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Addo Elephant National Park

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Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa
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Though Addo may be one of the smaller parks, the habitat is unique and worth preserving. There are (some) make it a very unique experience, surely worth visiting. It is most certainly the tidies and best rum park of all Sanparks properties, which we have...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ritaSouthAfrica
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Having visited 4 other parks in SA I would rank Addo as the least impressive, we did not see much in the way of game and were out at the crack of dawn which is prime viewing time. If you are unable to go anywhere...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Scubadiveninja
Reviewed 2 days ago

Been twice now and it is a lot of fun. Self-drive is very doable. Would have to be lucky to see the lions, but nonetheless a lot to see

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Virgo404
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We drove to the park from Port Elizabeth for a day and that was definitely the best tour option around that area. It’s easy access and they give you a map when you get there + there is a display showing where the animal had...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank gabrielcon6
Reviewed 2 days ago

Saw everything but the hyenas on my trip, and loved every moment. Took some amazing photos and will have some great memories of the wildlife in its natural habitat.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank davidhessey
Reviewed 5 days ago

Just SENSATIONAL.....we must have seen close to a 100 or more elephants during our 4 night stay in this glorious National Park....it seemed like every waterhole in the Park was a favorite with at least 30 elephants...watching mud baths and adolescent play fights in mud...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank olive c
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I started our 5 night break spending 2 nights in the bungalos near the main camp entrance. Very well positioned with a water hole lit through the night right in front of us and all the mod-cons like the cafe, restaurant, bird...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank WayneC2458
Reviewed 1 week ago

I did a self drive in my little i20 around the park. It was the greatest experience ever, there was so much excitement among me and my friends trying to spot the animals. But we were there for the elephants and we were not disappointed....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Newtraveler913
Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing experience and exceptionally well managed. There are over 600 elephants as well as an abundance of other wildlife. A day trip will not disappoint. Definitely an incredible experience

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank cindywilsonsa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great day out. There has not been a lot of rain so the grass was dead and most waterholes not existing or water levels very low but still had a great time. Was a bit dissapoining when I realized there are no rhinos or girraffes...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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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
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Addo Elephant National Park (1 Reply)
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