Addo Elephant National Park

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The park was proclaimed in 1931 to protect the last remaining Eastern Cape Elephants. The park was then only 2230ha in size and today its covers 180 000ha and protect 5 diverse biomes.

Special Features:

  • It provides the best viewing in the county
  • It is home to one of the densest African Elephant populations on earth and the unique dung beetle
  • The largest coastal dune field in the southern hemisphere
  • The only park in the world to be home to the Big 5, namely elephants, buffalo, rhino, lions, and leopard
  • Over 400 bird’s species occur across the park.

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running rhinoThings to seek:

  • Wildlife: Elephant, Black Rhino, Buffalo, Lion, Kudu, Bushbuck
  • Birds: Ostrich, Secretary Bird, Dabchick, Forest Weaver, Martial Eagle, Denhams Bustards
  • Plants/Trees: Spekboom, Uitenhage Aloe, Long Leave Cycad, Schotia, Coral Tree, Eurphorbia.

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Activities:

activities

  • Guided game drives
  • Self-drives in the wildlife area
  • Day trails and the Alexandria Hiking Trail
  • Wheelchair friendly PPC Discovery Trail
  • Guided Horseback trails
  • Birding
  • 4×4 trail for owners of off-road vehicles

How to get there:

From Port Elizabeth with a rental car from Around About Cars, take the N2 for about 40km to enter Mathyolweni Gate or take the Motherwell off-ramp from the N2 (after about 23km) and follow the R 335 to the left for about 52km to enter the Main Gate.

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