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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- Additional vehicles will be charged fee per night
- Maximum of four people per site
- PowerPoint (220v)
- Very small sites (3.5 x 4.5m)- only tents allowed
- 2 single beds
- A torch or any battery operated light is essential
- Barbeque Facilities
- Bedding and utensil box supplied
- Barbeque Facilities
- Camp reached from N2, access rd open to Main Camp
- Check-in at Matyholweni itself, not Main Camp
- couch not suitable for adults
- Video: Sylvester finds a new home at Addo - 1st June 2016
- Media Release: Karoo lion finds a new home at Addo - 27th May 2016
- Media Release: Karoo lion heading to Addo soon - 25th May 2016
- Media Release: Guests to Parks, Camping and Activity figures up in SANParks' Frontier Region Parks - 26th April 2016
- Media Release: Karoo Lion to move to Addo Elephant National Park - 12th April 2016
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- It also protects the world's largest Cape gannet breeding population on Bird Island
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Official Guide on Sale
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.