant National Park has become the third largest game reserve in the country after its recent expansion. Addo Elephant National Park is a South African national safari park located in the Eastern Cape province. The park was founded in 1931 to provide a safe haven for the dwindling number of elephants in the area.

The South African game reserve is famous among tourist for its large elephant herds that graze on the vegetation and parade in a calm manner. You can witness these marvelous creatures by simply traveling to one of the waterholes, which is a hot spot for elephants.

The game reserve is also famous for viewing the Big 5. Visitors can visit Algoa Bay for an opportunity to witness southern right whales and white sharks. The game reserve is renowned for its elephant population along with the big five. Visitors can witness lions roaming the landscape early in the morning. Black rhinos are also present in the region, but due to their shy nature, they tend to stay in their thickets.

 

WHERE DOES ADDO ELEPHANT NP FIT INTO YOUR SOUTH AFRICA ADVENTURE

The park is home to the African Big Seven (lion, African elephant, black rhino, Cape buffalo, leopard, great white shark and southern right whale) and many other African wildlife species including spotted hyena, zebra, abundant birdlife, a variety of antelope and the endemic Addo flightless dung beetle.

Visitors can encounter almost 100 species of mammals, 417 bird species and around 20 marine species across the various sections of the park.

 

 

SAFARI ACTIVITIES IN THE PARK

Addo Elephant Museum

One of the best ways to learn about the history of Addo Elephant National Park is by visiting the Addo Elephant Museum. This museum is full of information about the park, and it is a great way to learn more about the elephants and all the other animals that call it home.

The museum is a great place to learn more about these majestic creatures and their importance in the world.

Game Viewing and Guided Game Drives

Visitors to the game reserve can choose to head out on a guided game drive in an open safari vehicle. During these excursions, trained and highly qualified guides will lead you through the African bush, introducing you not only to the game animals that abound but also teaching you about the landscape and vegetation found in the area. Visitors can also arrange for a ‘hop-on’ guide who will join you in your vehicle and guide you through the reserve.

Bird Watching

The Addo Area boasts a wide variety of bird life typical of the Eastern Cape’s Coastal Area to the Karoo. As many as 450 species can be spotted making the area a must for keen bird watchers. Inside the Addo Elephant National Park there is also a large bird hide at the Rest Camp that overlooks a reed-filled wetland. A variety of birdlife can be observed from there and the hide is wheelchair accessible.

Horse Riding Trails

Guests with a minor level of experience in horse riding can enjoy a two-hour morning or afternoon guided horse ride through the Nyathi area of the game reserve where they may be able to spot large game animals including Kudu and Hartebeest. Alternatively, 1 – 3, 5 hour or overnight horse riding excursions can be arranged through the Zuurberg Mountains where guests can enjoy excellent views of the reserve and the mountains.

Tree Dassie Trail

Guests wanting to stretch their legs and enjoy the fresh air can embark on the Tree Dassie Trail walk. Named after the rare Tree Dassie that is found within the Alexandria forest area of the reserve, the trail offers excellent bird watching opportunities and species such as Crowned Hornbills, Black Headed Oriole and Olive Woodpeckers are often spotted or heard.

4 X 4 Off-road Trail

The 45-kilometre (28 mile) 4X4 trail between Kabouga and Darlington is graded 2 -3 and takes visitors through an area of the reserve that was once the scene of fierce clashes between the British and the Afrikaners during the Anglo-Boer war. The route travels through a number of different vegetation areas providing spectacular scenery.

Hiking in Addo Elephant Park

There are a number of different hiking trails available in Addo Elephant National Park, so you can find one that is perfect for your skill level. Hiking options range from easy trails that are great for families with small children, and to more challenging trails that are perfect for experienced hikers.

No matter what trail you choose, you are sure to see some amazing scenery and maybe even some of the park’s resident animals!

Pack a Picnic

If you want to spend the day at Addo Elephant park, pack a picnic and stop by Jack’s Picnic Site, a fenced-off area in the middle of the main park. You may also bring meat and firewood, and learn how to cook using the South African braai technique.

 

WHEN TO VISIT ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PALK

Addo Elephant National Park in Eastern Cape is a fantastic location to visit all year, but it’s at its best during the dry season months of May-September. During a safari this time of year the animals congregate around the watering holes in the game park to quench their thirst, making it ideal for seeing herds of elephant. The main rest camp has a view overlooking a watering hole with an under­ground viewing area that gets you close to the elephants. If you’re lucky, you might even see all of the Big Five.

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN THE PARK

Accommodation includes luxury, Mid-range and Budget

v  Addo African Home

v  Elephant House and The Stables

v  Aloe Tented Camp

v  Woodall Country House

v  Avoca River Cabins

v  Addo Main Camp

v  Camp Fig tree

v  Elephant house

v  Gorah Elephant Camp

v  River Bend Lodge

 

HOW TO GET TO ADDO ELEPHANT NP

There are a few different ways to get to Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The most popular way is to fly into Port Elizabeth Airport, which is located about an hour away from the park. You can also fly into Johannesburg International Airport and then take a connecting flight to Port Elizabeth, or even fly into Cape Town and make the drive.

Addo Elephant National Park is located approximately an hour drive from Port Elizabeth. If you are coming from Johannesburg, it will take you about eight hours to get there by car. And from Cape Town, it’s a 9 hours drive.

The best way to get to Addo Elephant Park is by rental car, but you can also take a bus or taxi. If you do not feel comfortable driving in Africa, taking a safari tour is a great option. There are plenty of companies that offer tours, and they will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the park.