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Addo Elephant National Park from Port Elizabeth - FD01

Addo Elephant National Park from Port Elizabeth - FD01

By Alan Tours
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R 2 700,00
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Ages 6-80, max of 8 per group
Duration: 10h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English

  • Professional Guided Safari
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance/conservation fee
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Light lunch from a restricted menu and 1 x drink per person
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Addo Elephant National Park
What's not included
  • Personal Shopping
  • Gratuities

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • 07h30 pick up from accommodation in Port Elizabeth
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Airport pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
      • Port Elizabeth Airport, Port Elizabeth South Africa
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Infant seats available
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 129826P3

        • Most travellers can participate
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers

        • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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          A minimum of 2 persons required for this tour. A tour with only a single person, will be charged a single supplement. Exciting and informative game drives through Addo Elephant National Park, one of the most popular National Parks in South Africa. The reserve is home of more than 700 Elephants, Lions, Buffalo, Zebra, Eland and Antelope amongst the many other species of animals and bird life.
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        • Alan Tours
          South Africa
          Joined in December 2011
        • Ilovetottravel123456
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          One of the most exceptional tour companies I have ever had the pleasure to travel with!
          I had an exceptional tour with Alan Tours! Itinerary: I had asked Alan Tours to put together a very unique and out of the box itinerary based on the countries I wished to visit and the sights I wished to see within those countries. This itinerary was very far removed from the typical tourist offerings, and in fact, I couldn’t easily locate a tour operator that would agree to execute the specific itinerary I had wanted. Until I contacted Alan Tours, that is. Alan Tours was able to design and execute the itinerary to perfection. Here is the itinerary I had requested: I began my journey in Bloemfontein, where driver/guide Graeme collected me from the airport. Flying into Bloemfontein was the suggestion of Alan Tours, and I am happy with this suggestion, as it shaved a day off of my commute time and spared me from a 20 plus hour bus journey on Intercape from Cape Town (where I was originating). From Bloemfontein, we crossed the border into Lesotho (via the border crossing that heads towards Maseru) to visit the extraordinary Maletsunyane Falls, which was a non-negotiable for me on my itinerary. Graeme and I visited the top of the Falls from the viewpoint, and also descended by foot to the base of the Falls for an all encompassing view! Graeme was such a good sport about the hiking component, and as an outdoor enthusiast, he was absolutely the right fit for this itinerary! The Falls were truly spectacular and without a doubt the highlight of my time in Lesotho. Be cautioned that the trail down was extremely steep, with a lot of loose gravel sections where you could easily fall (we both slipped here and there on descent). In truth, I found the ascent to be much easier to get one’s footing. We stopped for photos periodically on the ascent which served as a scenic rest/break! The scenery was simply unbelievable, and I was surprised to learn that most tourists don’t pay a visit to these magnificent Falls! For me, it was the most scenic, beautiful location in all of Lesotho. [Side note: If I remember correctly, the entrance fee was 130 R per person, and this cost was included in my tour]. In fact, the Waterfall was the highlight of my entire journey/itinerary with Alan Tours! After a wonderful visit and two overnight stays in the beautiful Semonkong Lodge, we traveled along the scenic mountainous passes towards Mokhotlong. The scenery was breathtaking, but be prepared for bad roads and steep mountain passes! The drive was also very long - over 8 hours - but this was made better in Graeme’s company! Graeme expertly navigated these passes and I always felt in safe hands! He always used extreme caution and took due diligence on each route. Next, my itinerary included the scenic Sani Pass (also a non-negotiable for me!) and was it ever beautiful! After passing border control, we made the descent down from Lesotho into South Africa. We were blessed with gorgeous clear skies, minimal haze and little vehicle traffic. The views from the scenic pass are incredible and well worth the while! We then made our way to Dundee to rest for the night (at a fabulous bed and breakfast!) before making our way to Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) the next morning. In Eswatini, it was my desire and priority to go to Sibebe Rock. When we arrived at Sibebe Rock in the early afternoon, we parked our vehicle at the main hiking post/base, and engaged the services of a local guide who operates purely on a tip/satisfaction basis. Together with the guide, we made the ascent to Sibebe Lodge, paid the entrance fee of 30 R per person, parked our vehicle and then proceeded 1 hour on foot to visit the caves and a spectacular side view of the rock (which looks like an elephant). It was really beautiful there and I was incredibly happy that Alan Tours was able to incorporate this into my itinerary! Onwards from Eswatini, we drove back towards Johannesburg, crossing the border quite early, where I was due to catch a flight out that evening! At my request, Graeme rearranged the