What to do in Addo Elephant National Park

A view of elephants at the waterhole in Addo Elephant Park.

Aside from the usual exciting activities available when visiting a large safari park such as Addo Elephant National Park, including guided game drives and walks, bird watching and picnics, the area around Addo also offers a number of exciting activities.


What to do while staying in or near the Addo Elephant National Park

Game viewing and guided game drives

Visitors to the game reserve can choose to head out on a guided game drive in an open safari vehicle. During these excursions, trained and highly qualified guides will lead you through the African bush, introducing you not only to the game animals that abound but also teaching you about the landscape and vegetation found in the area. Visitors can also arrange for a ‘hop-on' guide who will join you in your vehicle and guide you through the reserve.

Horse riding trails

Guests with a minor level of experience in horse riding can enjoy a two hour morning or afternoon guided horse ride through the Nyathi area of the game reserve where they may be able to spot large game animals including Kudu and Hartebeest. Alternatively 1 – 3, 5 hour or overnight horse riding excursions can be arranged through the Zuurberg Mountains where guests can enjoy excellent views of the reserve and the mountains.

Tree Dassie Trail

Guests wanting to stretch their legs and enjoy the fresh air can embark on the Tree Dassie Trail walk. Named after the rare Tree Dassie that is found within the Alexandria forest area of the reserve, the trail offers excellent bird watching opportunities and species such as Crowned Hornbills, Black Headed Oriole and Olive Woodpeckers are often spotted or heard.

4 X 4 Off-road trail

The 45 kilometre (28 mile) 4X4 trail between Kabouga and Darlington is graded 2 -3 and takes visitors through an area of the reserve that was once the scene of fierce clashes between the British and the Afrikaners during the Anglo-Boer war. The route travels through a number of different vegetation areas providing spectacular scenery.

Addo Elephant Back Safaris

Bordering the Addo Elephant National Park the Addo Elephant Back Safaris offers visitors the unique opportunity to ride on the back of these powerful and majestic African animals while enjoying the viewing as you amble slowly through the African bush.

After the walk visitors will also be able to spend time with the Elephants, feeding them and walking alongside them. Tours last approximately three hours and there are three time slots available; 08h00, 11h00, 15h00. Visitors are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the tour. Booking is essential.

More info

Read the Addo Elephant National Park Travel Guide for more useful info and accommodation options.