Addo – place of the elephants

Large herd of elephants waiting in small family groups to drink water at Hapoor Dam

About Addo

Addo National Park is situated in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, alongside the dense valley bushveld of the Sundays River. It is a spectacular park: a peaceful Eden that abounds with wildlife and unique scenery.

As its name entails, the protected area thrives with elephants and is perhaps the country’s best destination to encounter these stunning creatures. In fact, it has one of the densest African elephant populations on Earth!


Addo Elephant is located in a region of immense beauty. It contains no less than 5 of South Africa’s 7 biomes, and has an incredible landscape that boasts with a combination of both terrestrial and marine diversity.

Did you know that it’s one of the only places in the world where one can encounter the Big 7? Yes, you heard me right … not the Big 5 … the BIG SEVEN! On top of the famous elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo, Addo is also home to the southern right whale and the great white shark.

Wildlife of Interest

  • The African Elephant of Course 🙂

Mother and Calf

Don’t look very interested in us …

They are just everywhere! In my opinion, it is simply impossible to miss them. Or perhaps you’d have to consider changing your glasses (or get a better pair of binoculars …)! 🙂

  • The Flightless Dung Beetle

The flightless dung beetle is endemic to South Africa, and almost confined to Addo. Since the reserve is elephant country, these little fellows are plentiful too. They use the animal’s dung to lay their eggs.

  • Cape Gannets

The park is a refuge to the world’s largest Cape gannet breeding population (on Bird Island).

  • African Penguins

Addo Elephant National Park is also the second largest breeding ground for African penguins.


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