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Addo Elephant

South Africa Eastern Cape National Park Big Five-Reservat

About Addo Elephant

The Addo Elephant is a National Park in South Africa in the provinces of Eastern Cape. The park was established on 01.01.1931 and covers an area of 1.8 km². The Addo Elephant is a Big Five reserve and offers the possibility of self-drive safaris.

The Addo area stretches from the Karoo Desert in the north, over the Zuurberg Mountains in the south, to the coast. The national park is located 70 kilometres north-east of Port Elizabeth in the Sunday Valley, making it ideal for elephant lovers and South African tourists travelling along the Garden Route. It is also well suited for safari beginners and wildlife viewing with your own rental car. Addo belongs to the state organisation SAN Parks and is the third largest national park in South Africa.

General information
Biodiversity Sighting conditions
Very high Okay
  • 95Mammals
  • 417Bird species
  • 60Reptile
  • 1578Fish specie
  • 19Amphibians
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Official Name

Addo Elephant

Provinces

Eastern Cape

Area

1.8 km2

Foundation

1931-01-01

Vegetation

No information

Habitats

Grassland savannah,Forest

Big Five-reserves

Yes

Self-drive-reserve

Yes

Entrance gates

2

Highlights

The Addo area stretches from the Karoo Desert in the north, over the Zuurberg Mountains in the south, to the coast. The national park is located 70 kilometres north-east of Port Elizabeth in the Sunday Valley, making it ideal for elephant lovers and South African tourists travelling along the Garden Route. It is also well suited for safari beginners and wildlife viewing with your own rental car. Addo belongs to the state organisation SAN Parks and is the third largest national park in South Africa.

Landscape

The main habitat of the Addo Elephant is the Grassland savannah.

The Addo is scenically very attractive due to its year-round dense vegetation and is surrounded by imposing Zuurberg Mountains in the northern part. More than 500 different plant species are found in the national park. The characteristic vegetation of the main area accessible to tourists is the Albany thicket, which is dominated by Spekboom (literally "bacon tree"), a low-growing succulent shrub that forms the main food for the elephants.

Entrance gate
Name Location
Main West
Mathyolweni South
General information
Biodiversity Sighting conditions
Very high Okay
  • 95Mammals
  • 417Bird species
  • 60Reptile
  • 1578Fish specie
  • 19Amphibians
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The best travel time for Addo Elephant
The best travel time

Overview
Weather and climate

Excellent Good Okay Poor
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Dec

Best tavel time

January (Beginning) - December (End)


Dry time

May (Beginning) - September (End)

Climate

chilly-warm


Tavel time

October (Beginning) - April (End)

Climate

cool, wet-hot


High season

October (Beginning) - March (End)


Low season

October (Beginning) - March (End)


No information

The climate in Addo Elephant is warm. The rainy season takes place from Beginning October to End April The dry season first extended over the months from Beginning May to End September inclusive. The best time to tour is Beginning January End December.

Unlike most other parks in South Africa, the summer rains (October to April) in Addo National Park do not stop completely in the winter months (May to September). It only decreases along with the rising heat. Night temperatures can sometimes drop to freezing in winter.

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Top animal species

The Addo Elephant is home to 95 mammals such as Big Five, Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Cape Buffalo as well as 417 bird species, 60 reptile species, 1578 fish species and 19 amphibian species. The Addo Elephant provides Very high conditions for wildlife viewing. The National Park offers a wide variety of species, including the "Big Five".

Big Five

Big Five

Big Five

Lion

Big Five

Elephant

Big Five

Leopard

Big Five

Cape Buffalo

Spotted hyena

Hippopotamus

Baboon

Mountain zebra

Jackal

Black rhinocerus

Mongoos

Aadvark

Warthog

Common eland

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