Addo Elephant NP

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About Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant NP has been recently expanded and is the third largest national park in the country. It is the best place in South Africa to see large herds of elephants. The elephants are incredibly relaxed and the low coastal vegetation and numerous waterholes offer very good opportunities to observe their social behaviour. The other Big Five species are also present, but not regularly seen. Algoa Bay here has produced sightings of both great white sharks and southern right whales.

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1642km² / 634mi²
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0-950m / 0-3117ft
Pros and Cons
  • Excellent elephant viewing
  • Very accessible and easily combined with the popular Garden Route
  • Good facilities and roads
  • A variety of lodges and rest camps for all budgets
  • Malaria-free
  • The small park gets very busy in high season and school holidays
  • Tar road network creates a lack of wilderness appeal

Wildlife

Addo is a sanctuary for more than 600 elephants, which are the main attraction of the park. It is home to all of the Big Five including the elusive black rhino and over 400 Cape buffalo. Burchell's zebra, red hartebeest, greater kudu and meerkat are spotted regularly.
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Scenery

Addo encompasses five distinct vegetation areas: Albany thicket (dense woodland), fynbos (fine-leaved plants), forest, Nama karoo (dry shrubland) and Indian Ocean coastal belt. The vegetation in the main area open to tourists is the succulent spekboom, a low growing coastal scrub plant and the main food for the elephants.

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By pixpeeper from FranceFR
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Addo seemed very tame after our week in Kruger. It is quite beautiful and hilly. Accommodation was very comfortable but seeing the wildlife proved a lot more difficult because of the bushes. We waited for one whole day to see our first elephants.


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