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Overview

The giant and the largest of all mammals Elephants welcomes you to explore the amazing wildlife of Addo Elephant National Park lying close to the Port Elizabeth city of South Africa. With the immense population of elephants and some other wild population, the Addo elephant national park is one of the largest private game reserves of South Africa that is known for its diverse wildlife and the best of service during the safari tours. Expanding its conservation of wildlife from the elephants to the species of flora and fauna, this park ranks as the third largest in South Africa and one of the best game reserves for the elephant safari in South Africa. Today the game reserve is a home more than 350 of elephants, whereas the park was established with the conservation of around 11 elephants in 1931. The wildlife at Addo Elephant National park today includes the species of around 280 Cape buffalo, a range of Antelope species, black Rhino, and the rare flightless dung Beetle. Safari at Addo Elephant national park brings you the option to explore the wide area with 4x4 safari trails, or a guided walking tour, horseback or horse riding safari or simply hiking the magnificent landscape of the Addo elephant park region.

Places To visit In Addo Elephant National Park

Zuurberg Mountains

The Zuurberg region near the Addo elephant national park encloses the pristine beauty of the magnificent mountain range that is worth a visit. The thicket of dense Black wattle trees and the breathtaking scenic blanket covering up the region makes it an attraction of Addo national park.

Alexandria Hiking Trail

The hiking trails at Addo national park make it an incredible destination for adventure. Featuring the three diverse ecosystem, and a vibrant environment, the Alexandria hiking trail counts as the best place to explore during the Addo elephant park safari tour.

Woody cape nature reserve

Forming an initial part of Addo elephant national park, the woody cape nature reserve counts as one of the amazing spots for a tour. The region houses the wildlife that includes the population of large and small mongoose, bush pig, bushbuck, steenbok, common duiker, Cape Grysbok, Vervet monkey.

Sundays River Valley

The Sundays River Valley situated close to the private game reserve features a land with fertile soil and great vegetation for a day tour from Addo. The place is a hub for entertainment and fun where you can try your hands on fishing, boating and canoeing.

Kabouga Section

The lush green region, ideal for hiking and adventure is known to be the best area to explore in Addo elephant national park. With the mountain slopes, the green terrains and the creased valley, the Kabouga section is larger than the main game area of Addo Elephant Park.

Bird Island

This region stretching between the Sundays River Mouth and Bushman’s River Mouth of Addo national park holds popularity for being the coastal region that is the breeding ground for Cape Gannet and niche for a large colony of birds as the African penguins and rare roseate terns.

Colchester Section

During the Addo elephant safari tour, the Colchester Section holds popularity among the tourist for its walking tours. Now this area is recommended to be the best place where you can easily spot the population of elephants wandering around in herds, impalas and the lion family.

Algoa Bay

Considered as a part of Addo Elephant National park, the Aloga Bay is the coastal region spreading to 120 000 hectares that houses the species of birds. You can surely plan a tour to the bay region where you can spot the cape penguins, the Cape fur seals and roseate terns.

Jack's Picnic site

A perfect getaway at Addo elephant national Park, Jack's Picnic site is ideal for a leisure tour or a picnic lunch. All covered and preserved with the fencing, the spot is all well equipped with the tables tucked in amongst trees and the braais.

Port Elizabeth

A short distance Port Elizabeth lies around 72 km from the game reserve that is one of the famous destinations near the Addo Elephant national park. A day tour to Port Elizabeth is surely possible to enjoy the city life, the scenic harbour and the sandy beaches.

Best Time To Visit Addo Elephant National Park

The Addo national park is best to explore during the dry season in Africa. The not so humid climate allows the wildlife to gather near the waterholes, thus the season offers a great safari experience at Addo elephant private reserve.

Although the game drives are preferred throughout the year at Addo due to its semi-arid temperature. Waterholes are the best attraction of Addo that attracts the wildlife due to the dry weather.  However the winters are preferred the best time for Addo elephant park tour, but the mornings and the night can be really cold for safari. The June to September makes the ideal time for Addo tour but rain can be the disturbing factor. The October to March is highly crowded due to vacations and September to April is perfect with pleasing weather for the safari in the Addo national park. The low season months from April to September with the lesser crowd and low price, is preferred ideal for game watching at Addo national park.

Things To Do In Addo Elephant National Park

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The Only Big Seven Safari

Explore the biodiversity and the vast landscape of Addo housing the magnificent big seven and the species of hyenas, and the impalas. Plan the safari tour at Addo elephant national park and spot the magnificent wildlife that includes the lion, rhino, elephant, and leopard, Buffalo, Southern right whales and the Great White Shark.

The Horse Riding Tours at Addo

What makes Safari at Addo national park amazing and unique, is the horse riding tour where you will not just enjoy the ride, but can explore the wild roaming around. The well-trained horses are opted for the drive tours making it the best safari experience at Addo elephant national park.

Bird Watching at Addo

With a diverse population of wildlife dwelling at Addo national park, this private reserve is a paradise for bird watchers. Explore the SASOL Red Bishop Bird Hide that houses the red bishops, with 170 others species of birds including the weavers, coots, herons and terrapins.

The Hiking Tour at Addo

Addo elephant national park is not just a game reserve but owns some f the best hiking trails, where you can walk and observe the scenic landscape along with the flora and fauna. The Eden to Addo is one of the longest hiking trails at Addo that starts from the Knysna passing through the Gentle hills, mountains and more.

Photography Tour at Addo

With the lush green areas, the mountain ranges and the hues of birds, Addo elephant national park is the best spot for the photography enthusiast. With the different wild species, the enclosing beauty of the forest and the dunes, photography is definitely the best thing to do at Addo national park.

Zip lining adventure

Adventure awaits you at Addo elephant national park with the amazing zip lining above the 70 meters height where you will glide over the citrus orchards and the scenic backdrop. The 500-meter wire makes it one of the longest, highest and the fastest zip line you can experience in South Africa.

The Sandboarding at Sunday River

For the adventure enthusiast and the fun seekers, Sunday River opens up the water adventure, making it the best thing to do at Addo elephant national park. The guided sandboarding tour is known as the best adventure at the dunes of Sunday River that is planned for around 3 hours.

Walk with the elephant at Addo Elephant Park

Elephants are the major attraction at Addo elephant national park that offers you an amazing experience of walking with the elephants along the bushveld. The park organizes a tour to feed, interact and learn about the natural habitat of elephants that are preserved there.

Tour to the Raptor and Reptile Park

Don’t miss out the tour to the Raptor and Reptile Park that lies close to the Addo elephant park region. The Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre house the injured and wounded reptiles and the birds, offering a guided tour for the conservation of these creatures.

A day with the pods of dolphins

The Algoa Bay is also known as the bottlenose dolphin capital of the world is best to spot the pods of dolphin’s dwelling at the coastal region of Addo elephant national park. The bay is even considered the best stretch to spot the penguins, the cape seals and other marine creature near the shores.

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How to Reach Addo Elephant National Park

The Addo Elephant National park lies at a distance of 72 km from Port Elizabeth making it assessable via land. The Cape Town and Johannesburg city of South Africa makes it easy for the international visitors to reach the Addo national Park.

Via Air- The O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg or Cape Town International Airport in Cape Town, both connect the international countries to Port Elizabeth via connecting flights, from where you can easily reach the Addo Elephant national park.

Via land- Being close to the airport at Port Elizabeth, Addo elephant national park is easy to commute via land. There is a land route available from Cape Town as well but it requires weeks to cover up the distance. 

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