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Addo Elephant National Park Full Day Safari
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Addo Elephant National Park Full Day Safari

By African Sightings Adventure Tours & Safaris
Recommended by 95% of travellers
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Ages 0-99, max of 9 per group
Duration: 10h
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Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • Tea and/or Coffee accompanied by a traditional South African rusk (tea or coffee dip)
  • A traditional South African Braai (BBQ) with vegetarian & vegan options accompanied by local beverages.
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Binoculars, several pairs to be shared by guests on board.
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Addo Elephant National Park - South Gate - Mathyolweni Gate, South Africa
Pickup details
  • We offer complimentary door to door pick up and return service. Should you be staying outside our pick up zones we suggest you meet us at the Matyholweni Gate entrance/reception to the Addo Elephant National Park's Colchester Section. Additional pick up points are: - Port Elizabeth Harbour, if you are travelling on a Cruise Ship. - All accommodation establishment types within our Hotel Pick Up areas - Matyholweni Addo Elephant National Park's South gate entrance.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    Port pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
    • Cruise Terminal Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), 3357'47. 2537'59., 8 3rd Ave, Walmer, Gqeberha, 6065, South Africa
    Additional pickup options
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included pickup points.
    • 35 Summerwood Cres, Summerstrand, Gqeberha, 6001, South Africa
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 283855P1

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Most travellers can participate
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 283855P1

