Visit the Elephants of Addo
The star attraction of the region is undoubtedly the Addo National Park, with more annual visitors than East Africa's Serengeti National Park. From its convenient location on the border of the park, Camp Figtree operates daily guided tours, using open Land Rovers to provide guests with some of the finest elephant viewing in the world.
The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area. Today this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 500 elephants, 450 Cape buffalo, lions, spotted hyena, black rhino, a variety of antelope species, as well as the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.
But the Addo story has only just begun. Plans to expand the 148 000 hectare Addo National Elephant Park into a 360 000 hectare "Greater Addo" park are moving forward at an exciting pace. This expansion is transforming Addo into the ultimate tourism destination.
More than just Elephants
Once the process of expansion is completed, the park will span an area of over 200km long, from the Algoa Bay, to the Zuurberg Mountain range, and beyond to the Karoo. With over 270 000 hectares of terrestrial park, and 120 000 hectares of marine zone, it will be possible to see both elephants and whales in the same park, in one day. This will make the reserve the fourth largest in South Africa, and the first to protect the Big 7 (elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark).
Safaris, Game Drives and Activities:
The remarkable location of Camp Fig Tree enables us to offer a host of game viewing activities and other options, all of which can be arranged to best suit our guests. These activities can include -
1. Addo Elephant National Park game drives
Camp Figtree conducts its own open Land Rover trips into the Addo Elephant National Park daily. Addo, which boasts the highest density of elephant of any national park in the world, will ensure that guests have a high number of sightings. Recently the introduction of lion into the park has added a great deal of excitement and has elevated Addo National Park to Big 5 status. Our qualified field guide takes guests into the park departing at 9:00 or 14:00.
The trip normally takes 3 hours.
06:00 - 09:00 R450 per person excluding park entrance fee.
Double game drive - 06:00 - 12:30 including brunch in the park - R900 per person excluding the park entrance fee.
Afternoon game drives on special request - minimum of 4 guests on this game drive
2. Elephant back safaris
African Ramble offers guests the unique opportunity to walk with elephants in their natural environment. Guests are collected from the lodge and transported to the reserve where they are able to touch, feed and walk with the elephants. During this 2.5 hour trip visitors get to view, in intimate proximity, the elephants as they go about their business of walking, feeding and watering in the African bush.
3. Addo Elephant National Park Horse Trails
The park offers horse trails for both experienced riders and beginners; these trails offer the opportunity to view game at a safe distance from horseback. Trails are operated from both the Addo and Zuurberg Mountain sections of the park. The rate for beginners is R220pp; the ride starts at 8:00 and lasts for approximately 2 hours. The more experienced riders start at 14:00 and the ride lasts for approximately 3 hours at a cost of R300pp.
4. Schotia "Tooth and Claw" Safari
Schotia Private Game Reserve is situated on the border of the Addo Elephant National Park and boasts the guarantee of visitors being able to spot lion. An evening drive in open Land Rover is followed by a barbeque around the fire in a traditional "lapa" thatched Boma.
The cost of the trip and times of departure vary seasonally. Information can be obtained at Camp Figtree Reception.
5. Guided Walks
16:00 - 17:30 guided walk on property to our picnic spot - R150 per person including snacks - drinks optional and to be arranged before departing.
Camp Figtree Onsite Activities
Each guest at Camp Figtree is encouraged to explore the eco reserve and enjoy these beautiful environs. As such we encourage guests to enjoy a sundowner walk, mountain biking, bush picnics in safari style. All these and more activities are tailor made and arranged on arrival.