Wildlife & Animals – Addo Elephant NP
Addo's top attraction is the elephant population. All of the Big Five are present and lions are sometimes encountered on the road early in the morning. Black rhino is very shy and tends to stay in the thickets. Giraffe is absent, as it has never occurred in the area, and hippos are only found in the rarely visited Zuurberg Mountains section of the park.
Some of the more interesting antelope species regularly encountered are greater kudu, red hartebeest and eland. The rare and flightless dung beetle has right-of-way on the roads and plays an important role in recycling nutrients to stimulate vegetation growth.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
While wildlife viewing is always good in Addo, it is best during the drier months of the year (June to September) when animals congregate at the man-made waterholes.