itinerary and departure time to arrange for the delivery of a new/replacement camera lens for me to the airport area from a camera shop in the CBD (I had arranged with the camera shop to have a courier deliver the lens to a hotel of my choice nearby to the airport). I detail the process and reasoning behind this a bit further below, as I owe tremendous thanks to Graeme, especially, but also Angelika and Alan. Finally, after a quick lunch, Graeme dropped me off at OR Tambo airport departures level and we said our goodbyes, marking the end of the tour! First of all, I owe a massive thank you to Marizan, Angelika, Alan and Graeme who all worked extremely hard to plan and execute this rather unique and never done before itinerary. I know that Angelika, Alan and Marizan (who I corresponded with most frequently) were all pivotal in making this itinerary a reality and I have all 3 to dearly thank! I thank Graeme for executing this itinerary to perfection, and making changes as needed to accommodate emergencies and changing priorities (i.e. shattered camera lens). Not only was Alan Tours able to customize this itinerary in a unique way, they were also able to do so within my budget, which was essential. Several months ago, I explained that I was traveling in Africa for a period of 6 months and could only afford to put so much money towards this itinerary. After much planning, Alan, Angelika and Marizan proposed this itinerary, which fit perfectly within my budget and included all of the sights I couldn’t have, in good conscience, missed out on! Communication: I was in regular communication with Marizan from Alan Tours. I rate communication extremely high (10/10) - Marizan was very professional, friendly, and was very responsive via email, which I most appreciated. I gave Alan Tours an impossible task of planning a never done before itinerary within a specific and limited budget, and not only was Alan Tours able to deliver on this, but all communication was done with a high degree of professionalism and client satisfaction in mind. I was left most impressed with the level of service offered by this company! If I could rate Alan Tours higher than the allowed 5 stars, I absolutely would. In addition, Alan and Angelika were in constant communication with driver/guide Graeme throughout the tour to make sure everything was going to plan, and that we arrived at our intended destinations safely and as planned (particularly in the sections where the roads weren’t ideal!). I really appreciated the level of effort and client care that Alan Tours has inserted into its operations. In all my years of travel, I have to admit that this level of effort is truly rare. Payment of this tour was done online, in full, via credit card, providing me ease of bill settlement and peace of mind! This was of particular importance to me, since I was already needing to carry a large amount of USD and Euro on my person to navigate 6 months of travel in the primarily cash economies of West Africa. Driver/guide: My driver/guide, as you well know, was Graeme, who was just an excellent individual all around! Graeme is a local from Port Elizabeth, a nature enthusiast and has extensive expertise in plant and wildlife. Graeme was extremely knowledgeable about South Africa, and the regions of South Africa through which we were transiting! Although this was Graeme’s first time visiting Lesotho and Eswatini, he navigated all aspects of the journey expertly! (In fact, my itinerary was a first for the company on a whole, which was also an exciting venture!). Graeme took additional care to plan to route and conducted daily checks to ensure the vehicle was in good condition before undertaking long drive days and especially treacherous mountainous passes. Graeme was calculated in his approach, and this was very much appreciated, as I felt in safe hands at every turn! Not only was Graeme a terrific guide and driver, Graeme was a true pleasure to get to know and communicate with on the day-to-day. I really enjoyed our conversations on long drive days! Graeme was very inquisitive, keen to learn and was was equally keen to share! I very much appreciated his sense of humour, knowledge of birds and wildlife, sense of adventure (needed for this hiking itinerary!) and overall friendly demeanour. Graeme executed this itinerary perfectly to plan, and was checking in regularly with the office throughout. I was given ample information the night before about the plans for the next day, and often, we would make the plan in conjunction with what my wishes were. I really appreciated the flexibility in itinerary and the emphasis on client satisfaction! Graeme’s communication was timely, informative and mirrored the professionalism that Alan Tours embodies as a whole. It was an absolute pleasure to travel with Graeme over the course of my itinerary; I simply could not have received a better guide/driver for this itinerary! Simply put, Alan Tours goes above and beyond the call to ensure client satisfaction is met (in my case, far exceeded!). To demonstrate, the morning of my flight to Bloemfontein, I most unfortunately shattered my telephoto lens, resulting in the complete loss/destruction of a $2500 lens. Devastated and emotional about what had transpired, I sent a WhatsApp message to Graeme as I was about to board my flight, and let him know the situation. As photography is my primary expression in travel, I inquired whether there was any solution to this rather urgent problem in the city of Bloemfontein or beyond. Upon receiving my message, the entire office got to work on finding a suitable solution, conducting google searches and making telephone calls to stores in Bloemfontein that might carry a suitable replacement lens for me! Even Graeme was busy on the phone, making inquiries about products on the shelf. Upon arrival at the airport, Graeme assured me we would go and take a look at the nearby stores, trying all possibilities to rectify the situation. Although we were unable to find a suitable replacement (Bloemfontein is simply too small of a town), it really brought a tear to my eye that Alan Tours was