Addo Elephant National Park
Close to the ground.

GPS: S 33 26.653 E 025 44.749 | elevation 139 m/456 ft

Addo Elephant National Park is one of South Africa’s top game viewing parks and home to the Big 5, although with the inclusion of the costal area the park is attempting to coin the Big 7 (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, plus the southern right whale and great white shark). Much of the park is covered in tall Albany Thicket, which can make it difficult to spot wildlife, but few visitors leave the park without seeing numerous elephants. In addition to being densely populated with elephants the park is also home to kudu, red hartebeest, zebra, warthogs and spotted hyena and a variety of other birds and smaller mammals.

Citrus fruit of any kind is not allowed into the park out of concern that elephants that are attracted to the fruit, which is grown in orchards surrounding the park, may attack vehicles carrying it.

Addo Camp

All park activities can be booked through the main office at the Addo Camp.

Game Drives (2hr, R200/person) in open-top safari vehicles set out at sunrise, 9am, 12pm, 3pm as well as at sunset (R285, includes snacks and drink) and at night (R225).

Eyethu Hop-on Guides (2hr, R120/car) are trained local guides that know the park well and will hop in your vehicle and guide you through the game area. The entire fee goes directly to the guide.

Horseback riding on trails throughout the park is available for both experienced (3hr ride departing at 2pm, R270) and novice riders (2hr ride departing at 9am, R200). Riders are likely to encounter elephants, buffalo, rhino, and zebra among other animals. There are also rides available in sections of the park without big game that depart throughout the day (1-5hr, R140-210).

Hiking Trails are located across the park and range from short to full-day hikes as well as overnight hikes.


Main Addo Camp

Main Addo Camp is the headquarters and main camp of Addo with a wide range of accommodation.

There is also a well-stocked shop that sells wood and braai supplies. There is a central watering hole that is lit up at night, and an underground hide that allows for up close encounters with the animals.


Matyholweni Camp

Matyholweni Camp is located in the southern section of the park, 3 kilometers from the N2 just past the park entrance gates. It is a small camp with 12 individual self-catering cottages, each with their own viewing deck. Food and basic supplies can be purchased just outside the park in the little town of Colchester, which is about a 10-minute drive from the camp.


Narina Bush Camp

Narina Bush Camp is a secluded bush camp located on the Wit River at the foot of the Zuurberg Mountains, a section ofthe park that does not have big game. There are only four safari tents that sleep up to four people with shared facilities and no electricity. The camp can be accessed by car, hiking trail or horse trail (must book in advance).


Outside the park

Orange Elephant Backpackers

Orange Elephant Backpackers is a funky backpackers with a range of accommodation options from tents to private rooms. In back, there is a large braai and fire pit for grilling and enjoying fireside beers after a long day. There is also an attached restaurant that serves daily specials and pizza and an "action" pub. The hostel can arrange pickups from Port Elizabeth and offers guided game drives into Addo Elephant National Park. It is located on the R335, 5 kilometers north of the town of Addo.


Chrislin Africa Lodge

Chrislin Africa Lodge is a splendid family-run B&B located on a farm 12 kilometers from the main Addo Elephant National Park entrance gate. Accommodation is in either standard or luxury, traditionally built, mud and dung thatched roof rondavels, with a large central lapa nearby to relax under and enjoy an evening drink. The lodge's three-course, home-cooked dinners are highly recommended.


Main Addo Camp Restaurant

The Main Addo Camp features a restaurant serving game including kudu, ostrich and venison as well as seafood and a few vegetarian options.


Matyholweni Camp

Matyholweni Camp is located in the southern section of the park, 3 kilometers from the N2 just past the park entrance gates. It is a small camp with 12 individual self-catering cottages, each with their own viewing deck. Food and basic supplies can be purchased just outside the park in the little town of Colchester, which is about a 10-minute drive from the camp.


Narina Bush Camp

Narina Bush Camp is a secluded bush camp located on the Wit River at the foot of the Zuurberg Mountains, a section ofthe park that does not have big game. There are only four safari tents that sleep up to four people with shared facilities and no electricity. The camp can be accessed by car, hiking trail or horse trail (must book in advance).


Outside the park

Orange Elephant Backpackers

Orange Elephant Backpackers is a funky backpackers with a range of accommodation options from tents to private rooms. In back, there is a large braai and fire pit for grilling and enjoying fireside beers after a long day. There is also an attached restaurant that serves daily specials and pizza and an "action" pub. The hostel can arrange pickups from Port Elizabeth and offers guided game drives into Addo Elephant National Park. It is located on the R335, 5 kilometers north of the town of Addo.


Chrislin Africa Lodge

Chrislin Africa Lodge is a splendid family-run B&B located on a farm 12 kilometers from the main Addo Elephant National Park entrance gate. Accommodation is in either standard or luxury, traditionally built, mud and dung thatched roof rondavels, with a large central lapa nearby to relax under and enjoy an evening drink. The lodge's three-course, home-cooked dinners are highly recommended.