Addo Elephant Park is one of the notable conservation success stories of South Africa. The Addo elephant was saved from near extinction in the early 20th century thanks to the Parks’ efforts. Now Addo has one of the densest elephant populations in Africa. The sizable elephant herds are partly due to the unique Addo Valley bushveld. The pink flowered Spekboom is prevalent and is a favourite food for elephants.
Addo Elephant Park safari’s offer excellent animal encounters, only one hours drive from Port Elizabeth. Experience the likes of black rhino, lion, Cape buffalo, antelope and of course the endangered flightless dung beetle! The park also offers incredible up- close encounters with elephant.
The Addo Elephant Park has recently been enlarged to encompass the Zuurberg Mountains to the north. Horse riding, elephant back safaris, hiking trails and zip-line adventures are among the other activities on offer.
Where to stay on an Addo Elephant Park safari – Country lodges or Private concessions?
The Addo Elephant Park can be explored on a self-drive basis as it is a National Park. For this option there is the modest National Park accommodation. However, we recommend staying at nearby country lodges such as Woodall Country Lodge, Elephant House or Camp Figtree. Here, guided safaris can be enjoyed in their open air 4×4 game vehicles. Alternatively, one of the private game lodges within Addo Elephant Park such as Gorah Elephant Camp or River Bend Lodge are great options. These are more expensive but give you the best of both worlds.