As you would expect given it’s name, Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape of South Africa is famed for it’s great herds of African Elephant; around 600 are currently living within the park. Addo is a large park (the third largest in South Africa) with a wide variety of different vegetation zones. After the expansion of the park to include the Woody Cape section of park on the Indian Ocean coast, the park is now home to the Big 7 of African animals; Leopard, Lion, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Humpback whale and the Great White Shark.

We recommend you stay the night in the park’ main camp to allow you early access to the game area in the morning, as well as opportunity to view the elephants at the floodlit waterhole just outside the main camp area. Watching the elephants in the dark is a truly wonderful experience. We visited in December and stayed in the main camp cottage. We were lucky enough to have a great viewing of a Transvaal lion pride who had 2 very young cubs, hundreds of Elephants and numerous other animals. We also spotted a flightless dung beetle from one of the few remaining populations in South Africa, who have found sanctuary within the park

 

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