Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape

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Discover…Experience…Explore a world of diversity in one Park. Now the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to conserve a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora.

Vital Information


The climate is temperate to hot and temperatures in summer (November to February) may reach over 40 degrees Celsius. Winter days are mild but cold at night with frost occurring at times. The average annual rainfall is 450 mm and is spread throughout the year, although peaks do often occur in February/March and October/November. Read more

Day visitors

  • No booking is required for a day visit, unless the visitor wants to partake in organised activities.
  • Day visitors can make use of a wide variety of activities, including wildlife viewing from their own vehicle, guided game drives, horse rides, hiking trails, the bird hide, the PPC Discovery Trail, picnic and braai sites, the shop and restaurant.
  • Day trips can be made to the outlying sections of the park – the Zuurberg Mountains, Kabouga, Darlington Dam and Woody Cape.

Office and Gate hours

  • Main camp reception is open from 07:00 to 19:00 daily
  • Matyholweni reception is open from 07:00 to 17:00 daily, while the gate is open until 18:30.

The gates are staffed by security guards after closing time. Visitors with accommodation bookings can still enter and exit the gate after closing times provided they inform reception of this.

Check-in and check-out times

  • Check in time is 14:00 for all accommodation.
  • Check out time is 10:00 for all accommodation units. Check out time for caravan and tent sites is 12:00.

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