Addo Elephant NP

- Overview Addo Elephant Safaris

About Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant NP has been recently expanded and is the third largest national park in the country. It is the best place in South Africa to see large herds of elephants. The elephants are incredibly relaxed and the low coastal vegetation and numerous waterholes offer very good opportunities to observe their social behaviour. The other Big Five species are also present, but not regularly seen. Algoa Bay here has produced sightings of both great white sharks and southern right whales.

Size: help
1,642km² / 634mi²
Altitude: help
0-950m / 0-3,117ft
Pros and Cons
  • Excellent elephant viewing
  • Very accessible and easily combined with the popular Garden Route
  • Good facilities and roads
  • A variety of lodges and rest camps for all budgets
  • Malaria-free
  • The small park gets very busy in high season and school holidays
  • Tar road network creates a lack of wilderness appeal


Addo is a sanctuary for more than 600 elephants, which are the main attraction of the park. It is home to all of the Big Five including the elusive black rhino and over 400 Cape buffalo. Burchell's zebra, red hartebeest, greater kudu and meerkat are spotted regularly.
More about the wildlife


Addo encompasses five distinct vegetation areas: Albany thicket (dense woodland), fynbos (fine-leaved plants), forest, Nama karoo (dry shrubland) and Indian Ocean coastal belt. The vegetation in the main area open to tourists is the succulent spekboom, a low growing coastal scrub plant and the main food for the elephants.

Weather & Climate

Unlike what happens in parks in other areas of South Africa, the rainfall of summer (October to April) at Addo Elephant doesn’t entirely cease in the winter months (May to September). It just diminishes, along with the heat. In fact, the midwinter nighttime temperatures can sometimes drop to freezing.
More about the weather and climate

Best Time to Visit

To avoid the crowds and increased prices of the park’s high season, not to mention the heavier rainfall, visit during the drier months (May to September). You will need to bring your warmest clothes to deal with the low temperatures on early-morning game drives. But at least the elephants and other animals will be easy to find, being needy of the local waterholes. In the wetter months, the wildlife disperses among the park’s thick vegetation.
More about the best time to visit

Want to visit Addo Elephant?

Safari Reviews

- Addo Elephant
Expert Rating
Scenic beauty
Bush vibe help
User Rating
Scenic beauty
Bush vibe help
Latest User Review
By stefan from AustriaAT

We arrived late in the evening at the campground in Addo National Park. Campground was quite packed, but nice. Clean facilities. Camp office was just being rebuild. There's a waterhole where you can observe the animals. As soon as the lights at the w... Full review

All 60 user reviews Write a Review

SafariBookings Expert Panel

Our panel of 22 experts wrote a total of 969 reviews about the countries and parks we cover.