Addo Elephant Park

Addo elephant park offers close-up elephant encounters and malaria free safaris as well as horse-riding and hiking in the beautiful Zuurberg mountains.


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. And now, Addo has one of the densest elephant populations in Africa. As well as incredible up- close encounters with elephant, an Addo Elephant Park safari also offers black rhino, lion, Cape buffalo, antelope. (Plus let’s not forget the endangered flightless dung beetle, which is actually one of my favourites!)

The sizable elephant herds are partly due to the unique Addo Valley bushveld. The pink flowered Spekboom is prevalent. This is not only a favourite food for elephants, but it is also tremendously good for the planet, countering negative pollution.

We always recommend that you combine your Addo elephant park safari with a scenic drive up into the Zuurberg mountains. These mountains are now incorporated into the Greater Addo Park. Here you can enjoy horse-riding, mountain biking, hiking trails.

Also nearby is the Sundays River where you can partake in a relaxing afternoon canoeing adventure. The perfect option to combine with a morning of game-viewing!

Addo lodges are either IN the Addo National Park (such as Gorah Elephant Camp and River Bend.) Gorah Elephant Camp also offers a Meerkat interaction in the early mornings.

Or country lodges very close-by. You could also opt to stay in the beautiful Zuurberg mountains as it is only a 30 minute drive to Addo Elephant Park.

Addo elephant park lions in road


Why you may love it

  • Malaria free safaris.
  • Horse riding and hiking.
  • Densest elephant population in Africa.

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Did you know
  • HistoryFounded in 1931 to protect last 11 elephants in the area
  • TodayOver 600 elephants in the area

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