User Reviews – Addo Elephant NP

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Overall rating
3/5

Nowhere to compare to Kruger or Sabi Sands..very few birds...

Overall rating
3/5

Too many cars driving around.

Addo or Addon’t ?
Overall rating
3/5

After several trips to Kruger, Etosha and the KTP, I decided to give Addo a go.
I have to be honest, it was a disappointment . A small park with little real bush vibe due to the da t that you can see the surrounding farms, towns and wind farms from large parts of the park.
The vegetation isn’t the most attractive either, and the large open areas looked more like fields, giving a “safari park” feel.
There is no doubt that the elephant encounters are the highlight, but a day trip is probably enough, with maybe a night at the excellent Addo main camp to give the best chance of an early morning lion encounter.
But it’s not Kruger, a totally different experience and the 30 minute drive and access to boat trips are probably the only reason for choosing it.

Worst service at Addo Elephant Park
Overall rating
1/5

We arrived with no water at our accomodation and still had no water when we checked out. The park did not even have the decency to inform us of the problem let alone deliver a bucket of water for toilet use. We ended up having to go with bottles to reception to fill up so we could flush our toilet and at least wash our faces and brush our teeth last night and this morning.
This is disgusting for the amount you pay to stay in the park.
We won't be using Addo again.

Worth the price, nice daytrip!
Overall rating
5/5

Worth the price, lots of space! You'd best start around 9 or 10o'clock if you want to do everything because it is very big.

Overall rating
3/5

I prebooked alot of my SA trip and felt Addo was the hardest place to book. Their accommodation is booked separately from the game drives and restaurant bookings so nothing seems straight forward, linked or easy. It took a total of over 20 emails to book anything, information on the website is wrong, email addresses on the website bounce back - i honestly don't know how they're so busy. I was expecting great things since it is the second biggest park in SA, both of the Addo accommodation we stayed in were lovely (better than expected) altho the plunge pool at our nyathi rest camp booking was very dirty so I sadly didn't use it at all. We did two guided game drives that did end up enabling us to see animals we hadn't seen at other reserves but the park is so big and the bush so dense that its hard to actually see anything unless you happen to be lucky and find the animal crossing the road. We didn't do a self drive, drive which we regret but as we stayed in the Nyathi rest camp it ment we were locked out of the park and made us feel like we couldn't explore as much as we would have wanted. The reception is a frustrating place were staff definitely take their time processing things. Paying for game drives is unorganised and could definitely be dealt with better. All in all i'm glad i got to see some animals as if i hadnt it would have been a waste. I'm not sure i would recommend Addo - maybe if your in the area or driving passed and have a few hours or a day to kill then definitely go but if pre booking i hope its a better experience than i had.

Overall rating
5/5

We loved being able to do a self drive and encounter wildlife on our own. The interpretive centre was most informative. we only experienced a small part of the huge park. Amazing!

Overall rating
4/5

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.

Overall rating
5/5

It is very easy to self drive inside the park, lots of wildlife and sceneries, good places do stop and leave the car.

Overall rating
4/5

Lots of elephants! Otherwise there was not so much on offer for us. Still worth a visit though.

Average User Rating

  • 4.1/5
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