User Reviews – Addo Elephant NP
Email Bryan | 65+ years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Addo as its name implies is primarily a venue to see African Elephant in their natural habitat but is also home to lions, warthogs zebra, a variety of antelope and abundant bird life. The accommodation is simple but adequate and there is restaurant in the main camp, which serves a basic but adequate range of meals of the type you would expect from a chain restaurant group.
Email Eden Fontes | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
It is very easy to self drive inside the park, lots of wildlife and sceneries, good places do stop and leave the car.
Email Thomas Smith | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Lots of elephants! Otherwise there was not so much on offer for us. Still worth a visit though.
Email Sheila Jefferys | 65+ years of age | Experience level: first safari
ADDO is a massive National Park with lots of wildlife, in addition to the large number of elephants. We had a wonderful day there - the highlight was seeing a family of elephants with 2 young cubs learning to feed. All at close quarters, fabulous.
Email stefan | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Nice self-drive experience with lots of Elephants around.
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 waterhole switched off at around 10pm, an elephant family and a rhino showed up. Was great to see the standoff between those 2 in the dark.
Next day we did a self-drive tour through the park - amazing. So many Elephants, turtles, all kinds of deer, and even a lion crossed our park. There's a bushcamp in the middle where we had a picknick.
All in all Addo was a great experience!
There is a lot of wildlife to see!
Addo Elephant National Park
In March 2017 my wife and I made a very pleasant one day safari tour in the Addo Elefant National Park. We started at the Zuurberg Mountain Village and early in the morning we arrived in Addo. We saw quite a number of elephants, sometimes in small groups but at other moments in pretty large herds with cute baby elephants among them. Some groups of elephants came very close to our safari truck!
We also saw impressive numbers of Burchell Zebra’s. This is the zebra subspecies in the Addo Elephant Park. Other large mammals were African Buffalos, Kudus, Elands, Red Hartebeests and Warthogs. Predators were a Spotted Hyena and quite a lot of Bl;ack-backed Jackals.
A Pale Chanting Goshawk sat quite close to the road in the bushes, a sitting duck for photographers! Common Fiscals were on the lookout for prey and Jackal Buzzards were soaring in the air. A large Denham’s Bustard was walking about. In a small lake we saw South African Shelducks, Yellow-billed ducks and Red-knobbed Coots.
Just outside the park on the way back to our lodge we saw a number of Giraffes. In short: there is a lot to see!
Email tobias.gebhardt | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Great place to get close to several elephants
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 leave. But the elephant has been really relaxed and just walked along the road. The highlight was the stop at a water hole during the midday sun. I guess that there have been 50 elephants close to each other. Watching this scenery for 30min has been fantastic.
Besides elephants we also saw zebras and warthogs.
Addo Elephant National Park is the perfect spot for a day trip.
Email Alice | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Great self-drive -- more than just elephants
This was our first self-drive safari experience, immediately after spending 2 nights at a Amakhala/Shamwari (first safari experience altogether). We thoroughly enjoyed our experience!
There was something special about spotting game ourselves, in our little VW polo (it handled the unpaved parts easily). We were very lucky on the day -- with the help of the latest spotting map at the main gate, we saw countless buffaloes, a lion, hundreds of elephants, kudos, ostriches, zebras, and so many more.
We spent all day driving through the park, rather than sticking around the main gate area, and loved the varied scenery. The watering holes are exciting at the right time!
We would highly recommend a visit to Addo. Everyone talks about the elephants here, and yes they were tremendous, but there is so much more to see!
Email emanuelberger | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Addo is the Elephant Park
This was not our first time we visited that Addo Elephant Park, but this time it was special as family member joined us for a trip along the Garden Route. If there is place you can see elephants, Addo it is the place. We are especially fond of the very young once as they not only cute, but very play full. The park has partly very dense bush vegetation, but also has big open spaces. On hills, viewpoints offer good sights in to the surroundings, at some you are allowed to exit the car. At the Hapoor Dam we could see up 200 Elephants drinking and waiting their turn. But the park also has lots of antelopes, zebras, tortoises and a lot of Birds. Predators are rather scares, but we have seen lions on previous visits.
Email Aaron | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
The elephants are so huge!
It's very nice to see so many different kind of animals in one Park.
It's wonderful season in early May.
The natural protection polices are very good. (for instance, Don't feed animals inside the park)