Addo Elephant National Park makes a perfect stop for those traveling along the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. Conveniently located near Port Elizabeth, it can be combined with a coastal stay or you can experience one of the small safari camps or lodges in the adjacent private game reserves.
Addo Elephant Park was established in 1931 when only 11 wild elephants remained. Today there are over 350 of these magnificent creatures that make their home here. Cape buffalo, black rhino, Lion and Leopard, along with several antelope species are also abundant.
In 2010 an additional 400,000 acres (160,000 hectares), was acquired to expand the park south all the way to the Indian Ocean and a marine reserve to form Greater Addo National Park – Covering 1.2 million acres in all. So in addition to the large mammals you can see the Southern Right Whale as it comes close the coast, and it’s islands are home to the worlds largest breeding ground of Cape Gannets and the second largest home to African Penguins.
The Addo Elephant Park is also surrounded by private game reserves which include the Shamwari Game Reserve, Lalibela Game Reserve, Samara Game Reserve and Kwandwe Game Reserve.
Country: South Africa
Park Size: 800,000 acres – 320,000 hectares
Recently expanded to 1.2 million acres
Ecosystems: Albany thicket, forest, grassy plains and coastal dunes.
Wildlife: Over 350 elephants, lion, black rhino, cape buffalo, cheetah, leopard, zebra, jackal, kudu, antelope. Right Whales on coast.
When to go: Year round
Highlights: Game drives – Also a Malaria Free park.