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When the Addo Elephant National Park was established in 1931, its main goal was to protect the last 11 wild elephants from extermination. Today there are more than 350 elephants and many other wonderful animals as well. I managed to see my first two Cape buffalos and I saw many cute warthogs, different kinds of antelope and birds. If you like birds, it is a great place to be because the Addo area has over 400 bird species and is well-known for bird watching.


It was my first trip to see African animals in the wild and of course I wanted to do a lot of observing. Unfortunately it wasn't so easy with some animals that were gone before I could even start checking them out :=) That's the reason I found elephants so-so pleasant to observe. They were not bothered by cars or people (not that people were running around, trying to 'see' if the elephants would harm them) and they lived their life according to their terms. This 'little' cutie decided to eat the whole bush, so I had plenty of time to see how she terminated her plan :)



* The African elephant, the largest living land mammal, belongs to the family Elephantidae, which includes only one other smaller relative, the Asian (or Indian) elephant.

* African elephants once ranged from south of the Sahara Desert to northern South Africa. Today, African elephants are now mostly confined to parks and reserves.

* African elephants are native to a wide variety of habitats including semi-desert scrub, open savannas and dense forest regions. Their habitat ranges from sea level to 16,000 feet (4,877 m).

* Adult African elephant weighs between 8,800 and 15,500 pounds or 4,000 and 7,045 kg

* An average elephant lives between 50 and 60 years.


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  • Pros:Elephants, elephants and more elephants!
  • Cons:Didn't find any!
  • In a nutshell:The best place to observe elephants!
  • Last visit to Addo Elephant National Park: Jan 2004
  • Intro Updated Apr 3, 2005
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