Monday, 9 November 2009

Destinations: Addo Elephant Park - South Africa

Addo is conveniently situated near the Garden Route on South Africa's Cape (see map). The park was established to save the last herd of African Elephants that hung on in the region in the 19th century when all around had been shot. It's an easy park to explore with good, well marked driving routes, decent accommodation, a flood-lit waterhole and daily wildlife drives with rangers. There are only a few Lions here and indeed few other big predators but plenty to see including Buffalo, Black Rhino, Plains Zebra, Greater Kudo, Red Hartebeest, Impala, Warthog, Suricate and, of course, plenty of African Elephants. An endemic flightless Dung Beetle is another star turn at Addo and so piles of elephant dung on the roads here should be carefully driven around!

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