Addo Elephant National Park – Main Section
About the Birding
Birders should begin their explorations of core section of Addo Elephant National Park in the areas surrounding the main camp in the north. Here it is permissible to walk around and there are several facilities that cater specifically for birdwatchers, including both a network of trails and footpaths as well as a small bird hide. Check the bulbuls carefully as both Dark-capped and Cape Bulbuls occur, though beware of hybrids which have intermediate eye-rings.
About the Birding Site
Situated in the shallow, densely vegetated, Sundays River Valley lays the core section of the Addo Elephant National Park – the largest national park in the Eastern Cape. Originally proclaimed in 1931 to protect the remaining African Elephants in the area – just 11 individuals at the time – the area has now become a haven for well over 450 elephants and several other key game species including African Lion, Cape Buffalo, Black Rhinoceros, and a variety of antelope species. The region also supports an endemic flightless dung beetle, now almost exclusively found in the park.
Other Related Information
The easiest access to Addo Elephant National Park is from Port Elizabeth. To reach the Matyholweni Gate, take the N2 east from Port Elizabeth for 40km. The gate itself is located a few kilometres to the north of the small village of Colchester along a well sign-posted road. Alternatively, take the Motherwell off-ramp from the N2 and follow the R335 to the left for about 50Km to enter the main gate. The main gate is 70Km north of Port Elizabeth and 15km from Addo village.