Up close and personal with the Addo giants

2018-09-27 06:02

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

AS one of SANParks’ collection of 19 parks, this wild paradise is also the third largest safari park and has a huge diversity of animals and natural vegetation.

When we hit the road with our guided ranger, Headman Nogaya, we had no idea how large the park was and almost immediately bumped into some of the 4 000 wart­hogs.

Addo is home to large numbers of land-based animals, such as the 14 lions, over 1 000 buffalo, 2 000 kudu, 4 000 warthogs, over 600 elephants, leopards and rhinos. The sea-dwelling animals like the great white sharks and southern right whales also form part of the park. This means that Addo proudly conserves the Big Seven.

At first, the park was 2 500 hectares, which later stretched to 180 000 hectares in size.

The park stretches from Darlington Dam in the Karoo in the north, to the Zuurberg Mountains in the south and all the way to the coast.

As we spun our gaze even further, we spotted some lions named Malvin and Gibson – the two male lions that are often not seen for months by rangers. Stretched out and soaking up the sun while sleeping, these mighty creatures were the highlight of the game drive.

In 2003, lions and spotted hyenas were reintroduced to the park to help control the numbers of antelopes, which include kudus, red hartebeest and elands.

After some marvelling at the park, we came across some of the rare flightless dung beetles that are a more unusual attraction.

These beetles are always busy rolling perfect balls from elephant and buffalo dung and visitors are warned not to harm these creatures – they have complete “right of way” in the park.

On our way back to Port Elizabeth we decided to take a self-drive through the park to see more of its wonders, as we didn’t see any elephants nearby.

This, according to Nogaya, was mainly because of the recent rains in the area. “Because a lot of rain fell in the park, the animals don’t need to go to the watering holes, as there is a lot of water available all over the park. This unfortunately means that we don’t see so many animals in the open,” he said.

We stumbled upon a variety of antelopes and warthogs on our self-drive before finding our very first elephant up close. To be able to see these gentle giants up close was a moment of pure bliss.

Watching the majestic elephants roaming freely around in their natural habitat was a treat to the eyes.

Dating back to 1931, the park was proclaimed as a safe haven to protect the last remaining 16 indigenous Eastern Cape elephants. The park is one of the few places for close-up encounters with elephants.

Like most national parks, Addo also faces the challenge of rhino poaching.

However, a team of dedicated field rangers are always on the lookout to protect and conserve these creatures.

The tour through the park was not only breathtaking – it was a journey embedded in our memories, which will always be cherished.

. Buy a set of second hand golf clubs.

There are many on the market that can be bought at a reasonable price.

. Join a golf club to get an official handicap, and before long you will be ready to compete against others.

. Practice makes perfect - try to hit the ball forward.


. Golf is known for its quiet nature - relaxing at a golf course is a good stress-reliever.

. Build good friendships on the course

. There are golf courses in every city, especially when you’re on holiday and still want to enjoy golf.

More information

. For more information or to join the Jeffreys Bay Golf Club, contact Club Manager Len Rodriques at 042 293 2532.

Alternatively, send an email to golf@telkomsa.net.

. Address: Disa Ave, Ou Dorp, Jeffreys Bay, C-Place, Eastern Cape, 6330

Watch a video of the PE Express tour in Addo Elephant National Park on our Facebook page


Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.