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Addo Elephant National Park

Activities

Guided Game Drives

There are a number of game drive options available:

  • Bookings are essential. It is advisable to book drives in advance, particularly in the high season (October to March). Drives can be booked by Telephone: +27 (0)42 233 8657 or e-mail.
  • Day, sunset and night drives of approximately 2 hours in duration are on offer.
  • Please note that the sunrise, sunset and night drive departure times vary according to season. It's important to check the time when making your booking.
  • Drives are conducted by knowledgeable, qualified guides in open-top landrovers or trucks.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before the expected departure time.
  • Children under the age of 6 years not allowed on these drives. Children under 12 years pay half price.
  • No refunds are given.
Type of drive Time of drive Minimum persons Maximum persons Price per person
Sunrise
06h00 (summer)
07h00 (winter)
2
74
R235
Morning
09h00
2
74
R235
Midday
12h00
2
74
R235
Afternoon
15h00
2
74
R235
Sundowner
18h00 (summer)
16h00 (winter)
2
30
R330 including snacks and drinks
Night drive
19h00 (summer)
18h00 (winter)
2
44
R270


Sunrise drive

Departing 06:00 (summer) or 07:00 (winter) - dress warmly and watch the bush come alive for the day. Lions may still be active from the night’s hunting, buffalo may be seen and kudu are plentiful.

Day drives

Departing 09:00, 12:00 and 15:00 – viewing may include herds of elephant, antelope, zebra , warthog and ostrich.

Sunset drive

Departing 16:00 (winter) or 18:00 (summer) – enjoy late afternoon viewing, snacks & drinks as the sun goes down and then some night time viewing – black rhino, buffalo, lions and antelope may be seen.

Night drive

Departing 18:00 (winter) or 19:00 (summer) – dress warmly and discover the secrets of nighttime in the bush: springhares, porcupines, genets

Hop-on Guides

Guides can be hired at affordable rates to get on your vehicle and guide you through the game area. These are local community members who have been trained as guides and now run their own small business. Meet the guides at the main game area gate of the Park or book via addoenquiries@sanparks.org

Per 2 hour guided drive with your own vehicle:

  • For a car: R140
  • For an 8-seater vehicle (condor): R180
  • For a minibus (kombi): R200
  • For a bus with 18 or less people: R250
  • For a Bus with more than 18 people: R400

Note: Fees are payable directly to the guide

Operating Hours: 08:00 to 17:00

Self-Drive Game Viewing

Visitors may enjoy wildlife viewing in their own vehicles during the opening hours of the park’s game gate. Opening times change according to season.

In this case, the visitor pays only the conservation fee – per day, or per night for overnight visitors.

Horse Trails (Addo and Zuurberg)

Addo Horse Trails

  • The morning ride (08:30) is for less experienced riders and is two hours long. The afternoon ride (14:00) is for experienced riders and is three hours long. Book and pay for horse trails at the Game Drive Office.
  • Please report to stables at least 15 minutes before departure.
  • All horse trails are conducted by experienced guides on sure-footed, well-trained horses.
  • Riding hats are available for visitors’ use.
  • No children younger than 16 years may ride on the Addo Trail.
  • Addo horse trails depart from main camp with a chance of spotting some of the antelope and smaller wildlife species.
Type of Rides Time of rides Minimum persons Maximum persons Price per person
Morning: For less experienced riders
08:30* (2 hour duration)
1
7
R220
Afternoon: For experienced riders
14:00 (3 hour duration)
1
7
R220

*Please note: Departure times of Guided Horse Trails may change according to season and without notice. Kindly confirm the departure time with the Game Drive Office.

Zuurberg Horse Trails

In the Zuurberg Mountain section of the park - no encounters with large game, beautiful scenic views of the mountains.

