Camping in Addo Elephant National Park

September 14, 2017

If you’re on a budget or prefer living outdoors then camping is for you. One of the locations in South Africa where you could camp and one of my favourite parks is Addo Elephant National Park.

Camping in Addo’s Main Camp is divided into three sections. The first is a safari tent section where everything is set up for you, the second is a tented campsite where you bring everything yourself, and the last is a caravan section. The tented campsite is what we chose.

There are 8 tent sites which are fairly small and are divided by tall Spekboom bushes and other trees which provide a great amount of shade throughout the day. Each campsite should come with a table and benches, a braai, a bin, and a powerpoint. I did see a few sites without all of these but hopefully, you are able to get a site that has everything. The campsites are in close proximity to the communal kitchen and bathrooms which are super clean and well looked after. The campsites are also only a short walk away from the shops as well as the underground hide which is lit up at night.

Spring is a great time to visit the park as it is not too hot at the time and it is also not packed with tourists.  During the month of September, the gates to the game viewing area open at 06:00 and it is totally worth it to get up at this time as the lighting is great for photography and there are also not too many people around to spoil your view of the animals. You might even spot more animals during the first moments of the morning which you will most likely not see for the rest of the day such as lions drinking at the waterhole or Honey Badgers running up a hill.

Hapoor Dam and Marion Baree Waterhole are both popular spots to sit throughout the day as they are frequented by elephants, kudu, and zebras. You can also drive up Zuurkop to see beautiful panoramic views of Addo or grab a picnic basket and head to Jack’s Picnic Site.

Once the gates to the game viewing area are closed, nights are filled with sitting next to a warm fire, looking up at the blanket of stars in the sky and listening to the sounds of jackals, hyena and the roars of lions.

Camping in Addo is an absolute breeze and is definitely the way to go when visiting one of our national parks.  To see more information about Addo Elephant National Park, visit my other blog post here.