Addo Elephant National Park is one of the crowning glories of the Eastern Cape. Pristine, free of the risk of malaria, and tramped by elephants who come excitingly close for viewing, Addo is close to compulsory for visitors and homegrown folk who love the bush.
Facts, Figures & Wildlife
Set in some 180 000 hectares of dense bushveld that extends over the Zuurberg Mountains, the park is South Africa’s third largest, and it was formed in 1931 to save the region’s elephant population from dwindling away. Hunting activities had brought the elephants in the area under serious threat. At the start there were a dozen or so ellies; now there are over 500. There are also hundreds of Cape buffalo, endangered Black Rhinos, lions and spotted hyenas, and a variety of antelope species. The area is also well known for its rare flightless dung beetles.
Activities in Addo
Do vehicle-based game viewing – either with your lodge hosts or in your own vehicle, and see ellies at closer range than you’ll probably see them anywhere; do a guided horse trail with Addo’s guides, or do a guided hike. These include the 1 and 4 hour Zuurberg Nature Trails. For birders and animal watchers, there are hides providing good watch-spots. And especially for disabled guests, Addo has a 2km discovery trail.
The area also offers
Addo River Safaris;
Addo Raptor & Reptile Centre;
Sundays River Mouth & Beach 47 km from Addo;
Historic sites where stone implements and fragments of bone and pottery have been found.
The Addo area offers luxurious private safari lodges, whilst the park itself also offers various types of accommodation. Woodall Country House & Spa is an oasis of pure country pleasure right on the doorstep of Addo Elephant National Park. The lodge rests contentedly on a citrus farm in the fertile Sundays River Valley, roughly 45 minutes by car from Port Elizabeth. It’s a pretty area, with masses of citrus trees flaunting their frangrant blossoms during spring, and brightly fruit-clad in winter. Enquire Now
Visiting Addo from Woodall
Woodall has its own game-viewing vehicle, and its guides will drive you into Addo to view game. Return to the lodge to swim, sunbathe and succumb to glorious spa treatments.
Mail us for bookings, or call 0860 102 907 (local) or +27 21 797-7122 (international).