Rita, outside Belvedere Cottages
Addo National Elephant Park
The malaria free Addo Elephant Park is the only park in the world, home to the big 7.
The Addo Elephant Park, with its core situated in the Sundays River Valley and stretching from the karoo region north of the Zuurberg Mountain Range to the coast and islands of Algoa Bay of South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, is the heartbeat of the GREATER ADDO ROUTE. Belvedere Cottages is an easy 40 minute drive from the Addo park, ideal location for a day trip.
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, Lion, Cape buffalo, Black Rhino, a variety of antelope species, as well as the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.
With plans to expand the 164 000 ha Addo National Elephant Park into a 360 000 ha mega-park it is a must visit destination