Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo

Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo

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  • jim2006
    Twickenham, United Kingdom622 contributions
    Unwelcoming Reception and no big 5
    I agree with the previous reviewer that the Reception staff are not welcoming. In fact, one of them was upset and crying when I returned with a query in front of me. As she was obviously upset, she should have gone to the back and let her colleague continue to serve customers. We weren’t provided with the normal Addo map. Just an A4 photocopy of the simpler park map. As there were 4 of us, I asked for a 2nd copy and I was refused. We had a great experience with viewing wildlife and I would recommend Simni, the hop on hop off guide who sat with us in our car for 2 hrs at R295 for the car. He is very knowledgeable and it was an excellent experience. In terms of animals, it was disappointing that we only saw 2 of the big 5 - A few buffaloes and loads of elephants. We were informed that there are only 5 lions left, no leopards. We didn’t see any rhinos either. We enjoyed what we saw but after reading that the big 5 were present there, it was disappointing to learn that it’s not entirely true. They need to introduce more predators as you could see large nos of herbivores. Addo is no comparison to Kruger in terms of game and I’m glad we cut our 2 days of safari to 1 day and went to visit Kraga Kama game park instead as it was different.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 March 2023
  • safari10
    Munich, Germany11 contributions
    Best place for elephants!
    The best way to discover the Park is with your own car. Stay away from the private tour operators, some of them put 3 people on the backseat of a normal 4x4, so one poor person sits int the middle, doesnt see anything and cannot take proper pictures. I had a very bad experience with "Just Safaris".
    Visited March 2023
    Written 30 March 2023
  • Molly
    United Kingdom875 contributions
    Take ID for everyone in your vehicle
    We’ve been fortunate in the past to go to other SA national parks (sabi sabi, umfalozi) to know you that there no guarantee what animals you’ll see on that day / moment in time. We took our own car and were advised (safety issues) to enter by the south gate (@ Colchester). It was a 35 min drive from PE - there’s a petrol station on the main road from PE, for snacks / water / petrol top up). Entrance to the park was quite formal with forms to complete. If you’re even going for a day trip you have to take ID for everyone in the vehicle, even for small children ( driving licence / passport). The roads were ok (we had a smallish Toyota SUV) and we coped with the unpaved roads (mud) even in the rain, however if you were in a smaller car you’d have to stick to the paved roads. We were there from 10 - 2pm and saw Elephants, zebra, various species of antelope, wart hogs, and loads of birds.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 April 2023
  • sweetgems
    London, United Kingdom214 contributions
    Amazing elephants in natural habitat
    This sanctuary is an absolute gem in South Africa. Close to the town of Colchester, you can drive it yourself without a guide and see so much wildlife it is incredible. That said, smaller vehicles would struggle on some of the dirt roads, only small sections are paved. Be aware staff at the gate wanted to take copies of ID for all visitors, including children. There was also a manual form to complete, no online forms or booking available, and only 1 photocopied map per vehicle. It takes about 1.5 hours to drive the length of Addo, without stopping to admire the scenery or the animals. We stopped frequently to admire both, and on more than one occasion the elephants decided when we would move on again, not us! You need to remain in your vehicle for the majority of the route, but there are two stops where you can exit the car, stretch your legs and use toilets. We had a lovely picnic - you take your rubbish with you. There is also a shop at the north end of Addo which sells water, snacks, and souvenirs. We thoroughly enjoyed our time elephant-watching, and also saw ostrich, warthogs, a jackal, lots of zebra, dung beetles collecting their dung, and birds. It was really special. Under 16s can't stay within Addo overnight, so we booked a BnB close by. We spent 7 hours in the park quite happily. Absolutely wonderful experience that will always stay with us.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 April 2023
  • Philip_Bolster
    Groningen, The Netherlands884 contributions
    Great to see elephants, for other animals a bit disappointing.
    Due to the bushes which are all over in the main part of the park it is not so easy to see animals. The best thing is the drive to a waterhole and just wait there patiently. The holes are visited by the animals so after some time waiting you can see the animals from very short distance. Also the bird hide out and the underground hide out overlooking the waterhole in the main camp are very interesting.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 October 2023
  • Katherine
    Manchester, United Kingdom275 contributions
    Bucket List Experience.
    What an experience, we did two nights in the park and three days driving round ourselves. Unbelievable to experience, this massive park 3rd biggest in Africa. We saw a number of animals, Elephants, Zebra, Hogwarts, Kudu, DugBeatles Rhinos, Buffalo, Monkeys, Baboons, Turtles, Mongooses, Eland, and the list goes on. Most of the animals were need the watering holes so make note of that. Also love the point scoring sheet you are given to tick off every you see. Loved every minute of it.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 November 2023
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Katherine
Manchester, UK275 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
What an experience, we did two nights in the park and three days driving round ourselves.
Unbelievable to experience, this massive park 3rd biggest in Africa.
We saw a number of animals, Elephants, Zebra, Hogwarts, Kudu, DugBeatles Rhinos, Buffalo, Monkeys, Baboons, Turtles, Mongooses, Eland, and the list goes on.

