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Addo Elephant National Park


General Information

Park Shop
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Office hours
  • Reception is open from 07h00 to 19h00 daily

Gate opening and closing times

The entrance gate is open from 07h00 to 19h00 but is staffed by a security guard between 19h00 and 07h00. Should visitors need to enter or leave before 07h00 or after 19h00, please contact reception to inform staff.
The wildlife viewing area is open between 06h00 - 18h00 in summer and 07h00 - 17h30 in winter. Times vary according to season - please check with reception.

Conservation / Entrance Fees

SA Citizens and Residents (with ID) R20.00 per person per day
SADC Nationals (with passport) R40.00 per person per day
Standard conservation fee R80.00 per person per day
R40.00 per child under 12 per day

Members of SANParks' loyalty programme WILD do not pay conservation fees, provided that proof of identity and there WILD card are shown on arrival.

Check in & Check out

  • Check in time is 13h00 for all accommodation.
  • Check out time is 10h00 for all accommodation. Check out time for campsites is 12h00.

Facts & Figures: Visitor Numbers

Approximately 120,000 people visit the park annually. Of these, 54% are international visitors with German, Dutch and English nationals making up the majority.

Day Visitors

Camp Matyholweni
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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, bird hide, the PPC Discovery Trail, picnic and braai site, shop and restaurant.
Please note that the swimming pool is for overnight visitors only.
Day trips can be made to the outlying sections of the park - the Zuurberg Mountains, the Darlington Dam and the coastal section.

Car Hire

Cars can be hired from various agencies at the airport in Port Elizabeth.
Please see contact details on the Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism website: www.nmbt.co.za


A number of coach operators have organized tours to the park.
Please see contact details on the Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism website: www.nmbt.co.za


Alexandria Forest
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For emergencies within the Park, contact:

  • Reception (during office hours 07h00 - 19h00) - Tel. +27(0)42 2330556
  • Hospitality Manager (after hours) - Tel. +27 (0)42 2330561
  • Duty Manager - Tel. +27 (0)42 2330150

Hospitals and Doctors

The nearest hospital and doctor are in Kirkwood, 35 km from the Park.

  • Hospital (after hours) - Tel. +27 (0)42 230 0406
  • Doctor (office hours) - Tel. + 27 (0)42 230 1082

The nearest private hospital is in Port Elizabeth, 75 km from the Park

  • Greenacres hospital - Tel. +27 (0)41 390 7000

Police Station

The nearest police station is in Addo, 15 km from the Park

  • Tel. +27 (0)42 2330314

Road Network and Vehicle Restrictions

4x4 Trail
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Internal Road Network

Two loops of the tourist roads in the park are tarred while the others are graveled. The gravel roads are in good condition and can be accessed with a normal vehicle, but may be closed in very wet weather. The main entrance road into the park is tarred.
A new access road into the park is due to be opened in late 2005. This road will feed off the N2 highway near Colchester, travel through the new southern block of the park and join up with the existing tourist roads in the park.

Vehicle restrictions

Roads in the park are suitable for all vehicles. Open-top game viewer vehicles are only allowed by special permission of the Park Manager.
While traveling in the wildlife area, visitors must remain inside the vehicle at all times, except at the designated lookout points, where visitors exit their vehicle at their own risk.