Addo Elephant National Park


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Up close and personal with the Elephants!

Written on: April 23, 2013   |   I visited in March 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 enough to the Port Elizabeth city for comfort. If you find yourself visiting the park between June to November, visit the park’s coastal section for Southern Right Whale and Great White Shark spotting.

The park’s elephant family totaling over 600 is the park’s biggest attraction. Of course the rest of the Big 5 family is also part of Addo, but the number of elephants roaming freely is what grabs your attention first. Viewing the elephants in their natural setting, sharing their midday watering and bathing or coming up close and personal during the late afternoon game drives remains a treat. Finding yourself close to these giants of Africa, almost close enough for reaching out to them is a special experience, whether you are visiting Addo for the first or umpteenth time!

Addo is also affordable to visit and easily accessible from the main routes. Day visits to Addo Elephant Park is possible, but staying longer, including night-time, is highly recommended! A number of game drive options are available, including guided game drives from early morning to late evening, hop-on guides or self-drive options. Self-drive game viewing is a firm favorite but standard park rules apply – some are tempted to stray off-road or get out of their cars for better or closer sightings but this is strictly prohibited.

Whether you are a local like myself or an international traveler, I almost guarantee you will start planning your next trip to Addo as you leave the park’s borders.
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(5/5 stars) 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... read more
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(4/5 stars) 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... read more
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(5/5 stars) 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... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Apr 23, 2013   |   Visited: Sep 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 ... read more
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