Greater Addo Elephant National Park, Garden Route, South Africa

Addo Elephant Back safari.
Addo Elephant National Park conserves 5 out of 7 eco-regions in South Africa and supports one of the biggest Elephant populations on the planet. The Addo Elephant Park, originally set aside in 1931 to preserve what were then the last remaining 11 Elephants in the area, has proved a major success. Not only has that tiny herd of Elephants grown to over 200, the park has also grown from its original size of less than 20,000 hectares to nearly 500,000 hectares - hence the 'greater' which has been added to the name.The Greater Addo Elephant National Park will cover an astonishing diversity of biomes ranging from seashore to mountain.Protection of the Elephant has given rise to a concurrent protection of an ecosystem which supports numerous reptile, amphibian and insect species and a documented 170 bird species. The main attractions at Addo are still the Elephants and other game includes Rhinos and Buffalo and many species of antelope. The new sections of the park will include a stretch of beach, a marine reserve, offshore islands and the Zuurberg Mountains.Accommodation in the Greater Addo Elephant Park includes the main National Parks camp at Addo, which has chalets, a restaurant, shop and camping and, also in the main park, the luxurious Gorah Elephant Camp, a full service game lodge.In the Zuurberg section of the park, Narina Camp is a real bush camp with no electricity, tented accommodation, gas and open fire cooking facilities and one shower and one flush toilet. It can be reached by a short walk or on horseback.Addo Main Camp has 2 wheelchair-friendly units. There are a number of accommodation establishments on the border of the camp. Activities include walking tours, horseback rides and the usual game drives and night drives.

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