Our next stop was Addo Elephant National Park, established in 1931 when only 16 elephants remained in the area. There are now over 550 elephants living in this protected habitat, along with lions, buffalo, rhino, hyena, and a variety of antelope and zebra. We arrived in the early afternoon and took a ride through the park.
Our first ride through the Park was very successful – we found ostrich, zebra, and elephants – lots and lots of elephants. We remained safely in our vehicle as the majestic creatures walked right by our windows. Apparently, the animals don’t associate people with vehicles, or visa versa, and we were able to get amazing views.
Lions were just finishing a nighttime meal and were relaxing right next to the road. Yes, we were really this close! As we looked around the vehicle, we also found several jackals circling the kill. They were waiting patiently for the lions to retreat to the bush so that they could rush in for a quick bite.
Addo was an incredible experience – lots of animals and beautiful landscape. The South African national park system can be proud of their efforts here to not only save the elephants, but also create a protected habitat for several other species of animals.