Kakuli Safaris specialises in safaris to the Addo Elephant National Park. Jeni, owner of Kakuli Safaris, was born in Zambia and spent some of her childhood in the Kafue National Park. It was here that she developed a deep love for all things wild. Fuelled with energy, Jeni and guide Wanele, passionately interpret the language of the African bush as you explore the Addo park. Their contagious enthusiasm and deep respect for nature will touch your soul and leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
Both Jeni and Wanele have written the Addo examination and are therefore highly knowledgeable about the history of the park and surrounding areas, as well as the fauna and flora.
Our lunch time braai is a fabulous hit with all guests and we do cater for vegetarians / other dietary requirements, but we must be notified prior to the safari. Our recipes have been shared with guests from all over the world!
- To humbly treat our guests, other parties and park staff with respect, dignity, good manners and acknowledge their cultural differences
- To regard the rights of wildlife first and foremost
- To honour and obey all rules, regulations and legislation pertaining to our industry and the Addo Elephant National Park
- To proudly be an ambassador for South Africa and the Addo Elephant National Park
- To ensure, to the best of our ability, that by the time the sun sets, we will have instilled in our guests some of the wonder that we feel as we continue to learn about nature and understand the interconnectivity of our universe.
About the Addo Elephant National Park
The park was founded in 1931 with only 11 elephants – the rest had been destroyed. In 1954 a warden by the name of Amstrong, developed a fence using tramlines and elevator cables – only one elephant (Hapoor) has ever managed to escape from the park and he was so dangerous that it was decided to shoot him. The park has grown from the original 2000 hectares to 176 000 hectares, making it the third largest national park in SA. There are in excess of 600 elephants now. Addo is the only park in the world that boasts the Big 7 – elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, lion, great white shark and the southern right whale. This is, however, only possible to see if one books a chartered cruise to see the whales and sharks and then a safari in the park itself.
The Greater Addo Elephant National Park now includes the Alexandria forest and dunefield, the Zuurberg and all seven islands off Algoa Bay. Soon to be included is the area from Cannon Rocks to Coega, including the Sunday River Estuary where we are based in Colchester. This river is an important breeding ground for fish and must be protected while it is in such pristine condition.
A good variety of wildlife exists in the park, including disease-free buffalo, elephants, lions, caracal, black rhino, leopard, Greater kudu, red hartebeest, eland, steenbok, Cape grysbok, bushbuck, common duiker, plains zebra, warthog, bush pig, spotted hyena, brown hyena, black-backed jackal, vervet monkey, chacma baboon, cape fox, bat-eared fox, honey badger, porcupine, spotted genet, mongoose, suricate, African wild cat, black-footed cat, hyrax, various hares, and many more.
The park is a natural wilderness area and animals move freely throughout the area. Although we know the favourite spots of certain species, there is never a guarantee of a positive sighting, but we do our utmost to find the animals no matter the conditions.