The peaceful little village of Addo lies at the entrance to the Sundays River Valley with its aromatic citrus fruit orchards and vibrantly-coloured roses. The famous Shamwari Game Reserve and Greater Addo Elephant National Park are close by.
Adventure And Sport
Cricket: Can be played at the Addo Polo Club.
Darlington Dam: The dam is a popular venue for water sport lovers, hikers, and bird-watchers.
4×4 trails: There are several trails mapped out in the area and in the Greater Addo Elephant Reserve.
Hiking: There are several hiking trails available in the Zuurberg area and the Greater Addo Elephant Reserve.
Horse riding: Morning and afternoon safaris on horseback through the Greater Addo Elephant Park, (accompanied by a ranger) and in the Zuurberg Mountains, are offered.
Polo: The Addo Polo Club hosts regular polo games.
Fauna And Flora
Addo Crocodile Range: View these water-loving predators as well as other carnivores, such as lions in their natural habitat.
Greater Addo Elephant National Park: A visit to the Greater Addo Elephant National Park is a must if you are an admirer of these intelligent and graceful giants. The reserve was established in 1931 to save the endangered Addo or Eastern Cape Elephant from extinction. When only 15 elephants remained, some 5 157 000 ha of land in the Sundays River Valley, 70 km north of Port Elizabeth, was set aside to ensure their survival. Today, more than 300 Addo elephants thrive in this secure environment. After the recent release of six Kalahari lions into the park, Addo now has the distinction of being the only park in the world that is home to the “Big Seven” (elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino, leopard, southern right whales and great white sharks). The park is also home to various species of antelope and more than 180 species of birds. A less well-known inhabitant is the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo, The typical evergreen Addo forest vegetation provides the four-legged inhabitants of the park with a nutritious diet of vines, creepers and tree fuchsias. The former Zuurberg Mountain Reserve, with its wooded mountains and valleys, has been incorporated into the Greater Addo Elephant National Park.
Scotia Private Game Reserve: This, the oldest reserve of its kind in the Eastern Cape, borders the Greater Addo Elephant Park. The “tooth and claw” safari allows visitors views of numerous species of antelopes, as well as lions.
Shamwari Game Reserve: A close neighbour to the Addo Elephant Park, this 10 000-ha reserve offers luxury accommodation, superb African cuisine and unparalleled game-viewing of the Big Five, both by day and by night. Walking trails through the reserve will appeal to the hikers and bird watchers. A private African Rail Safari train runs between Johannesburg and a siding next to the park. Shamwari has gained international recognition for its conservation efforts and was recently awarded three major conservation rewards. The reserve also houses its own African arts and culture village, Khaya Lendaba.
History And Architecture
St Luke’s Church: Visit this charming little church situated next to the Addo Station and the Settler graveyard where you will find the grave of Miss Valentine Isobel Magniac, relative of Alice Liddell, the little girl immortalised by Lewis Carroll in his book “Alice in Wonderland”.
Old Prison and Settler Houses: These offer reminiscent views of early European settlement and architecture.