forefront in trying to problem-solve my personal dilemma, putting in all resources possible to help me in any and all ways possible. In the end, I was able to conduct a series of google searches from Semonkong, and I located a replacement lens in Johannesburg CBD (the exact lens I had shattered, in fact, previously owned/used, but in mint condition, for a fraction of the cost). I sent a WhatsApp message to the camera shop, which was located in the CBD, and asked if they could 1) hold the lens for me and 2) deliver it to the airport area in time for my flight out of Johannesburg on the day of my departure. They agreed, and let me know I could pay the courier in cash upon receiving the lens. Graeme made rather major changes to the itinerary (in particular, we moved the visit to Sibebe Rock to the afternoon prior) to ensure we would have time for this priority process, accompanied me to a bank so I could withdraw more money (I hadn’t budgeted on shattering an expensive lens!) and also waited with me at the designated meeting spot nearby to the airport to ensure that the courier from the camera shop arrived (as agreed upon) and that the handover of money and camera went as planned. Graeme also made the phone calls frequently to the courier to ensure this process went smoothly for me (helping the courier navigate when he lost his way!). Graeme truly took my problem (because this was indeed my problem exclusively) on as his own, and was very much concerned about finding a solution for me! Alan and Angelika as well. I came to learn that they also were running google searches, trying to figure out alternative solutions should this original plan fail. Graeme as well; the night prior, Graeme had already calculated the distance to travel, border wait times, as well as carefully backup plans should my initial plan to have a replacement lens delivered to the airport fail. Graeme maintained a sense of optimism throughout, which was reassuring for me, since I have been failed by human beings many a time and thus have a rather grim view on people following through on their word. His optimism about the situation really helped to take my mind off the situation. At every turn, Graeme, Alan and Angelika factored in my personal safety first and foremost, and also the safety of the company vehicle (rightfully so!). This level of effort from their end was all completely unexpected and very much appreciated! Here, I reiterate that Alan Tours goes above and beyond the usual call of service/operations. I think that this truly speaks to the ethos of the company, and the level to which the company staff are willing to go to ensure the needs of clients are met (and then some)! I’ve never before experienced this level of empathy, compassion and care from a tour company, and for that, I am ever grateful. So much so that it brings a tear to my eyes as I sit here in the airport typing out this review of Alan Tours. You will be happy to know that everything worked out for me in the end, I received a replacement lens in mint condition, and I really do have Graeme to thank for his important part in that process! Finally, because everything had gone to plan with the delivery of the replacement lens in a timely fashion, Graeme suggested we grab lunch at a nearby restaurant prior to dropping me off at the airport! His suggestion was made primarily so I wouldn’t be made to wait at the airport for so many hours. Also very much appreciated! Keep in mind, Graeme had another 2.5 hours to drive that afternoon/evening, and another 10 or so hours the following day to return the company vehicle to Port Elizabeth. All in all, Graeme is of such tremendous character that he considers the needs and happiness of his clients first and foremost. This, I can tell you, first hand, is an incredible rarity in customer service. This also reminds me that I also had the most unfortunate luck of becoming mildly ill during my tour, and Graeme took great care and attention to ensure that I was feeling fine/better, day to day. If Graeme is a reflection of Alan Tours, then it is very clear to me that the operations of Alan Tours are human-centric and unbelievably compassion and accommodating. Accommodation: I was truly blown away by the quality of accommodation chosen for my tour. All of the accommodation (guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, lodges) were exceptional and far exceeded expectations. I’ve reviewed all of the accommodation separately, on TripAdvisor. It is clear that Alan Tours puts much emphasis and care into researching and selecting accommodation for guests. In summary, I was pleasantly surprised with the chosen accommodation particularly via-a-vis budgetary constraints! Included meals: All breakfasts were included as per my itinerary, and all were excellent! If sitting down for breakfast wasn’t a possibility with our early departure time, Graeme arranged with the accommodation for an earlier breakfast time or a packed breakfast, if necessary. Lunches and dinners were on own account, and I knew this going into the tour, subsequently budgeting for this. Alan Tours included suggestions on where to eat, and all of the suggested restaurants were excellent! I tried many delicious delicacies, such as fresh trout in Lesotho, steak and eggs in Himeville (a specialty!), biltong etc. Again, Alan Tours went above and beyond to ensure that water and snacks were provided on long drive days! Graeme and Marizan worked together to ensure that there were high protein snacks available such as boiled eggs, nuts, various cheeses, biltong, jerky, sausages, etc. Graeme always took great care to ensure I had enough water and snacks! I had mentioned to Marizan in earlier emails that I prefer to follow a high protein diet, but I did not at all expect to have all of these extra snacks provided! These snacks and treats were all very unexpected but very much appreciated - I was blown away by the generosity of the company in providing these, frankly. To have these extras included, again, speaks to the great effort this tour company/operator goes to in order to ensure client satisfaction. Even