Elephant House Safaris & Game Drives

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Elephant House Safari Co. Addo Elephant Drives

There are various game viewing options available in Addo and the surrounding area as well as some exceptional cultural encounters:

  1. Elephant House Safari Co. Addo Elephant Drives
  2. Elephant House Safari Co. Valley Tour
  3. Schotia "Tooth and Claw" Safari
  5. Addo Elephant Back Safaris and Walks
  6. Criss Cross Adventures River Paddle
  7. Private Game Reserves
  8. South African National Parks Addo Drives
  9. Addo Elephant National Park Horse Trails
  10. Criss Cross Adventures Mountain Tour
  11. Hike in the Zuurberg Mountains
  12. Port Elizabeth City Tour
  13. Other activities and bespoke packages

1. Elephant House Safari Co. Addo Elephant drives

Our in-house field guide, an elephant expert with many years' experience with the elephants of Addo conducts 2 game drives through the National Park in our open land cruiser daily, both departing and ending at The Elephant House. Drinks and snacks are provided on the game drive.

Morning Drive – 9am to 12:30pm
Afternoon Drive – 2pm to 5:30pm

R1150pp per drive (includes park entry fees, drinks and snacks)
From 1 October 2018 R1250pp

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2. Elephant House Safari Co. Valley Tour

This tour (nicknamed the "wine route tour") is a must! Starting at the Elephant House you drive through the famous citrus groves of the Sundays River Valley to a beautiful lookout point where pioneer and author of the famous story Jock of the Bushveld, Sir Percy Fitzpatrick is buried. We then move onto Nomatamsanqa where we will visit an amazing garden belonging to a gentleman by the name of Manzini. Manzini is passionate about his garden and has turned his patch of ground into a labour of love despite facing overwhelming odds. He takes great pride in showing guests his garden and it is very humbling to see what can be created. We end with a visit to a local tavern in the Nomatamsanqa Township for a drink. This tour gives you a much better understanding of how we, as South Africans, live and gives you a small insight into our daily lives. Departs 4pm and returns in time for a pre-dinner drink. R650pp (includes all drinks and snacks)

R550pp (includes all drinks and snacks)

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3. Schotia "Tooth and Claw" Safari

This is a fantastic activity to round off your game viewing experience-Schotia Private Game Reserve lies adjacent to Addo's eastern boundary. This reserve has numerous antelope species and their lion sightings are exceptional!

The "Tooth and Claw" safari runs from 3pm to 7pm followed by a barbeque in their boma.Scotia is a half an hour's drive from The Elephant House. Self-drive to Schotia. Transfers can be arranged.

R2000pp including dinner
children all ages welcome
Transfers available at R500pp return.

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This is an exceptional CULTURAL ENCOUNTER where a local cultural guide will take you to the predominately Xhosa speaking Nomathamsanqa Township to meet the people and experience real life in a modern rural township –you may even be invited into some homes and gardens, businesses and tavern – you will make new friends and it could just be the highlight of your trip!

You are collected at 15:30 and back by 17:00

R550pp Monday - Friday only

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5. Criss Cross Adventures River Paddle

Great for the birders! Guests are collected at Elephant House by local adventure guides who guide you on a very scenic paddle down the Sunday's River where one can view a great variety of birdlife along the riverbanks.
The guided Addo River Safari allows guests to explore a different side of Addo and view game and birds on the riverbank while you drift down some of the most scenic parts of the Sundays River in a custom designed, comfortable and safe canoes (no paddling experience needed).

The popular Addo River Safari offers guests the best bird watching experience in the Eastern Cape, where one can find countless water birds, 7 different species of the Kingfisher and the chance of sighting the magnificent Fish Eagle.

Guests paddle themselves in these two man canoes – the river is very calm and flat and no exertion is needed. The Custom Made Canoes are ultra-stable and provide excellent photographic opportunities to wildlife photographers – especially bird watching enthusiasts.

MORNING SAFARI (recommended): 8:30am - 12am (R650pp)
SUNDOWNER SAFARI: 2:30pm – 6:30pm (R650pp)

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6. Private Game Reserves

In addition to Schotia there are several other "big 5" private game reserves within a 45 minute drive of Elephant House – all of these offer excellent half day safaris (including a meal), which we can book for you. They include:

  • Amakhala
  • Pumba
  • Lalibela

Please enquire about times and rates.

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7. South African National Parks Addo Drives

The park guides offer 2 hour drives in open vehicles – morning, noon, sunset and night drives through the Addo National Park. (No children under 6 allowed on open vehicle)

Please check rates at reception when booking.

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8. Addo Elephant National Park Horse Trails

The Addo National Park offers great horseback safaris – at the main camp they offer rides for beginners in the mornings (8am) and from 2 – 5 pm a guided ride (for advanced riders!) in to the game area- cost please enquire about price. The park also offers very scenic horse trails in the Zuurberg Mountains. Please enquire at reception for times & rates. Note no children less than 10 yrs.

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9. Crisscross Adventures Mountain Tour

This is a full day trip where guests are collected at Elephant House by local adventure guides Christopher& Terri Pickles and taken into a remote, pristine section of the nearby Zuurberg Mountains (the drive takes one through a section in the Greater Addo Elephant Park) to "Otto's Pool" - where one can enjoy a leisurely stroll along a bubbling mountain stream that bypasses caves, waterfalls, rock pools and a natural fountain. A delicious lunchtime braai (BBQ) is served beside a clear deep mountain pool where one can have a relaxing dip into the water or float on a tube. Enquire at reception for rates.

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10. Hike in the Zuurberg Mountains

Enjoy a hike in the beautiful Zuurberg section of the Addo Elephant National Park where there is a scenic hikingtrail through the valleys and onto the fynbos ridges of the mountains. Normal park entry fees apply.

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11. Port Elizabeth City Tour

The Indian Ocean Rim city of Port Elizabeth has a fascinating history – this is the landing point of the 1820 British Settlers and latterly a very significant centre in the anti-apartheid movement. A tour to Port Elizabeth where you will visit central Port Elizabeth's historical and natural attractions, combined with a visit to the townships (which will take you to some famous sites in the struggle against apartheid) is indeed extremely interesting.

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12. Other activities and bespoke packages

We will try to tailor your stay to suit your needs as much as possible in order for you to get the best chance to experience all the area has to offer, for example, in season, we are able to arrange a visit to a citrus farm to watch the picking, a chukka of polo at the Addo Polo Club, a round of golf at Kirkwood Golf Club or if you are suffering from "safari fatigue" even a visit to the famous Volkswagen factory in Uitenhage!

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Please feel free to discuss any special activities that will enhance your stay with us. Of course, you may simply want to DNA (do nothing at all!)


All rates include VAT and are subject to change without notice.

  • The success of most of these tours is dependent on favourable weather; as a result, in the event of inclement weather a tour may be cancelled at short notice.
  • Occasionally, on the advice of the ranger, we may vary the departure time of a safari to ensure that the guest gets the best possible experience.

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