Addo Elephant National Park Travel Guide
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Addo Elephant National 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...
Lots of elephant, but somewhat underwhelming
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,...
Go into raptures at the Raptor and Reptile Centre
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...
Addo Water Holes , A Great Place to Photo Elephant
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...
Look Ma, I can do it by myself
There were a number of little one's in the park and this little one did not even look like it was steady on its feet yet. Amazing how the big one's were keeping an eye on it and helping when it could not get out again.
The lovely view
As far as your eyes can wander, you see the Addo park. They have added some great area's to the park which runs right down to the coast. That is why they can offer the great 7. Lion, buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard, shark and whale.
There are not that many buffalo in the park, so we were extremely lucky to have spotted these two. Unfortunately they were a bit camera shy and did not want to turn around so that I could take them from the front. Be careful, they are dangerous animals and will storm your...
There is a massive diversity of vegetation in the Park. You will see many aloes, which is very well known in the Eastern Cape. If you go towards Zuurberg, you might come across cycads and other interesting species.Many different biomes are represented in the Park.
Hiking, horseback safaris etc
Although I did not have the chance to do these yet, it sounds great. The following is available: Guided game drives Guided horse-back safaris Walking and hiking tours 4 x 4 Eco-adventure trailFor more info – see website:www.places.co.za/html/344.html
The Park now has lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino, which is known as the Big Five. There are many different antelope and also zebra.Within a few hours, you will be able to spot many of these animals.
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...
Self-driving in Addo
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....
Curio Shop: Shopping
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
Written Jan 11, 2008
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No off road driving allowed in game reserves
(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...
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...
It is wild animals
Do remember that these animals are not tame, although they might be use to vehicles. Elephants are very protective about their young, so be a bit more carefull if there are youngsters in a group crossing etc.Only get out of your vehicle at designated areas!
What to pack
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
Prpare for the heat and the chill of the night!
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...
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Where are the animals?
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.
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