Addo Elephant National is the third largest national park in south africa and home to 600 plus elephants, a must visit destination for all large mammal lovers especially for elephants. With over six hundred elephants contained within the park, Addo is the perfect place to see the largest mammals on earth in their natural habitat. Already having encompassed seven different types of biomes, the park’s recent expansion means that it now also includes a part of the coastal area as well as a couple of islands.
The park protects a diverse habitat rich with fauna and flora, including Cape buffalo, black rhino, the rare flightless dung beetle and many species of birds. There are also many archaeological sites to be visited, including artefacts of the nomadic “Strandloper” people, found on the Alexandria dunefields
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Addo Elephant National Park is a diverse wildlife conservation park situated close to Port Elizabeth in South Africa and is one of the country's 20 national parks. It currently ranks third in size after Kruger National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The original park has subsequently been expanded to include the Woody Cape Nature Reserve that extends from the Sundays River mouth towards Alexandria and a marine reserve, which includes St. Croix Island and Bird Island, both breeding habitat for gannets and penguins, not to mention a large variety of other marine life. Bird Island is home to the world's largest breeding colony of gannets - about 120,000 birds - and also hosts the second largest breeding colony of African penguins, the largest breeding colony being St. Croix island. These marine assets form part of the plan to expand the 1,640 km² Addo National Elephant Park into the 3,600 km² Greater Addo Elephant National Park.
The expansion will mean not only that the park contains five of South Africa's seven major vegetation zones (biomes), but also that it will be the only park in the world to house Africa's "Big 7“ (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, buffalo, leopard, whale and great white shark) in their natural habitat
History: Addo Elephant National Park
The original section of the park was founded in 1931, in part due to the efforts of Sydney Skaife, in order to provide a sanctuary for the eleven remaining elephants in the area. The park has proved to be very successful and currently houses more than 600 elephants and a large number of other mammals.
The climate is temperate to hot and temperatures in summer (November to February) may reach over 40 degrees Celsius. Winter days are mild but cold at night with frost occurring at times. The average annual rainfall is 450 mm and is spread throughout the year, although peaks do often occur in February/March and October/November
Addo Elephant Nationa Park has more than 600 elephants, 400 Cape buffaloes, over 48 endangered black rhinos (Diceros bicornis michaeli) as well as a variety of antelope species. Lion and spotted hyena have also recently been re-introduced to the area. The largest remaining population of the flightless dung beetle (Circellium bacchus) is located within the park
Addo Elephant National Park offers a range of accommodation types. The list below offers a brief description of what the park offers;
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