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Experience Addo Elephant National Park

Now the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to conserve a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora.


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Now the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to conserve a wide range 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 Sundays River mouth and 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 eleven elephants remained in the area. Today this finely-tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 600 elephant, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. The park can exclusively claim to be the only national park in the world to conserve the “Big 7” – the Big 5 as well as the southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast.Plans are currently afoot to include the proposed proclamation of a 120 000 ha (296 500 acre) Marine Protected Area which includes islands that are home to the world's largest breeding populations of Cape gannets and second largest breeding population of African penguins.


Addo Elephant National Park seeks to be fully integrated into the regional landscape. It conserves and enhances the characteristic terrestrial and marine biodiversity, ecological processes and cultural, historical and scenic resources representative of the Eastern Cape for the appreciation and benefit of present and future generations.

Five main attractions/things to experience:

  • Lion (found mostly in the southern section of the park)
  • Herds of elephant at Hapoor dam
  • The Interpretive Centre at main camp
  • The picturesque Zuurberg Mountain
  • The rolling sand dunes of the Woody Cape section

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<strong>Spekboom Tent</strong> (TC2)
Spekboom Tent (TC2)
  • 2 single beds
  • A torch or any battery operated light is essential
  • Barbeque Facilities
  • Bedding and utensil box supplied
<strong>Caravan Site</strong> (CK6CP)
Caravan Site (CK6CP)
  • Additional vehicles will be charged fee per night
  • Communal ablutions
  • Communal kitchen with electricity, hob and sink
  • Gravel ground cover
<strong>Cottage</strong> (CO2)
Cottage (CO2)
  • 2 single beds
  • DSTV (Limited Channels)
  • Fan
  • Hotplate, Microwave, Bar Fridge, Utensils
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  • Is also home to one of the densest African elephant populations on earth


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This 52-page full-colour brochure gives the visitor a complete overview of the Park, its fauna and flora, history, new developments, accommodation and activities. Highly recommended! Available from the park directly.

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