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Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Full-Day All Inclusive Safari with Traditional Braai Lunch

1. Full-Day All Inclusive Safari with Traditional Braai Lunch

Your experienced and enthusiastic guide will do their best to locate as much of the game available in the area and interpret their behavior for you during your drive. The first few hours of the tour are usually good to see antelope, zebra and lion. As this safari covers all time periods of the day, you should have the opportunity to see most game species. Stopping for a tea and coffee break at around 10:30 AM, you will continue on the game drive for sightings of elephants and buffalo near the watering holes. At lunchtime you can enjoy a delicious South African braai with juice, mineral water, beer and white wine. After lunch continue on the safari before being returned to your place of accommodation. Refreshments will be served throughout the drive.

Addo Elephant National Park All Inclusive Full-Day Safari

2. Addo Elephant National Park All Inclusive Full-Day Safari

Get picked up from your hotel in Port Elizabeth, Bluewater Bay, or Colchester. Spend a full day exploring the third largest National Park in South Africa with an expert local guide. The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area.  Today you can see a variety of predators, antelope, zebra species, endangered black rhino as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.  The park is also the only one in the world to conserve the “Big 7” – the Big 5 as well as the southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast.  An excursion to the Addo Elephant park is a must when visiting this unique area.

Port Elizabeth: Whale, Dolphin and Penguin Boat Cruise

3. Port Elizabeth: Whale, Dolphin and Penguin Boat Cruise

The tour departs from Algoa Bay Yacht Club at Port Elizabeth Harbor in the early morning. Board the catamaran with your guide, and then set sail onto the waters where the adventure begins. As you sail around the coastline, watch out for the vast array of marine life that lives here, as you learn about their mating and migration patterns. The best time for whale spotting begins in June when humpback whales move along the coast as they head up the east coast of Africa towards their breeding grounds. Humpback whales can be spotted in Algoa Bay between June and early January, reaching peaks in July/August, and then again in November/December when they make their return journey with newborn calves in tow. Southern right whales are also usually seen very close inshore nearby to the harbor during July to October as they enter the safety of the bay to give birth. These whales are the most frequently observed whales along the South African coast. Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins also call the bay their home and can be spotted all year round in groups from 10 to 400. These playful dolphins are mostly found in shallow waters either near the beaches or around St. Croix Island, and tend to come right up to the boat and ride along in the bow waves. Common dolphins are also a spectacular sight as they are seen in groups of 1000-2000, swimming along at great speeds. There’s also the chance to see humpback dolphins in Algoa Bay, which usually occur in much smaller groups, anywhere between 1 and 20, and are most commonly seen during the summer months. On the tour, the boat will also sail around St. Croix Island, home to over 20,000 breeding pairs of African penguins, the largest breeding colony found in Africa. Enjoy a close-up encounter with these comical birds and learn about their breeding habits on the island. As well as African penguins, both St. Croix and Brenton Island are inhabited by the endangered African black oystercatcher, white-breasted cormorants and Cape cormorants.

Addo Elephant National Park: Guided Half-Day Safari

4. Addo Elephant National Park: Guided Half-Day Safari

Discover the wildlife in the Addo Elephant National Park with this half-day tour in an Open Safari Vehice. Guests staying at Chrislin African Lodge get to see the highlights of the northern section of the Addo Park. Listen as your guide explains local history, and gets you up close to spot and identify wildlife in this natural environment.

Addo National Park: Full-Day Safari Tour

5. Addo National Park: Full-Day Safari Tour

The expansion of the Addo Elephant National Park to include the Colchester Section (Sundays River Mouth) makes this full-day Addo Park safari tour a popular and exciting safari option. The Addo Elephant Park tour allows guests to enjoy the whole of the Addo Elephant National Park at a leisurely pace. Search for perfect photo opportunities along the way, and round off the experience with a delicious BBQ lunch. Not only do your guides have trained eyes for spotting wildlife, they also have local knowledge regarding animal identification, local history, vegetation, culture, and plenty of stories to ensure it'll be an enriching experience through and through. Tours are conducted in custom-designed Toyota Land Cruiser safari vehicles which are spacious and comfortable, and boast high ground clearance and large retractable windows.

