Written on: April 23, 2013
I visited in September 2012
Located on the Garden Route of South Africa, Addo Elephant Park, the reserve has both lush vegetation and semi-arid desert like conditions. While you may think that this park is elephants only, you can also see black rhino’s, lions, zebras, blue duikers and spotted hyenas. If you are lucky, you may even spot a leopard or two. It’s also great to track the mighty dung beetles.
On hot days, you will see elephants cooling down in the watering holes, it’s great to watch them play around in the water. If you can get accommodation near a watering hole, do so – it is worth it. There’s a number of lodges in the area ranging from uber luxury, to basic accommodations
Bear in mind that over the November to December period, the temperatures can get to well over 100 Farenheit/40 Degrees Celcius, so ensure that you dress accordingly. This area is malaria free, so there is no need for anti malarial medication like there is in the northern areas of South Africa.
There’s plenty to do at Addo, game drives morning and night are best, you can also take a horse trail. If you are self-driving, you can do a 4x4 trail, and if you go around September/October, you may even be able to spot some whales out at sea.
Johannesburg based Tour Operator that provides tour packages and day tours to national parks in southern Africa. We frequently visit the Pilanesberg, Kruger and Kgalagadi National Parks. We do our tours from Johannesburg and either drive guests, or fly them to the pa...
Written on: Dec 04, 2014
| Visited: Oct 2014.
This is a beautiful park in South Africa with a natural beauty that will surprise you. The photo opportunities are really good and the variety of animal is quite amazing. The stay at the main camp chalets were really a good surprise and the rooms are clean and well equipped. The restaurant offers a great variety and my guests really enjoyed the stay at this park. W...
Written on: Aug 26, 2013
| Visited: May 2013.
Entering just after sunrise the park was shrouded in a blanket of mist. Numerous kudu and zebra stood watchful beside the road, while the omnipresent warthogs continually scurried off into the grass. The mist gave the park a mystical feel and as the blanket gradually lifted and we saw our first herd, 70-80 elephants playing, eating, interacting, all just metres fro...
I have travelled to many parts of the world,including Europe, SE Asia, New Zealand and the US. In South Africa my favourite type of holiday is to visit timeshare resorts on or near Game Reserves, and I have been doing this on an annual basis for over 25 years. I ha...
Written on: Apr 25, 2013
| Visited: Apr 2012.
If you are coming to Africa to see Elephant, the Addo Elephant Park is just the place to go! Established primarily to protect the decreasing Elephant population of just 16 animals back in 1931, the Park now has over 550 of these great creatures, so you are bound to see several during your visit. Predators have also been re-introduced so you can see all the Big 5 he...
Seeing beyond the average tourist routes and experiencing local life is my type of travel! Living in South Africa I'm an environmentalist at heart, and I continue to marvel at the beauty of the African continent.
Written on: Apr 23, 2013
| Visited: Mar 2011.
Addo Elephant Park offers nothing short of a paradise setting. The moment you set foot in the park you will know, there is no other place like Addo on earth! Nowhere else in the world can you view Africa’s Big 7, all in the confines of one park. Bush, mountains, ocean, vast open spaces with dark nights brightened by the sounds of the African bush-veld, yet close e...