Rita, outside Belvedere Cottages
The kissing Monkeys of the Addo National Elephant Park
A leisurely self drive through Addo Game Park led us to find a troop of Monkeys on the side of the road. On closer inspection we discovered the kissing monkeys basking in the early morning Winter sun.
Our National treasure, The Addo Elephant Park deliver surprises around every corner.
The Addo Elephant National Park is a diverse wildlife conservation park situated close to Port Elizabeth and is one of the country's 19 national parks. It currently ranks third in size after Kruger National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
More than 600 elephants, 400 Cape buffalo, over 48 endangered black rhino as well as a variety of antelope species.
Lion and spotted hyena has also recently been re-introduced to the area. The largest remaining population of the flightless dung beetle (Circellium bacchus) is located within the park. The flora within the AENP is quite varied, and like all plant life, is a central factor to the ecological system in place. Several species of rare and endemic plants, particularly succulent shrubs and geophytes are native to the South African region within the AENP. Many species are under environmental pressure, however, and are facing a possible extinction.
Belvedere and Doncaster Cottages are ideally situated to enjoy day trips to the Park.