Addo Elephant National Park
Addo Elephant Park is one of South Africa’s most renowned National Parks, with a special focus on conservation in the Addo area. As the third-largest SANPark, this sanctuary holds a special place in the hearts of all who have visited. Located just outside of the sea-side city of Port Elizabeth, affectionately known as the Friendly City, the conservation area extends all the way out to the sea and the islands within. Addo Elephant Park gets its name from the large population of elephants in the area, with over 600 elephants forming various family groups. These gentle giants have grown accustomed to cars and often come right up to your vehicle without even batting an eyelid, unlike the more aggressive elephants in Kruger National Park. You are assured of a personal greeting from the stunning matriarchs.
Apart from elephants, you are likely to see all of the Big Five, including rhino, leopards, lion, and buffalo. However, Addo is also home to the Big Seven, which extends the Big Five to include whales and Great White sharks. At the Elephant Park, visitors are welcome to drive themselves around or to book a game drive with one of the experienced rangers. Also on offer is the unmissable opportunity to tour the park on horseback on a morning or afternoon trail ride - making your animal sightings that much more memorable.