Deep within the shadows of the dense valley bushveld of the Sundays River region of the Eastern Cape lies the Addo Elephant National Park.

Here, the evenings are punctuated by the strident howl of the black-backed jackal, and the francolin's call heralds each new dawn. Safe from relentless persecution in the past, the grey leviathans of the bush now roam in peace.

The original Elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area - today this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 450 elephants, Cape buffalo, black rhino, a variety of antelope species, as well as the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. But the Addo story has only just begun.

Plans to expand the 164 000 ha Addo National Elephant Park into a 360 000 ha mega-park are moving forward at an exciting pace. This expansion is transforming Addo into the ultimate tourism destination. Some of its unique features already include:
  • Unrivalled natural diversity, with five of South Africa's seven major vegetation zones (biomes).
  • The Big 7 (Elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, whales and great white sharks) in their natural habitat.
  • Rich heritage of archaeological and historical sites.
  • A wide variety of accommodation and activity options.

In addition, plans include the proposed proclamation of a 120 000 ha (296 500 acre) marine reserve that includes islands that are home to the world's largest breeding populations of Cape gannets and second largest breeding population of African penguins.

Many people throughout the world consider East Africa to be the ultimate African experience, yet annually the Addo Elephant National Park attracts more visitors that the Serengeti National Park. Elephant viewing at Addo is rated as the best in the world. Visitors have the option of self-drive excursions into the park or they can make use of professional services offered by the Park. Well-trained guides accompany guests on open game-drive vehicles for day and night drives. The dense thicket is ideal elephant country and can support four times the density of elephants that the Kruger National Park

Please check out our Photo gallery section for some magnificent photos of Addo Elephant National Park.

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