Addo Elephant National Park
Travel to Addo Elephant National Park – See Unique Wild Elephants
The Addo Elephant National Park is in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa and is one of the country’s larger parks. The park offers a wide variety of game viewing, outdoor adventure, numerous wildlife species and cultural experiences and it is a great self drive destination as well as an excellent place to discover the many wonders of the bush at your own pace.
Addo Elephant National Park is an elephant park situated in the Sundays River Valley and Zuurberg Mountain range, 72 kilometres from Port Elizabeth. It is recognized as one of the country’s twenty national parks. The original section of the park was founded in 1931 to provide a sanctuary for the eleven remaining elephants in the area. The park has proven to be very successful and currently houses more than 450 elephants as well as a large number of other mammals and endangered species.
The obvious main attraction of the Addo Elephant National Park is the park’s 450 African Elephants which have a special, brownish skin colour as a result of the red soil. However, also in the park there are black rhinos, lions, leopards, cape buffalo, whales, dung beetles, antelope, great white sharks and a vast number of bird species. One of the main appeals of the park is that it is less crowded than other South African national parks and so visitors can look around at their leisure and enjoy the peaceful and undeniably beautiful surroundings.
In Addo Elephant National Park you can participate in game drives, bird watching and horse riding. However, if you head further afield you can visit Mountain Zebra National Park to see rare mountain zebra, the old town of Graaff-Reinet, Port Elizabeth and the garden route and also the Karoo.
Relax at the onsite restaurant and shop or for the ultimate wilderness adventure opt to camp in the park at one of the two camps that are located near the village of Addo and at the Colchester entrance.
There are no public transport options in the park and so your best option is to hire a car which can be done at Port Elizabeth or join an organised tour.
- Spot elephants that are unique to the area.
- Camp overnight in the park for the ultimate wilderness adventure.
- Head further afield to the Mountain Zebra National Park to see rare mountain zebras.