Addo Elephant National Park is the third-largest national park in all of Africa spanning for 1,800 sq. km. The park was founded in 1931 for the initial purpose of protecting the dwindling number of eleven remaining elephants that were facing extinction in the area. The park has since grown to house hundreds of elephants, now surpassing 500. The park has expanded to include the Woody Cape Reserve as well as a marine reserve that contains two islands that are breeding grounds for penguins and other marine life.
Since the Addo Elephant National Park’s expansion, it is the only park in the world to contain all members of the “big 7”: whale, great white shark, elephants, rhinoceros, giraffe, buffalo, lion, and leopard. The park consists of varied vegetation with many species of plants, although many are currently endangered. The park is sectioned into five parts: the Colchester section, Darlington Section, Kabouga Section, Zuurberg Section, and Woody Cape Section with the Kabouga Section exclusively offering 4×4 trails and the Zuurberg and Woody Cape both offering hiking options.
A diverse wildlife conservation park situated close to Gqeberha in South Africa
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Activities inside the park include game drives, guided nature walks, and horse-back safaris along with a range of hiking trails ranging from short walks to 3-day treks. The reserve contains five of South Africa's plant biomes, making it a botanist's paradise, while the bird count at Addo is a staggering 450. In addition to the wide range of big mammals, there are plenty of smaller creatures to keep your guide busy.
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