Addo Elephant Park was proclaimed in 1931, as a safeguard for the last 11 wild elephants roaming the area. It is now home to over 350 elephants and numerous other species. Addo Elephant Park was so successful that it started to get overcrowded, so surrounding land needed to be acquired. With local co-operation, adjacent farms were purchased and the new Greater Addo National Park will soon cover 1.2 million acres (492,000 ha).
There is something very compelling about the Kalahari and it is probably nothing like you imagine. It is not a flat sand desert, nor is it rippling with endless pale dunes. On the contrary, it is undulating with rich red sand dunes and well vegetated with shrubs, patches of trees and even some grasslands.
This park contains the 'gorillas in the mist' that Dian Fossey lost her life for while trying to protect. Only about 355 mountain gorillas remain alive on the damp forested slopes of these volcanic mountains (not all of which are dormant), and eco-tourism is one way to assist in their survival. The slippery slopes of the Virunga Mountains lie in the north east of Rwanda.