Addo Elephant Park and the Orange Elephant Backpackers have much to offer visitors. The Orange Elephant Backpackers is situated a short 45mins drive from Port Elizabeth on the 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 and borders the Greater Addo National Elephant Park. It is the perfect gateway to all your safari activities in the Addo area, from a leisurely drive around the Addo Park to hiking, mountain biking, fishing or getting close to nature on a horse riding trail. It is the top backpackers in the area and their hands on approach guarantees 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 our 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. We also offer a Safari through 2 national parks. Addo Elephant national Park and a walking safari in Cradock Mountain Zebra National Park.


Hunting for ivory resulted in hunters had exterminated most of the elephants and other game in the Eastern Cape and only isolated herds remained – the largest of these in the Addo region (140 Elephants). Agricultural growth in the region led to conflict with elephants as they damaged Citrus crops and competed with farmers’ needs for water. In 1919 Major P.J. Pretorius was tasked to shoot the remaining Addo Elephants. He shot 114 elephants between 1919 and 1920 until his activities generated publicity and sympathy for the elephants and in 1931 the Addo Elephant National Park (about 5 000 ha) was proclaimed 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.

The Orange Elephant Backpackers offer In-house Addo Elephant Park Tours and as such will help you capture your Addo memories from up close.