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Deep within the shadows of the dense valley bushveld of the Sundays River region of the Eastern Cape lies the Addo Elephant National Park. Here, the evenings are punctuated by the strident howl of the black-backed jackal, and the francolin’s call heralds each new dawn. Safe from relentless persecution in the past, the grey leviathans of the bush now roam in peace.
The original Elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area – today this finely tuned ecosystem 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. And their Addo has only just begun. with plans to expand the 164 000 ha Addo National Elephant Park into a 360 000 ha mega-park. In addition, plans include the proposed proclamation of a 120 000 ha (296 500 acre) marine reserve that includes islands that are home to the world’s largest breeding populations of Cape gannets and second largest breeding population of African penguins.
Addo Elephant Park Budget Family Holiday Accommodation – The Addo Elephant National Park near Port Elizabeth, South Africa, gives the true Out of Africa Feeling and offers the rare opportunity to go on safari in a malaria-free area and see the big five on a budget safari. Since October 2003 the ‘Big 5’ are all back home, but that is not all: the park is set to become the third largest in South Africa and, in addition to the large land animals you will also be able to view whales, great white shark and numerous other sea creatures as the park boarders the Indian Ocean, the Big Seven in one budget safari get away!
The Addo Elephant park was founded in 1931 and currently offers about 460 elephants, cape buffaloes, various antelope species and other veld animals a safe habitat. During 1995 the are around Zuurberg, where leopards are found was integrated into the larger Addo Park.
The Addo Park is particularly welcome for holidaymakers in the Eastern Cape as it offers the unparalleled opportunity to observe some if not all of the Big Five on a budget safari in the larger natural reserve. A visit of the park can be ideally combined with safaris in the nearby private game reserves and a the a vacation along the Garden Route towards Cape Town.
The Eastern Cape, in the South Eastern corner of Africa, is the second largest of South Aricas eleven Provinces. Whille travelers to South Africa will always treat the Western Cape and Cape Town as the most sought after destination, the moderate climate and miles of unspoiled beaches make the Eastern Cape a top holiday destination.
Many visitors are discovering what the lesser known provinces have to offer and the Eastern Cape, toward the Eastern edge of the Garden Route, is fast becoming a sought after destination.
The birthplace of both Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki and the traditional home of the Xhosa people, the Eastern Cape offers tourists some of the most interesting and diversified holiday opportunities available in South Africa. The rich history; the historic battle fields of the one hundred year frontier war and a natural environment that few places in the world are able to match.
The Addo Elephant Park offers attractions of a diverse nature. The water temperatures, as compared to the Western Cape, are conducive to swimming during most of the year and one is almost assured of good weather on most days, ideal for enjoying beach holidays in the region or the many diverse attractions that make the region interesting. The Addo Elephant Park is a malaria free area.
Enjoy game viewing and a true African safari experiences, elephant; Lion; buffalo; leopard; rhinoceros, and all the other “must see” treasures. The Addo Elephant Park offers accommodation and game viewing options to cater for the most discerning traveller. Options are available for those wanting the best in luxury accommodation at internationally recognised standards to smaller reserves catering for the budget conscious traveller. There are even economic camping opportunities, with many Guest Houses and other lodging accommodation just outside the reserves allowing daily access.
The three main national parks are the Addo Elephant Park (SA National Parks Board) taking the lead as one of South Africa’s finest game reserves, supported by Tsitsikamma National Park and the Baviaanskloof nature reserve, a world heritage site and the many privately owned reserves. Together enabling the Addo Elephant Park to offer itself as a truly well rounded holiday experience to visitors both from within South Africa and the many international visitors who have discovered this unique corner of Africa.
Addo National Park is a “Big Five” wildlife reserve in Eastern Cape, South Africa. Thanks to its proximity to Port Elizabeth and the advantage of being in a malaria-free region, the park is a popular safari for families and visitors to the Garden Route. Whilst hosting the big 5 the park was originally founded in 1931 to protect the local elephants, who had almost been exterminated by hunters.
Of the thousands of elephants in the area only 16 elephants had survived when the park was launched. Today, the Addo Elephant Park stretches over approximately 186,000 hectares from the semi-arid Karroo in the north over the Zuurberg Mountains, through to the Sunday’s River Valley in the east and then south to the coast. Whilst home home to more than 600 elephants the park also hosts lions, buffaloes, buck, spotted hyena, leopards, several antelope and zebra species.
Addo Park is home to a wide range of budget accommodation units, ranging from luxurious five star lodges to simple cheap guest houses whilst many interesting activities are offered to the visitors, including hiking trails, horseback riding trails, elephant back rides and river cruises. Visitors can choose whether to explore the park individually by car, or to book a cheap guided safari. No matter what type of visit you choose, the spectacular beauty of this region will inspire you!