Addo Elephant National Park has become the third largest game reserve in the country after its recent expansion.

The South African game reserve is famous among tourist for its large elephant herds that graze on the vegetation and parade in a calm manner.

You can witness these marvelous creatures by simply traveling to one of the waterholes, which is a hot spot for elephants. The game reserve is also famous for viewing the big 5.

Visitors can visit Algoa Bay for an opportunity to witness southern right whales and white sharks.

  • Best Time to GoMay to September
    (Dry season)
  • High SeasonOctober to March
    (The park gets crowded)

Why Go:

  • Free from malaria
  • Home to the 'Big 7'
  • Best elephant watching experience
  • Unique and diverse wildlife sanctuary
  • Well developed infrastructure and excellent facilities
  • Wide choice of lodging options with flexible pricing


The National Park is home to more than 600 elephants and is the primary attraction for visitors. The game reserve is also home to black rhinos, big five and more than 400 Cape buffalos. Other species include greater kudu, Burchell’s zebra, Meerkat, and red hartebeest.

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Addo game reserve features various vegetation areas that are fynbos (fine-leaved plants), Albany thicket (dense woodland), forest, Indian Ocean coastal belt and Nama Karoo (dry shrubland). The vegetation is the primary source of food for the elephants.

Weather & Climate

The summer rainfall is from October to April that often extends to winter months, which are from May to September.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Addo Elephant National Park for people, who avoid crowds, is during the winter, which requires tourists to carry warm clothes, as temperatures can drop to zero degrees. The summer season is usually overcrowded with people and prices increase.

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