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Addo Elephant National Park
Addo Elephant National Park
Addo Elephant National Park
Addo Elephant National Park

African elephants are the big attraction in this park.

There are safari options offered.

You can do a guided game drive...

...or even drive yourself to view the park's wildlife.

Addo Elephant National Park

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Addo Elephant National Park is located at the eastern end of South Africa's Cape.
Covering about 180km², the park encompasses five biomes…
…and is home to more than 500 elephants.
Given the fact that there were only 11 of them left when the park opened...
...this is the result of a great restoration process.
Today most of the elephants are fairly relaxed about vehicles…
...allowing some really close encounters.
Apart from elephants the park isn't very game-rich.
Species you will probably see in good numbers include…
...buffalo,...
...kudu,...
...which didn't seem to be afraid of vehicles on our last visit,...
...warthog,...
...meerkats & yellow mongooses, which often stand to look around…
...and Burchell's zebra.
Resident, but more rarely seen are for example black-backed jackals.
Due to the many habitats included in Addo…
...the national park hosts a rich birdlife,…
…with the ostrich being one of the most visible species.
The park is also home to a variety of smaller wildlife like the endemic flightless dung beetle.
You can discover Addo either on the park's organised game drives …
… or by self-driving through a limited accessible wildlife area.
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Addo Elephant National Park is located at the eastern end of South Africa's Cape.
Addo Elephant National Park is located at the eastern end of South Africa's Cape.
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Covering about 180km², the park encompasses five biomes…
Covering about 180km², the park encompasses five biomes…
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…and is home to more than 500 elephants.
…and is home to more than 500 elephants.
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Given the fact that there were only 11 of them left when the park opened...
Given the fact that there were only 11 of them left when the park opened...
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...this is the result of a great restoration process.
...this is the result of a great restoration process.
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Today most of the elephants are fairly relaxed about vehicles…
Today most of the elephants are fairly relaxed about vehicles…
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...allowing some really close encounters.
...allowing some really close encounters.
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Apart from elephants the park isn't very game-rich.
Apart from elephants the park isn't very game-rich.
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Species you will probably see in good numbers include…
Species you will probably see in good numbers include…
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...buffalo,...
...buffalo,...
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...kudu,...
...kudu,...
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...which didn't seem to be afraid of vehicles on our last visit,...
...which didn't seem to be afraid of vehicles on our last visit,...
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...warthog,...
...warthog,...
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...meerkats & yellow mongooses, which often stand to look around…
...meerkats & yellow mongooses, which often stand to look around…
15 of 22
...and Burchell's zebra.
...and Burchell's zebra.
16 of 22
Resident, but more rarely seen are for example black-backed jackals.
Resident, but more rarely seen are for example black-backed jackals.
17 of 22
Due to the many habitats included in Addo…
Due to the many habitats included in Addo…
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...the national park hosts a rich birdlife,…
...the national park hosts a rich birdlife,…
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…with the ostrich being one of the most visible species.
…with the ostrich being one of the most visible species.
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The park is also home to a variety of smaller wildlife like the endemic flightless dung beetle.
The park is also home to a variety of smaller wildlife like the endemic flightless dung beetle.
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You can discover Addo either on the park's organised game drives …
You can discover Addo either on the park's organised game drives …
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… or by self-driving through a limited accessible wildlife area.
… or by self-driving through a limited accessible wildlife area.
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Cape Genet Self-drive Safari

20 days • 8 locations
CAPE TOWN AIRPORT TO CAPE TOWN AIRPORT

Enjoy fine-dining in Cape Town, whale-watching in Hermanus, and a range of walking and water-based activities throughout De Hoop’s Nature Reserve, the Klein Karoo and Plettenberg. This relaxed self-driven safari concludes with stays in The Winelands and Namaqualand.

US$3,380 - US$4,050 per person

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Cape Grysbok Self-drive Safari

20 days • 8 locations
CAPE TOWN AIRPORT TO CAPE TOWN AIRPORT

Explore Cape Town, Hermanus, Franschhoek and Namaqualand, amongst other memorable destinations, during this leisurely self-driven safari. Fine dining, varied activities and impressively comfortable lodges, estates and country houses await.

