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Addo Elephant National Park

Now the third largest national park in South Africa, the 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 the Sundays River mouth and the Bushman’s river mouth, Addo covers about 180 000 hectares (444 700 acres) and includes the Bird and St Croix Island groups. The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only sixteen elephants remained in the area. Today this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 550 elephants, buffalo, lion, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard and a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in the park. There are plans to expand the park into a 264 000 hectare (652 300 acre) mega-park – plans include the proposed proclamation of a 120 000 hectare (296 500 acre) marine reserve that includes islands that are home to the world’s largest breeding populations of Cape gannets and the second largest breeding population of African penguins.

Attractions and Activities

Besides the Addo Elephants and a host of other game on display, you can choose from a selection of activities as follows: guided morning, afternoon and night game drives, hop-on guides (a group of guides, sourced from the communities adjacent to the park, who operate their own business within the park, providing guiding services for visitors in the comfort of their own vehicles), self drive game viewing, horse trails, 4x4 trails, marine eco-tours and the Alexandria hiking trail.

Gate times
Main Entrance Gate and Addo Reception (off R335 / R342 near Addo): 07h00 – 19h00
Matyholweni Gate and Matyholweni Reception (off N2 near Colchester): 07h00 – 17h00

 
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