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Addo Rest Camp

What is known as “Main Camp” is the so-called hub of the Park. This is where the majority of activities take place and where most of the accommodation offerings are located, and also where visitors will find The Park’s Shop and Cattle Baron Grill and Bistro.

A unique feature is the waterhole lookout point, floodlit at night, within the camp as well as the underground hide, allowing close encounters with wildlife at the waterhole. The evenings are punctuated with the calls of lion, spotted hyena and jackal while francolin and bokmakierie herald each dawn. Accommodation units are situated within easy walking distance of each other and of facilities such as the swimming pool, restaurant and shop.

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Activities

  • A lookout platform and an underground hide provide views over a waterhole which is floodlit at night.
  • A swimming pool, situated near the chalets, is available for overnight visitors.
  • The SASOL Red Bishop Bird Hide overlooks a small wetland area.
  • The PPC Discovery Trail is accessible to all, including the visually and mobility-impaired.

See the Park’s Activities for a comprehensive list.


Facilities

  • A shaded picnic area is available for both day and overnight visitors, overlooking the waterhole in the rest camp.
  • A picnic site, ‘Jack’s Picnic Site’, situated within the botanical reserve in the main game area provides picnic, braai and ablution facilities.
  • A shop selling curios, snacks and basic supplies is open between 08:00 – 18:00 (winter) or 08:00 – 19:00 (summer).
  • An al-la-carte restaurant is open for all meals from 07:30 to 22:00. Bookings are advisable, especially for dinner. Telephone: +27 (0) 42 233 8674 or email: [email protected]
  • A fuel station selling petrol and diesel is available between 07:30 and 16:30.
  • There is a public telephone and a post box near reception. Post is collected for delivery every week day morning before 07:00. A post office is situated in the town of Addo, approximately 15km from the park.
  • Credit cards are accepted for payment of accommodation and activities (except for the Alexandria Hiking trail, Zuurberg horse trails, Kabouga accommodation and the 4×4 trail), shop purchases, petrol and/or diesel and restaurant meals.
  • A First National Bank with an ATM is situated in the town of Addo, 15km from the park. Other banking facilities are located in the town of Kirkwood, 35km from the park and Port Elizabeth, 75km from the park.

See the Park’s Facilities for a comprehensive list.


Travel Information

Air

  • The nearest domestic airport is in Port Elizabeth, 75km from the park. A number of hire car agencies have depots at the airport.
  • International airports are situated at Johannesburg and Cape Town, with connecting flights to Port Elizabeth available.

Car hire

Cars can be hired from various agencies at the airport in Port Elizabeth. Please see contact details on the Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism website: www.nmbt.co.za

Coaches

A number of coach operators have organised tours to the park. Please see contact details on the Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism website: www.nmbt.co.za

Directions from Port Elizabeth (PE)

Take the N2 highway towards Grahamstown. Take the turnoff to the left signposted “Motherwell” and “Addo Elephant National Park”. Turn left at the top of the off-ramp and proceed through Motherwell. Follow this road until you see the entrance to the park on the right. Distance PE to park – about 72km.

Alternative route from Port Elizabeth

Take the N2 highway towards Grahamstown and carry straight on until the N2 splits off to the left from the N10. Carry straight on, following the N10 towards Cradock/Cookhouse. Take the R342 to the left when you get to the intersection with Paterson on your right. This will be sign posted “Addo Elephant National Park”. Follow this road, looking out for the entrance to the park on your left.

Directions from Grahamstown

Take the N2 towards Port Elizabeth. Follow this road until you see the turnoff to the N10 towards Cradock/Cookhouse. Take this turnoff and Carry straight on, following the N10 towards Cradock/Cookhouse. Take the R342 to the left when you get to the intersection with Paterson on your right. This will be sign posted “Addo Elephant National Park”. Follow this road, looking out for the entrance to the park on your left.

Office and Gate Hours

Main Camp Reception is open from 07:00 to 19:00 daily
Main gate: Open 07:00 Close: 19:00


Fauna and Flora

The main game area of the Park is home to the Big Five as well as antelope such as red hartebeest, eland, kudu, common duiker and grysbok. Spotted hyena and Burchell’s zebra occur as well as warthog, vervet monkey, bushpig and small mammals. About 250 bird species occur in this area of the Park.

Addo’s main game area is covered by Albany Thicket. Patches of grassland are remnants of the farming activities that took place before land was incorporated into the Park.

See the Fauna & Flora pages of the Park for more information.


5 Things To Seek

  1. Elephants
  2. Lions
  3. Spotted and/or brown hyena
  4. Cape buffalo
  5. Flightless dung beetle (which has right of way on the roads!)

Contact

See the Contact page of the Park.