Summertide Diary: Arriving at Addo

27 December 2020

After spending a lovely three days over Christmas at home with Marilize’s parents, whom we haven’t seen in person since they retired to Jeffreys Bay 15 months ago, we all headed together to the Addo Elephant National Park‘s Matyholweni Gate, just an hour’s drive away, for a four night visit to this very special place.

It takes a few hours of leisurely driving to travel through the Park from Matyholweni to the Main Camp where we were booked to stay, and this of course means there’s wonderful sightseeing, bird-watching and game-viewing along the way! Jack’s Picnic Spot, just a little over halfway, is a great place to stretch tired legs while enjoying visits from all kinds of birds and other small creatures at your picnic table.

In the afternoon, and after getting settled into our comfortable chalet, we have a little time to take a drive along a few loop roads close to camp before the gates close.

If you’d like to learn more about the Addo Elephant National Park’s history and all it has to offer visitors, why not have a read through this post we compiled after our previous visit? And to follow along on our travels through Addo, you might find this map (from the SANParks website) most handy.Addo map from




9 thoughts on “Summertide Diary: Arriving at Addo

    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Ja, Ineke, die mieshope is nog volop – ek dink selfs meer as vantevore (waar daar nie geploeg word nie) omdat die erdvarke, ietermagos en aardwolwe wat van termiete lewe al skaarser word buite bewaringsgebiede.


  1. sustainabilitea

    Needless to say, no elephants or most of these other interesting animals at the Riparian Preserve, we we do have lots of black-necked stilts, which I find endlessly fun to watch and photograph. Your European roller looks to be a high roller. 🙂 Couldn’t resist. Have a wonderful weekend.


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