Addo Elephant Safari Lodge, Eastern Cape, Addo Elephant National Park
Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa’s third largest national park, extends over 180 000 hectares in the Sundays River region of the Eastern Cape. The park is in a malaria-free region of South Africa, and is just a short drive from Port Elizabeth. The park supports four of the seven South African biomes, and has been extended to include the marine reserve of Bird Island and St. Croix Island, thus expanding the ecological biodiversity to include a variety of marine life. Addo is renowned for its Big Seven – elephant, rhinoceros, lion, buffalo, leopard, whale and great white shark.
Addo Elephant Safari Lodge is located in a fully fenced and wildlife stocked conservancy bordering the Addo Elephant National Park. The elegant lodge nestles in pristine indigenous forest in a valley of the Zuurberg mountains. The environmentally conscious lodge evokes an authentic African safari atmosphere, and affords discerning guests a peaceful and luxurious reprieve from the daily humdrum.
The ten eco-friendly tented units of Addo Elephant Safari Lodge are constructed of canvas and recycled wood. Some of the spacious suites are set on a hillside, while others nestle amongst mature Yellowwood trees. All units offer panoramic views of the pristine Zuurberg valley.
The luxurious units have large glass sliding doors, which open onto an expansive elevated timber decks with private outdoor spa baths. The en-suite units have solar-powered geysers and additional outdoor showers for bathing beneath the African sky. Each unit has a fireplace for chilly Eastern Cape evenings. Folding camp beds for children are available on request.
Addo National Park started with a population of just 16 elephants in 1931. It is now home to more than 550 of these magnificent pachyderms. The park is also home to over 400 Cape buffalo, and around the endangered Black rhino. Addo has been extended to include the marine reserve of Bird Island and St. Croix Island, and is now home to the Big Seven: Rhino, Lion, Buffalo, Leopard, Southern Right Whale and Great White Shark. But it’s not only the large species that are an attraction – the rare flightless dung beetle, endemic to Southern Africa, is also a resident of Addo.
Marine life includes not only the giants of the ocean, but also breeding colonies of gannets and the endangered African penguin.
Other wildlife species in the conservancy include Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest and Eland as well as a multitude of bird species including; the Black Crowned Heron, Blue Crane, Blue-billed Firefinch, Denham’s Bustard, Knysna Woodpecker, and Pale Chanting Goshawk.
- Child Friendly
- Cellphone Reception
- Game Drives
- Swimming Pool
- Wellness & Spa
- Elephant interactive experience
- Day tours
- Walking safaris
- Game drives
Children of all ages are welcome at the Addo Elephant Safari Lodge. Children aged three and under are accommodated free of charge, while children aged between 4 and 12 pay 50% of the adult rate.