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Addo Elephant National Park

Activities

Guided Game Drives

There are a number of game drive options available:


Type of drive Time of drive Maximum persons Minimum persons Price per person
Sunrise 06:00 a.m. (summer)
07:00 a.m. (winter)
74 2 R280
Morning 09:00 a.m. 74 2 R280
Midday 12:00 p.m. 74 2 R280
Afternoon 15:00 p.m. 74 2 R280
Sundowner 18:00 p.m. (summer)
16:00 a.m. (winter)
30 2 R380 including drinks & snacks
Night 19:00 p.m. (summer)
18:00 p.m. (winter)
44 2 R310

  • Please note that sunrise, sunset and night drive departure times vary according to season. It is important to check the current departure times with the game drive office when making a booking.
  • Each game drive lasts approximately 2 hours. No refunds are given.
  • Children under the age of 6 years not allowed on these drives. Children under 12 years pay half price.
  • Check in at game drive office 15 minutes prior to departure of drive.
  • Game drives depart from main camp only. Guests staying in Spekboom Tented Camp cannot participate in sunset or night drives as gates are closed.
  • Self-drive game viewing in guests own vehicle is also available.

Hop-on Guides

The Hop-on Guides are a group of guides, sourced from the communities adjacent to the park, who operate their own business within the park, providing guiding services for visitors in the comfort of their own vehicles.

Per 2 hour guided drive in your own vehicle
For a car R180
For an eight (8) seater vehicle R230
For a minibus R290
For a bus (18 - 30 seater) R360
For a bus (coach) R510
School group R180
Note: Fees are payable directly to the guide

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 Horse Trails

Departs from Addo main camp.

Type of ride Time of ride Maximum persons Minimum persons Price per person
Morning 08:30 a.m. (2 hour duration) 7 1 R265
Afternoon 14:00 (2 hour duration) 7 1 R265

  • Please note morning and afternoon rides are two hours long and take place in the Nyathi area, home to the Big Five. The behaviour of certain Big Five species are monitored in this area and if necessary, trails will be moved to a botanical reserve in the Park. In this case, the horse trails will be discounted to R170 per person.
  • Riders need to have a moderate level of experience to ensure they can control horses within a big game area.
  • Please note the number of horses available may change without notice due to vaccinations or injuries.
  • No children under 16 years on the Addo horse trail.
  • 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.

*Please note that departure times for trails may change according to season and without notice. Please confirm 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.

Type of ride Time of ride Maximum persons Minimum persons Price per person
One Hour Trail 09:00 a.m. / 11:00 a.m. / 14:00 p.m. 6 1 R180
Three Hour Trail 09:00 a.m. / 11:00 a.m. 6 1 R255
Five Hour Trail 09:00 a.m. 6 1 R275
Overnight Trail to Narina Bush Camp 09:00 a.m. / 11:00 a.m. 6 2 R450 per horse, per day

Please note:
  • No bookings will be taken less than 1 hour before departure time.
  • No person exceeding 90kg in weight will be allowed to ride.
  • Please note the number of horses available may change without notice due to vaccinations or injuries.
  • A moderate level of experience is required for the longer rides due to the terrain.
  • Only one rider allowed per horse.
  • No children under 10 yrs on the Zuurberg horse trails

4x4 Trail

The Bedrogfontein 4x4 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 45 km 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 150 km (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: R420 per vehicle per day plus conservation fees per person.

  • Kabouga
    Mvubu Camping (max of 4 people per site)
    R110.00 for the first 2 persons
    R30.00 per additional person
    To book the whole camp: R580.00 for up to 12
    persons, plus R30.00 per person more than 12.


    Kabouga Cottage (sleeps six people)
    R445.00 for the first 2 persons
    R160.00 per additional adult
    R88.00 per additional child under 12

NB: Bookings for the 4x4 Trail, Kabouga and Mvubu to be done via Addo reception on Tel: +27 (0)42 2338619 or addoenquiries@sanparks.org
Payment: at gate with cash or cheque (no card facilities available). Visitors must provide own firewood. Fishing allowed at Mvubu campsite and Darlington Dam.

Alexandria Hiking Trail

The Alexandria Hiking Trail is a 32 km, two-day circular trail. The first day is 18.5 km and the second day, 13.5 km. 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.

A minimum of three hikers and a maximum of 12 hikers are allowed on the trail, per day. The trail will not be booked exclusively for one group, unless they are 12 in number.

The trail costs (South African Rand) R135 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 4680916/8
    Fax: +27 (0)41 4680949
    Email: matyholweni@sanparks.org

  • Trail base office:
    Woody Cape office of the Addo Elephant National Park
    Tel: +27 (0)46 6530601

Other activities at no extra cost (except for entrance fee)

  • Self-drive wildlife viewing in the main game area and Colchester area on 120 km of tourist roads suitable fro normal sedan cars.
  • Zuurberg hiking trails: 1-hour and 3-hour trails available in the Zuurberg Mountains.
  • PPC Discovery Trail: a short walk in the main camp, one loop suitable for wheelchairusers and visually-impaired visitors.
  • SASOL Red Bishop Bird Hide: in the main camp (suitable for wheelchair-users).
  • Floodlit waterhole: at main camp (suitable for wheelchair-users).
  • Underground viewing hide at main camp (suitable for wheelchair-users).
  • Picnic and braai site: at main camp and in the botanical reserve Jack's Picnic site off the southern access road.
  • Swimming pool: at main camp, only for overnight guests.
  • Restaurant and curio shop: at main camp. Restaurant Tel: 042 2338674.
  • Holiday programmes for children: during July and December holidays

Marine Eco Tours

As Addo Elephant National Park is home to the Big 7, guests might want to partake in a Marine Eco Tour in order to catch a glimpse of a Great White Shark and/or Southern Right Whale.
Tours can be booked via www.raggycharters.co.za

Community Levy

A community levy of 1% will be added to the cost of all accommodation and activity reservations arriving on or after the 1st of June 2012.


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  • The park boasts the Big Seven: (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark)

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