Addo National Elephant Park 

 

Addo_National_Elephant_ParkAddo National Elephant Park is well worth either a day or overnight visit. There is a big variation of accommodation both in the park itself and in the close vicinity. You can drive in the park yourself looking for game and you can participate in one of the game drives.

 

Addo is home to one of the densest African elephant populations on earth and it incorporates the largest coastal dune field in the southern hemisphere. The park boasts the Big Seven, (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark).

 

This park offers some of the most spectacular elephant viewing in the world. Addo’s over 450 elephants will delight visitors with their antics. The original Elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area. Today this finely tuned ecosystem of 164 000 ha is sanctuary to over 450 elephants, Cape buffalo, black rhino, a variety of antelope species, as well as the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. These are only a few of the many animals that can be found in Addo National Elephant Park.

 

The park contributes to the conservation of the endangered black rhino with over 48 of these animals occurring here.

 

over 400 Cape buffalo are now being seen more often during the day due to the influence of lion reintroduction. This is one of the largest disease-free herds in South Africa.

 

Six lions were introduced into the park in late 2003 and have adapted well to their new environment. Lions are most often seen in the early morning or on sunset and night drives.

 

Spotted hyenas were also reintroduced in 2003, fulfilling the same role as lions in restoring the natural balance to the ecosystems in the park by controlling the numbers of herbivores.

 

Leopard are very seldom seen, being shy and secretive animals, but do occur in most areas of the expanded park.

 

Antelope species abundant in the main game area of the park include red hartebeest, eland, kudu and bushbuck.

 

The Burchell’s zebra, many with the pale rumps reminiscent of the extinct qwagga, occur in the park.

 

Warthogs are abundant.

 

Rare flightless dung beetle is king of the road in Addo, with signs warning visitor that this recycling machine has right of way. The beetles are only seen when conditions are not too hot and not too cold and play an important role in recycling nutrients and helping the growth of thicket vegetation.

 

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Reception tel. (during office hours - 07:00 - 19:00): +27 (0)42 233 8600

 

 

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