Addo itself is a rather small and boring town, but it is well known because of the fantastic Addo Elephant National Park nearby.
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Addo Elephant National Park is located just a short drive north of Addo. Although the park is famous for its elephants, there are many more animals here and species include buffalo, the endangered black rhino, antelope species and lion and spotted hyena are here in small numbers as well. The park is about to be called Greater Addo Elephant National Park as it has been expanded to include several islands and marine wildlife, including African penguins! And whales and great white sharks are in those waters as well and as a consequence the park is promoted as the only park to see the Big 7, which includes the famous Big 5 (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard) and the whale and great white shark as mentioned above. A truly unique park which is a very easy to visit and located in a malariafree area.
Check Sanparks' Addo Elephant National Park website for more information about getting and staying here.
Most of the accommodation options are located outside of the town of Addo itself. There are dozens of guesthouses and B&B's along the roads leading towards Addo. You can either book upfront or just follow one of the roadsigns. Most of them have options to include diner as well.
|Addo Backpackers and Orange Elephant Restaurant||PO Box 197||Hostel||88|
|The AardVark Guest House & Backpackers||PO Box 343||Hostel||89|
|Orange Elephant Backpackers and Restaurant||On the Main Rd (R335)||Hostel||88|
|Cleveland||Morehoop Farm po box 151||Guesthouse||-|
|Locomotive Lodge||PO Box 51||Hostel||-|
|Lemon3Lodge||P.o Box 43 Kirkwood6120 Eastern Cape||Guesthouse||-|
|Africanos Inn||PO Box 48||Guesthouse||-|
|Heritage House||45 Bree Street Cradock||Hostel||-|
Lupus Den is a highly recommended guesthouse just a 10-minute drive from town and from the park. There is a choice of rooms in the house itself or in one of the 3 new luxurious rooms outside the house, which are luxurious and come with fourposter beds and outside sitting terrace. There is also a pool to relax after a hot day in Addo park. The lady of the house makes fantastic breakfasts and, on request, home made diners, which are just excellent and, not without reason, have won prices for best food. Prices range from R400 to R800 for a double room.
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