Best Time to Visit – Addo Elephant NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

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Wildlife viewing in Addo Elephant National Park is good throughout the year. Because it has an arid to semi-arid climate, animals are attracted to waterholes at any time, but more so during the driest winter months (June to September). The drawback to winter is that nights can become very cold and winter clothing is needed for early morning game drives, especially when using an open vehicle.

Best Time January to December (All year)
High Season October to March (The park gets crowded, especially during school holidays)
Low Season May to September (Cold evenings and mornings)
Best Weather September to April (Warmer nights and mornings)
Worst Weather June to August (Cold nights and mornings)

May to September Dry Season – Winter

  • Wildlife gathers around waterholes as there is less water in the bush
  • It is low season, except for the school holidays, and the camps and roads will be less busy
  • Sunny skies
  • Early morning game drives and night drives in open vehicles are cold

October to April Wet Season – Summer

  • Wildlife viewing is good throughout the year
  • There are many newborn animals
  • The vegetation is greener, and spring flowers transform the park
  • Birding is excellent, and the migratory birds are present
  • Elephants might disperse after rain
  • It is high season, and the park gets busy

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