The Addo region stretches from the Indian Ocean to the Zuurberg Mountains and includes the beautiful Sundays River Valley. The region includes the Addo Elephant National Park and a number of private game reserves, such as Kudu Ridge Game Reserve, who actively conserve of the diverse ecology and wildlife.
Conservation and Addo Elephant National Park
Addo Elephant Park is the third largest national park in South Africa. It has become a premier game park and the only park in the world to conserve Africa’s Big 7 – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, southern right whales and great white sharks.
Once considered the second cousin to the Kruger National Park, today the Addo Elephant National Park has grown in both size and reputation and its dedication to conservation is well known.
Conservation lies at the very root of the Addo region. Addo Elephant National Park started 1931 as a sanctuary for the last remaining elephants in the area after an extensive culling program. The sanctuary was started on just 5000 ha and it has grown to protect over 686 000 ha.
Addo Elephant National Park Conservation Awards
Addo Elephant National Park walked away with three major wins in 2016 at the South African National Parks Frontier Region awards evening in Graaff-Reinet.
The biggest win was for the Best Performing Park of the Year. Addo National Park excelled in the three core business areas of SANParks during 2016.
Conservation – without major incidents and proudly able to call itself home to the Big 7.
Tourism – welcoming over 230 000 guests through its gates during the period. People & Conservation – exposing more people to the park on a daily basis.
Conservation and Kudu Ridge Game Lodge
Kudu Ridge Game Reserve proud to be situated 15 kms from Addo National Park and we try to follow similar conservation principles.
“Running Kudu Ridge Game Lodge has taught me, my wife Jenny, my son Andrew and his fiance Alison that we are not just running a lodge that feeds ourselves but that we are working within a conservation area as a community and aim to work in partnership with our surrounding area,’ says Brian Bowren, owner Kudu Ridge Game Lodge.
At Kudu Ridge we try to provide guests with information and access to the natural beauty of Addo so that each leaves appreciating the natural surrounding and the importance of preserving our delicate ecosystems.