Addo, Greater 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 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.

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Verified reviewexcellent

There is actually a very good reason for visiting Addo - if you are planning on going to the Addo Elephant Park but don't want to pay the high prices for staying at the Game Lodges, the town of Addo is situated just at the entrance to the Park and has great accommodation options, NOT charging an arm and a leg! So you get to enjoy two worlds too - lovely South African country charm and then spend your days in the Park! Win Win! Addo itself is a charming town too. You'll enjoy it! I go every year to see the Elephants and revisit this lovely village.

January 2013

Peter Beals (Joburg)

Verified reviewvery good

A beautiful part of the country and an easy stop over if you're visiting the Addo Elephant Park. If you're interested in farming communities you'll find it even more interested.

January 2013

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