Eastern Cape, South Africa
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 the park, offering accommodation and a place to shop before visiting the main attraction - the elephants.
Addo lies in a beautiful part of the world, surrounded by contrasting dense thickets of Spekboom, open grassy patches and the odd wooded kloof. The area is alive with citrus estates, roses and an amazing bird life. The town lies in the Sundays River Valley surrounded by the Zuurberg Mountains that offer some spectacular hiking and horse riding trails, and this part of the world is also a malaria free area, which adds to its attraction.
The 600+ elephants in the park are what people travel for from as far afield as Germany to see. Eleven elephants were saved from the brink of extinction in 1931 when the situation in the valley, rife with clashes between farmers and elephants, reached a dangerous level. Crop damage and night raids were the reasons sited for the killing of these beautiful beasts.
Today Addo Elephant Park is also home to Cape buffalo, black rhino, a range of antelope species and sightings, when you find the time to look at your feet rather than scanning the horizon, of the rare flightless dung beetle. In fact the park markets itself as South Africa’s first ‘Big Seven’ reserve. The rhino, lion, elephant, leopard and buffalo’s numbers have swelled to include the southern right whale and great white shark, since the park now extends to the sea and some offshore islands.
Orange Elephant Backpackers
|Addo Elephant Park has much to offer visitors. The Orange Elephant Backpackers is situated a short 45-minutes drive from Port Elizabeth on the border of the Addo Elephant National Path. The Addo Backpackers Hostel, offers a variety of accommodation options, only 5-minutes away from the main gate and borders of the Greater Addo National Elephant Park. Its a perfect gateway to all your safari activities in the Addo area, from a leisurely drive around the Addo Park to hiking. Read More|
Avoca River Cabins
|Located in the beautiful citrus and rose growing area of the Sundays River Valley, 20 minutes from the Addo Elephant Park, Dave and Judy Smith welcome you to their farm. Avoca, which means ' The meeting of the waters '. Ideal for nature lovers and bird watchers. There are two wedding venues and we also offer game drives, dinners on request and sundowner tours to Sir Percy Fitzpatrick look-out point. Breakfast & supper can be arranged in advance. Read More|
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