Addo is the third largest of South Africa’s 19 national parks, covering some 163,000 hectares. This protected wildlife conservation park is noted for its abundant elephant population, with more than 600 of them calling the park home. There are also several dozen black rhinos living here, along with the largest remaining population of the flightless dung beetle and impressive numbers of antelopes and lions.
Addo can get very busy with self drivers, and a more exclusive serene wildlife experience can be had on the surrounding private reserves such as Shamwari, Amakhala and Pumba, but it can be a very cost effective option if your budget doesn't stretch that far.
National Park accommodation is basic and we prefer to recommend guesthouses in the nearby village of Addo. It is possible to self drive in Addo, but we do recommend booking at least one guided game drive in an open safari vehicle to get the best from the experience.
The park’s climate is generally quite favourable. January is the hottest month of the year, while July is more often than not the coldest, though its temperatures are still tolerable. The minimal amount of rainfall the park receives is evenly spread throughout the year, though July tends to have little to no rain and March has slightly more rain than other months.