13 Jun 2024

Addo Elephant National Park is going green


Addo Elephant National Park is embracing green energy through several solar-powered projects commissioned by SANParks. Located 30 kilometers from Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape province, the park spanning 1,640 square km has converted its 17 largest boreholes supplying animal waterholes from diesel to solar power.

Additionally, 20 hybrid solar systems provide electricity to Anti-Poaching Unit accommodations and a law enforcement centre. The park's Main Camp, a hub with staff housing and visitor facilities, will go off-grid by late 2024 thanks to a new solar project.

Complementing these efforts, a biofiltration plant recycles up to 80% of greywater from Main Camp for use at a nearby waterhole and bird hide, and future toilet flushing. This sustainable approach aligns with Addo's commitment to preserving its diverse landscapes and resident wildlife, including the Big 7 species found across its terrestrial and marine environments.

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Source: Travel News

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