Welcome to Addo Elephant National Park
The jewel in Eastern Cape's crown is Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa's third-largest national park, located 70km north of Port Elizabeth and encompassing both the Zuurberg mountains and the Sundays River Valley. It protects the remnants of the huge elephant herds that once roamed the Eastern Cape. When Addo was proclaimed a national park in 1931, there were only 11 elephants left; today there are more than 600 in the park, and you’d be unlucky not to see some. A day or two at Addo is a highlight of any visit to this part of the Eastern Cape, not only for the elephants but for the lions, zebras, black rhinos, Cape buffaloes, spotted hyenas and myriad birds. The park is also one of few which boasts the ‘Big Seven’, thanks to sightings of great white sharks and southern right whale (in season) off its coastal sections.