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Renovation of Park Shop

As part of our commitment to enhancing the Addo Elephant National Park experience, the Park Shop we will be undergoing a process of renovation and refurbishment until Thursday 10 December 2015. We apologise for any disruption and/or inconvenience that may be caused during this period. We thank you for your continued support.

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.

Discover…Experience…Explore a world of diversity in one Park…

Now the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to conserve a wide range 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 Bushman’s river mouth, Addo covers about 180 000 hectares (444 700 acres) and includes the Bird and St Croix Island groups.

The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area. Today this finely-tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 600 elephant, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. The park can exclusively claim to be the only national park 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.Plans are currently afoot to include the proposed proclamation of a 120 000 ha (296 500 acre) Marine Protected Area which includes islands that are home to the world's largest breeding populations of Cape gannets and second largest breeding population of African penguins.


Addo Elephant National Park seeks to be fully integrated into the regional landscape. It conserves and enhances the characteristic terrestrial and marine biodiversity, ecological processes and cultural, historical and scenic resources representative of the Eastern Cape for the appreciation and benefit of present and future generations.

Five main attractions/things to experience:

  • Lion (found mostly in the southern section of the park)
  • Herds of elephant at Hapoor dam
  • The Interpretive Centre at main camp
  • The picturesque Zuurberg Mountain
  • The rolling sand dunes of the Woody Cape section

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<strong>Guest Cottage</strong> (FF6V)
Guest Cottage (FF6V)

Stay : 01 Dec 2015 - 08 Dec 2015

FROM R1425WAS R1900

Book online and get 25% discount for stays between 1 and 8 December. Rates shown per night for 4 guests sharing. Terms & Conditions apply.

<strong>Bungalow</strong> (BD2D)
Bungalow (BD2D)

Stay : 01 Dec 2015 - 08 Dec 2015


Book online and get 25% discount for stays between 1 and 8 December. Rates shown per night for 2 guests sharing. Terms & Conditions apply.

<strong>Camp Site</strong> (CK6)
Camp Site (CK6)
Natures Valley

Stay : 01 Dec 2015 - 08 Dec 2015


Book online and get 25% discount for stays between 1 and 8 December. Rates shown per night for 2 guests sharing. Terms & Conditions apply.

<strong>Cottage</strong> (CO2)
Cottage (CO2)
  • 2 single beds
  • Barbeque Facilities
  • Camp reached from N2, access rd open to Main Camp
  • Check-in at Matyholweni itself, not Main Camp
<strong>Cottage</strong> (CO2)
Cottage (CO2)
  • 2 single beds
  • DSTV (Limited Channels)
  • Fan
  • Hotplate, Microwave, Bar Fridge, Utensils
<strong>Tent Site</strong> (CK4T)
Tent Site (CK4T)
  • Additional vehicles will be charged fee per night
  • Maximum of four people per site
  • PowerPoint (220v)
  • Very small sites (3.5 x 4.5m)- only tents allowed
Addo Cam 02/12/2015

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Addo Cam 01/12/2015

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