- by Geoff
The park was established in 1931 to conserve the African Elephants of which there were only sixteen surviving elephants at the time and is home to more than 550 elephants at present. The Addo Elephant Park is the third largest national park in South Africa and encompasses five of South Africa’s biomes thus making it suitable for habitation by the likes of zebras, antelopes, black rhinoceros, Cape buffaloes, lions, spotted hyena, and kudus. It is also home to the rare indigenous flightless Dung Beetle. Due to recent expansions the park now includes five of South Africa’s seven major vegetation zones (biomes), and is 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.
- Flightless dung beetle
- Elephants in natural habitats
- Spekboom hide
- Home to the world’s largest remaining population of wild elephants
- Duration Half or full day
Full day safari: R1 200 per person (children 4 -1 2 years – half price / Under 4 years free)
Half Day: R900 per person (minimum of 2 people – maximum of 7 people) R1 100 per person (Single)
Included: Guided excursion, light lunch and entrance fees.
Excluded: Lodging, travel to and from Port Elizabeth if residing outside the city. Please contact us for special group rates.
Terms & conditions apply
You will be met mid morning by your guide at your place of residence within Port Elizabeth. After a brief talk about the schedule for the day and an introduction to the park, you will depart for the South Gate of the park in a closed vehicle. The morning is spent exploring the various routes crisscrossing the park from Hapoor Dam to Domkrag Dam, providing you with numerous encounters with the animals and endless photo opportunities. Perhaps you will get to meet one of Addo’s largest elephant bulls, Valli Moosa, Nomad and Bitterball, two of Addo’s resident male lions or even Gina, the lioness, known for taking leisurely strolls along some of the routes crisscrossing the park.