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      • 1
        Addo Elephant National Park, the third-largest national park in South Africa, has expanded to conserve a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. The Full Day Addo Park Safari Tour is a very popular safari option and guests enjoy the whole of the Addo Elephant National Park at a leisurely pace, whilst searching for perfect Big 5 photograph opportunities. The tour includes, tea, coffee, refreshments and a traditional South African Braai (BBQ) lunch, accompanied by local beverages. The Addo Elephant National Park is home to more than 600 elephants and a large number of other indigenous animals including the endangered black rhino, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. All our Game Drives are carried out by knowledgeable FGASA, Basic First Aid, Covid 19 Compliant qualified guides who are registered with the Department of Tourism, South African National Park and TBCSA.
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      • African Sightings Adventure Tours & Safaris
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      • Explorer34197067038
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        Trustworthy tour operator that cares about their guests
        Joel and Loreen’s tour company is authentic and trustworthy. They responded very quickly after I booked the tour and further communication was very prompt. I knew exactly where I needed to go and was met by Joel’s representatives at the Port Elizabeth main gate. Private tour operators are not allowed to pick up right at the cruise ships but at the end of the day they can drop off right at your ship. Joel and Loreen made sure their tour would appeal to all guests. They provided a surprising coffee break and also a fabulous bbq lunch with authentic dishes. Their bbq was better than our food on our ship! Book with this company. You won’t regret it and they are entirely trustworthy. They will get you back to the ship on time and are entirely flexible. We loved this tour and will recommend to anyone.
        Written 6 February 2024
      • mikkok2020
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        Addo and Schotia full day tour
        Great guides. They seemed know exactly what do do to find animals and get close to them with minimal disturbing. We saw much more wildlife closer than expected. Visiting both Addo and Schotia was great experience.
        Written 23 February 2023
      • iris91pink
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing safari with Joel
        We thoroughly enjoyed our safari tour with Joel. He was well-organized, knowledgeable and just a lot of fun to be around. We could tell that he puts a great deal of passion and commitment into his work. For lunch, he even offered a very tasty vegetarian option, which we very much appreciated. If you intend to go on safari in Addo, We can highly recommend the tour with Joel.
        Written 18 December 2022
      • Brosche18
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        A brilliant game drive
        We are so lucky to have a brilliant half game drive with Joel! We meet us at the Main entrence of Addo Park and all was organised! We drive in and get lots of information about the Park and animals! We have a lovely breakfast at the picnic area in the Addo park! Joel prepared the breakfast by hisself…it was delicious-nothing was missing! After that we continued our game drive! We see a lots of animals and we are so closed:) we are so happy to do this game drive with Joel…Thanks so much for all!!!
        Written 15 November 2022
      • T2781VEmaggies
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        A beautiful way to experience new places
        I loved the wonderful day we had with Joel. He not only showed us the amazing animals there were to see but told us a bit about each of them in a way which was really beautiful. The best part of the tour was with the amount of love we were received and how he treated us like family. We enjoyed a wonderful picnic before starting and then we went to the game park. After that we had a wonderful tour of the city. I will always remain Joel and his loving predisposition to life and his inspiring lessons he shared in his chats. Thank you Joel!
        Written 9 November 2022
      • 662jadeh
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        An amazing weekend & Joel was brilliant ! He sorted everything so it was completely stress free!. There was a lot of activities you could do and he was very flexible, doing his best to accommodate any requests we had. The accommodation he had sorted was really nice and we ended it all with a lovely meal. 100% recommend, do it, you won’t regret it
        Written 9 October 2022
      • lewispN9902UV
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        You’ll have a great time !
        I recently went on a tour with African sightings doing the garden route, and it was amazing ! We did quad biking, waterfalls, bungee jumping, guided tours & plenty of good food. Joel is a lovely family man who just wants you to have a good time, he is also very knowledgable on area history as well as its fauna & flora. Overall great trip, stress free & plenty of memories !
        Written 9 October 2022
      • TamarraW
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        Outstanding!
        I went sand boarding with Joel and it was a blast. Joel is a wonderful person to spend time with. He is so positive and optimistic that you truly feel anything is possible. Sandboarding was great spending time with Joel was outstanding! I highly recommend his services. He was quick to reply and super flexible. Thanks Joel!!
        Written 9 September 2022
      • renskev951
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        Sandboarding
        Loved the sandboarding! We did it with a group, got picked up and dropped off again, which was really kind! We had a lot of fun and everything was organized pretty well, I would definitely recommend to do this :)
        Written 1 August 2022
      • Travelingtheworldtog
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        Great experience
        Joel is a wonderful guide. He is knowledgeable and well versed but most of all passionate about tourism. Highly recommend this company.
        Written 23 May 2022
      • Kweilhammer
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        Addo Half Day Safai
        Absolutely amazing trip. I did the morning safari and it was awesome! Although no sightings are guaranteed we saw many Zebras, many Elephants, Pumbas, Ostriches, Kudu, and several Buffalo. Half way through we stopped for a picnic lunch. Wonderful once in a lifetime experience that I'll never forget. My guide Joel was phenomenal and so informative about anything and everything. I absolutely recommend. Especially if you are a solo traveler or small group. I was alone and had a personal tour and I highly recommend it for anyone traveling alone.
        Written 18 January 2022
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      Mike K
      Santa Monica7 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not as advertised. Was to be an SUV small group. Instead we had 20 people on a bus. Imagine 6 hours riding over dirt roads with 20 people a trying to take photos thru a few open windows. Seating was not comfortable and was very cramped- especially in the back where I ended up. Joel the guide was the only good thing. But his ability to fix what Allen had set up was very limited. Stay away from Allen. Disappointed Trip Advisor allows this type of misrepresentations.
      BTW- the last minute adds to my group paid $20 per person less than Trip Advisor charged me. Appears Allen added on by cutting out the middle guy.
      Written 20 December 2022
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
      Thank you for your feedback. Sincere apologies for the unsatisfactory experience you endured. It was not our intention make you unhappy. What led to you being on a 24 seater bus with 18 passengers plus a guide and a driver was due to a sudden influx in demand from clients traveling on one cruise ship. After some serious considerations after realizing that our regular SUV 4x4 would be way too small and with a shortage of Nature tour guides, we were only left with the option of using a bigger vehicle with windows that can open plus 4 empty spare seats. Without making use of the above alternative plan we would have been forced to cancel the tour which would have been a greater disappointment. With regards to pricing, yes you are correct even though all clients on board were from the same cruise ship as yours, the booking sites they had used were different from yours, some platforms offer discounts to customers during special sales. Unfortunately, we couldn't be on better roads as the national park is in the wild were most game viewing trails are mostly gravel road with some sections being tarred. Once again apologies for this unpleasant experience. We thank you for your support and for the constructive criticism. We are surely learning as we go on and will make sure we do not slip down in giving our guests satisfactory guided safari experiences.
      Written 28 December 2022
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      Priska M
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2023 • Couples
      We got the contact from another Swiss couple and were really happy, that Joel had time for us, as we only asked for a tour two days in advance. He was very reliable and such a nice and friendly guide. Joel has a great knowledge about the Addo Park, the behaviour of the animals living there, the history and vegetation in the park. Furthermore he didn't get tired of all my questions about the flowers and plants, he is very competent and well experienced as a guide. He knows where to look for animals. There's never a guarantee on a Safari to see what you want, as it is nature, but I'm quit sure, you'll see more with a guide like Joel, than you would see, if going alone. It's a chance to get to know about a lot of interesting background. Joel has also a very kind and respectful manner towards the animals and plants. During lunch break we had such a good conversation and cultural exchange, what makes travelling for us so unforgettable. Thankful for the precious moments we've had, I'm taking home some of your very nice ideas Joel. We managed to see lots of different animals, even a lioness very near.
      A detail what I also found great: Joel knows how to stop the car that you manage to take good pictures =) Thanks!

