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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...

Conservation Fees
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.

Private Lodges
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.

Surrounding Area
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
Addo Village

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

Health and Climate:
The climate is temperate to hot and temperatures in summer (November to February) may reach over 40 degrees Celsius.

Winter days are mild but cold at night with frost occurring at times.

The average annual rainfall is 450 millimetres and is spread throughout the year, although peaks do often occur in March/April and September/October.
Guided game drives
There are a number of game drive options of approximately 2 hours in duration, available. Drives are conducted by knowledgeable, qualified guides on open-top landrovers or trucks. Bookings are essential.
- Sunrise drive - 06:00 (summer) or 07:00 (winter)
- Day drives - 09:00, 12:00 and 15:00
- Sunset drives - 16:00 (winter) or 18:00 (summer)
- Night drives - 18:00 (winter) or 20:00 (summer)

Eyethu hop-on
Guides can be hired at affordable rates to get on your vehicle and guide you through the game area. These are local community members who have been trained as guides and now run their own small business.

Addo horse trails
The morning ride (08:00) is for less experienced riders and is two hours long. The afternoon ride (14:00) is for experienced riders and is three hours long. Book and pay for horse trails at the Game Drive Office.

All horse trails are conducted by experienced guides on sure-footed, well-trained horses.Riding hats are available for visitors use. No children younger than 16 years may ride on the Addo Trail. Addo horse trails depart from main camp to the Nyati area which is home to elephants, buffalo, black rhino, zebra and antelope.

Zuurberg horse trails
Zuurberg horse trails are suitable for riders of all competencies and wind through fynbos and forest. One-, three- and five-hour trails are available. No children younger than 10 years may ride on the Zuurberg horse trails.

Hiking trails
Various hiking options range from a one-hour trail suited for those who want a sedate walk to the 4-hour Doringnek Trail.

Bird watching
The SASOL Red Bishop Bird Hide is located opposite the waterhole in the main rest camp, offering watchers a view of red bishops, weavers, herons, coots and terrapins. The main game area boasts a list of 170 bird species, while the expanded park may contain as many as 450 species in a diversity of habitats.

PPC Discovery trail
The PPC Discovery Trail is a short walk through the valley thicket where you can learn more about the plants and animals of this region. The first loop is suitable for visually-impaired and wheelchair-bound visitors.

A picnic and braai area is situated near the waterhole in the main camp. The waterhole is floodlit at night.

4x4 Trail
Ride the Bedrogfontein 4 x 4 trail between Kabouga and Darlington and immerse yourself in breathtaking views and early 20th century history. This route was the scene of fierce battles between the British and Afrikaner troops during the Anglo-Boer war.
Cancellation Policy:
Cancelling or downgrading of a reservation 45 days or less prior to (or on) arrival will result in cancellation fees according to a sliding scale (based on the total reservation cost) which varies between 50% and 100%.

In the event of a non-arrival, the accommodation will be held until 9:00 the following day after which the reservation will be cancelled and the full amount paid for the reservation will be forfeited.
Pay particular attention to deposit due dates provided and keep bank processing delays in mind when considering EFT as payment option. No extension of payment due dates will be granted.
If the arrival date of the itinerary is postponed prior to or on date of arrival and then cancelled at a later stage, the fees that applied at the time of amendment will be enforced if the amount is greater than the new cancellation fees.

• Cancellation fees equal to 50% of the total reservation cost is payable in a case of cancellation made between 45 days and 30 days prior to arrival.
• Cancellation fee equal to 100% of the total reservation cost is payable in a case of a cancellation made between 29 days prior to and date of arrival
• 100% of the total cost for any non-arrival/no-shows
• Reservation made within 45 days prior to arrival is payable within 24 hours from the day reservation is made.

Excluded from total is the Daily Conservation Fee

Check in Time is from 14h00
Check out Time is by 10h00
Facilities & Services available:
Children under 12 years
Honeymoon Couples
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Curio Shop
Swimming Pool

Addo Elephant Park is a Self-Catering in Addo Elephant Park Addo Eastern Cape South Africa

Directions from Port Elizabeth to Addo Main Camp
There are 3 alternatives:
1) Take the N2 highway towards Grahamstown. Take the turnoff to the left signposted Motherwell and Addo Elephant National Park. Turn left at the top of the off-ramp and proceed through Motherwell. Follow this road until you see the entrance to the park on the right. Distance: about 72 km or one hour travelling time.

2) Take the N2 highway towards Grahamstown and carry straight on until the N2 splits off to the left from the N10. Carry straight on, following the N10 towards Cradock/Cookhouse. Take the R342 to the left when you get to the intersection with Paterson on your right. This will be sign posted Addo Elephant National Park. Follow this road, looking out for the entrance to the park on your left. Distance: about 120 km or one hour, 15 minutes travelling time.

3) Take the N2 highway towards Grahamstown, pass Coega harbour on your right. Cross the Sundays River bridge. Turn off to your left at the sign that says Camp Matyholweni. Follow this road for about 3 km until you enter Matyholweni Gate at Camp Matyholweni. Follow the southern access road inside the Park until you get to Addo Main Camp. You will cross over a gravel public road. Distance: about 40 km from PE to Matyholweni and then 36 km through the Park (which takes about one and a half hours at the 40km/h speed limit). NB: this route is not accessible to caravans and buses.

Gate opening and closing times
The entrance gate is open from 07:00 to 19:00 but is staffed by a security guard between 19:00 and 07:00.

Should visitors need to enter or leave before 07:00 or after 19:00, please contact reception to inform staff before your arrival.

The wildlife viewing area is open between 06:00 18:00 in summer and 07:00 17:30 in winter. Times vary according to season - please check with Reception.
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Rooms and Units Available at Addo Elephant Park

Main Camp - Chalet (CH2/4)(CH2/4Z)
Sleeps 2 Adults

Main Camp - Cottage CO2 or CO2Z
Sleeps 2 Adults

Main Camp - Forest Cabin HF4
communal kitchen
Sleeps 4 Adults

Main Camp - Hapoor Guest House
Sleeps 6 Adults

Main Camp - Rondavel HL2
Sleeps 2 Adults

Main Camp - Safari Tent ST2
communal facilities
Sleeps 2 Adults

Matyholweni Camp - Cottage (CO2) (C02Z)
Sleeps 2 Adults

Matyholweni Camp - Family Cottage FA3
Sleeps 3 Adults

Spekboom Tented Camp - Spekboom Tent TC2
Sleeps 2 Adults

Latest Reviews
Value for money! Excellent view of elephants from our chalet.
Harness Feb 2020
Comfortable, clean and neat accommodation. Wonderful game viewing. Friendly staff. Great experience.
Georgina Potgieter Sep 2017
Good, clean and comfortable accommodation.
Well maintained game park. Helpful staff.

Billy Mills Sep 2015
Everything was very good, The reception and the accommodation. No Problems.
wanda hayes Jun 2015
If rate "very good" it means that I was really satisfied with the accommodation, but I always leave room for improvement. Thanks for a great stay.
Wilma Lagendijk Feb 2015