Addo Elephant National Park is found in the Cacado region of the Eastern Cape. It is world famous for its elephants. The original park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area - today the Addo Elephant Park is sanctuary to over 450 elephants, Cape buffalo, black rhino, a variety of antelope species, as well as the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.
Accommodation in the Addo Elephant Park
From fully furnished cottages to modest bungalows, even camping. Kgalagadi offers a range of accommodation.
Addo Elephant Park is a popular destination, with approximately 140 000 people visiting the Park annually.
The Addo Elephant National Park stretches from Woody Cape (between Bushman's River mouth in the east and Sundays River mouth in the west) in the south, moving northwards across the area originally known as Olifantsplaat and Vetmaakvlakte, across the original elephant enclosure, across to the Nyathi Concession area, encompassing a large part of the Zuurberg mountain range, moving westwards, and then northwards across the Zuurberg to the Darlington Dam area up to the R400 (between Jansenville and Paterson).
The park encompasses five of South Africa's seven biomes: - Forest (Alexandria forest) in the Woody Cape area, - Subtropical Thicket in the original Addo section (also in the Kabouga, Colchester, Nyathi sections), - Grassland in the Zuurberg section, - Fynbos in the Zuurberg section, - Nama Karoo in the Darlington section. Subtropical Thicket is the largest biome in the AENP, covering 69% of the area.