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Addo Elephant National Park


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Now the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to conserve a wide diversity of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. Stretching from the semi-arid karoo area in the north around Darlington Dam, over the rugged Zuurberg Mountains, through the Sundays River valley and south to the coast between Sundays River mouth and Bushman’s river mouth, Addo covers about 180 000 hectares (444 700 acres) and includes the Bird and St Croix Island groups.

The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only sixteen elephants remained in the area. Today this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 550 elephants, lions, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. And their Addo has only just begun, with plans to expand the Park into a 264 000 hectare (652 300 acre) mega-park.

In addition, plans include the proposed proclamation of a 120 000 ha (296 500 acre) marine reserve that includes islands that are home to the world’s largest breeding populations of Cape gannets and second largest breeding population of African penguins.


Addo Elephant National Park seeks to be fully integrated into the regional landscape, conserves and enhances the characteristic terrestrial and marine biodiversity, ecological processes and cultural, historical and scenic resources representative of the Eastern Cape region for the appreciation, and benefit of present and future generations.

Accommodation near to the Addo Elephant National Park

Chrislin African Lodge boasts 12 well appointed African style mud huts, built in the authentic African way but not without modern comforts. Chrislin’s 4 luxury orchard huts each have en-suite bathrooms, lounge, dressing room, air conditioning and fridge. The garden huts, of which there are 8, are slightly smaller than the orchard huts and have en-suite bathrooms and fridges. All huts are extremely comfortable and spacious. Free WIFI is available on site.
Chrislin offers delicious South African themed meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all served in an open thatched boma overlooking the african bush.
Chrislin also offers in-house guided game drives in the Addo Elephant Park in an open land rover, as well as beautiful river safaris, quadbiking and sandboarding at the Sunday’s River mouth through Crisscross Adventure.
Being an family run lodge, emphasis is placed on friendly, efficient service, delicious food (much of which is produced on the farm) and comfort.