Addo Elephant Main Rest Camp / Addo Elephant National Park, R342, Addo, 6105, South Africa / +27 42 233 8600

Finally, we arrive at Addo Main Camp & Camp Matyholweni in Addo Elephant National Park, which ranks third in size (after Kruger National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park). 48 endangered black rhinos (Diceros bicornis michaeli) call this place home, along with recently re-introduced lion and spotted hyena.

Addo is a very pleasant park, full of visible animals. We saw none of the big cats about which we heard, but when we jumped into a safari vehicle and headed out over the rolling plans we saw lots of kudu and giraffe.

The elephant families, the crown jewels of Addo, were out in force. When a family crossed the road we stopped to let them pass by, unmolested by our modern age.

On the roads once more, we come across something new: ostrich!

New video by Michael Sattler / Google Photos

Dang! Today it’s all new things: dung beetles. The largest remaining population of flightless dung beetles (Circellium bacchus) is located here at Addo.

I’ve heard of them since I was a kid, but I never thought I’d see them rolling elephant scat across a road. I could spend all day, just sitting here, watching them.

New video by Michael Sattler / Google Photos

Its proximity to Port Elizabeth makes it convenient for South Africans and travelers to visit. Recommended if you’re nearby.

Next, the Samara Private Game Reserve.

 

 

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