Addo Elephant National Park
Wilderness at its Best

©Nigel Dennis
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa.

Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape, now the third largest national park in South Africa, has grown to conserve a wide-ranging and biodiverse landscape. The burgeoning 180 000 ha conservation area encompasses a range of habitats, from the semi-arid Karoo veldt near Darlington Dam, the rugged Zuurberg Mountains, the Sundays River Valley and a section of the coastline between the Sundays and Bushman’s River Mouths.

The Addo Elephant National Park has unrivalled natural diversity, including five of South Africa's seven major vegetation zones. This makes it the only place in the world where you’ll encounter the Big 7 (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, whales and great white sharks) in their natural habitat.

It includes the Bird and St Croix Island groups and provides sanctuary to more than 500 elephants, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique and endemic Addo flightless dung beetle.

Getting There: Follow the N2 from Port Elizabeth towards Grahamstown, turning left onto Exit 761/R335 towards Motherwell. Turn left again on St. George Street/R335, and continue for around 50 km to Addo Elephant National Park.

By Jacques Marais

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