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 Elephant Park is a perfect destination for the adventurous outdoor and nature lover.
Addo Elephant Park, a sanctuary for a large diversity of South Africa’s Wildlife, is located in 120 000 ha of land in the thick bushveld of the Sundays River, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
The park, the third largest in South Africa, offers a wide range of wildlife viewing and exciting outdoor activities, of which can include horse-riding, guided walks, hiking and 4×4 trails. The park also offers excellent picnic areas for day visitors, a bush lovers paradise in the Eastern Cape.
Visitors come from around the world to the Addo National Park to see the famous Addo elephants as well as mile after mile of verdant citrus trees, bearing fruit all winter and scenting the air with their blossoms in springtime.
The Sundays River Valley Route/Addo region is only an hours’ scenic drive from the wonderful beaches of the Sunshine Coast and the rich 1820 Settler history of Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown. To experience the sounds, sights , Big 7 (elephant, black rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, great white shark and sperm whale) and the friendliness of Africa, this area is a must for any holidaymaker visiting the Eastern Cape or the Garden Route.
Staying in private lodges in the Addo National Park is a great way to experience this wildlife success story.
Lodges available within the park are:
Gorah Elephant Camp – Experience the adventure and romantic mystique of authentic African safaris of centuries-past at Gorah Elephant Camp, a luxurious tented camp in the heart of Addo Elephant National Park and a Hunter Hotels property. When you quietly observe a passing herd of elephant while being served tea on the verandah of a stately Colonial manor house, it feels like the stuff of dreams and legends – at Gorah it’s an everyday occurrence. More about Gorah
Riverbend Lodge – Guest have the chance to revitalise their spirit and soul at RiverBend Lodge located in the world famous Addo Elephant National Park. Anchored on endless horizons and flanked by the Zuurberg Mountains, RiverBend Lodge is situated a mere 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth, within a 14 000 ha private concession area of the Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. More about RiverBend
Kazuko Lodge – Kuzuko Lodge -Silver clouds etch the Kaboega plains in the distance and the Winterberg Mountains, as each unique sunset passes into the night. At night the sky become a theatre, a window, a kaleidoscope of the best stargazing available on the continent. Kuzuko is a place of glory where one is both humble and enriched located in the Addo Elephant National Park, it lies hidden within the addictive bushveld of the Eastern Cape. More about Kuzuko
Addo National Park Camps – Addo National Park is now the third largest national park in South Africa, it has expanded to conserve a wide diversity of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. The Addo covers about 180 000 hectares (444 700 acres) and includes the Bird and St Croix Island groups in the Nelson Mandela Bay and Indian Ocean. More about Addo Camps
For guests who are looking for a visit to this area without the need to stay in the park there are a number of fantastic lodges and guesthouses very close to the Addo National Park. Our recommendations are as follows,
- Woodall Country House
- Elephant House | The Stables
- Camp Fig Tree
- Zuurberg Mountain Inn
- Chrislin African Lodge
To inquire about any of these lodges or accommodation establishments please get in touch below.