Addo Elephant Park: Family Holiday

South Africa


Addo Elephant Park: Family Holiday

Take your family on an exciting holiday to Addo Elephant National Park. This astounding park lies close to Port Elizabeth, on South Africa’s southern coast. The park is renowned for supporting large elephant herds that total over 500 elephants. African elephants are the big attraction. They occur in high densities here, and are generally very relaxed around vehicles – making it a great first safari experience for a few days. Addo Elephant Park is a perfect destination for the adventurous outdoor and nature lover.

Addo Elephant National Park, stretches from the semi-arid karoo area in the north around Darlington Dam, over the rugged Zuurberg Mountains, through the Sundays River valley and south to the coast between Sundays River mouth and Bushman’s river mouth. The park, the third largest in South Africa, offers a wide range of outdoor activities, which include horse-back and horse-riding, guided walking, hiking and 4x4 trails and a picnic area for day visitors. 


What We Love
  • Take a scenic drive to watch the best shore-based whale watching in the world. 
  • Travel deep into the heart of ostrich country and ride one of these flightless birds
  • Stay at a private game reserve renowned for its wildlife, including the Big Five.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes
Need to Know
  • This trip may require walking and 4x4 drive on rough surfaces.
  • We carefully select the world's best safari operators in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We can arrange other preferred luxury safari properties of your choice.
  • We can arrange private air charters to lodges throughout South Africa. 

Addo Elephant Park: Family Holiday

Cape Town, Oudtshoorn, Knysna, Addo National Park
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 01 – Arrive South Africa
Cape Town Cape Town – or The Mother City, as its warmly known – is recognized as one of the world’s most strikingly beautiful cities, and for visitors, there’s no finer place to examine the exquisite lay of the land than from the cable car as you travel right up to the very top of aptly-named Table Mountain. The views from the top are breathtaking.

Today, it’s about the seals, penguins and the natural beauty of the Cape, and we continue our journey with a fascinating tour of Seal island where you’ll be up close and personal with these glossy, sleek seals which crowd on and around this little island – you’ll be meters away from these appealing creatures, close enough to view both their habitat and behaviour patterns.
Protea Hotel President or similar

Day 02 – Tour
Cape Town From a menacing ragged tooth shark to a dainty Knysna seahorse, adults and children alike will marvel at the wealth of sea life and their intriguing habitats at the renowned Two Oceans Aquarium at Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. With over 3,000 sea creatures living in this diverse underwater nature reserve, it’s a morning spent in an entirely new magical world. The V&A Waterfront is a vast shopping, eating, entertainment and residential complex set unusually in a vibrant, living, working harbour – you have the afternoon at leisure to explore this fascinating retail, commercial and natural environment and enjoy its innumerable attractions.
Protea Hotel President or similar (B)

Day 03 – Tour Cape Winelands
Cape Town Historical, glorious Stellenbosch is the warm and wonderful heart of the Cape Winelands, surrounded by breathtaking wine estates. We enjoy a brief exploration of the little lanes, galleries and appealing architecture of this quaint historical town, before visiting the Cheetah Outreach facility sited on the renowned Spier wine estate – here you’ll have the rare privilege of interacting closely with hand-raised ambassador cheetahs.

After the adrenaline subsides, we’ll relax with a gourmet picnic on the tranquil lawns of Spier, while the children expend their energy in the playground. After lunch, we’ll be introduced to two Owls and an Eagle – experienced bird handlers ensure that Wally, the Wahlberg’s Eagle, Fagan, the Barn Owl, and Sykes, the spotted Eagle Owl meet you under perfect conditions. Getting this close to these birds is an experience you’re unlikely to repeat, so enjoy it to the full.
Protea Hotel President or similar (B, L)

Day 04 – Tour Robben Island
Cape Town After the wild excitement of the previous days- and those still to come- take the day off! It’s the perfect opportunity to embark on a tour of Robben Island (own account) and get a real sense of the harshness of lives led by Nelson Mandela and others, for the good of all. If you have time after, why not laze by the pool, stroll the promenade, or visit one of the superb shopping malls.
Protea Hotel President or similar (B, L)

Day 05 – Transfer
Oudtshoorn This morning, we set off for the fabulous feather capital of the world! Oudtshoorn, and its ostriches. The journey there along Route 62 is uniquely beautiful to this corner of the country, and we celebrate that with a traditional South African lunch (own account) at the Country Pumpkin in Barrydale What will it be? Karoo lamb curry, Cape Malay Bobotie, Pot Pie or Venison? Enjoy. Our trip continues deep into the heart of ostrich country, and as we approach the farms of Oudtshoorn, the landscape becomes increasingly dotted with these large, slightly comical, flightless birds. Who’ll be riding one tomorrow?
Protea Hotel Riempie or similar (B)