Most of the animals were need the watering holes so make note of that.

Also love the point scoring sheet you are given to tick off every you see.

Loved every minute of it.
Written 26 November 2023
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Bernadette
Sachseln, Switzerland8 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Very sad to say this but the so called driver, Saya or Sia (nickname) was just horrible. He didn't really interact with us. He explained some stuff but people in the back couldn't hear everything and when we asked for some specific animals he didn't put any effort in finding or looking out for them. He just said things like (We just past the area where this animal is sometimes. Wasn't there.) But he didn't stop the cheep or at least say that this is an spot where the animal sometime is. When we saw a rare serval cat (nocturnal) in daylight (very rare) he just reversed the cheep without going there (serval cat) properly just to show an elephant 50M back. It would not hurt to see the serval cat walking away in the bush for 30 more seconds, sometimes they turn around before they disappear. But insted went back to the elephant but the elephant didn't move or run away. If we came one minute later the elephant would still be there and not disappear. He ate slowly some leaves. When I said that I was sad because I never saw a serval cat but many elephants, the driver Saya (nickname) attacked me verbally in front of everyone and made me look like a bad guy. He said that maybe some people never saw an elephant and that I should be 'quiet and more respectful'. I tried to defended myself and he keept attacking me till I was froced to be quiet. I didn't never say to him to drive away or did complain to him. I just said how I felt to my friend next to me, which had the same opinion as me but because I sat behind the driver he heard me and maybe felt attackt. I think he acted very rude and unprofessional to me. After the drive I asked the other guest if they felt I was rude and they said he was the rude one reacting this way and they understood my emotions being sad to miss another chance to see the serval cat one more time... since the elephant didn't move at all unlike the cat. After this I couldn't enjoy the rest of the safari. The park itself is nice but the one star is for the driver Saya and with this statment I hope Addo can update some of there drivers on how to treat guests so they have a great experience. It bothered me now for some time and I felt unfairly treated. I said now how felt and could finally defend myself. A chance I didn't get on the Safari. I feel better now and hope I could change something so that no other guest in Addo has to have the same experience as I had with the driver
Written 12 October 2023
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Philip_Bolster
Groningen, The Netherlands884 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Due to the bushes which are all over in the main part of the park it is not so easy to see animals. The best thing is the drive to a waterhole and just wait there patiently. The holes are visited by the animals so after some time waiting you can see the animals from very short distance. Also the bird hide out and the underground hide out overlooking the waterhole in the main camp are very interesting.
Written 7 October 2023
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Landia D
Cape Town Central, South Africa89 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
We did a very short safari in Addo and were impressed at how much we saw in such a short time! The animals were very relaxed so we got to see several of them up close. The elephant sightings were excellent, of course. But we may even have seen more warthogs than elephants including families with young ones which were super cute.

An excellent game drive, worth the detour and stopover.
Written 27 July 2023
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Peter_vB2015
Georgetown, MA352 contributions
Apr 2023
Stayed for 2 night in a cottage at Addo Elepant NP, spending more than 12 hours driving around in the park. Saw elephants, zebras, buffalos, kudus, elands, warthogs and so on, just stunning. Rangers at the park are very helpful, easy to talk to.
The chalet we stayed in was great, good beds and listening to the animals at night is an additional bonus. Did not want to leave the park!!
Written 30 April 2023
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sweetgems
London, UK214 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
This sanctuary is an absolute gem in South Africa. Close to the town of Colchester, you can drive it yourself without a guide and see so much wildlife it is incredible. That said, smaller vehicles would struggle on some of the dirt roads, only small sections are paved.

