Elephants with their trunks entwined at Addo Elephant Park

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About Addo Elephant Park

As the third largest national park in the country, Addo Elephant Park is an important area dedicated to the conservation of elephants. Whilst formerly it was intended purely as a sanctuary for the eleven remaining elephants in the area, it has, since its inauguration, expanded and is now home to dozens of other animals. The park is lined on one side by the Sundays River, which feeds in from the Indian Ocean and adds to the rich landscape. While the river itself is shark-free and great for fishing, the immediate area outside of the mouth of the river has a huge population of hammerhead and great white sharks.

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Naturally, there are plenty of walking and hiking trails that run throughout the area and can be undertaken by foot or by horseback, allowing explorers to get better acquainted with the area. There is also the option of touring the park in a 4x4. For more information about the park and the magnificent creatures that inhabit it, all visitors should pay a visit to the onsite interpretive centre.

Surrounding the park are the Zuurberg Mountains, from which a panoramic view of the Addo Elephant park can be had. Within the mountains and the park itself are several archaeological sites worth visiting as various forms of Bushman rock art can be seen there. In addition to this, the park also has a marine reserve, which includes the St Croix and Bird islands, both of which are home to African penguins. The inclusion of this section has allowed Addo to be the only park in the world which can boast the Big 7: elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark.

Addo Elephant Park Tours

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Addo Elephant Park Hotels

If you are planning a Addo Elephant Park holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Addo Elephant Rest Camp Addo Elephant Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Offering a wide selection of accommodation, Addo Elephant Rest Camp is a popular spot next to Addo Elephant Park. Guest rooms vary from chalets to rondavels and cottages. All are comfortable with en suite facilities. The unique feature of the camp is the waterhole look out point that is floodlit at night. Sitting here listening and watching is the perfect way to end a busy day on safari. The main Rest Camp in The Addo Elephant Park is situated near Addo and close to the entrance gate.

Camp Figtree Addo Elephant Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Encircled by the lush folds of the Zuurberg Mountains, Camp Figtree is a remote private game reserve in the heart of the Eastern Cape wilderness, set between the renowned Addo Elephant National Park to the north and east and the Riverbend conservancy to the south. This luxurious lodge fuses the finest in comfort, style and service with an authentic African safari experience, offering elegant accommodation with spectacular 270 degree views.

Kududu Guest House Addo Elephant Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Kududu Guest House is a working Lucerne and stock farm, with standard rooms, luxury rooms and garden cottages. The accommodation is situated up on a hill giving guests panoramic views of the stunning Sundays River Valley. It is also just steps away from the world famous Addo Elephant Park. There is a pool on site as well as a dining area where weary travellers can relax after a day of adventures in the sun. The location of the hotel makes it perfect for day trips into the park.

Zuurberg Mountain Inn Addo Elephant Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Zuurberg Mountain Inn is a country Hotel set in true African scenic splendour, with a wealth of history dating back to the 1850s. With the Greater Addo Elephant National Park on its doorstep, Zuurberg Mountain Inn has become a popular getaway. After trekking up the 'first road to Johannesburg,' guests are accommodated in thatched-roof cottages, or in the old original 1861 Manor House. Its fantastic location not only offers up some incredible views of the Addo Elephant park but also makes it an excellent base for those hoping to explore the park in more depth.

Addo Elephant Park Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Addo Elephant Park.

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