The Addo Elephant National Park is located 72 km north of Port Elizabeth near the Zuurberg chain in Sundays River Valley, this national park protects the latest elephants that once populated at Eastern Cape. It was established in 1931, with only 16 elephants, and today it has more than 450 elephants. The Addo Elephant National Park, which was once an agricultural area, covers 180,000 hectares up to the coastal zone delimited by the Sundays and Bushman’s mouths. An expansion project is currently being studied with the addition of a marine reserve to include the islands hosting the second largest colony of African penguins.
What to do:
A couple of days’ visit to the Addo Elephant National Park is one of the most extraordinary experiences that can be made in this part of Eastern Cape.
In addition to the presence of elephants, there is the possibility to see zebras, black rhinos, Cape buffaloes, leopards, lions, many varieties of birds and also an endemic species of stercoral beetles, with an almost prehistoric appearance.
When to go:
The wildlife views in Addo is good throughout the year. Having a dry semi-arid climate, the animals are attracted to water holes at any time, but the best period is the dryest one in winter (June to September). The only disadvantage is that nights can become very cold and winter clothes are needed for morning game drives, especially when using an open vehicle.