Today's trips (I) and (II) are longish ones through areas where there are little or no reason to stop for nature tourists.
Kirkwood is an important town, since one must pass the town on the way to the relatively new and largely wild and mountainous Kabouga section of the Addo National Park, which is a large, largely undeveloped piece of land. We entered this section from Kirkwood once we visited the main section of the Addo Park during Trip I in 2011. During trip II, we did not do the Kabouga 4x4 route again, because our general direction was towards the coast.
Addo National Park is becoming a real big park and it is now the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park now conserve a wide diversity of biodiversity, landscapes and fauna and flora. Stretching from the 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 Bushmans river mouth, Addo also now includes the Bird and St Croix Island groups.
Starting with only sixteen elephants, this beautiful ecosystem is sanctuary to over 550 elephants, lions, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, lion, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.
Our recommendations for this park is to stay over for two nights if you only want to traverse the main part of the park. Then, if you want to camp in open nature, you can go to the new Kabouga section where we camped during our previous Three Capes trip here. We will try to do another three capes trip and will then fully explore the coastal offerings to report back.
For further information and reservations, visit their website here.