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Conservation Success at Addo Elephant Park

Our nearby Addo Elephant National Park was featured in a local magazine called SA Country Life recently. The article focusses on the wonderful conservation successes in the park. We are thrilled every time we get to share this special place with guests from around the world. Read the full article: Addo at the Top of its Game.

Addo elephant national park main gate

Top 5 Addo Elephant Park Conservation Facts

  1. Addo started in 1931 with just 4,000 hectares. The park now covers 186,000 hectares.
  2. There were initially 11 elephants in Addo and there are now over 600 elephants in the park.
  3. The park covers five biomes: Karoo, grassland, fynbos, thicket and forest.
  4. Addo Elephant National Park is home to the Big 7 – lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, buffalo, great white shark and the Southern right whale.
  5. Addo Park actively conserves important species including the flightless dung beetle and the endangered African penguin.

Addo elephant national park light house

What Past Guests Say about our Addo Accommodation

“Beautiful accommodation with amazing staff, service, and delicious food!

My partner and I booked to stay at Chrislin lodge in order to do a safari in Addo Elephant Park, as part of our ten day holiday in the Western Cape and garden route of South Africa. We loved every minute of our stay. From Port Elizabeth airport we booked a transfer to Chrislin. Set in quiet Addo, in securely gated and beautiful grounds, Chrislin is a lovely, tranquil little oasis of comfort.”

“Lovely huts very well situated close to Addo Elephant Park.

We loved the place from the very first moment. The staff, the huts, the food and the pool. Everything was perfect. Very well situated close to the Addo Elephant park. We enjoyed our stay very much. We also loved the dog Jack!”

“Africa Bush Feel – Very Welcoming.

A delightful place to stay as a base to visit Addo Elephant Park. The location is pretty. The buildings have an African feel. The lounge and pool area had us wanting to relax rather than go to Addo. The food was good and the service fabulous. We first thought we might try some other local places for dinner, but after the first dinner we were hooked and dined in the restaurant all 3 evenings. By the end of our stay we felt like we were part of the family and didn’t want to leave.”


At Chrislin African Lodge we offer a comfortable, friendly and welcoming African experience with accommodation in authentic mud huts. Visit our Addo Accommodation page for more details about the different options available.

Pictures thanks to Bridgena Barnard and Keri Harvey.