Addo Elephant National Park is located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, about an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth in South Africa. The 164000-hectare park combines seven of South Africa’s major vegetation zones, including five of the world’s seven biomes. There are few places in the world which can offer the same variety of vegetation, geology and wildlife. Addo is marketed as a "Big 7" park, as it includes the Big 5, as well as the Great White Shark and the Southern Right Whale in its coastal zone. The park is effectively split up in to a number of separate sections, each offering something special. Addo’s main game-viewing section consists of 30 000 hectares that are separate from other fragments of the park. Elephants are the flagship specie, with viewing of these grey giants being arguably the best on the African continent. Private lodges on concessions and self-catering camps provide plentiful accommodation options.

Why we like it

Unparalleled diversity of biomes; "Big 7" (Big 5 + Great White Shark and Southern Right Whale); Superb elephant-viewing

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 14 500 Hectares (Main Area)
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: Elephant
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Port Elizabeth

Accommodation in Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Main Rest Camp

The popular main rest camp of the Addo Elephant National Park offers a wide variety of accommodation units to suit all tastes and plenty of activities to keep visitors busy. A unique feature is the waterhole lookout point, floodlit at night, within the camp, as well as the underground hide, allowing close encounters with wildlife at the waterhole such as…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering, Camping
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Bayete Private Camp

Manyoni Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal is a vast and beautiful wilderness. It comprises 23000 hectares of mountains, open plains, and dense riverine woodlands. The big five roam freely here, along with a wide variety of other wildlife. Manyoni is one of the most ecologically-balanced reserves in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Perfectly positioned in the heart of the Reserve, is the…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Fugitive’s Drift

An experience like no other, steeped in culture, history, and emotion... This is the award-winning Fugitives’ Drift in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The 5000-acre property, which is a Natural Heritage Site, overlooks the famous battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, the sites of the Zulu War of 1879. Visitors to this unique getaway can take a step into the past…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board, Self-catering
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Addo Elephant National Park

Aspect X: Aspect Romance: The Fairest Cape

South Africa's Cape region is one of the most beautiful and magical in the country. Stunning landscapes, quaint little towns, and unspoilt coastline make up the area. It is also malaria-free. The 11-night Fairest Cape Safari is a wonderful way to experience this amazing part of the country. You will enjoy a classic safari, with a chance to see the…

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Duration: 11 nights, 12 days
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.
Species list Map

Lookout for

Black Rhino
Brown Hyena
Meerkat / Suricate

Key Species


Secretary Bird
Stanley's Bustard
Pale Chanting Goshawk
Blue Crane

Leopard Tortoise
Rock Monitor Lizard
Cape Cobra

Sweet Thorn Acacia

Grassland/Open Plains
Thornveld Thickets
Rocky Outcrops

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 7
Mammals: 8
Birds: 7.5
Reptiles: 7.5
Trees: 7.5
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