Country: South Africa
Region: Eastern Cape
Outdoor activities: Safari
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If you dream of being surrounded stunning landscapes full of wildlife, then Addo Elephant Park is the place to be!
It is located only half an hour from Port Elizabeth, one of the oldest ports in South Africa.
This national park, one of the largest in the country has over 500 elephants and other wild species such as zebras, elands, antelopes, tortoises, warthogs, ostriches, buffalos, jackals and many birds to mention only those that we saw. In addition, this is the only park in the world hosting the Big 7 (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, white whales and sharks).
For accommodation, we advise you to sleep in the park (main camp). The accommodation is in the heart of the park and even if you won’t hear the lions roar you will be happy to enjoy well equipped cottages (with barbecue) and the restaurant’s nice menu. With a little luck you can even see the elephants from your balcony.
The best way to experience the park is to equip yourself with a pair of binoculars and drive around the park. In fact, you can go almost everywhere with your own car and watch the animals as long as you like. Elephants are very numerous in the park and even if you try you cannot miss them!
You can also take a guide in your car or go on a guided safari (dawn, morning, afternoon, at dusk or at night).
The park is situated in a free malaria zone.
On paper you can see the Big 7 but in reality there are just a few lions and rhinos (for anti poaching measures the guides can’t share with you their location).
Leopards are hard to see too. If you want to see the whales, you will must at the right time (September-October) and drive out of the park on another site situated at about two hours from the main camp. As for white sharks, you can only see them with an organized tour.