Day 06 – Tour
Oudtshoorn Rise and shine, we have an action-packed day ahead! From the intriguing facts and fiction of crocodiles, to the extreme beauty of the cheetahs at the Cango Wildlife Ranch, we top that by an exploration of the famous Cango Caves. The majesty of these dripstone caverns opening into vast halls of towering stalagmite and stalactite formations will simply take your breath away. You’ve earned a hearty lunch by now, and we’ve chosen authentic South African hospitality and fare in the legendary Kobus Se Gat restaurant with the Swartberg Mountains as your backdrop. If you’ve been longing to ride that ostrich, here’s your chance. At Safari Ostrich Farm, you’ll not only learn about the lives of these hardy, enigmatic creatures, but the brave can sit on one, and the adventurous can attempt to ride one!
Protea Hotel Riempie or similar (B, L)

Day 07 – Safari
Knysna Today, we look forward to extreme beauty, a wealth of wildlife and a little decadence! After a hearty breakfast, our day begins as we traverse the breathtaking Outeniqua Pass, travel via the charming town of George to one of South Africa’s most beautiful and popular resorts, Knysna, heart of the famously picturesque Garden Route and renowned for its glorious oysters...which, of course, we need to test and taste. They’re world class! We visit the Elephant Sanctuary where we’re given the opportunity to get up close to these gentle giants. From land to air, we tour the Birds of Eden, an internationally acclaimed free flight bird sanctuary with a massive 2-hectare dome, and the largest in the world. Alongside is Monkeyland, a free roaming multi-species primate sanctuary, and you’re at leisure to amble around marvelling at the cute and crazy antics of the many different species of monkeys and lemurs.
Protea Hotel Knysna Quays or similar (B, L)

Day 08 – Safari or Relax
Knysna A day of leisure and pleasure awaits you and your family, and it’s all at your own pace. We recommend a number of optional extra activities, from a serene, leisurely cruise on the Knysna Lagoon enjoying the sight of the gigantic cliffs which form the Knysna Heads, to an organized excursion to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, a National Heritage Site accessed only by ferry, and home to the endangered blue duiker antelope. The day is yours.
Protea Hotel Knysna Quays or similar (B, L)

Day 09 – Safari
Addo National Park We’re off on safari! Our journey continues eastwards through the glorious indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest to Addo Elephant National Park. This is South Africa’s third largest national park, and home to one of the densest populations of African elephant on earth. The Park boasts the Big Five - elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard and your hosts at Kuzuko Lodge will undoubtedly endeavour to facilitate your viewing of as many of them as possible, as you enjoy a fully inclusive experience, including game drives, from the professional lodge staff and game rangers.
Kuzuko Lodge or similar (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Safari
Addo National Park You won’t want to sleep in! A quick coffee, and we’re off to follow the animal tracks. It’s a glorious day in Africa, filled with safari activities, and we’re on the trail of elephant...
Kuzuko Lodge or similar (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Airport Transfer
Depart Port Elizabeth We’ll enjoy a good breakfast this morning, for it is the last day of your South African family safari. No rush, enjoy your last hours here, for its only later that morning you’ll be transferred to Port Elizabeth airport for your flight home, carrying a few souvenirs, great photographs, and a whole lot of extraordinary memories to share. (B)

Addo Elephant Park: Family Holiday South Africa

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Recommended Price: 5-star: GBP 400 - £700 per person per day, excl. flights
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility & quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There Johannesburg with its O.R. Tambo International Airport is the air transport hub of Southern Africa and is linked to the rest of the world by major airlines. Other international airports are located in Cape Town and Durban, but few flights from Europe or America fly directly to either destination. There is a good network of internal flights.

Travelling around South Africa is mostly by car and a good range of car rental companies are available. The road system is amongst the best in Africa. However, travelling off the beaten track to the national parks is virtually impossible by public transport. This is mostly organised by local tour operators.

When to go The best time to visit Kruger and most wildlife parks in South Africa is from May to September. This is the dry season and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers. The climate of South Africa is generally mild throughout the country with warm, sunny days and cool nights. There's really not a bad time to visit, but winter is a good time (especially October) if you are going for a safari – grass is short, and the animals tend to gather around watering holes.

In winter, due to altitude, temperatures drop to the freezing point, and in places even lower. Snow is a possibility June-August in the mountain areas. It generally rains in the afternoon during the summer (November-February) everywhere in the country except in the Cape Province, where it rains during the winter.