Addo Elephant

See how big and small, elephants and dung beetles, live together in this magnificent park stretching from bush to beach in the Eastern Cape. South Africa’s third largest park is home to the Big Seven, offering top sightings in a malaria-free environment. Don’t miss out on a game drive to see the one of the world’s densest elephant populations.

Be sure to put aside an hour for the Ulwazi Interpretive Centre. Interactive and informative, it provides an overview of everything you might want to know about Addo, its history, flora and fauna, and the lie of the land.

– Stephen Cunliffe, Wild 23

Main attractions

  • One of the world’s densest elephant populations and the unique flightless dung beetle
  • The largest Cape gannet breeding population in the world
  • Five of South Africa’s seven vegetation biomes


  • Game viewing (self-drives, guided game drives or with a guide in your own vehicle)
  • Horse riding
  • 4×4
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking

Top sightings: Big Seven (Big Five, southern right whale and great white shark)

Accommodation: Caravan and campsites, guesthouses, chalets, forest cabins, safari tents, luxury lodges

Gate times:
Main entrance gate (near Addo): 07:00 – 19:00
Matyholweni gate (near Colchester): 07:00 – 18:30 (Matyholweni reception 07:00 – 17:00)

Wild Card: Purchase or renew at gate reception

Nearest centre: Less than an hour from Port Elizabeth (75km).

Contact park: +27 (0)42 233 8600, [email protected]

SANParks Central Reservations: +27 (0)12 428 9111, [email protected]

Visit Addo Elephant National Park’s home page.