Addo Elephant National Park Safari destination

Encounter a diverse environment in just one location. The Addo Elephant National Park is the third largest national park in South Africa and has now grown to conserve a wide range of habitats, wildlife, species and different vegetation types that has in many occasions facilitated the life of animals in the forest. The offers a wide range of game viewing and outdoor activities such as horse riding, guided nature walks, hiking and also offers picnic areas for the day visitors among others.

The Addo Elephant National Park is a big environmental success story, situated in South Africa’s stunning Eastern Cape region. At the behest of local farmers, a large-scale elephant farm was established in 1919 and an already-decided herd was brought on board by poaching and habitat loss. By 1931, the number of Addo’s elephant was limited to only 11 people. In the same year, the reserve was set up to protect the last surviving elephants. The elephants in the park have flourish today since the park was established to conserve the animals. There are over 600 elephants in the area, whereas the sanctuary has also been used by other vulnerable species. Addo is well-known for its rich diversity of species but also for its simplicity as one of the best self-drive safari choices in South Africa. The southern gate of the park is just 25 km/40 km from Port Elizabeth, one of the country’s biggest urban areas. ​

The Addo Elephant Park has been significantly expanding since 1931. It is actually split into several regions, such as the largest internal nature park and two shoreline conservation areas just north of the River Sundays. The length of the park includes various habitats, from arid mountains to sandy dunes and coastal forests which as supported several animal species including; elephant, wolf, and rhino can be seen in this park which is the illustration of the monarchy of the Big Five wild game.

The main draw of the park are the elephants and during the warm days, over 100 members gather in waterholes to drink, play and bathe in the waters which one of the perfect sites to see the elephants and other animals in the park. Addo, is also a home to one of the country’s biggest populations of Buffaloes free of illnesses in the country. Rhino is not often observed, so knowledge on its numbers and whereabouts is kept close and watchful for poachers; whereas in the night and morning lions and leopards are most easily found which means that nocturnal game drives is the best to catch the pride of the lion.

Addo also includes the largest antelope in South Africa, the Eland, and the unusual flight-free dung beetle. The park’s periphery areas provide a chance to see national rarities, such as the gemsbok and mountain zebra of Cape. Burchell’s zebra, warthog and kudu are also popular attractions. Yeah, Addo’s only absent big safari species is giraffe. Obviously, giraffes are not contained in the east cap and they have not been added.  Addo also hosts an incredible birdlife with over 400 species registered within the park. Each of its habitats offers various sightings from grasslands like the Denham bustard, to rare forests such as the Narina trogon. The Addo is full of raptors, from fighting eagles and crowned eagles to the lovely violet Goshawk artist. The dedicated bird hides situated in Addo Rest Camp will help Keen Birders.