Addo Elephant National Park is situated 72km by road from Port Elizabeth. Established in 1931 to save 11 Elephants on the brink of extinction, and now home to more than 350 of them, 280 Cape Buffalo, black Rhino, a range of Antelope species, as well as the rare flightless dung Beetle, Addo Elephant Park is a perfect destination for the adventurous outdoor and nature lover.
Addo Elephant Park, a sanctuary for a wide range of South Africa’s Wildlife, is located in the 120 000 ha of land in the thick bushveld of the Sundays River, in the Eastern Cape.
The park, the third largest in South Africa, offers a wide range of game viewing and outdoor activities, which include horse-back and horse-riding, guided walking, hiking and 4×4 trails and a picnic area for day visitors. Nothing could be better if you are a bush lover.
Addo Elephant National Park Activities
Several historic sites can be found in the area which date back as far as 1829. The most well known site is the Drift House, the Inn used by most people crossing the Addo drift from the old Cape Colony into the Hinterland.
Addo Elephant Park offers you an array of activities from game viewing, horse-riding, picnic to hiking. Resident guests can enjoy a cool and refreshing swim at the swimming pool. But nothing could be better than taking part in the Park’s wide selection of adventurous Activities, which include witnessing some of the Park’s main attractions: the Elephants, Black Rhinoceros, Cape Buffalo (disease free), Suricate (Meerkat), Flightless Dung Beetle.
Addo Elephant National Park Lodges
River Bend Lodge
Situated in the Addo Elephant National Park, River Bend Lodge offers an exceptional, personalised wildlife experience. Eight elegantly appointed suites welcome you to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Watch herds of elephants grazing a short distance away, listen to the songs of some 300 bird species, take a personalised game drive with expert guides as you marvel at the abundance of big game, varying vegetation and breath-taking scenery. Located a mere 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth, in a malaria free zone, River Bend makes for a natural extension to the Garden Route. Children welcome and private and romantic bush activities for honeymooners.
Contact: Tel: +27 (0)42 2338000 Fax: +27 (0)042 2338028
Addo Gateway Lodge
ADDO GATEWAY LODGE is three star rated : Bed and Breakfast, with a self-catering option, and is situated in Cannonville/Colchester, a safe and tranquil village on the banks of the beautiful Sundays River, only 35km East of Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, on the N2 in the Greater Addo area and ONLY 4KM from the NEW SOUTH ENTRANCE to the Addo Elephant National Park (Camp Matyholweni). Ferry cruises also available on the river.
Address: Colchester, Addo, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Contact: Maggie Mann
Mobile: +27 (0)82 4180776
Phone: +27 (0)41 4680140
Fax: +27 (0)86 6285003
Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm
You will find Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm resting on its own mountaintop near the heart of the Sundays River valley, the largest Citrus producing area in the Cape Province and overlooking the beautiful Zuurberg Mountains. Our five luxury chalets are found on a working citrus farm only 4 km away from the main gate of the Addo Elephant National Park. Although rain is prevalent in summer, we are a Malaria free area.
Whether you are looking for a luxurious holiday or fun-filled adventure, you are sure to have a memorable stay in our beautiful part of the country. Please enjoy browsing the site and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries or want to make a booking. Contact: Mobile: +27 83 974 5802 or +27 83 399 4129
De Old Drift Guest Farm
The Old Drift House Farm is situated only 10 minutes drive from the Addo Elephant Park,in the Sundays River Valley. Your hosts Neels & Juanita invite you to come and relax in our tranquil environment.
Address: P O Box 187, Addo, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Tel: +27 (0)42 2332422, Fax: +27 (0)42 2300702, Mobile: +27 (0)82 8237234
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Contact Name: Mr Darryl Grisdale
Fax: +27 (0) 42 2351045
Phone: +27 (0) 42 2351022
Sibuya Game Reserve
Sibuya is the only reserve in South Africa accessed by riverboat. This unique river and bush experience starts with a 40 minute boat trip from the sea, to the Reserve and our luxury tented camps. Malaria Free and 4 of Big 5. Contact : Tel : 27(0)46 6481040
Fax : 27(0)46 6481443 Mobile : +27(0)83 6482020 Reception : 39 Eastbourne Road, Kenton on Sea, Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape.
