Addo Elephant National Park

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50km from Port Elizabeth

-33.4438, 25.7456

 

+27 42 233 8600

About

Deep within the shadows of the dense valley bushveld of the Sundays River region of the Eastern Cape lies the Addo Elephant National Park. Here, the evenings are punctuated by the strident howl of the black-backed jackal, and the francolin's call heralds each new dawn. Safe from relentless persecution in the past, elephants, the grey leviathans of the bush, now roam in peace.

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 600 elephants - one of the densest African elephant populations on earth.

The park boasts the ‘Big Seven’, because, in addition to elephant, it is also possible to see black rhino, lion, Cape buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark, as well as a variety of antelope species, and the unique flightless dung beetle which is found almost exclusively in Addo. Addo incorporates the largest coastal dune field in the southern hemisphere and there are plans to expand the 180 000ha Addo National Elephant Park into a 360 000ha mega-park.

In addition, plans include the proposed proclamation of a 120 000ha marine reserve. Bird Island is already part of the park and is home to the world's largest breeding populations of Cape gannets as well as the second-largest breeding population of African penguins.

Addo Elephant National Park conserves no less than five of South Africa's seven biomes and seeks to be fully integrated into the regional landscape, and to conserve and enhance the characteristic terrestrial and marine biodiversity, ecological processes and cultural, historical and scenic resources of the Eastern Cape region for the appreciation and benefit of present and future generations.

Accommodation

  • 1 bush camp
  • 2 guest houses
  • 55 cottages / safari tents
  • 30 campsites