      So if you're looking for an authentic tour with traditional food, prepared with lots of love from Joel and his wife, you should definitely ask him for a tour. It's a chance to try the African braai. We can highly recommend him as we also like to support his ideas and his business and life philosophy. We hope, your dream comes true one day Joel! Best whishes from Switzerland, Priska & Dieter, the Swiss farmers
      Written 18 December 2023
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      Thank you Priska and Dieter for your very detailed review. We appreciate your support and wish you well! Regards Joel and Loreen
      Written 20 February 2024
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      Nils Alexander L
      4 contributions
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      Dec 2021 • Solo
      I spent a great day at Addo Elephant National Park with amazing sightings. Joel from African Sightings Adventure Tours is an open-minded person who created a friendly atmosphere on the vehicle that made one feel comfortable. And he is a fantastic chef. He cooked an amazing vegeterian meal out there in the bush.
      Written 23 December 2021
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      René P
      Cottbus, Germany33 contributions
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      Nov 2023 • Couples
      We had a wonderful day in Addo Elephant NP with our guide Joel. From the beginning he was interested in giving us a great experience, which he succeeded in doing! We had already visited Kruger National Park (the guide was great too) and yet we were given so much additional information about all the animals and nature that was new to us. Joel always took care of our well-being, whether it was stopping with the animals or little things like bathroom breaks. For us as vegetarians he conjured up a great braai that far exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend the Addo Elephant NP tour with Joel to everyone. You can just tell that this is his calling. Thanks Joel!
      Written 9 November 2023
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      Thank you for taking time to share your experience, we really appreciate your support. Loreen and Joel
      Written 20 February 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Charmaine Govender
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2021
      A memorable safari experience with an amazing tour guide Joel Manjoko!
      A full day tour to Addo Elephant Park, we took in as much as we could in awe of
      nature and wildlife. The sightings of elephants, zebras,buffalo to the minute dung beetle combined with detailed history and stories added to the unforgettable adventure.
      A braai lunch with the passionate, knowledgeable, friendly Joel set the pace for an exciting afternoon.
      Joel exceeded our expectations in the planning of our afternoon zip lining at the activity park. A raft across the river, followed by a short hike to the zip lining tower with a breath-taking view.The adrenaline rush was the end to a spectacular day.
      An unforgettable experience!!!!
      I highly recommend, Joel as a tour guide.His experience and knowledge clearly portray his passion for wildlife and nature. Thank you, Joel for going the extra mile in the planning and execution of a well guided tour.
      Written 25 November 2021
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      Thank you very much for a well detailed feedback. We highly appreciate you sharing your experience, sharing is caring.
      Written 28 November 2021
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      Nancy JA
      Erding, Germany9 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2024 • Couples
      My husband and I booked with African Sightings Adventure only two days prior since the previous tour company cancelled our excursion without explanation. The same day, I received texts confirming our booking, when and where to meet the tour, and asking if we had any food allergies. The day of the tour Joel met us promptly where indicated and introduced us to our guide for the day, Stafford, and explained the schedule. There were only 8 guests total in a comfortable, air conditioned van.

