Set in the heart of the malaria-free Eastern Cape of South Africa, Kudu Ridge Game Lodge is a short 30 minutes’ drive inland from Port Elizabeth Airport and positioned at the end of the Garden Route.

During the Addo summer months (November to March) we welcome guests from near and far. Our South African visitors to Kudu Ridge Game Lodge enjoy our accessible safari destination with activities that tick all the boxes for a great holiday. Our international guests visit Addo in summer to enjoy our warm weather, along with an excellent Big 5 and malaria-free safari experience in the Addo Elephant National Park.

There are many great reasons to visit Addo but we have put together our TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT ADDO IN SUMMER which we hope you will find useful when planning your summer break.

Addo Summer Game Viewing

The Big 5 Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest national park in South Africa, lies a short 15 minutes’ drive from Kudu Ridge Game Lodge. Although wildlife viewing is great throughout the year, the warmer summer weather make getting up early and staying out late on safari drives much more pleasant. The average minimum temperature in January is 15°C (59°F) compared to 5°C (59°F) in July!

During the summer months you are also likely to see many baby antelope, including impala and blue wildebeest, as these are born during the summer season each year. The vegetation is a little greener and bird watching is excellent because of the addition of migratory birds. A safari in the Addo Elephant National Park is definitely the top 5 reason to visit Addo in summer.

Addo Summer on the Sundays River

Addo activities on the nearby Sundays River are enjoyed by all our guests during summer. Top favourites are the Sunday River cruise, available during the day and at sunset, and canoeing on the Sundays River. The canoe safari is a fabulous summer water activity and great way to enjoy the abundant birdlife. The Sundays River is also safe to swim in.

Addo Summer Bush Hikes

Another top 5 reason to visit Addo in summer is to enjoy the Doringnek hiking trail, a five-hour (12 km) trail near to Kudu Ridge Game Lodge in the Zuurberg section of the Addo Elephant National Park. The hike includes the chance to swim and picnic at the scenic Otto’s Pool.

We also encourage our guests to enjoy Addo summer bush walks on our private reserve. With no danger from predators, evening and dawn walks in summer are warm and offer the chance to encounter kudu, impala, bushbuck, grey duiker, Cape grysbok, porcupine, bush pig, warthog, rock dassie, caracal, meercats and more. The summer birdlife is also abundant.

Addo’s Nearby Blue Flag Beaches

The Eastern Cape has wonderful sand beaches along over 800 km of unspoilt coastline. Enjoying time on the popular beaches in Port Elizabeth, just 30 minutes from Kudu Ridge Game Lodge, is a popular summer activity with guests. There are six internationally recognised Blue Flag beaches in the Eastern Cape, a symbol that recognises their safety, cleanliness, provision of amenities and environmental management. We recommend the three Port Elizabeth Blue Flag beaches of Hobie Beach, King’s Beach and Humewood Beach. These are all super for summer swimming and sunbathing.

Addo Outdoor Summer Fun

Our final top 5 reasons to visit Addo in summer is that you can enjoy more time around our boma, on our viewing deck and in our bush pub. December and January have the longest sun hours which means there is more time to enjoy time outdoors. Kudu Ridge summer visitors enjoy watching the sun set from our viewing deck with the Addo Elephant Park in the distance or gathering around our central boma under the star-filled sky. Our guests arrive as strangers but leave as friends.

There really are so many more reasons to visit Addo in the summer. Contact Alison on stay@kuduridge.co.za or call on +27 (0)82 568 7048 to find out more. Ask about our Addo summer accommodation special and our private guided safari tours into the Addo Elephant National Park.

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Photo thanks for guide Alex Wood.