better, Graeme kept a cooler box in the trunk to keep water and snacks chilled at all times! Truck: The truck was a massive 9-seat 4x4, which meant there was ample room in the vehicle. I travelled alone, so there was no shortage of seats or space in the vehicle! The truck was in excellent condition, well equipped for the roads this journey/itinerary demanded and Graeme took great care to inspect and service the vehicle daily. Graeme always made sure the truck was topped up with oil, diesel and other fluids required for the road conditions. He inspected the tires and under the vehicle diligently! Graeme was extremely careful to avoid potholes and any scrapes or damage to the vehicle. Graeme also made sure to get a good night’s rest prior to long travel days, so as not to drive tired/fatigued. All of this had the combined effect of making me feel assured that both Graeme and the vehicle were prepared for the road conditions and long travel days ahead! Execution of itinerary: In large thanks to Graeme, together with all of the staff at the office, the itinerary was executed beautifully! I was able to see all of intended/desired destinations, including extra scenic passes (Graeme would always offer to stop, when safe to do so, of course, at scenic lookouts etc.). Departure times were on time, and arrival times were precisely as communicated, even on long drive days where road conditions were difficult to anticipate. I can’t thank Alan Tours enough for putting together this itinerary for me within the requested budget range. As a solo traveler, I have to say, it was really difficult to find a tour operator who would consider putting together and execute this itinerary for me, and I’m so incredibly happy that Alan Tours was able to successfully do just that! had just an incredible tour! Overall: As I have said before, if I could offer Alan Tours more than 5 stars, I absolutely would. The level of professionalism, detail, care and emphasis on client satisfaction that goes into the planning and execution of tours is beyond belief. I wouldn’t hesitate to travel with Alan Tours again, and recommend to my fellow travellers that they engage the excellent services of Alan Tours. I am confident that Alan Tours can expertly execute any itinerary, no matter how unique, within your intended budget! Alan Tours is an exceptional tour company/operator, all around! I would like to end this review by saying that I owe a tremendous, heartfelt thank you to each and every one of the staff of Alan Tours - Alan, Marizan, Angelika, Graeme, and others I may have missed - for expertly designing and executing my intended itinerary. I really am appreciative and cognizant of every effort that went into every aspect of this journey, and I am forever grateful for the compassion you’ve shown me when it was revealed I was with broken/shattered camera lens. I am truly thankful for everything and I look forward to connecting with you again for preparation of future itineraries! Thank you, truly, from the bottom of my heart! There are no words I can put to screen that can appropriately capture the depth of gratitude I feel. P.S. Please do not feel obligated in any way to respond to this monstrosity of a review. Simply, I am acknowledging your tremendous professionalism, organization and execution in the only way I know how (a detailed, glowing review). It was my pleasure alone to have traveled with your company and I do hope to travel with you again in future! Certainly, the next time I have an oddball itinerary to propose, I will know just who to contact in order to make it happen! Extending my most sincere regards and thanks.
          Written 1 May 2024
        • jackiewH2551CN
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Anthony met us at the gates of Addo Park. He was very friendly and had so much knowledge! He answered all our questions very well. He drove at a steady pace and amazed us that he saw so much when we couldn't! Also what impressed us was clearly his love for the job, a pleasure to see. We saw 3 out of the Big 5 plus so many other animals and creatures never seen by us before. Highlight was watching 2 lionesses, then Anthony suggested we look in the wing mirror ... a third lioness walked into view and joined the other 2. Priceless. Heading back to join our minibus at the gate, a mum and baby elephant walking side by side, just beautiful. Thank you Anthony, you have been part of a wonderful holiday memory.
          Written 10 April 2024
        • A9799TAroym
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          The perfect day with Alan at Addo
          We were on a cruise ship and the excursions were incredibly expensive. We took a chance and went off piste and booked with Alan tours for a trip to Addo elephant park The ship was a little delayed and naturally we were concerned about being met. We really didn`t need to worry. As we stepped off the ship there was Alan waiting for us, the consummate professional. We were part of a group of 3 others and it was a great balance. Alan took us in his newly acquired open top safari truck so everyone had a great view. He was very considerate and supplied everyone with warm macs to cope with the slightly chilly start. Alan knew exactly where the elephants were and how to get close to them, (see pic) He is knowledgeable, professional, considerate and trustworthy. Highly highly recommended We all had the prefect day
          Written 23 February 2024
        • volkersS339PA
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A dream became true! We saw the animals we expected to see! the 200 to 300 Elephanst impressed us mostly.
          My wife and I went on a full-day tour to Addo Park with our guide Anthony on January 19th. Everything was perfectly organized, from pickup to the end of the tour. We were simply thrilled by the animals that we were able to experience in the wild for the first time. In addition to what we saw, Anthony always provided us with background knowledge competently and in a nice and funny way. We always like to think about the great day and can really recommend Alan Tours.
