Addo Elephant Park, a sanctuary for a wide range of South Africa\'s Wildlife, is located in the thick bushveld of the Sundays River, in the Eastern Cape. The original section of the park was founded in 1931, in part due to the efforts of Sydney Skaife, in order to provide a sanctuary for the eleven remaining elephants in the area. Situated in a malaria free area just one hour\'s drive from Port Elizabeth, the park now has over 450 elephants, as well as Cape buffalo, a variety of antelope species and the unique flightless dung beetle.
The original park has subsequently been expanded to include the Woody Cape Nature Reserve that extends from the Sundays River mouth towards Alexandria and a marine reserve, which includes St. Croix Island and Bird Island, an important breeding habitat for gannets and penguins, not to mention a large variety of other marine life. Bird Island is home to the world\'s largest breeding colony of gannets - about 120,000 birds - and also hosts the second largest breeding colony of African penguins, the largest breeding colony being St Croix island. This forms part of the plan to expand the Addo National Elephant Park considerably into the Greater Addo Elephant National Park, almost doubling in size.
The expansion has meant not only that the park contains five of South Africa\'s seven major vegetation zones but also the so-called \"Big 7\" (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, buffalo, leopard, whale and great white shark) in their natural habitat.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Addo, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to South Africa
Tailormade Holidays to Addo
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Offering a wide selection of accommodation, Addo Elephant Rest Camp is a popular spot next to Addo Elephant Park. Guest rooms vary from chalets to rondavels and cottages. All are comfortable with en suite facilities. The unique feature of the camp is the waterhole look out point, that is floodlit at night. Sitting here listening and watching is the perfect way to end a busy day on safari. The main Rest Camp in The Addo Elephant Park is situated near Addo and close to entrance gate.
Kududu Guest House is a working Lucerne and stock farm, with standard rooms, luxury rooms and garden cottages.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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