ACCOMMODATION IN ADDO
Proclaimed in 1931 to protect the last 11 elephants in the area, this is one of South Africa’s great conservation success stories. Now home to over 450 elephants, the park has expanded to 360 000 ha. It conserves five of South Africa’s seven biomes, and is home to the Big Seven – the usual big five plus southern right whales and white sharks – as well as the rare and endangered flightless dung beetle. Oh – and two flightless birds, ostriches and African penguins. Spekboom, which grows all over the park, is a very effective absorber of atmospheric carbon, so it plays an important role in slowing down global climate change.