13/128 Chapter
Caption goes here
  • addo
  • addo elephant park
  • zuurberg
  • kirkwood
  • kirkwood to g reinet

Addo Elephant National Park

Peak 8.0 Rating
Price 223 223 223 209 197 164 164 164 164 194 199 199 211 USD
Jan 8.0
Feb 7.5
Mar 7.0
Apr 7.5
May 7.5
Jun 7.0
Jul 7.0
Aug 7.5
Sep 8.0
Oct 8.0
Nov 8.0
Dec 8.0
Rotate phone to view
full screen images
Addo Elephant National Park
is located 50km north of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape in South Africa.

This reserve started life in 1931 as a small conservation project designed to protect the single herd of just sixteen elephants which remained in the area. The park has grown substantially since then to 1200 square kilometres and now hosts over 450 elephants, plus a broad range of other wildlife including small numbers of lions, hyenas and hook-lipped rhinos. Ambitious expansion plans have already seen the reserve grow north into the mountains and plains of the Karoo and south to the dune-fields and island of the coast, now making it the third largest reserve in the country.

Addo is a very accessible reserve, with a very wide range of accommodation options. It represents one of the lowest cost ways of going on safari, since it is possible to self-drive to one of the lodges outside the reserve and visit on day trips from there. It is also malaria free and many of the lodges are particularly child friendly.

Potential downsides include the fact that the reserve is not totally pristine, comprising in part of reclaimed farmland, being fenced and surrounded in part by inhabited areas. Some visitors therefore feel that the sense of wilderness is considerable lower than in many of the more substantial safari areas further north on the continent. The visitor traffic can also get quite high at times and there can be considerable numbers of self-drivers inside the reserve, making the whole experience feel a little bit on the tame side at times.

Your Trip
Get in touch now and we will get right back to you
with a set of individually tailor-made sample trips
From there it should be easy
to fine tune to your perfect african adventure
Trip Search
All the trips we have ever built are here for you to browse
Select a location or experience and a price range to get started
All the trips we have ever built
are here for you to browse
Select a location or experience
and a price range to get started
Tony Fishlock
Tony Fishlock, Finance Director
All of our safari experts have
extensive first hand experience of
living and travelling in Africa,
we really do know the place
inside out.