  • Zuurberg one-hour trail is suitable for riders of all competencies. The three-hour and five-hour trails are only for experienced riders and wind through fynbos and forest.
  • One-hour trails depart at 09:00, 11:00 or 14:00.
  • Three-hour trails depart at 09:00 or 11:00.
  • Five-hour trails depart at 09:00 only.
  • An overnight trail to Narina Bush Camp is an option – departure no later than 11:00.
  • No children younger than 10 years may ride on the Zuurberg horse trails.
Type of Rides Time of rides Minimum persons Maximum persons Price per person
One-hour trail
09:00 or 11:00 or 14:h00
1
4
R165
Three-hour trail
09:00 or 11:00
1
4
R230
Five-hour trail
09:00 only
1
4
R250
Overnight trail to Narina Bush Camp
09:00 or 11:00
2
4
R440 per horse excluding accommodation

Please Note:

  • No bookings will be taken less than 1 hour before departure time.
  • No person exceeding 90 kg in weight will be allowed to ride. Only one rider allowed per horse.
  • No children under 10 yrs on rides.
  • For the Overnight Trail, the Narina Bush Camp must be booked with Central Reservations or with Addo Reception. Please note that bookings at Addo Reception can only be done 24 hours or less prior to doing the Overnight Trail, otherwise bookings have to be done through Central Reservations. The rates given above do not include the rate for accommodation.
  • All Riders take part in Horse Trails at their own risk. The Addo Elephant National Park will not be held responsible for any injuries or losses.
  • Prices are subject to change without notice.
  • Booking in advance is essential.
  • Bookings: Tel: +27(0)42 233 8657
    E-mail: Addogamedrives@sanparks.org

Alexandria Hiking Trail

The Alexandria Hiking Trail is a 36km, two-day circular trail. The first day is 19.5km and the second day, 16.5km. The Langebos huts are situated at the trail base, providing accommodation for the beginning and/or end of the hike. The Woody Cape hut is situated at the end of the first day’s walk. Hikers must carry their own provisions and equipment and the hike is not guided. The trail is well signposted.

More about the trail

The trail begins in magical coastal forest where ancient yellowwoods and exotic Knysna loeries can be seen, it moves then onto the beach where the stark sandy beach ecosystem and dramatic dune cliffs provide breathtaking scenery. Southern right whales can be seen just off shore in certain months and dolphins are often spotted playing in the waves. Fascinating ancient middens sites, evidence of the strandloper people that wandered these shores can also be seen. On the second day the trail traverses sand dunes in the largest coastal dune field in the Southern Hemisphere, the trail then heads back into coastal forest and then into the Langvlakte valley where a chicory stack can be seen which was built in 1820’s. The trail can accommodate a maximum of 12 persons and a minimum of 3 persons.

The Langebos Huts are the base huts for the trail and it is recommended that hikers stay at the huts the night before leaving for the first day. The two newly built huts are equipped with 6 beds each with mattresses, a fridge, stove, hot water showers, toilets and a braai area.

At the end of the first day walking hikers will find the Woody Cape hut nestled in thick coastal forest on top of the cliffs with a view of Bird Island in the distance. This hut has 12 beds with mattresses and rainwater tanks. No fires are allowed at the Woody Cape hut and the hikers must carry their own cookers. Water is only for drinking and cooking as the hut relies on rainwater.

At least one or more of the hiking group should be able to read a map and compass, and to wear a brightly coloured jacket that can be seen from the air if a search and rescue is launched.

The trail costs (South African Rand) R110 per person per night. Hikers also need to pay the daily conservation (entry) fee.

Bookings for the trail are administered through:

Camp Matyholweni:
Tel: +27 (0) 41 468 0916 / 8
Fax: +27 (0) 41 468 0949
E-mail: tanyav@sanparks.org

Trail base office:
Woody Cape office of the Addo Elephant National Park
Tel: +27 (0)46 653 0601

Zuurberg Hiking Trails

Various options provide a perfect day outing for park visitors, at no extra cost. Choose between the:

  • Cycad Trail - a one-hour trail (2.4km) suited for those who want a sedate walk - and the
  • Doringnek Trail, a 3-hour trail ((8km) which takes the visitor to a beautiful natural water pool.
  • The routes are clearly signposted and a map is available at the Zuurberg offices. The Zuurberg offices are located 16km from the main park entrance along a gravel road. No bookings are necessary for the hiking trails.

