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. 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. Bit it is also tremendously good for the planet, countering negative pollution.
As well as incredible up- close encounters with elephant, it is also accessible being only one hour from Port Elizabeth Addo Elephant Park safaris also offer black rhino, lion, Cape buffalo, antelope Plus let’s not forget the endangered flightless dung beetle!
The Addo Elephant Park has recently been enlarged to encompass the Zuurberg Mountains to the north. Horse riding, hiking trails and canoeing 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. You can stay in the modest National Park accommodation. However, we recommend the 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, you can stay at one of the private game lodges within Addo Elephant Park such as Gorah Elephant Camp or River Bend Lodge . These are more expensive but give you the best of both worlds.