          Written 18 February 2024
        • rhonda T
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing day with Anthony our tour guide, he was extremely knowledgable as he is a Zoologist. I learnt so much, and would highly
          The company are really professional, the vehicles comfortable, we choose an open van and they even offered us blankets. Anthony our guide was amazing, so knowedgable being a Zoologist, we saw so many diverse animals, I cant recommend this company and Anthony more highly and value for money. Excellent.
          Written 18 February 2024
        • Resort274940
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A unique and memorable day in Port Elizabeth
          We booked this tour as we were doing a safari at another port and wanted to see more of Port Elizabeth. We were fortunate to have Alan as our guide, born and raised in PE his knowledge of the area was second to none. Our excursion took us along the most incredible coastline I have ever seen with plenty of stops for photos and to walk along the stunning beaches sipping our toes on the crystal clear water. A fantastic lunch was included as well. Our cruise ship was late arriving due to fog but this was no problem at all and Alan was there to meet us when we eventually disembarked and this didn’t impact at all on our day. If you fancy something a bit different this is the tour for you, we saw places and landscapes that took our breath away and we will remember this day for many years. Thank you Alan for an incredible day.
          Written 4 February 2024
        • MandyM106
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fantastic Two Trips
          We did two tours, led by Graeme who was a great guide and stayed with us the whole time. The first day we did a Garden Route to the Crags tour, taking in everything specified on the description. The scenery is amazing and the stops were great. It was a very full and long day. Graeme especially wanted us to get the most out of the next day as we had a short half-day and agreed to pick us up even earlier from the ship. We went to Addo Elephant Park and did indeed see many elephants and other animals, though sadly no lions. I can fully recommend Alan Tours.
          Written 31 January 2024
        • trippyyippy
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent, comprehensive tour with outstanding guide and lunch!
          We picked this tour for 12/23/23 because we wanted a full-day trip to Addo Elephant Park that respected our cruise ship's timing at Port Elizabeth. The title of the tour said it all. If anything went wrong with the ship being delayed or leaving early--Alan Tours would accommodate. All of our pre-trip planning online was helpful, courteous, prompt and accurate. Somehow, I never got the guide's name but we had an excellent post-grad geologist with in-depth knowledge of the animals, their behavior, birds, weather, geography, area history, and much more. He had the natural gift of a teacher and with a clear, articulate voice that was considerate of the interests of our varied group of 7. We saw many, many elephants as well as heartebeasts, impala, wildebeasts, warthogs, zebras, giraffes and more elephants. The guide spent as long as we wanted parked with the engine off so we could take in the animals in their natural environments. We learned an enormous amount and had some good laughs. Lunch was at the Cattle Baron restaurant in the park and it was very tasty. He arranged for me to get a take out coffee for the afternoon drive even though I was the only one who asked for one! We highly recommend Alan Tours and were thrilled with our tremendous guide. After travelling for close to 4 weeks in S Africa, believe me, it's all in the guide.
          Written 16 January 2024
        • Roam545814
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Addo Elephant Park Tour
          We had a fantastic time on our tour with Graeme as our guide. His knowledge and enthusiasm for wildlife, flowers and fauna was excellent. He answered every single question we could think to ask and you could tell he loved to spot the animals as much as we did. We saw elephants, meerkats, mongoose, zebra, hyenas, jackals, tortoises, warthogs, blue crane, dung beetles, Kudu and other types of deer. Watching and waiting by the waterholes was particularly good. The jeep was very comfortable with water provided and the food at all restaurant stops was really good. We would definitely use Alan'sTours again and recommend Graeme particularly as a guide.
          Written 2 January 2024
        • irishmike60
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          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Well worth a visit
          Although we as a family could not stay in the same unit for 2 consecutive nights ( forest cabin first night, and safari tents the second night), our stay was a great experience and break away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Accommodation was good and comfortable, but we just had one question: In the forest cabin, the refrigerator was outdoors on the deck ( made sense as for space and noise inside) ,,,,, but in the safari tents the refrigerator was inside the tent. It should have been outdoors on the patio as per the forest cabin. Purely for the noise levels. Besides that minor, the units were very adequate for our family of four - all adults. As in most SANParks, staff were friendly, and service was good. Game viewing was also a treat, but of course that all depends on timing and patience.
          Written 23 December 2023
        • Discover60896780855
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A Perfect Day at Addo Elephant Park
          We took a day tour of Addo Elephant Park with Alan Tour. We were lucky to have Alan as our tour guide. Alan knows probably everything there is to know about the park, it's geography, nature, animals, places to find them, etc. Overall, a great day, lots of new things learned, lots of great memories. Thank you, Alan!
          Written 12 December 2023
        • gali12345
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          great tour!
          Everything about the tour we scheduled was excellent. Communication via email was very clear, and we received exactly what we ordered. We got a reminder before the tour, and Anthony the nice guide arrived on time. Antony was a very professional guide. He knew how to explain to us about all the animals we saw, and dealt well with questions we asked. He has good eyes, and he easily recognizes animals that are difficult for others to see. He seems to be very enthusiastic about his work, and it creates a pleasant and exciting atmosphere on the tour. I recommend everyone to go on tour with him.
