ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK
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This park offers some of the most spectacular elephant viewing in the world. Addo’s over 450 elephants will delight visitors with their antics. The park contributes to the conservation of the endangered black rhino with over 48 of these animals occurring here.

The over 400 Cape buffalo are now being seen more often during the day due to the influence of lion reintroduction. This is one of the largest disease-free herds in South Africa. Six lions were introduced into the park in late 2003 and have adapted well to their new environment. Lions are most often seen in the early morning or on sunset and night drives.
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A Young Kudu
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Some Interesting History

The Addo elephant has its home in the Addo Elephant National Park. Though belonging to the same species as the African elephant (Loxodonta africana africana), the reddish Addo elephant is smaller with more rounded ears and sometimes without tusks. The park occupies 7 735 hectares of the dense Addo bush loved by the Addo elephants. Spekboom is one of their favourite foods, and this thorny bush often discouraged hunters in the earlier years. Buffalos, hippos and black rhinos also roamed here but when settlers arrived during the 1820s the area was too small for man and beast. The elephants raided the farmlands and the man hunted the elephants.

In 1919 a professional hunter, Major Jan Pretorius, was hired by the administrator of Cape Province, Sir Frederic de Waal, to start culling the entire elephant herd. It took him a year to kill 120 then he stopped because of public outcry, and rightly so. Only 11 Addo elephants remained, Same Old, Same Old !!, and they panic-stricken, vengeful and cunning. They declared war on man and any person venturing into the Addo bush did so at his peril.
In the summer months at the Sundays River Mouth there are large tern roosts that include Swift, Sandwich, Common Terns and the diminutive Damara Tern which breed in the nearby sand dunes. The Karoo vegetation around Darlington Lake is home to many Karoo endemics such as Pririt Batis, Rufous-eared Warbler and Karoo Chat. The Darlington Dam hosts Goliath Herons, Lesser Flamingos, fresh-water terns and Greyheaded Gulls.
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By - Richard Turner
By - Andre Bezuidenhout
By - Graham Hobbs
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         By - Paul Jooste
Some Animals found in the Addo National Park
Very Tiny
          By - Chrissie ND
Gorah Elephant Camp
Courtesy - Gorah
Ever-working Dung Beetle
In 1931 the national park was proclaimed and a fence of tram rails and lift cables was erected as an elephant proof barricade and this prevented the elephants from marauding into the orange groves of the Sundays River Valley. In return for the Citrus Corporation delivered huge piles of waste oranges to the park. The oranges did much to tame the once annoyed elephants. The fruit was dumped near observation areas so the elephants could be viewed and herd has now increased significantly and the elephants are clearly visible to visitors without special feeding. Well done again SAN Parks !!!
Watering holes were also been created at view areas and attracted buffalo, black rhino and other game, as well as the elephants. The black rhinos were introduced in 1961, the first in the Eastern Cape for a hundred years, thanks to the 1820 settlers. Same Old, Same Old !!
Addo's birding opportunity covers excellent habitat contrasts between dense thickets of spekboom interspersed with open grassy areas and wooded kloofs (particularly in the Zuurberg region).  Now that the park has expanded to include Darlington Lake , Woody Cape , the coastal islands and the Alexandria Forest , a variety of other habitats swell the birding potential of the park.

In and around the Addo rest camp Karoo Scrub Robin and Cape Robin-Chat , Bokmakierie, Southern Tchagra, Bar-throated Apalis and Cape Bunting are prominent, with Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Fiscal Flycatcher, Fork-tailed Drongo, Spectacled Weaver, Malachite and Greater Double-collared Sunbird also easily found. A trip into the game viewing area will not produce a plethora of birds, but Bokmakierie will once more be prominent, and Martial Eagle, Black Korhaan, Blue Crane, Denham's Bustard, Black-headed Heron and Secretarybird may well be seen.
Spotted hyenas were also reintroduced in 2003, fulfilling the same role as lions in restoring the natural balance to the ecosystems in the park by controlling the numbers of herbivores. Leopard are very seldom seen, being shy and secretive animals, but do occur in most areas of the expanded park.

Antelope species abundant in the main game area of the park include red hartebeest, eland, kudu and bushbuck. The Burchell’s zebra, many with the pale rumps reminiscent of the extinct qwagga, occur in the park. Warthogs are abundant.

In the wooded kloofs of the Zuurberg, African Crowned Eagles breed. Forest species typical of the Eastern Cape, such as Olive Bush Shrike, Yellowthroated Woodland-Warbler and Cape Batis can also be searched for. Alexandria Forest has many forest species, such as Knysna Turaco, Black Cuckoo (summer only), Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Chorister Robin-chat, Dark-backed Weaver and the spectacular Narina Trogon.

The coastal grasslands South of Alexandria Forest are home to exciting species such as Denham's Bustard (with impressive displaying during summer) and Black-winged Plover. The coastal islands have impressive breeding colonies of Cape Gannet and African Penguin and it is one of the few South African breeding locations for Roseate Tern.
Some Birds found in the Addo National Park
By - Andre Bezuidenhout
By - Richard Turner
By - Andre Bezuidenhout
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