Garden Route 5-Day Tour and Addo Elephant Park Safari

6. Garden Route 5-Day Tour and Addo Elephant Park Safari

Get back to nature on a 5-day tour of the beautiful Garden Route and look for wildlife in nature reserves including Tsitsikamma National Park and Addo Elephant Park. Day 1: (D) Depart Cape Town and head towards Oudtshoorn in the semi-desert of Little Karoo with a stop at Ronnie’s sex shop for a refreshing drink! Explore the magnificent Cango Caves and visit an ostrich farm, where you can try to ride one! Spend the night in Oudtshoorn and enjoy a delicious ostrich braai dinner. Day 2: (D) Cross the mountain range to reach the coast and famous Garden Route. Get panoramic views from the Map of Africa lookout before visiting the charming town of Knysna. Continue through Plettenberg Bay to spend the night at Storms River village. Day 3: (B, D) Get back to nature in Tsitsikamma National Park. Walk the coastal route to the hanging bridge over Storms River Mouth. Continue to Addo Elephant National Park to spot huge elephant herds, antelope species and more. Alternatively, go straight to the surfing capital of South Africa at Jeffrey’s Bay, where you will spend the night. Day 4: (B, D) Head back towards the Garden Route to brave the world's highest bungee at Bloukrans. Enjoy a night in luxury accommodation at the Garden Route Game Lodge (guesthouse option). Go for a late afternoon safari drive to look for rhinos, lions, buffalo, cheetahs, and antelopes. Day 5: (B) Take an early morning safari drive to look for animals when they are most active. Depart for Hermanus, where Southern Right whales have returned after almost 50 years of being near extinct. Arrive in Cape Town in the late afternoon via the stunning False Bay coastline.  

Colchester: Full-Day Addo Elephant National Park Tour

7. Colchester: Full-Day Addo Elephant National Park Tour

After gathering at the Colchester meeting point with your guide, you'll make your way to the world-renowned Addo Elephant National Park. Addo is the only park in the world that is home to Africa’s “Big 7” animals, which includes the elephant, rhinoceros, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern-right whale, and great white shark. Admire these creatures in their natural habitat in this must-see destination on the Eastern Cape. Join a qualified guide on a day safari and learn about the large variety of animals as well as the surrounding area. Each drive is unique and unpredictable, as the animals are constantly on the move. With this in mind, your guide will do their best to provide you with the best sightings possible. Tours take place in a closed vehicle with air-conditioning, large windows, and USB charge points at each seat. Lunch, light snacks, and drinks will also be provided on each tour, and at the conclusion of your experience you'll be returned back to Colchester.

Addo National Park: Superman Zipline

8. Addo National Park: Superman Zipline

Situated in the heart of the Sundays River Valley in Greater Addo, discover the superman zip line located in an outdoor adventure park on the outskirts of the Addo Elephant National Park. Fly over the Addo National Park in an exhilirating zip line adventure in superman form – forward facing and prone.

Addo Elephant National Park: Full-Day Safari Tour with Lunch

9. Addo Elephant National Park: Full-Day Safari Tour with Lunch

Experience Addo Elephant National Park on a full-day safari in an Open Safari Vehicle (Chrislin African Lodge clients only). Travel to the northern and southern regions of the park for Malaria Free Game viewing of species such as the elusive Black Rhino, Lion, Leopard, disease-free Cape Buffalo, and over 600 Elephants. Meet your guide at Chrislin African Lodge. Board an open vehicle with high ground clearance that is optimal for spotting animals. Search for perfect photo opportunities of our extraordinary wildlife. Listen as your guide identifies animals and tells you about local history, vegetation, and culture. Let the guide show you the best places to spot wildlife. Enjoy a Traditional South African Braai/ BBQ at Lunch time.

Gqeberha: Addo Elephant Park Game Drive Day Tour With Lunch

10. Gqeberha: Addo Elephant Park Game Drive Day Tour With Lunch

On this tour, guests get picked up from their place of accommodation in the morning after breakfast. Do a quick and short drive to the entrance of the Addo National Park, North or South depending on the nearest entrance to their place of accommodation. The guests get to explore the Addo Park from the comfort of a vehicle with opening window ideal for photography. There will be atleast one stop for refreshments at a look out point before the big lunch stop at a picnic spot inside the park. Weather permitting, guests will enjoy a South African Braai prepared over a fire alternatively, a sit down lunch in a restaurant at the entrance of the park. After the Braai, guests enjoy the last session of the afternoon drive , viewing wildlife and taking photographs. Lastly a return transfer to the place of accommodation

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What people are saying about Addo Elephant National Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 457 reviews

Very friendly and funny guide (Donald) from CrissCross Adventures. Had the tour as a couple in a large Land Rover as we were there in the off season. The weather was partly rainy, but we still saw a lot of animals! Our guide was able to explain something about all the animals we saw and also answer all other questions. Excellently equipped with drinks/snacks, for lunch there is a delicious and nutritious braai (BBQ) with meat, sandwiches and salad. All in all, an all-round successful day in the Addo NP!

Great Safari! We were all alone with our guide, who gave us great guidance and was able to explain a lot about the animals. We were also very lucky and saw countless elephants, zebras and other animals. I never go to zoos because the animals there are so unhappy and misbehaving, so it was all the nicer to be able to experience these animals so happy in the "wild". A half-day safari was good for the first time, but next time we will definitely bring more time and spend a whole day here!

Wonderful experience all around, and everything I hoped for. Great communication and timeliness with pickup. Insightful and friendly conversation. The guide knew the answers to all our questions. The lunch was delicious and just a lot of fun.

well organized, guide was super nice, I can only recommend it N course C :-)

Highly reccommended. The best way to experience the Addo Elephant Park.