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Addo park with a toddler

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Addo park with a toddler

We plan travelling for abot 3 weeks in February from Captown to Port Elizabeth with our 2 years old girl.

We thought of visiting Addo National park.

I guess the only option with our little girl is doing a tour in our car with one of the "hop-in" guides.

Can we see a lot of animal in a tour in our car?

Are there other parks in the area ( Western/Eastern cape ) which would better fit a tour with a little girl?

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1. Re: Addo park with a toddler

You will see plenty of animals at Addo you should not need a hop on guide although they do know the park very well.

On a hot day when the elephants are forced out of the bush to visit the waterholes you should see loads of elephants very close, which should be enough to entertain a two year old for at least 5 minutes !!

The Zuurberg Inn is a good place to stay with little children it is within the greater park about 30 mins from the main section, the park accommodation is also fine with children but stay at the main restcamp.

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2. Re: Addo park with a toddler

You absolutely can do Addo Elephant Park in your own car. You do not need a guide. We just did it, and we left very happy!

You will see LOTS of animals without a guide. In fact, if you're like me, you'll find it more exciting to spot the animals yourself than to have a droning guide point them out to you.

In your own car, it's more comfortable than in a game-drive vehicle. You can run the air conditioning when it's hot. You have shelter when it rains. People in the game-drive vehicles just perspire or get wet. You can go back to your lodge or to a restaurant when you're tired, then drive back in later.

When you drive into Addo, you'll be given a map of the roads in the park. Look at it carefully, because it shows the way to places like the elephant hide. We did, then walked the safety-enclosed path to the hide. And there they were, about 20 elephants around a water hole, about 50 feet away!

For a nearby attraction, let me put in a plug for the Lenmore Raptor and Reptile Center, about 5 miles from the Addo main gate. We visited, and were highly impressed. You'll be allowed to pick up the snakes, and you can hold the falcons and owls! The man who runs it is the most profoundly knowledgable man, who explained to us how the snake charmer can hold a cobra without getting killed. It's definitely worth the visit.

Happy travels, and let me know if I can help further!



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3. Re: Addo park with a toddler

2 other places near Port Elizabeth that your child might enjoy. They are in that grey area, somewhere between zoos and real game reserves, but are really great for kids.

Kragga Kamma Game Reserve - www.kraggakamma.com

Seaview Lion Park - www.seaviewgamepark.co.za

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