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Addo Elephant National Park

Afrikaans name: Addo-Olifant Nasionale Park

Elephants sparring at Addo Elephant National Park

Elephants sparring at Addo Elephant National Park

Photo © kinibay20 -

Eastern Cape

The Addo Elephant National Park is situated in the Eastern Cape near Port Elizabeth. It was founded in 1931 to protect the last Elephants remaining in the area. At the time they numbered 11 and today there are over 450.

Addo has expanded over the years as new pieces of land have been added to it. It now extends all the way to the Indian Ocean and 'houses' not only the Big 5 but the Great White Shark and whales as well!

Besides the African Elephants the park also houses a wide variety of animal life. Of particular interest is that it is home to the Flightless Dung Beetle. The park houses the largest population of these beetles in the world.

A lot of the original area of the park was covered in thick bush.

Addo Elephant National Park has a number of types of accommodation and it is a popular destination for both local and foreign tourists.

Entrance to Addo

Above - Entrance to Addo

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Addo waterhole

Above - Overlooking a waterhole

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Elephant herd

Above - Herd of Elephants

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Addo scenery

Above - Addo is covered in thick bush

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Birds of Addo Elephant National Park

A wide variety of birds have been recorded in the park. Here are some of the species that you may see.

Common Ostrich

Helmeted Guineafowl

Egyptian Goose

South African Shelduck

Spur-winged Goose

African Black Duck

Yellow-billed Duck

Cape Shoveler

Red-billed Teal

Red-throated Wryneck

Crowned Hornbill

African Hoopoe

European Roller

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

European Bee-eater

Speckled Mousebird

Red-faced Mousebird

Diderick Cuckoo

Burchell's Coucal

Spotted Eagle-Owl

Laughing Dove

Cape Turtle-Dove

Red-eyed Dove

Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove

Black Crake

Common Moorhen

Red-knobbed Coot

Spotted Thick-knee

Three-banded Plover

Blacksmith Lapwing

Crowned Lapwing

Kelp Gull

Black-shouldered Kite

Black Kite

African Fish-Eagle

African Harrier-Hawk

Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk

African Goshawk

Steppe Buzzard

Jackal Buzzard

Martial Eagle


Little Grebe

African Darter

Reed Cormorant

White-breasted Cormorant

Little Egret

Grey Heron

Black-headed Heron

Cattle Egret


Hadeda Ibis

African Sacred Ibis

African Spoonbill

Yellow-billed Stork

Black-headed Oriole

Fork-tailed Drongo

African Paradise-Flycatcher

Black-backed Puffback

Southern Boubou


Chinspot Batis

White-necked Raven

Common Fiscal

Barn Swallow

Sombre Greenbul

Long-billed Crombec

Cape White-eye

Olive Thrush

Fiscal Flycatcher

White-browed Scrub-Robin

Cape Glossy Starling

Pied Starling

Amethyst Sunbird

Spectacled Weaver

Southern Masked-Weaver

Southern Red Bishop

Common Waxbill

Pin-tailed Whydah

House Sparrow

Cape Sparrow

Cape Wagtail

Yellow-fronted Canary

Golden-breasted Bunting



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