Addo Elephant National Park near Port Elizabeth is rated one of the best places in Africa to see elephants up close. It's also South Africa's third largest reserve with an enormous diversity of species and vegetation.
In 1931, Addo was proclaimed to protect the 16 elephants that remained in the area. Today it is a world-famous mega park and elephant numbers have swelled to over 600, one of the densest elephant populations in Africa.
From just 2 500ha in size at proclamation, Addo Elephant National Park is now 180 000ha in size stretching from Darlington dam in the Karoo section in the north, across the Zuurberg mountains south to the coast where it includes the St Croix and Bird Island groups. This makes it the third largest park in South Africa and it offers incredible diversity encompassing five of South Africa's nine biomes.
The park is also home to buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino and in the marine section you will find great white sharks and southern right whales, which means that South Africa’s Addo is one of the few reserves in the world that can boast having the Big Seven!
All this is within relatively easy striking distance of Port Elizabeth, the largest city in the Eastern Cape and visitors can pick from a range of accommodation and adventure activities including 4x4, horse and hiking trails.
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