The third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to cover about 180 000 hectares (444 700 acres) and includes the Bird and St Croix Island groups. Situated in a malaria free area just one hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth, this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 500 elephants, Cape buffalo, a variety of antelope species, as well as the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.
Some of its unique features include:
- Addo Elephant Park conserves no less than five of South Africa’s seven biomes
- Addo Elephant Park is home to one of the densest African elephant populations on earth
- Addo Elephant Park is home to the unique flightless dung beetle
- Addo Elephant Park incorporates the largest coastal dune field in the southern hemisphere
- Addo Elephant Park boasts the Big Seven, (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark)
- Addo Elephant Park protects the world’s largest Cape gannet breeding population on Bird Island
Established in 1931 to save 11 Elephants on the brink of extinction. Addo Elephant National Park is a perfect destination for the adventurous outdoor and nature lover.
Addo Elephant Park, a sanctuary for the wide range of South Africa’s Wildlife, is located in the thick bushveld of the Sundays River, in the Eastern Cape. The park now known as the Addo Elephant National Park is now the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to conserve a wide diversity of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. Stretching from the semi-arid karoo area in the north around Darlington Dam, over the rugged Zuurberg Mountains, through the Sundays River valley and south to the coast between Sundays River mouth and Bushman’s river mouth, Addo covers about 180 000 hectares (444 700 acres) and includes the Bird and St Croix Island groups.
Lions were released into Addo National Park in October 2003 and the first lion cubs were born in the Addo since 1845. An absence of 159 years. There is more to the Addo Elephant National Park than the big 7, there are countless other species, Cape buffalo, Black rhino, Eland, Kudu, Bushbuck, Red hartebeest, Grysbok and Duiker, Jackals, Antbear, Bushpig, Vervet monkeys and Zebra, to name a few. The flightless dung beetle is unique to the park. 6 out of the world’s 7 biomes are found here and a huge number of bird species.