          Written 31 August 2023
        • seangosling5
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Lovely day
          Excellent day exploring the wild coast with our very knowledgeable guide Andrew. Great value for money, lovely lunch and we saw areas that we would not have been able to visit on our own. Andrew turned up on time and quickly understood what we were looking for and adapted our itinerary accordingly. Thanks for a wonderful day.
          Written 12 August 2023
        • Matt C
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Marine Safari
          We booked a half day marine safari through Alan Tours and had a great time. We saw whales, seals, dolphins and plenty of sea birds. Overall an excellent excursion from Port Elizabeth.
          Written 11 August 2023
        • ZeeMendez
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Interesting, Fun, and just wonderful
          Anthony was an incredible host. He is well educated about animals beyond general knowledge which is very impressive! He took his time explaining everything to us which I appreciated. We were spoilt with all we saw that day. Galvin and I were very happy with everything! I highly recommend Alan Tour's.
          Written 30 July 2023
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles64 reviews
        Very good

        David F
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        Feb 2020
        In February, we were on a cruise that called at Port Elizabeth, so we decided to do a full day excursion to Addo Elephant Park .After looking at various web sites and reviews, we selected Alans Tours, and they were able to take us. We booked on line, and everything was done in a very friendly and efficient manner. When we docked and left the ship, our vehicle and driver were waiting on the quay, and off we went on the 50 minute drive to the park. We were accompanied by Barry and Sonia, a couple from Brisbane who were great fun. Out vehicle was clean , comfortable and spacious, and our driver/guide, Malcolm , was superb. Highly knowledgeable about all the animals, birds and flowers that we saw ,and always very pleasant and easy to listen to and talk with. We stopped for an hour for lunch, which was included in the price, and this was another good experience. The restaurant was busy, but we had a table reserved for us , and Malcolm made some suggestions re the menu which we followed and had a good meal. We got back to the ship in good time for the departure having had an extremely good excursion. We saw plenty of wildlife in good company, with a splendid driver/ guide. I would recommend Alans Tours with no hesitation at all.
        Written 28 April 2020
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        DavidfE...., Thank you for your descriptive and positive review on Trip Advisor. We appreciate the time and trouble it takes to post these reviews which are so important to us as well as to the folks who are searching for information on a reliable tour operator to give them the best value for money when visiting the friendly city, Port Elizabeth in South Africa, the gateway to the Addo Elephant national park which is a mere 30 minutes drive away on the far side of the Bay. Malcolm, as you will see from other reviews is a true professional and does all he can to provide the guests with a memorable, exciting and educational experience of the fauna and flora of Africa. I will pass on your kind comments and I am sure he will appreciate your input. Many thanks for your wonderful support, we hope to see you back here in sunny South Africa sooner rather than later. All the best, Alan
        Written 11 May 2020
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        Debbie L
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2020
        Our full day tour began when our guide, Andrew, picked us up at the cruise ship dock promptly at the scheduled time. My husband and I shared the van with only 4 other people so we all had plenty of room to spread out as well as good visibility.

        Our tour of the park was exceptional. During our tour we were able to see many, many animals. We were close up and personal with the elephants, including the mothers with their babies. We also saw some of the adolescent male elephants play fighting which was awesome.

        We would highly recommend Alan Tours for a fantastic tour of the Elephant Park.
        Written 30 April 2020
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        Hi F6656MMdebbiel I hope you're keeping well! It certainly was a spectacular time of the year as we had recieved much needed rain which had in turn settled the dust and opened up clear blue skies! With plenty of long lush green grass and even bit of mud left over in the wallows for the buffalo, warthog and elephant to cool and protect themselves with. Quite thrilling to have few adult elephant brushing past the side of the vehicle, gives the adrenal glands a wake up call! There is certainly nothing quite like having the worlds largest land mammal casting its shadow over you! Arizona dam was the spot on that particular day for the breeding herds and you're right with a plenty of entertainment provided by those boisterous young bulls! Don't forget after lunch as the day wore on we were treated to some great shots of the rare and threatend Red-Billed Oxpeckers feasting on the ticks and parasites of a few Cape buffalo bulls! One last leg stretch at the Algoa lookout and then the return journey via the Peasland grasslands with the usual suspects, zebra, warthog and hartebeest enjoying the final afternoon sunrays and late afternoon feed! Thank you for your great review which also serves to remind me of just how precious those carefree days were for all of us! Here's hoping to get back to that state sooner than later! Heartfelt greeting from Africa to you in the US! Stay safe! Best regards! Andrew
        Written 11 May 2020
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        Diane T
        Phoenix, AZ7 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2020
        My sister and I were referred to Alan Tours by a friend of a friend .... and we were pleased with the referral! Graeme, our guide, met us at the Port Elizabeth pier and 2 others who were also on our Azumara cruise, and thus began our adventure! from here we took the short drive to Addo Elephant Park. During the drive, Graeme went over our plan for the day, pointing out various sites along the way. Once in the park he was in constant contact with other guides in the park who would relay various animal sitings. Graeme shared his wealth of knowledge about the animals indigenous to the area as they came into sight. We weren't disappointed at the plethora of animals: elephants, zebras, warthogs, kudu, dung beetles, etc.. Lunch was included and taken at a restaurant in the park, which gave a safari atmosphere. It was an AMAZING day for which we have Graeme to thank and Alan Tours. I will have no problem referring my travelling friends to Alan Tours... They deliver!!
