3 Day Addo Elephant & Cheetah Tracking Adventure
The largest and fastest land animals up close
Join us on a safari tour of Addo Elephant National Park and Cradock Mountain Zebra National park all rolled into one.
Experience these majestic animals in their natural habitat and marvel at how gracious and regal they are up close. Addo is home to one of the densest African Elephant populations on earth, roughly 550 of them. They once roamed the entire continent. By 1979 there were only 1.3 million African elephants left, and in 1989 they were added to the international list of the most endangered species, with only sixteen left in the Greater Addo area.
The Elephants play a key role in the environment - pulling down trees, breaking up bushes, and digging waterholes and trails. Their droppings are particularly important as baboons and birds pick them over for undigested seeds and nuts, and the dung beetle (the flightless dung beetle is only found in Addo) use them in which to reproduce.
To see elephant, head to the waterholes of the Addo Elephant reserve. In the hot climate of Africa, elephants need roughly 190 litres of water to drink on a daily basis. Their trunks, which are something like large and long hosepipes, have a 23 litre capacity. The main rest camp in particular overlooks a waterhole with an underground viewing area that gets you up close to the elephants. Often you need do little more than remain around this hole to see herds of elephant.
An unforgettable opportunity is to track the elusive Mountain Zebra National Park cheetahs on foot. Drive out with your guide to search for them. When signal from a collared cheetah is found, you will have the opportunity to get closer on foot. An unforgettable experience that will bring you up closer to nature than ever before.
Pricing & Details
Addo National Park Game drive, Cheetah Tracking and guided walking safari in the Cradock National Park
All meals, Accommodation in double or twin rooms, including B&B accommodation in Cradock Town, Transport, Entrance and activity feed
Drinks, personal items and snacks, etc
Binoculars, hat, swimming costume, drinks of your choice
Vehicle: Minibus (transfers) / Safari Vehicle (game drives)
Duration: 2 Days 1 Nights
From / To: Johannesburg to Johannesburg
Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinners
Countries: South Africa
Single Supplement: On request
Arrive during the day and spend time at leisure. Spend the 1st night at the Orange Elephant on the border of the Addo Elephant National Park.
After breakfast, we head off to the Addo Elephant Park for a game drive to spot the famous Addo Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Black Rhino and Spotted Hyena. Other animals include various species of antelope, the odd-looking warthogs and a wie array of birdlife. We depart Addo Park at around 2pm and head north for about 2 and a half hours to the town of Cradock, where we stay overnight at a guest house in the town. We head out into the town for dinner at around 7pm to one of the traditional small town restaurants. These restaurants are well known for the amazing quality meat they serve. Vegetarians are also catered for.
Leave the town early the next morning for the walking safari, cheetah tracking and game drive around Cradock Park to look for the Moutain Zebra, Black Rhino, Cheetah and the elusive Brown Hyena. On the walking safari we track the Cheetah through the Cradock Mountain Zebra Park ranger with the aid of a telemetry collar radio. This aids the rangers in the identification and research done on the movement of the cheetah through the park. Later the afternoon we head back to Addo and overnight at the Orange Elephant Backpackers.