Lots to see and do ~ animals easily accessible
Didn't find any!
a very nice Park
My girlfriend and I visited the Addo Elephant Park whilst doing a camping road trip around South Africa in 2012 and it turned out to be the highlight of our trip.We love the fact that you can do safari in your own car and at your own pace as there is a well maintained road that runs throughout the park.We saw so many amazing animals and had amazing...more
We love game viewing and national parks, but I am sad to confess that Addo left us underwhelmed.We saw huge numbers of elephant - which are certainly the main attraction - and were 'marooned' when a group of about 40 appeared from the dense bushes on the side of the road, leaving us effectively in the middle of the herd. A extreme close-up wildlife...more
This is a good educational centre close to the Addo entrance, which is small but worth a couple of hours.The centre concentrates on reptiles and raptors (formerly known as birds of prey): most of the animals have either been brought in injured or confiscated from unscrupulous exotic pet owners. It has a fairly limited range of animals, but what...more
Here at Addo in the Eastern Cape you can find plenty of opportunities to photograph Elephants up close. The elephants here are quite laid back and aren't too bothered by vehicles like some are in Kruger. There are plenty of baby elephants to watch. The one I photographed on the intro of this Page was swinging it trunk around trying to figure out...more
The restaurant was very nice in that it is spacious, not fancy, but comfortable. Service was very good, cheerful and helpful. I thought they were good credit to my country :)The one downside was a huge table of German tourists on the table next to us. They were VERY loud and didn’t stop talking (shouting). Another German guest arrived and they...more
During the evenings they have proper guided tours of the park. We went on one. It cost us R160 each.
We sat in a chair on a high Landrover and proceeded into the cold night.
The guide was very good, as was the driver. They seemed to know exactly where the animals were, as if they had asked the animals to be there especially for the tour.
They were knowledgable and friendly. This was a real treat.
The picture is of one of the watering holes, where we sat for a while at night, it got quite chilly though. Thankfully they supplied blankets and a hot drink.
I didn't take a photo in the dark, not wanting to frighten the animals away.
How to get thereDirections from Port Elizabeth (PE): Take the N2 highway towards Grahamstown. Take the turnoff to the left signposted “Motherwell” and “Addo Elephant National Park”. Turn left at the top of the off-ramp and proceed through Motherwell. Follow this road until you see the entrance to the park on the right. Distance PE to park - about...more
You need to have your own car here. Walking is naturally prohibited in most areas of the park, and you wont get to see much sans a vehicle.They do have tours (we did a guided night tour), but you really do need your own vehicle to get around and to view the animals properly. There are many car hire companies in this area and their prices are...more
There is a curio shop, which sells lots of African souvenirs, and also T-shirts of the Park etc etc. You will also be able to buy essential items here (cold drinks, some fresh produce etc)
It is one of the better curio shops I’ve seen at a National Park in SA.
What to buy: Curios and more
(work in progress)Vistors are not allowed to drive off road is allowed in any of South Africa's national or provincial game reserves. In private reserves, game rangers may take vehicles off road - for example, to view animal kills - but this is the exception rather than the rule and is only allowed with the permission of the reserve management (a...more
Although most wildlife look and seem placid, they are still WILD animals.Therefore it is advisable to stay in your vehicle while travelling through Addo Elephant Park. To enjoy the natural beauty and the thrill of being up close and personal with these animals, it is advisable to rather travel with a game keeper from Addo.more
It gets very hot during the summer months (November - February), so do pack shorts, light cotton shirts etc. Addo is a malaria -FREE zone, but there are mosquitoes, although they will not call illness, they can be irritating. So bring some insect repellent.Sunscreen A lot of photo oppurtunities! Do bring equipment, esp, zoom lence (300mm and...more
Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling. If you are doing a night hike, bring a backpack and a water bottle. Some ideas: Light coloured clothing that doesnt absorb the sun as much as dark clothing. If you're going on safari, pack comfortable walking shoes and khaki, brown or beige casual clothes. Long-sleeved shirts...more
The Botanical Reserve in the southern part of the park is a nice place to get out of your car and see up close some of the interesting tree and plant life that is endemic in the park. On the south side of the enclosure is a small hide where you may spot elephant and other animals. There is also a spot-a-pot here in the Botanical Reserve, although dirty, it can be a relief after all that powder coffee before the morning’s drive.
Look out when alighting from your vehicle outside the enclosure. There are lion and hyena in the park.
The park has some beautiful walks and trails. Some are more of a hike!Do not walk into the park where the animals are (the camp is fenced off), sans a guide though, as you are on the food chain! There are plenty of lovely trails to do elsewhere in the park, including in the Botanical section of the park.more
They have a lovely pool, which is MUCH needed believe you me after a long day of game watching! We had evening swims and lazed around a bit before evening dinner. We aren’t the types to laze around a pool a whole day long, especially when there are lots of game to see! There weren’t that many people (2 who were reading on deck chairs) around the...more
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At the main reception area, you will find a map of the Park, where sightings are shown for each day. Although it is not a guarantee that you would find them in exactly the same spot, it does help. It is the same as you would find in other parks like the Kruger National Park.more