Now the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant Park has expanded to conserve a wide diversity of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. Stretching from the semi-arid karoo area in the north around Darlington Dam, over the rugged Zuurberg Mountains, through the Sundays River valley and south to the coast between Sundays River mouth and Bushmans river mouth, Addo covers about 180 000 hectares (444 700 acres) and includes the Bird and St Croix Island groups.
Situated in a malaria free area just one hour's drive from Port Elizabeth, this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 450 elephants, Cape buffalo, a variety of antelope species, as well as the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.
Some of its unique features include:
the park conserves no less than five of South Africa's seven biomes
it is home to one of the densest African elephant populations on earth
it is home to the unique flightless dung beetle
it incorporates the largest coastal dune field in the southern hemisphere
the park boasts the Big Seven, (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark)
it protects the world's largest Cape gannet breeding population on Bird Island
This park offers some of the most spectacular elephant viewing in the world. Antelope species abundant in the main game area of the park include red hartebeest, eland, kudu and bushbuck whilst Gemsbok, black wildebeest, springbok, buffalo and black rhino are found in the arid nama-karoo area.
The Burchells zebra, Cape mountain zebra, spotted hyenas, mountain reedbuck, baboons, blue duiker, aardwolf and red rock rabbit are some of the other game species found in the Park.
A form of identification to be provided upon entry:
As from 16 July 2015, Park Managements requests that all visitors 18 years and older entering the Park need to provide a form of identification (driver's license, passport or ID document) upon arrival. Going forward, all guests' identity or passport numbers will now also need to be reflected on the Park's official indemnity forms. Guests' cooperation in this regard is highly appreciated.
Accommodation at Addo Elephant Park
Restcamps managed by the Park
Addo Elephant National Park offers a range of accomodation types. The list below offers a brief description of what the park offers.
Addo Main Camp The popular main rest camp of the park offers a wide variety of accommodation units to suit all tastes and plenty of activities to keep visitors busy. A unique feature is the waterhole lookout point, floodlit at night, within the camp as well as the underground hide, allowing close encounters with wildlife at the waterhole...
Camp Matyholweni Matyholweni, which means in the bush in Xhosa is located near the coastal town of Colchester at the Sundays River Mouth, 3km off the N2 highway, Matyholweni is easily accessible and provides a second gateway into the Park. Amenities such as shops, restaurants and a fuel station are available in the nearby town...
Spekboom Tented Camp Spend a night in the middle of the bush, listening to the sounds of the wild around you. You may catch a glimpse of nocturnal animals drinking at the waterhole, gaze at the starry skies and enjoy being away from it all. The Spekboom Tents are located in the fenced area of Spekboom Hide in the Parks Main Game Area.
Narina Bush Camp - For a secluded experience in magical forest, spend some time at Narina Bush Camp at the foot of the Zuurberg Mountains and on the banks of the Wit River...
Please Note rates do not include daily conservation levies. Please see details of Conservation Fees
View also Map of accommodation in the Greater Addo Area.
The following private Lodges are located in the Park:
* Gorah Elephant Camp - situated in the main Addo section of the park a five-star operation with luxury tented camps.
* River Bend Lodge - situated in the Nyathi area of the park luxury five-star accommodation, eight rooms with conference facilities and wellness centre available.
* Kuzuko Lodge - situated in the Darlington Dam area of the park 4 chalets, a conference facilities, restaurant, pub, wine cellar, swimming pool, game drives and nightly cosmic safaris.
A variety of accommodation options are available in The Greater Addo Area such as:
Private Game Reserves
Amakhala Game Reserve
Addo Bush Palace Private Reserve
B&B's, Guest Houses and Guest Farms
The following facilities are available at the main rest camp:
A fuel station selling petrol and diesel is available between 07:00 and 17:00.
A shop selling curios, snacks and basic supplies is open between 08:00 and 18:00 (Please note: times vary according to season, please check with park staff).
An al-la-carte restaurant is available in the main camp and is open for all meals from 07:00 to 22:00.
A swimming pool is available for overnight visitors.
A picnic and braai area is available for day visitors.
The SASOL Red Bishop Bird Hide
The PPC Discovery Trail is accessible to all, including the visually and mobility-impaired.
There is a public telephone and a post box near the reception. Post is collected for delivery every week day morning at 09:00. A post office is situated in the town of Addo, approximately 15 km from the park.
A First National Bank with ATM is situated in the town of Addo, 15 km from the park. Other banking facilities are located in the town of Kirkwood, 35 km from the park and Port Elizabeth, 75 km from the park.
A la Carte restaurant and curio shop available.
Underground wildlife viewing hide