Colm. 21 March 2018

Happy campers on a full day safari to the Addo Elephant National Park

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reviewed 21 March 2018

Transformative experience with nature


Thinking of doing a self-drive tour through Addo? Don’t do it! Book Alan tours.

TLDR; Alan is, simply put, a phenomenal tour guide: he deeply and intuitively understands and cares about nature and, in particular, the amazing herbivores and carnivores which call Addo home. We learnt so much from him, got some amazing photos, and had a very close-up experience with many of the animals

The day started with a hotel pickup at 7.30am. Although Alan was a bit late due to traffic, he phoned ahead and the hotel staff informed us we could take an extra cut of coffee. I thought this was a really nice touch, and left us very relaxed.

Alan drove us rapidly to Addo, where he gave us a deep and insightful introduction into the unique plant vegetation.

In the morning we drove around patiently to the spots where the animals were. An undoubted highlight of the park are the elephants. As they grew up around car visitors, they are very peaceful around humans. Here Alan was invaluable, as he taught us how to interact respectfully with the animals. Before lunch I had run out of space on all my camera SD cards, as I had so many beautiful pictures and video.

We had lunch at main camp, which was surprisingly tasty (can recommend the House burger).

In the afternoon, we went on the hunt for the elusive lion. The lions are generally asleep during the morning, and start to stir late afternoon. Alan was relentless in trying to track them down, and used his network of your guides to inform our search. Unfortunately in the end it was not our day, but due to Alan’s experience and patience, we saw pretty much everything Addo has to offer, and learned more than I thought was possible.

5* feels somehow strangely inadequate, and you will not regret booking a tour with Alan. Just do it.

P.S. a special mention also goes to Andrew, who was acting as Alan’s co-tour guide. Between them we were so lucky to get such amazing insights into the beautiful bio-diversity of South Africa and neighboring countries.