        Written 12 February 2020
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        Hello Diane T, I am so glad to hear that you both had an amazing adventure with us at Addo Elephant National Park. I well recall a very exciting day with many interesting sightings and we are very happy to have been a part of that with you. I remember the dung beetles being out in force with their food and brood dung balls after the recent rainfall the Park experienced. The Park is looking splendid at the moment with lush greenery and colourful flowers dotting the landscape. Everybody seems to be making the most of the bounty and there are many new additions to the different species. Thank you very much for the feedback and I am really happy to have shared some special Addo moments with your party. Best regards, Graeme
        Written 15 February 2020
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        2 contributions
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        This was the most spectacular experience ever. If you’re looking to not only learn about the many animals and plants that occupy Addo National Park but also the city of PE during your drive from your pick up point to the Park then Andrew, our tour guide is your guy. Andrew was very kind to me and my mother and very accommodating. He gave in depth knowledge on the plants and animals as we passed by. The food is limited to pastas and burgers, I had a beef burger and it was the most succulent. He ensured we spot all the lovely animals then dropped us at our hotel safely. Would absolutely recommend this drive.
        Written 24 April 2021
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        Hi Ayandagashi! Thank you for the Five Star review. You know, great days out on safari are made up of a collective energy and yourself and Zizi definetly made the trip a pleasure! Tour guides, feed off enthuisiasm and interesting questions and you two certainly did not dissapoint! In the morning we had kudu's and zebra in the mist and as the day wore on, buffalo and then many elephant! Lastly a fantastic sunset at the elephant carcass which was teeming with heyena and jackal! A big shout out to the two of you two for supporting local tourism during the pandemic! Cheers and all the best! Andrew
        Written 7 May 2021
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        Anna G
        3 contributions
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        Dec 2019 • Family
        We had a lovely day in Addo Elephant Park whit Alan tours. Our family of ten people from the age 4 to 65 were all well taken care of and we really enjoyed the safari. Both Alan and Andrew gave us an amazing experience whit their great knowledge of the animals and the park.

        Thank you Andrew and Alan!

        Anna, Mattias, Svea, Signe, Bengt, Linnea, Maria, Andreas, Elsa and Alice
        Written 13 January 2020
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        Hi AnnagY8740ZJ, Brilliant thank you so much for a wonderful Trip Advisor review, we Andrew and myself remember the trip we did with you and your lovely family very well. Addo was in the grips of one of the longest droughts we can remember and although this area is used to periodic droughts it was still painful to see the animals barely eking out a living from the meagre resources available. We saw some great sightings of elephant at the waterhole as it was necessary for them to concentrate around this water as it was the only water available to them. Who could forget the Mama Bat eared fox and her little brood of cubs tucked away under the Milkwood tree on the southern plains, They have now long left the safety of the den and are out foraging somewhere. The big news is the arrival of the rains, it is unbelievable the change that has been brought about by consistent and good rainfall. It is looking like paradise and all the creatures are out and about feeding and having their babies, nature is a truly startling at the way and speed that it recovers after so much punishment. I trust you had a good meal of Mussels from the coast. All the best and thank you for your great support. Alan and Andrew
        Written 15 February 2020
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        Worcester, UK8 contributions
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        Feb 2023
        We were picked up from our accomodation in Jefferies Bay by Andy, who took us around the park. It was an excellent tour, Andy knew a huge amount about the park and the animals in it. He was an excellent guide and knew all the best places to go and when to go there. We saw loads of elephants, zebra, kudu, heartebeast, tortoise, eland, mongoose, warthogs, dung beetles and jackals.
        The vehicle was comfortable and very capable and the whole trip felt really professional.
        Written 20 February 2023
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        Hi FatAndLazyUK! Surfing perfection in J-Bay on the morning I collected you after the storm from the previous day! Pretty much the same could be said for Addo once we deviated from the main roads and slid our way down a less travelled muddy track! it was not long before we had our first elephant encounters of the day! There-after we had many of the usual suspects in the form of zebra and warthogs, then less of the not so common variety in the form of one lone meerkat and later Africa's largest antelope, the eland! Don't forget that old Dagha boy(cape buffalo) wallowing in his mud hole alongside the road! Cheers for the great review and for visiting our beautiful country! Safe travels, until next time! Best regards Andrew.
