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Addo Elephant National Park All Inclusive Full-Day Safari

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.

Full-Day All Inclusive Safari with Traditional Braai Lunch

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.

Port Elizabeth: Schotia Game Reserve Safari with Port Pickup

Port Elizabeth: Schotia Game Reserve Safari with Port Pickup

Enjoy a safari tour in Schotia Private Game Reserve, bordering the eastern side of Addo Elephant National Park. Schotia offers the possibility of viewing Africa's ‘Big 5’ animals (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, buffalo, and leopard) in their natural habitat, as well as giraffes, hippos and crocodiles. Schotia is a must-see destination in the Eastern Cape. Join our qualified guides on a day safari and learn about the large variety of animals and the surrounding areas. Each drive is unique and unpredictable as the animals are constantly on the move. Our guides will, however, do their best to provide the best sightings possible. Tours take place in one of our open safari vehicles and snacks and drinks are provided on every tour.

Addo National Park: Guided Half-Day Safari

Addo National Park: Guided Half-Day Safari

Experience a half-day guided Addo Elephant National Park safari and have the best chance of seeing all the park has to offer. Not only do the guides have trained eyes for spotting and identifying wildlife but they have expert knowledge regarding vegetation and local history, culture, and stories too. During the tour, you'll be taken to the highlighted areas of the northern section of Addo National Park Main Camp. Your guide will help you capture your Addo memories from up close and at the right angles, and they are always on the lookout for the perfect shot. Tours are conducted in custom-designed Toyota Land Cruiser Safari Vehicles, which are spacious, comfortable touring vehicles featuring high ground clearance and large retractable windows.

From Cape Town: 5-Day Best of Garden Route and Addo Safari

From Cape Town: 5-Day Best of Garden Route and Addo Safari

Day 1: Route 62 Start with a morning pickup (6am to 7am) from your accommodation in Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Travel about 450km ( about 6 hours driving) along Route 62, the longest wine route in the world, with a wine-tasting stop (non-alcoholic tasting available too) before reaching Oudtshoorn by afternoon. For a close encounter with Mother Nature, opt in to join elephant guides on an Elephant Observation in Nature (at extra cost) and observe 3 lovable rescued elephants in their natural Cango Valley bush veld habitat. Overnight at Uthando Backpackers (Dorm or Saver Backpack package) or 88 van Rheede Guesthouse (3 star Comfort Stay package) or Hlangana lodge or similar (4 star Luxe package). Ask to upgrade to Buffelsdrift at extra fee. Day 2: Oudtshoorn Travel time today is about 250km / 3 hours. Visit a working ostrich farm and see the largest flightless birds in the world. Next, head to the mountains to go deep underground in the illuminated wonder world of the Cango Caves, exploring vast halls filled with ancient stalactites before traveling onward for about 400km to reach the Addo town region. Overnight at Avaco Cabins (Dorm or Saver -) or Gerald's Gift (Comfort-) or Addo Wildlife lodge or similar (Luxe package). Day 3: Addo, Jeffreys Bay Travel route about 300km / 3 hours. Rise early for the best chance to spot wildlife as the bush awakes in Addo Elephant National Park, the 3rd largest national park in South Africa. Join your own group after breakfast for the included 2-hour van game drive with your guide to search for some of the big five animals; if lucky you'll spot elephants, buffalos, lion & more. Travel about 200km to J'bay to either spend free time at the beach or choosing between optional surfing or beach horseback riding (extra cost). Overnight at Island Vibe (Dorm or Saver -) or Sea Whisper (Comfort -) or On The Beach Lodge or similar (Luxe package). Day 4: Tsitsikamma, Sedgefield Travel route about 300km / 3 hours. After breakfast, drive inland to experience an optional highest Bungy jump bridge in the world, optional Waterfall Zipline over waterfalls in Tsitsikamma forest (both at extra cost) or choose to have free time and arrive early to spend more time in Tsitsikamma National Park. After all had some time to explore the park, drive onward with a photo stop at Knysna's lagoon en route to Sedgefield. Overnight at Pili Pili Backpackers (Dorm or Saver-) Fairy Knowe (Comfort-) or Dolphin Dunes or similar (Luxe package). Day 5: Wilderness Travel route about 400km / 6 hours. Take the road back along the coastline and views of calm rivers in the wilderness region. Journey back to Cape Town, with an optional optional 4x4 Botlierskop game drive at extra cost. Your adventure ends with evening drop-offs in Cape Town or Stellenbosch (between 8pm to 10pm).

Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant Park Full-Day Safari

Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant Park Full-Day Safari

Embark on an unforgettable safari adventure through South Africa's renowned Addo Elephant National Park. Experience the thrill of observing the park's diverse wildlife, including the majestic "Big Five" – lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinos – as well as a variety of other fascinating species. Your adventure begins with convenient pickup from your Port Elizabeth accommodation, hotel, or the port. Led by experienced guides, journey deep into the heart of Addo's wilderness, where sweeping plains, dense thickets, and lush forests await. Throughout your safari, gain insights into the behavior and ecology of the park's inhabitants, while capturing unforgettable moments up close. As part of your experience, enjoy a light lunch amidst the natural beauty of Addo, providing a moment of relaxation and rejuvenation. Whether you're a seasoned wildlife enthusiast or embarking on your first safari, Addo Elephant National Park promises an extraordinary journey filled with excitement, wonder, and the timeless magic of Africa's wilderness. Book your Addo Elephant National Park safari today and immerse yourself in the timeless enchantment of Africa's wilderness.

Port Elizabeth: Shore Excursion to Addo Elephant Park Safari

Port Elizabeth: Shore Excursion to Addo Elephant Park Safari

Embark on an exhilarating adventure in South Africa's Addo Elephant Park, the country's third-largest National Park, where nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike will discover an unforgettable day. Your journey starts with a comfortable pickup from the cruise terminal, offering picturesque views of the South African countryside as you travel in an air-conditioned vehicle. Throughout the ride, your knowledgeable guide will share insights into the area's history and wildlife. Upon arrival at the park, your game drive commences, led by expert guides who reveal the wonders of the "Big Five" in their natural habitats. Traverse stunning landscapes, observing majestic elephants, lions, antelopes, and more from the safety of our closed safari vehicle. Your experienced guide enriches your journey with insights into the park's incredible flora and fauna, providing a deeper understanding of biodiversity and conservation efforts. Enjoy a light meal and refreshments provided during the tour, ensuring you stay energized for the adventure ahead. As your safari concludes, return in time for your cruise ship departure, leaving behind memories that will last a lifetime. Don't miss the chance to explore the beauty of Addo Elephant Park and its iconic wildlife. Book your Port Elizabeth to Addo tour today and embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of this majestic sanctuary!

Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant Park Shore Excursion & Safari

Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant Park Shore Excursion & Safari

Addo Elephant National Park is a sanctuary for more than 600 African Elephants and a variety of other indigenous wildlife. The ernomous the diversity of animals, the lions, antelopes, warthogs, brown and spotted hyenas, zebras and the endangered black rhino, make up the magnificent sightings of this sprawling park. Explore this spectacular national park which encompasses five separate biomes; from sub-tropical thicket to nama karoo and grasslands. Witness the living proof of the success of South Africa's conservation efforts.Discover and observe the bountiful wildlife that roam freely, in their natural habitat, in this 180 000 hectares national park. Come and experience a leisurely day in this park with Quality Guides unlocking the fauna, flora and wonderous wildlife. Your journey starts at your place of accomodation, whether in Port Elizabeth, harbour, Bluewaterbay, Colchester or Ematyholweni Rest Camp in the southern entry side of the park. You are then transported to the reception on the southern gate of the park, in a small town of Colchester, 40km away from Port Elizabeth. You will then drive through the park to observe animals in a 24 hectares game viewing area. Lunch will be served in an iconic and famous Jack's Picnic Site inside the park. Soon after lunch, you will again drive through the park, increasing your chances to see more animals. After 8 hours inside the park's game viewing area, having had a few comfort stops, you will transfer back to the entrance of the park for another comfort stop before your return journey to the drop-off point. Itenerary

