Addo Elephant Park Tour Overview
The renowned Addo Elephant National Park spans an impressive 170 000 hectares and is South Africa’s third-largest National Park. The park was founded in 1931 to protect the Eastern Cape’s last eleven remaining elephants after severe poaching activity in the area and is now inhabited by one of the world’s largest elephant herds and home to more than 600 elephants. Addo Elephant Park certainly allows an up-close game viewing experience of Africa’s gentle giants!
The departure time from Gqeberha is around 08:00 – 09:30 to the National Park, which is about an hour’s drive. The park stretches down to the ocean 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. These marine assets form part of expanding Addo National Park into the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. With this expansion, the national park now boasts the magnificent Big 7 (namely the buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, rhinoceros, great white shark, and southern right whale). Visitors can only access the marine section of the park by chartered boat and not from the park itself.
The national park is rich in history and is responsible for the conservation of significant biodiversity, indigenous fauna, and flora, as well as unique ecosystems. Notably, five of South Africa’s seven biomes can be found in the park. Visitors to the park can view a variety of plant and bird species, reptiles, and other wildlife such as zebra, jackal, and numerous species of antelope (to name a few) in their natural environment. Be sure to keep an eye out for the vulnerable Addo flightless dung beetle! This day tour is conducted in our closed, air-conditioned vehicle with one of our professional and experienced English speaking driver/guides.
Looking for a Big-5 Safari? Take a look at our Big-7 Safari Tour here.
- Full Day
- Age 0+