Be aware staff at the gate wanted to take copies of ID for all visitors, including children. There was also a manual form to complete, no online forms or booking available, and only 1 photocopied map per vehicle.

It takes about 1.5 hours to drive the length of Addo, without stopping to admire the scenery or the animals. We stopped frequently to admire both, and on more than one occasion the elephants decided when we would move on again, not us!

You need to remain in your vehicle for the majority of the route, but there are two stops where you can exit the car, stretch your legs and use toilets. We had a lovely picnic - you take your rubbish with you. There is also a shop at the north end of Addo which sells water, snacks, and souvenirs.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time elephant-watching, and also saw ostrich, warthogs, a jackal, lots of zebra, dung beetles collecting their dung, and birds. It was really special.

Under 16s can't stay within Addo overnight, so we booked a BnB close by. We spent 7 hours in the park quite happily.

Absolutely wonderful experience that will always stay with us.
Written 13 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Molly
United Kingdom875 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
We’ve been fortunate in the past to go to other SA national parks (sabi sabi, umfalozi) to know you that there no guarantee what animals you’ll see on that day / moment in time.
We took our own car and were advised (safety issues) to enter by the south gate (@ Colchester). It was a 35 min drive from PE - there’s a petrol station on the main road from PE, for snacks / water / petrol top up).
Entrance to the park was quite formal with forms to complete.
If you’re even going for a day trip you have to take ID for everyone in the vehicle, even for small children ( driving licence / passport).
The roads were ok (we had a smallish Toyota SUV) and we coped with the unpaved roads (mud) even in the rain, however if you were in a smaller car you’d have to stick to the paved roads.
We were there from 10 - 2pm and saw Elephants, zebra, various species of antelope, wart hogs, and loads of birds.
Written 10 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

safari10
Munich, Germany11 contributions
Mar 2023
The best way to discover the Park is with your own car.
Stay away from the private tour operators, some of them put 3 people on the backseat of a normal 4x4, so one poor person sits int the middle, doesnt see anything and cannot take proper pictures. I had a very bad experience with "Just Safaris".
Written 30 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

jim2006
Twickenham, UK622 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
I agree with the previous reviewer that the Reception staff are not welcoming. In fact, one of them was upset and crying when I returned with a query in front of me. As she was obviously upset, she should have gone to the back and let her colleague continue to serve customers. We weren’t provided with the normal Addo map. Just an A4 photocopy of the simpler park map. As there were 4 of us, I asked for a 2nd copy and I was refused.

We had a great experience with viewing wildlife and I would recommend Simni, the hop on hop off guide who sat with us in our car for 2 hrs at R295 for the car. He is very knowledgeable and it was an excellent experience.

In terms of animals, it was disappointing that we only saw 2 of the big 5 - A few buffaloes and loads of elephants. We were informed that there are only 5 lions left, no leopards. We didn’t see any rhinos either. We enjoyed what we saw but after reading that the big 5 were present there, it was disappointing to learn that it’s not entirely true. They need to introduce more predators as you could see large nos of herbivores.

Addo is no comparison to Kruger in terms of game and I’m glad we cut our 2 days of safari to 1 day and went to visit Kraga Kama game park instead as it was different.
Written 5 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

kgalagadidreaming
London, UK9 contributions
Nov 2022
Covid delayed our visit to Africa for three years, so it was with great excitement we finally arrived at Addo Elephant Park. That excitement soon disappeared! What rude, unwelcoming staff. Even though we greeted the three sullen ladies working at the reception, not one of them looked at us or greeted us back. Their whole attitude was to all of us tourists waiting to check into Main Camp was absolutely disgusting.we were made to feel that it was an absolute effort and chore for them to book us in. If this is how tourists are treated at this National Park, then they only have themselves to blame when the tourists stop arriving. The only person who made us feel welcome…. The lovely lady who came every day to service the chalet we were staying in. So friendly, greeting us every morning with a smile, and queries on how we slept and how we were enjoying our drives into the Park. Even though we said we did not need her to clean the chalet that day, she still went in and made sure we had what we needed. What a contrast to the those rude people at the reception desk. I really hope that future visitors to this Park get a much friendlier reception then the one we received.
Written 22 December 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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