US$4,450 - US$6,710 per person

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Waterbuck self-drive

12 days • 6 locations
CAPE TOWN AIRPORT TO PORT ELIZABETH AIRPORT

A classic Cape and Garden Route self-drive taken at a leisurely pace and staying in charming boutique hotels. Great food and wine paired with spectacular scenery and an exciting array of activities.

US$2,760 - US$3,130 per person

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Bontebok Self-drive Safari

12 days • 5 locations
CAPE TOWN AIRPORT TO PORT ELIZABETH AIRPORT

This well-rounded safari encompasses fine dining, a range of activities and elegant accommodation across some of South Africa’s most stunning locations. Visit Cape Town, the Winelands and sections of the spectacularly diverse Garden Route.

US$1,610 - US$1,800 per person

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Cape Mountain Zebra Self-drive Safari

12 days • 4 locations
CAPE TOWN AIRPORT TO CAPE TOWN AIRPORT

Fine dining, luxurious accommodation and a wide of range of leisurely activities make this a superbly comfortable self-driven safari. Visit the cosmopolitan Cape Town, tranquil coastal retreats, stylish wine farms and spectacularly peaceful nature reserves.

US$4,190 - US$7,060 per person

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Meerkat Self-drive Safari

8 days • 5 locations
UPINGTON AIRPORT TO UPINGTON AIRPORT

Explore the wildly remote Kgaladgai Transfrontier Park from four simple, self-catered bases before concluding with two nights at Augrabies Falls National Park. An exciting safari including varied game and birdlife, well-suited to the autonomous traveller.

US$1,100 - US$1,140 per person

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Black Wildebeest Self-drive Safari

19 days • 10 locations
CAPE TOWN AIRPORT TO WINDHOEK AIRPORT

Journey from South Africa’s cosmopolitan Cape Town to central Namibia’s Okonjima Nature Reserve during this self-driven safari. The route passes through a stunning variety of landscapes, offering access to this beautiful continent’s rich diversity.

US$3,980 - US$4,080 per person

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Ostrich Self-drive Safari

14 days • 9 locations
WINDHOEK AIRPORT TO WINDHOEK AIRPORT

Great value self-drive adventure through the epic desert landscapes of southern Namibia and South Africa’s Kalahari, visiting highlights such as Fish River Canyon, the ghost towns of Lüderitz and Sossusvlei’s dunes.

US$2,410 - US$3,040 per person

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The Highlights of Africa

17 days • 7 locations
CAPE TOWN AIRPORT TO KIGALI AIRPORT

An epic adventure taking in some of Africa’s most incredible sights and wildlife experiences, from Cape Town to the Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, the Maasai Mara and an encounter with mountain gorillas.

US$12,750 - US$15,380 per person

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Leopard Safari

13 days • 4 locations
VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT TO CAPE TOWN AIRPORT

Victoria Falls, Botswana and Cape Town – a classic southern African itinerary combining luxury, wilderness, safari and culture. We can't think of a better way to spend two weeks.

US$8,340 - US$11,290 per person

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Where to stay in Addo Elephant Park

Our suggestions for safari camps in Addo Elephant National Park


Elephant House

Elephant House

Elephant House is a welcoming, owner-run base for those wishing to explore the Addo Elephant National Park and the surrounding area.


80% (7 reviews)
River Bend Lodge

River Bend Lodge

Located on a private concession within the Addo Elephant National Park Riverbend Lodge is a very comfortable base from which to discover Addo.


92% (5 reviews)
Gorah Elephant Camp

Gorah Elephant Camp

A beautiful safari camp set within Addo Elephant Park. Lovely tented suites and great game viewing make this a great stop along South Africa's glorious Garden Route.


100% (4 reviews)
Addo Main Camp

Addo Main Camp

Addo Rest Camp offers a variety of self-catering accommodation types to suit all tastes. Overlooking a floodlit waterhole, the camp allows guests to get a closer view of the elephants in the park.


93% (3 reviews)
Camp Matyholweni

Camp Matyholweni

An easily accessible safari camp in Addo Elephant Park, Matyholweni offers self-catering family cottages, as well as access to the nearby town of Colchester.


100% (1 review)
Camp Fig Tree

Camp Fig Tree

Camp Fig Tree is a luxurious lodge located just outside Addo Elephant Park. It is well situated for visits to the park itself.


100% (1 review)

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