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Addo Elephant National Park

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Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa
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Reviewed today via mobile

Visited Addo 17 years ago and thought we would return. It’s a lot bigger than we remembered but still enjoyed the drive. Lots of elephants by the watering hole. Great photo opportunity.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ilkleygirl
Reviewed today

what a wonderful day - we entered via the south gate, had no queue at all, drove all the way through including different loops, and finally exited via the north gate - we saw huge amounts of elephants and even 2 lions. Fortunately we had...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lannie62
Reviewed yesterday

Our first time to Addo but ceratinly not our last. The main camp is well equipped and has an excellent shop, restaurant and service station. I just loved the hide in the camp which attracted many elephant. Drives around the camp were eventful and rewarding...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank garth007
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Beautiful small park compare to all others park. Lots of elephants around. Lots of animals on your backyard everyday or night. There are no crocodile, cheetahs and hippo.

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

It was one of the best places in South Africa. Unforgatable! Worth to come and spend one night in the cottage.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Nati P
Reviewed 1 week ago

A high light beyond description. Stayed over for one night at the Addo Elephant Park in Hapoor cottage. It was every thing we expected and more. The staff was friendly and helpful, the camp clean and the game drives fantastic, wish we could stay longer.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ritzma
Reviewed 1 week ago

The park has 4 out of the big 5 on the reserve. Our group were fortunate enough to see them all. Lions (inc cubs males and females) were found on numerous occasions. The Elephants were also found on most days. Cheetahs were found twice and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Laurence T
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one place we have been wanting to go to for years and we were not dissapointed. We saw many elephant, especially around the water holes. We were lo fortunate enough to see 5 lions resting under the trees right next to the road....More

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

3rd largest reserve in South Africa. We flew into Port Elizabeth, rented a car and drove through the Park. Going in early December, there were very few cars on the road. At the elephant watering hole (the most fantastic place) there were only 5 other...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Linda B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't know if we were just lucky but there were just tons of elephants everywhere! The zebras were so friendly they just hung around are car zebra-ing around. Saw my first Cape buffalos too. Good roads.

Date of experience: November 2018
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LaurenS6
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
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drmikecwallace
October 8, 2018|
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Response from MervynGatcke | Reviewed this property |
Very good campsite but book well in advance.
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Mrs-CBURDETT
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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bugattiPD
Padova, Italy
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
Squirble
Washington
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