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The animals are not scared of the vehicles travelling near them. We experienced some real magic moments in Addo.
The tiny town of Addo is the gateway to the renowned Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The town was first established as a railway junction in the 1930s and the area is today a major citrus producer. The origin of the town’s name is unclear. Aside from offering accommodation for visitors to the adjoining park, Addo has also become an adventure centre. The gorgeous Sundays River Valley nearby is the perfect setting for water- and acrophobic-related escapades.
Addo is an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth, the region’s largest town inclusive of an international airport. There are several Big 5 reserves along the route.
Eastern Cape weather is temperate, the regional road to Addo is fairly well maintained and scenic, and visitors can expect a pleasant stay in Addo.
Top 6 reasons to visit Addo
1. Self-drive the Addo Elephant National Park to see the more than 600 elephants roaming the park. The best time to visit is in the early morning when elephants and other mammals are most active. A few lion and hyena were introduced several years ago. One of the smallest – and most rare – creatures in the park is the flightless dung beetle which has right of way on the roads.
2. Take a helicopter flip over Addo to view the animals from overhead and to see the stark white Alexandria dune field, a dune sea that stretches for 80km.
3. Travel to the Zuurberg Mountain Village to ride the horse trails through the spectacular hills and valleys. Provision is made for riders of all skill levels.
4. Learn about the various resident wild cat breeds on a tour of the Daniell Cheetah Project, a rescue and breeding facility. Tour participants are given the opportunity to interact with a tame cheetah.
5. Looking for adventure? Adrenalin Addo offers ziplining along... Show more
Guests escape the noise and bustle of lodges by opting to stay in either fully self-catering or bed and breakfast cottages. Self-catering cottages are a home away from home and come fully equipped with everything guests need. Most self catering cottages also come with a cleaning service, Dstv, and a private patio/entertainment area. Guests who opt for bed and breakfast cottages enjoy their own private patio/entertainment area, luxury amenities, Dstv, and cleaning service. There is often a small kitchenette, if guests wish to do a little cooking, and a relaxing lounge area. Cottages are ideal for families, small groups of friends and couples wishing for a more private retreat.