As a lover of elephants I was swung in the direction of Addo Elephant park when making my choice of South African safari. Being up close to these magnificent animals is a memory not to be forgotten.
There is no malaria risk in this area and it is within a relatively short drive from Port Elizabeth. Although it does technically have access to all of the "Big 5" safari animals, there are only a handful of big cats and the elephants are the principal attraction. There are, though, several private reserves in the area that will all but guarantee visitors seeing more of the large animals.