Addo Elephant National Park
South African National Parks offer some of the most diverse wildlife in the world. They are continually busy in balancing the conservation of extinct animals with overpopulation of others. A fine park to visit for seeing elephants and Cape buffalo in their natural setting is the Addo Elephant Park.
Located near Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape, the Park was recently expanded and is now the only park on earth to house the Big 7 - elephants, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, whale and great white shark. Left to experience their lives in a natural surrounding, this park is a must see when visiting South Africa.
Only a hour's drive from the sparkling beaches of the coast, this is a convenient way to spend a day with the animals and flora. However, one day can be insufficient in taking advantage of the game drives, hiking and horse trails that are available.
Accomodations Spending a few days in the midst of the natural wild and untouched beauty of this area can deliver a lifetime of memories. There are several enchanting guest houses and lodges to choose from to experience the closeness of this treasured nad.
The Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm sits atop a mountain where the sights are breathtaking. A working citrus farm, the scents of fresh fruit fills the air with natural fragrance. Chalets and cabins provide privacy and a chance to experience a special bonding with the area.
For a more elegant setting, the Woodall Country House & Spa is a 5-star accommodation with an old world flair of a 1900s farmhouse that has all the character of Eastern Cape architecture and a feeling of yesterday. Rated top-notch by Diners Club and TGSCA, you will be pampered with a spa, a gym, excellent service, specialty wines and luscious cuisine. An Atmosphere of True History the Park is not only about elephants, but the natural setting that makes them thrive.
This can best be discovered by going on one of the numerous riding and hiking trails that are available within the park. Birdlife, dunes, forests and cliffs are intermingled with the mammals that have found a sanctuary of peace. One of the most striking distinctions of this far-away place is the history that encompasses this protected part of the world, away from the bustle and high technology of every day life. It gives new meaning to what the planet is all about and gives you time for needed reflection.