Tree Dassie Trail

The Tree Dassie Trail is named after the rare tree dassie (hyrax) that lives in the Alexandria forest. This arboreal creature is nocturnal and very shy but its shrill call can be heard at dusk. Many bird species such as the Olive woodpecker, Black headed oriole and Crowned Hornbill can be spotted on the trail, making it ideal for bird watchers. The trail starts at the office and follows the grass roads to Langevlakte where the trail meets up and joins the two-day trail leading back to the office. No bookings are necessary and the trail is free of charge (apart from park entrance fees).

The Alexandria Trail and Tree Dassie Trail start at the Woody Cape offices of the park, near the town of Alexandria. Turn right out of the park entrance towards Paterson. At the Paterson intersection, turn right towards Port Elizabeth. Take the R72 to Port Alfred. Just before entering the town of Alexandria, take the gravel road to right, marked with the park signboard. Follow the signs to the park and find the offices where you can get further assistance.

4x4 Trail

The Bedrogfontein 4 x 4 trail between Kabouga and Darlington areas of the park provides breathtaking views and is rich in history. This route was the scene of fierce battles between the British and Afrikaner troops during the Anglo-Boer war. Rock art paintings are found scattered throughout the area. The route travels through a variety of vegetation types, from riverine thicket, to afromontane forest, to fynbos on the peaks and into the arid nama-karoo of the Darlington area.

The route is only suitable for vehicles with 4x4 and low range facilities, both because of terrain and to cause minimum impact on the environment. The route is graded 2-3 but a grade 5 river crossing is an option (river conditions should be checked with the ranger). This 45km route can be easily traveled within six hours.

The route is self-driven and can be followed either from Darlington to Kabouga or from Kabouga to Darlington. Kabouga is situated about 40 km (one hour’s drive) from the main park entrance, near the town of Kirkwood. Darlington is situated about 150km (two hour’s drive) from the main park entrance.

Accommodation is available at Kabouga House or Mvubu campsite (camping only) on the Kabouga side.

Cost: R375 per vehicle per day plus conservation fees per person.

Kabouga Mvubu Camping (max 4 persons per site)

  • R100 for the first 2 persons/ R28 per additional person
  • To book the whole camp: R530 for up to 12 persons lus R28 per person more than 12

Kabouga Cottage (sleeps 6 people)

  • R380 for the first 2 persons
  • R138 per additional adult
  • R72 per additional child under 12

Camping

  • R40 per person per night (plus a once off conservation fee of R10 per person applies)

***Please note***
The 4x4 Trail and Accommodation at Kabouga can be booked via Addo Main Camp Reception on tel: (042) 233 8619 or e-mail: addoenquiries@sanparks.org

Bird watching

The SASOL Red Bishop Bird Hide is located opposite the waterhole in the main rest camp,offering watchers a view of red bishops, weavers, herons, coots and terrapins. The main game area boasts a list of 170 bird species, while the expanded park may contain as many as 450 species in a diversity of habitats.

PPC Discovery Trail

The PPC Discovery Trail is a short walk through the valley thicket where you can learn more about the plants and animals of this region. The first loop is suitable for visually-impaired and wheelchair-bound visitors.

A picnic and braai area is situated near the waterhole in the main camp. The waterhole is floodlit at night.

Other activities at no extra cost (except for conservation fee payable by all visitors)

  • SASOL Red Bishop Bird Hide: in the main camp, suitable for wheelchair-users
  • Floodlit waterhole: at main camp
  • Picnic and braai site: at main camp
  • Swimming pool: at main camp, only for overnight guests
  • Restaurant and curio shop: at main camp
  • Holiday programmes for children: during July and December holidays, for children of overnight visitors

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