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Addo Elephant National Park

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Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Stayed her on the afternoon and night of 24/12, a pity that the restaurant was closed (didn’t know) and the only shop was closed at 4pm. We had a nice game drive in the sunset and enjoyed our lodge afterwards.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Koen E
Reviewed 4 days ago

A gigantic park (I cannot measure the size of it) well structured with restrooms and restaurants. Full of animals, especially elephants. It can be done with a hired company or simply with your car. Do not forget to take part in the "pool party with...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Marcondes_gabriel
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my first safari and I am a South African lol and it was amazing, it was hot out and the time of day was off for the animals I guess so we didn’t see much. But our guide was super funny with 100’s...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mishkaw2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved it all. We entered thru the south gate and the first animal we saw was a huge male lion (how lucky were we). Stayed for 3 nights and every day was amazing. The elephant experiences out of this world. Even saw a black rhino...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank liztravel01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was expecting the park to open at 06h00, but the gates only opens at 07h00. Friendly staff at arrival. Paperwork and forms a little annoying, but I assume it's part of the process. System was off line, luckily I had cash on me. ATM not...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank NeelsKleynhans
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at Main Camp in a Rondaval hut, right next to one of the water hols. We arrived and went to the resturant (food was fanastic) - walked back to the hut and there was an elephant at the water hole! Then zebras started...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Gayle B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are here at peak season. No guided tour is available. They all are fully booked. We should have booked in advance. At the main entrance the last animal sightings are spotted. We go for these places, that’s good. It makes sense to look for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Claus S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love elephants...it was really amazing experience to see elephants running from a hill top ... bathing...playing with each other...taking care of Baby elephants...and many more...and same with zebras ...bisons fight ...all together completely a nice experience.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank indu2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a drive thru and finding animals not so easy. Take your time. We saw more animals in late afternoon than in the late morning and early afternoon. Lot of Zebra, a male lion eating a buffalo, ward hogs, Elephants and other animals. Some...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very private, well secluded family cottages. Beware of the cheeky Vervet monkeys!! Well serviced rooms.

Date of experience: December 2018
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November 6, 2018|
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Response from kdklmjcheck123 | Reviewed this property |
The driver usually stops for photo taking (and will hopefully turn the engine off: we learned that elephants don't appreciate engine sounds as it interferes with their communication with each other). I was able to take some... More
October 8, 2018|
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Response from MervynGatcke | Reviewed this property |
Very good campsite but book well in advance.
August 15, 2018|
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Response from Taxman14 | Reviewed this property |
It will probably be cool at night so sweater and long pants. Especially if you take an early morning or evening game drive. During the day T shirt and shorts but with a sweater handy. Should be dry but always prepared for a... More
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Safari at Addo Elephant Park (5 Replies)
I have booked for 3 nights near Addo Elephant National Park: at Woodall (1 night) and Elephant House (2 nights) in december: which is the best safari to do in that park? We would like to see elephants, is a good idea to reserve for an elephant back safari?
May 12, 2008|
Response fromchappies7|
Hi Larnlee I have posted a query already regarding day or evening drives at Schotia reserve but no reply .I also e-mailed Schotia but no reply . On their web site they advertise an evening game drive with barbaque called Tooth and Claw . What I would love to know is can I do this if I am not staying at Schotia lodge itself. I am staying at The Green Tree Cottages in Nanaga on 5,6 Jan 09 . Can I pay to do a game drive at any of the private reserves without availing of their accomodation...More
Addo Elephant National park vs Sabi Sands? (5 Replies)
As we are staying in Franschoek for a wedding am considering the Addo Elephant National park as an alternative to Sabi Sands. From reading on TA it seems like a lovely area and much closer to the Cape Town area. The big 5 would be awesome, but I also want to see zebras, giraffes and warthogs. Read that leopards probably won't be seen in Addo. Sabi reviews mostly discuss big 5, don't see or hear much about zebras and giraffes. Addo seems to have an abundance of elephants, probably where the...More
April 23, 2015|
Response fromgrahamse|
As much as i like addo national park , if this is your only visit to South Africa then i would not worry about distance but would head for the Kruger National Park or one of the private reserves in that area
James F
Addo Elephant National Park (1 Replies)
Hi can anybody tell me if its fine to drive a standard hire car on the 40km gravel road to Addo Elephant Park and has anybody been there and what's it like. Thanks
January 23, 2016|
Response fromKarl_Muc|
Hi there, we just did that 2 weeks ago and had no problem with our hired car. There will be some potholes on the road but in general I would say that the gravel roads in the park are in a good condition. I had seen some concrete roads with bigger potholes on our trip. The car will be pretty dirty afterwards from the dust and there is a small risk of getting a scratch or a dent on the gravel roads but you can't drive very fast anyway. There are many bushes next to the roads. The higher...More