Drive off-road through the Addo Elephant Park in a 4x4 safari vehicle, observing the bountiful wildlife that roam freely in this enormous national park.
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 variety of other indigenous wildlife.
Upon arrival, you will board your 4x4 safari vehicle which will allow you to observe the animals in this sprawling park up close and personal. While open for unobstructed observation and picture taking, the vehicles sport canvas tops to protect you from the elements. While driving through the park, 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 the endangered black rhino, lions, antelopes, spotted hyenas, zebras, and warthogs. The park also protects the world’s largest Cape gannet breeding population and plenty of other birds. Depending on where you drive, the sights will vary, but they definitely will be magnificent. Following a two-hour game drive through the park, you will transfer back to your coach and return to the pier.
Please note: This tour is panoramic in nature with very limited optional walking at the comfort stops. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Guests must be able to enter and exit the 4x4 with limited assistance. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; binoculars; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. For safety reasons, no children under the age of 6 years are allowed on the open vehicles. No food may be taken into the reserve on the open vehicles. Guests are not permitted to use cellular phones during the game drives. They are also not permitted to speak loudly or stand up on the game drive vehicles, as this will disturb the animals. Smoking is not permitted during the game-drives. There will be a comfort stop upon entering and exiting the park. There are no restrooms on the coach. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.