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Tourism Values

Addo Elephant National Park has contributed immensely to the growth of tourism enterprises and activities in the local region.

Testament to this fact is the numerous bed & breakfast, guesthouse and lodge businesses which have started up around the Park.

Approximately 160 000 people visit the park annually. Of these, 40% are international visitors with German, Dutch and English nationals making up the majority. The majority of South African visitors hail from the Eastern and Western Cape Provinces.

The growth of the Park itself in terms of tourism over the past has been phenomenal. The following table gives an indication:

  07/08 08/09 09/10 10/11 11/12 12/13
Visitors 162 884 141 925 135 109 125 816 138 079 161 668
Unit Occupancy 85.1% 85.7% 85.2% 81.8% 81.2% 82.9%
Camp Occupancy 68% 69.4% 75.1% 75.2% 70.8% 74.7%
Activities Sold 32 592 28 857 28 806 27 204 25 340 26 907


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Official Guide on Sale

Addo Elephant National Park Official Guide book on sale

This 52-page full-colour brochure gives the visitor a complete overview of the Park, its fauna and flora, history, new developments, accommodation and activities. Highly recommended! Available from the park directly.

Did You Know?

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