Spend several enlightening hours driving through the Addo Elephant Park, an unspoiled national park teeming with wildlife and rare flora.
Departing the pier by coach, you’ll make the seventy-five minute drive north across the Swartkops River to Addo Elephant Park. This spectacular national park stands as living proof of the success of South Africa’s conservation efforts. When proclaimed a park in 1931, a mere 11 elephants lived in the area. Today, Addo is a sanctuary for more than 450 elephants and a wide variety of other indigenous wildlife.
While driving along in your coach, look for the park’s namesake elephants, a somewhat smaller species of the African elephant. Just as humans are right or left-handed, elephants are right or left-tusked, and you’ll see their dominant tusk is more rounded from use. Females don’t usually have tusks. You may also notice that Addo elephants are reddish rather than grey like most African elephants. They are highly intelligent creatures that communicate through vocalization, touching with their trunks, and different body postures.
The park contains five separate biomes, from grassland to montane forest, supporting an enormous diversity of animals, including black rhino, lions, antelopes, spotted hyenas, zebras, and warthogs. The park also protects the world’s largest Cape gannet breeding population and other birds, such as the Fork-tailed Drongo, African Crowned Eagle, and Goliath Heron. While exactly what is seen varies day to day, the sights are always spectacular. Following a two-hour game drive through the park, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour is panoramic in nature with very limited optional walking at the comfort stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; binoculars; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. There will be a comfort stop upon entering and exiting the park. There are no restrooms on the coach. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.