        Written 1 March 2023
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        Sarah M
        Langkawi, Malaysia1 contribution
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        As it was my best friends first time in South Africa, we decided to do a safari. We got in contact with a lovely woman called Angelika and went on tour with our amazing guide Andrew from Alantours. He came to pick us up in the morning at our hotel and we drove together to Addo Park. It had rained quite a bit, so it wasn‘t as easy to see a lot of animals but Andrew was really professionel, stayed patient (even though my 7 month old was crying in the back) and we were able to see so many elefants, zebras, buffalos and so much more! Thanks so much again for the amazing experience!
        Written 14 April 2022
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        Hi sarahm3861CL It was my pleasure! Rain can make sightings a bit tricky but as it turned out it stopped virtually as we entrered the park and it was not too much longer before we had our first special sighting of the mostly nocturnal often elusive, spotted hyena, really close to the road sunning itself in an attempt warm up. With the wind chill creating challenging conditions for game viewing, it was a relief to have the landscape heat up and after lunch and we could finally get up close to the elephants who were now ready to feed and move ! A decent tally at the end of the day with really good sightings of buffalo, zebra,kudu and of course ostrich, with a jackal thrown into the mix for good measure! Your little guy was really entertaining too, a pleasure to watch him get excited about the wildlife! Best regards Andrew
        Written 17 April 2022
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        Vancouver, B.C.67 contributions
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        Feb 2023
        Andrew, our guide, picked us up at the cruise terminal for a pleasant journey to Addo Elephant Park. Along the way, he shared a lot of interesting info about the area and what we may see at the park. Once at the park, we were thrilled and amazed to see the zebras, elephants, hyenas, Cape buffalo, giraffes, hippos, rhinos and a few other animals. What made our excursion so memorable was the charismatic Andrew and his ability to track the animals. Thanks for a day we will treasure always!
        Written 26 February 2023
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        Hello Vancouver02 That day sure started off with a lot of action...! it is always such a thrill to get hyena's early on in the morning! From that moment on we had one of those days where it just gets better and better! With the sun slowly warming up the surrounding hills it was not long before the great elephant herds started their trek down the valleys to the main waterholes for a refreshing drinkl and a much needed wallow in the ever soothing and cooling mud! Entertainment African style!...or bush TV! as we refer to it! All of those different animals and encounters create the sum total of what we always hope would lead to a great day in the African bush and from your review I'm quite sure Addo hit the Jackpot! Thank you for your kind words and fantastic review! Best regards Andrew.
        Written 1 March 2023
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        Klinsmann S
        Crawley, UK9 contributions
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        Mar 2024 • Couples
        Alan Tours had 3 or 4 vehicles for this excursion from our cruise ship. We were lucky enough to have the eponymous Alan as the driver/ guide in our open top 4x4 vehicle. We didn't see any elephants in the morning, lots of delightful dung beetles and a few warthogs. But after lunch, Wow! Lots of elephants, many up close and personal, young and old. We also saw two young lions wrestling just before we left, although we wouldn't have seen them very well without our binoculars. Tip, bring binos, even if not very good. I would recommend the open top vehicle over the enclosed van, unless other considerations dictate otherwise. If you are going back to Port Elizabeth, the motorway journey was a bit wild with wind and dust in the 4x4 though! Alan was a great guide.
        Written 16 May 2024
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        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2020
        I found a recommendation for Alan's Tour through Addo via a travel blog and kind of spontaneously reached out when we arrived in Port Elizabeth so check whether there would be any available spots for me and my cousin for the following day. Angelika immediately confirmed and we had a trip booked with Alan himself within an hour.
        After being picked up from our guest house in the morning, we spent an amazing day at Addo with Alan, benefiting from his vast knowledge of the local animals and all the best places to see elephants, zebras etc. Alan took very good care of us and we very much enjoyed his company as the day flew by in a blink.
        Thank you very much for the great experience Alan, hope you are staying healthy!
        Written 2 May 2020
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        Hi Lisavst.. How are you keeping? All well I hope? Really nice to hear back from you again. I remember the day with you and your cousin like it was yesterday. We really saw some great sightings on the day, Baby warthog drinking from Mom, Loads of Elephants even a few Lions and Buffalo's it worked out really well. We even got to see that Bat Eared Fox out in the open in broad daylight at the Ngulube waterhole. They are normally nocturnal. I really enjoyed your company and the way you put so much into the day, enjoying the experience, wonderful to have met the two of you. Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to post this review, it means so much to us to get positive feed back especially on Trip Advisor. So we wish you well in these difficult times and if you ever get back to this Sun drenched country of ours, please give us a call and say Hi. Wishing you all the very best, keep well. Alan
        Written 3 May 2020
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