Addo Elephant NP

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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.

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1,642km² / 634mi²
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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 Addo Elephant Park's 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.

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By tobias.gebhardt from GermanyDE

Great place to get close to several elephants

 16 Jul 2017Reviewed:

Visiting the Addy Elephant National Park has been my first safari. After we entered the park and went along the road for a few minutes an elephant just passed by our car. That was pretty exciting because we did not if we just can wait or should leav... Full review

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