Cape Town: Garden Route and Addo Elephant Park 6-Day Safari

Cape Town: Garden Route and Addo Elephant Park 6-Day Safari

Explore Hermanus, Oudtshoorn, Sedgefield, Knysna, Tsitsikamma, Addo, and Mossel Bay on an adventurous 6-day trip from Cape Town with accommodation, transportation, and most meals included. Discover wildlife and indigenous forests, taste local wine, canoe, hike, and visit the beaches of Mossel Bay. Day 1: Cape Town - Hermanus - Cape Agulhas Start your trip by departing from Cape Town to Hermanus. Follow the scenic coastal road to Betty's Bay to see a colony of endangered African penguins. Spend the afternoon in the seaside resort town of Hermanus, famous for being the home to hundreds of southern right whales from July to November. Later, drive on to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa and the place where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. Day 2: Cape Agulhas - Oudtshoorn Travel to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, via Route 62, South Africa’s longest wine route. Enjoy lunch and a wine tasting at a local winery before checking into your accommodation, a working game farm in the Little Karoo. As the sun goes down, join a tour of the ostrich farm. Take in the views of the Outeniqua and Swartberg mountain ranges in the background before calling it a night. Day 3: Oudtshoorn - Sedgefield After breakfast, head to Outeniqua Mountain Pass and explore the Wilderness National Park by canoe. Paddle up the Touw River through the indigenous forest with an abundance of bird life. After about 40 minutes, leave the canoes for a 2 km hike along a boardwalk to a waterfall with rock pools. In the late afternoon, spend time exploring Sedgefield with its expansive views and beaches. Day 4: Sedgefield - Knysna - Tsitsikamma - Addo Head to the famous town of Knysna via the lavish Lake District of the Garden Route. Visit the Knysna Heads Viewpoint for sweeping views over the Knysna River and the Indian Ocean. Next, stop at Bloukrans Bridge to view the world’s highest bungee jump bridge. Midday will be spent in Tsitsikamma National Park, with its unique combination of indigenous forest and Indian Ocean coastline. The park has a wide choice of activities including hiking, crossing a suspension bridge, and swimming. In the afternoon, leave the Garden Route for the Big Five country, Addo. Day 5: Addo - Wilderness - Sedgefield Spend the morning exploring Addo Elephant National Park. Get up to 2-3 hours to roam the 28,000-hectare national reserve, home to approximately 600 elephants and other animals including buffalo, lions, rhinos, warthogs, and more. After a morning on safari, drive back to the Garden Route where you'll stay overnight in the Wilderness or Sedgefield area. Day 6: Wilderness - Sedgefield - Mossel Bay - Cape Town After breakfast, stop in Mossel Bay to spend some time on the beach. Hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along the seaside cliffs and visit the famous Diaz Museum complex, which commemorates the first known European exploration around the tip of Africa. The more adventurous can try a 10,000-foot tandem skydive or sandboarding on the longest dune in South Africa. Later, arrive back at Cape Town in the early evening for drop-off.

Addo National Park: Addo Zip Line and Giant Swing

Addo National Park: Addo Zip Line and Giant Swing

Experience the highest, longest, and fastest double zip line in South Africa. Descend from an impressive departure tower perched 70 meters above Addo’s Sundays River. Speed down twin cables, each 500 meters long. To reach the departure tower, take a short raft ride across the Sundays River and a 10-minute hike through Addo’s indigenous bush. Reap the rewards with breathtaking views across Addo’s valley of citrus. Then, get into position, get ready, and just let go. Achieve an average speed of about 60 km/h down the hands-free zip line, and possibly even exceed 80 km/h. An automatic braking system at the end of the zip means you do nothing but enjoy the ride. Swing to new heights on the giant swing, the first of its kind in South Africa. After being hoisted up 18 meters high, be released and feel the adrenaline rush. Two riders at a time can enjoy the swing and put their nerves to the test.

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What people are saying about Addo Elephant National Park

Overall rating

4.8
(674 reviews)

All I can say is WOW - this trip surpassed my expectations in every way, and the best part of our tour was the incredible and amazing tour guide; Uriel. He was so kind, thoughtful, so knowledgeable and nothing was ever too much for him - a truly wonderful soul. A few key highlights for us: - Accommodation options on the Comfort Package were lovely, our favourites were De Akker and Addo Lodges, one morning we woke up to Springboks outside our room (so cool!) - All of the activities are incredible, especially the elephant sanctuary experience at Addo and the game drive at Botlierskop - The drives are long but they never feel it, plenty of stop offs and opportunities to stretch your legs - the tour bus is super comfortable too. - Our tour guide; Uriel, did a great job of bringing our tour group together - we even had dinners together after the tour ended, it was lovely. And lastly, South Africa - one of the most magical places we have ever visited, I truly cannot recommend it enough.

Would highly recommend this trip absolutely the most fantastic experience. Honestly cannot recommend enough you will not be disappointed if you book. Our guide Wanele was outstanding and made sure at all time we had amazing time. He did everything to make sure that we could see as many animals as possible!!! We even saw a Lion which was the most amazing experience. Please book this experience with this wonderful guide Wanele can’t thank him enough for a once in a lifetime experience. Honestly book this and you will not be disappointed as we would have never seen the amount of animals if we had done a self drive ourselves. 😊

While another tour company told their passengers "It's raining, you won't see anything today" (they saw an elephant), our guide Gary was a passionate and educated guide, who gave a fantastic commentary and found lots of animals for us to be amazed by. We saw many elephants (one walked right past the minibus!) zebras, a jackal, warthogs, antelope, hartebeest, and all manner of large and smaller birds. Not bad for a day when the animals are supposed to be hiding from the rain! Can't recommend Gary and this tour highly enough.

Tip top in terms of organisation and everything else. The mix of activities and sitting in the car was just right. There is also free time to do something on your own if necessary. Some people found it difficult to get up early. Otherwise a good mix of young and old. I would book this tour again. Small idea: maybe we could somehow incorporate a quad tour.

The guides were very friendly and polite, and we had a great time seeing so many animals.