Destinations & Attractions in Greater Addo, in Eastern Cape

Greater Addo Destinations & Attractions

Addo Elephant National Park is hidden within the shadows of the dense valley bushveld of the Sundays River region of the Eastern Cape. It is one of the most popular and visited parks in the country and a truly unique South African gem.

Originally, the Khoesan of the Iqua, Damasqua and Gonaqua clans lived in the area many centuries ago. Great herds of wild animals roamed the Addo region. These clans hunted and kept cattle but tragically were largely wiped out in the 1700s by the smallpox epidemic. In 1931, The Addo Elephant National Park was proclaimed in 1931 to protect the remaining 11 Addo elephants. The great herds of elephants and other animal species had been all but annihilated over the 1700s and 1800s by hunters. In the late 1800s, farmers began to colonise the area around the park, also taking their toll on the elephant population due to competition for water and crops.

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Today, however, things have vastly changed and improved. This finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 450 elephants, Cape buffalo, black rhino, a variety of antelope species, lions, warthogs, as well as the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.

When the sun subsides, the sounds of the strident howl of the black-backed jackal, and the francolin's call can be heard. Here one can experience unrivalled natural diversity, with five of South Africa's seven major vegetation zones (biomes). In addition, one can have the spectacular opportunity to witness the Big 7 (Elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, whales and great white sharks) in their natural habitat.

The Addo Elephant National Park not only boasts a rich abundance in wildlife but also a rich heritage of archaeological and historical sites as well as a wide variety of accommodation and activity options. There is a fantastic restaurant offering a wide variety of delicious South African meals. The accommodation here is fantastic ranging from camp sites to gorgeous rondavels and forest cabins or luxury game lodges.

There is plenty to experience and do here. Fun activities include game viewing on one of their different game drives, horse riding, bird watching, hiking as well as thrilling 4x4 trails. Plans to expand the 164 000 ha Addo National Elephant Park into a 360 000 ha mega-park are underway. This expansion is transforming Addo into the ultimate tourism destination.

Whether for a day trip or planning to stay, The Addo Elephant National Park is a must for all to experience. It is absolutely exquisite and unique.

Addo

Completely overshadowed by the world-renowned Addo Elephant Park, there is actually a little town about an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth, called Addo. This small citrus farming community serves mainly as a supplement to ...

Addo Elephant Park

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Alexandria

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Colchester

Lying on the banks of the Sundays River, just 20 minutes’ drive from the coast of Port Elizabeth, lies Colchester in a part of the country that remains largely unspoilt, surrounded by sand dunes that date back about 100 000 ...

Cookhouse

The Eastern Cape may be South Africa’s largest province, but it is certainly one of its quietest and least urbanised. As a result, it is home to a number of small, relatively unknown villages, which are secreted in its hills and ...

Jansenville

Lying north west of the upper reaches of the Addo Elephant National Park, Jansenville lies in the Eastern Cape's nature and conservation region, an area of roughly 438 000 hectares of managed nature reserves that are committed to ...

Kirkwood

The farming community of Kirkwood, in the heart of the Sundays River Valley, close to the town of Addo and the northern regions of the Addo Elephant Park, would arguably remain in obscurity were it not for the Kirkwood Wildlife ...

Middleton

The tiny settlement of Middleton may be described as a village, or even a hamlet, thanks to its being so small. It is secluded in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, about 140 kilometres from Port Elizabeth (the main ...

Nanaga

The somewhat obscure little village of Nanaga scores by dint of the fact that it is ideally placed on the South African map. Not only is it virtually just outside the Greater Addo Elephant Park, but it is also a short drive from ...

Paterson

In the foothills of the Zuurberg Mountains, bang in the middle of game reserve country, lies the little village of Paterson - named after its founder, John Paterson. Not quite midway between Shamwari and the Addo Elephant Park, ...

Sidbury

Lying in the midst of what is considered 'frontier country', Sidbury is one of several quaint little towns, with Grahamstown as their centre, that make up one of the most ecologically diverse regions in South Africa and the heart ...

Somerset East

Apart from its beautifully preserved buildings that are worth a visit in their own right, Somerset East is perhaps best known because it is on the Blue Crane Route in the Eastern Cape. This picturesque and quaint town is at the ...

Sundays River

Along the banks of the idyllic Sundays River, outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, is the residential area of the same name. Many of the homes here are holiday homes, and it is no wonder, as they perch on the banks and ...

Sunland

We hadn't heard about Sunland either, but then any town so ideally placed in the nook of the Greater Addo Elephant Park would vanish into obscurity too, if you gave it half a chance. Although Sunland, on the strength of its name ...

Zuurberg

Lying in the north western corner of the Sundays River Valley, Zuurberg lies at the foot of the mountain of the same name. The historic Zuurberg Pass, almost entirely surrounded by the Greater Addo Elephant National Park, is a ...
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