Addo Elephant Park backpackers, Addo Backpackers hostel, Addo Safari



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Addo Backpackers and the Addo Elephant National Park have much to offer visitors. The Orange Elephant Backpackers is situated a short 45mins drive from Port Elizabeth. We are 9km from the main gate on the western border of the Addo Elephant National Park. The Addo Backpackers Hostel, offers a variety of accommodation options, only 5 minutes away from the main gate. It is the perfect gateway to all your safari activities in the Addo area. From a leisurely self drive around the Addo Park to a fully accommodated safari. We offer it all when it comes to Addo With our hands on approach we guarantee you will enjoy your “Ultimate Addo Adventure”.

The Orange Elephant Backpacker Hostel is the ideal place to plan and book your day’s Addo activities. If its the “big 5” you’re looking for, the Orange Elephant team will organize your complete Safari Experience. The local Safari Guide is a legend in the area and a wealth of information.


Thin base pizza never tasted better. Enjoy one of your own creations from one extensive pizza menu. The Thirsty Herds Brewpub is the local watering hole. The pub is open Monday to Saturday. Closed on a Sunday.


The 24 hour High Speed Internet access allows guests to keep in contact with friends and family. The Wi-FI internet access is available in the pub area only and not in the rooms.


Enjoy a Guided Tour to the various Greater Addo Attractions with our experienced guides. Experience a true Addo Wildlife Adventure, take in our popular Full Day Safari Tours. In addition to the full day Safari in Addo Elephant National Park, we offer a fully accommodated Safari through 2 of South Africa’s national parks. First the Addo Elephant national Park and then a walking safari tracking wild cheetah  in Cradock Mountain Zebra National Park.


The hunting for ivory resulted in hunters exterminating most of the elephants and other game in the Eastern Cape. That is why only isolated herds remained and the largest of these was found in the Addo region (+-140 Elephants). The agricultural growth in the region led to conflict with elephants. This is due to the damaged to Citrus crops and competing with farmers’ needs for water. In 1919 Major P.J. Pretorius was tasked to shoot the remaining Addo Elephants. After shooting approximately 114 elephants between 1919 and 1929 his activities generated publicity and sympathy for the elephants. Thus in 1931 the Addo Elephant National Park came into being. About 5 000 ha was proclaimed as the start of the Addo Elephant National Park. Unfortunately that was when only eleven Addo elephants remained.

Today there are more than 700 Elephants, Cape Buffalo, Black Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Hyena, a range of antelope species and the rare Flightless Dung Beetle in the 1,640 km² Addo Elephant National Park. The Addo Elephant Park is South Africa’s 3rd largest National Park and the first ‘Big Seven’ National Park, with inclusion the southern right whale and great white shark, after the park expansion to include offshore islands in the Nelson Mandela Bay.

Here at the Orange Elephant Backpackers we offer In-house Addo Elephant Park Safari Tours. Our aim is to help you capture your Addo memories from up close.



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