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Colonel Graham Guest House
Colonel Graham Guest House in the Eastern Cape city of Grahamstown offers the ideal blend of historical charm & modern day comforts in the tranquil environs of Lansdowne Road. The two accommodation guest houses are ideally situated close to the city centre as well as Grahamstown’s private schools and Rhodes University.
Address: 2A Lansdowne Road , Grahamstown , 6148
Contact: Mrs. Sharika van Dyk
Tel: +27 (0)46 6222274
Fax: +27 (0) 466228076
Mobile: 082 321 0677
Woodall Country House and Spa
Woodall Country House and Spa is set amongst peaceful citrus orchards close to Addo Elephant Park, and only 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth in the malaria free Eastern Cape. This boutique hotel caters for the discerning traveller by offering five star luxury and standards of service, reflected in attention to detail and spacious accommodation. It is the ideal base from which to explore the adjacent Addo Elephant Park, and nearby game reserves such as Schotia, Amakhala, Pumba, Kwantu and Elephant Back Safaris. Honeymooners are specially pampered in an environment of peace and privacy. Stylish, regional cuisine is served in the thatched dining room with views of resident herons, cormorants and rare waterbirds. The cuisine is inspired by the flavours of local ingredients and freshly picked herbs and vegetables.
Contact: Debbie Miller
Tel/fax +27(0)42 2330128
Woodall Farm, Jan Smuts Ave, Addo, 6105, South Africa.
Kwantu private game reserve
Situated just over 85km East from Port Elizabeth on the N2 towards Grahamstown Kwantu Private Game Reserve is malaria free. Kwantu Private Game Reserve is an all inclusive resort with 5 star accommodations at Pollards Inn Hotel and the Lodges which is situated in the middle of nature facing a water hole giving you an opportunity to see animals when they visit the water hole. You can enjoy 3 hour game drive where you will encounter 42 species of mammals including the big 5, predators’ camp where you will have an up-close with tigers and lions and the elephant sanctuary where you can feed, touch and interact with them. Back ride safaris are also available .Traditional and tantalising African dishes are prepared by the eccentric Chef to the highest of standards. Guests with special culinary requirements or food intolerance are catered for. Conference, wedding and functions facilities are also available. Kwantu game reserve is alcohol free and caters for visitors in wheel chair making sure easy access is provided to every amenity.
EXPERIENCE AFRICA, EXPERIENCE LIFE, EXPERIENCE KWANTU
Contact: Victor Zingwena
Tel: +27 (0)42 203 1400
Mobile: +27 (0)83 5000 344
Addo Elephant National Park Gate Time
No booking is required for a day visit, unless the visitor wants to partake in organised activities.
Day visitors can make use of a wide variety of activities, including wildlife viewing from their own vehicle, guided game drives, horse rides, hiking trails, the bird hide, the PPC Discovery Trail, picnic and braai sites, the shop and restaurant.
Day trips can be made to the outlying sections of the park – the Zuurberg Mountains, Kabouga, Darlington Dam and Woody Cape.
Addo Elephant National Park Gate Times
Main camp reception is open from 07:00 to 19:00 daily
Matyholweni reception is open from 07:00 to 17:00 daily, while the gate is open until 18:30.
The gates are staffed by security guards after closing time. Visitors with accommodation bookings can still enter and exit the gate after closing times provided they inform reception of this.
Check-in and check-out times
Check in time is 14:00 for all accommodation.
Check out time is 10:00 for all accommodation units. Check out time for caravan and tent sites is 12:00.
Addo Elephant National Park Entrance Fees
South African Citizens and Residents (with ID)
R82 per adult, per day
R41 per child, per day
SADC Nationals (with passport)
R164 per adult, per day
R82 per child, per day
Standard Conservation Fee
R328 per adult, per day
R164 per child, per day
Addo Elephant National Park Contacts For Enquiry
Reception tel. (during office hours – 07:00 – 19:00): +27 (0) 42 233 8600
Reception fax. (during office hours – 07:00 – 19:00): +27 (0) 42 233 8643
For emergencies, contact the Hospitality Manager after hours on +27 (0)82 471 0267
The nearest hospital and doctor are in Kirkwood, 35km from the park:
Hospital tel (after hours): +27 (0) 42 230 0406
Doctor tel (office hours) + 27 (0) 42 230 108
The nearest private hospital is in Port Elizabeth, 75km from the park:
Greenacres Hospital tel: +27 (0) 41 390 7000
The nearest police station is in Addo, 15km from the park:
tel: +27 (0) 42 233 0314