      From start to finish, we enjoyed the day. Stafford located and gave us information about many animals. We were able to see many zebras, elephants, and warthogs at very close distances. We also saw ostriches, red hartebeests, kudus, a water buffalo, and a vétiver monkey.

      Included in the tour, Joel and Loreen provided a tailgate coffee break mid morning, as well as a very generous and tasty African braai lunch.

      I definitely recommend this company!
      Written 3 February 2024
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      Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Your support is highly appreciated. Regards Joel and Loreen
      Written 20 February 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Ann K
      10 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jun 2023 • Couples
      We were very happy with our tour. Joe have it 110% and really did his best to find the animals, explaining quite interesting facts as well. We had a delicious lunch and felt very welcome the whole time. I would highly recommend this tour to friends and we could say we enjoyed it more than Kruger. Thanks for the wonderful day with great memories for the rest of our lives!
      Written 1 July 2023
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      Dear Jakub & Laure, We are really grateful and appreciate you taking the time to share your rating with us. It was such a great pleasure to host you. Many thanks for your support.
      Written 2 July 2023
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      Enrique M
      Mouzon, France9 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing visit. The driver was very friendly and he knows all the tips and the best places to view the animals. The paths and the times when the animals are more active.. to visit the park I recommend with a driver that knows the park. 100% recommend
      Written 23 January 2022
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      Jurgen
      Ghent, Belgium10 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2022 • Family
      Joel gave us an experience we'll never forget! We were picked up at the Main camp reception, then we first drove through the Northern section of the park. We stopped at a picnic site to have a tea or coffee. Then it was on to the Southern section of the park. For lunch Joel made us a delicious braai with meat, salad, potatoes and wine. We saw many kudus, elephants, red hartebeest, zebras, warthogs, yellow mongoose, jackal and hyenas. Joel knows so much about the area, the animals and South Africa in general.

      As we were traveling with a 2 year old toddler, we wanted to do a private safari. Joel made sure we could enjoy the day and when our son was having a tough time, he took the time to distract him or make a short stop. He has a great sense of humour and is an absolute pleasure to be around.

      If you want a special experience, don't have a hop-on guide for 2 hours (a Ferrari safari in Joel's words), but go with Joel and you won't be disappointed. This is a guide who will go the extra mile because he has a passion for what he's doing.
      Written 26 April 2022
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      Many thanks for your continued support by sharing your well detailed experience with me as your private guide. I really felt honored to showcase Addo Elephant National Park to you and your awesome family.
      Written 9 June 2022
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      explorer
      Oakville, Canada11 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2024 • Couples
      Joel and Loreen’s tour to Addo Elephant Park was incredible. Our guide, Stafford, was very knowledgeable and really cared about his tour group. The vehicle was a very comfortable ride and allowed windows to be opened enough to get good pictures. Don’t get hung up on being in an open air safari vehicle. We’ve done both and I actually prefer the closed van particularly when the animals get close. We were in a cruise which stopped in Port Elizabeth and the great thing about the park is that it is only 30 mins away. Other game reserves are over an hour and a half. The other thing about Addo is it is an authentic experience. It is not a private reserve where animals are lured in in order to guarantee views of the big 5.

      We had a fantastic tour over several hours with coffee breaks and a fabulous bbq lunch with beer and wine. The food was authentic, particularly Loreen’s sadza (sp) and homegrown sautéed kale. Joel worked the bbq in extreme heat and the steak, chicken and sausages were fantastic.

      We saw elephants (lots!), zebras, monkeys, warthogs, ilots, birds, ostrich. Iconic picture of elephants at the watering hole with zebras and warthogs waiting their turn to drink.

      We were met at the port Elizabeth main gate (a 1km walk from our ship) and shown exactly our vehicle. We met some great people that day.

      Book this tour. It is 1/2 the cost of a shore excursion and a much better experience. Joel and Loren really know how to put a great tour together. I wish they could follow the cruise and set up tours at our other stops!
      Written 6 February 2024
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      We are humbled, by such a great and very detailed review, thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience! Regards Joel and Loreen
      Written 20 February 2024
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