Addo… Home to the ‘Addo Elephants’
Addo lies in the beautiful Sundays River Valley which stretches from the Indian Ocean to the Zuurberg Mountains. The Sundays River Valley is home to the famous Addo elephants, as well as the famous Addo Citrus. The Greater Addo area is world renowned for its citrus fruit production and is South Africa’s largest producer of lemons. The small citrus farming community of Addo offers a variety accommodation to visitors to the Addo Elephant National Park. The area is alive with citrus farms, wonderful Addo Roses and an abundance of animal and bird life. Addo is watched over by the Zuurberg Mountain Range, which offers some spectacular hiking and horse riding trails.
The Addo Elephant National Park was founded after eleven Addo Elephants were saved from the brink of extinction in 1931 after the continuous 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 the Addo Elephant Park is also home to Cape Buffalo, Black Rhino, Lion, Leopard, a range of antelope species, the rare flightless dung beetle. The Addo Elephant Park is South Africa’s first ‘Big Seven’ nature reserve, with inclusion the southern right whale and great white shark, since the park now extends to the Indian Ocean and some offshore islands.
Situated just over 45 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth Airport, this magnificently diverse area offers a wide variety of wildlife experiences, natural landscapes, outdoor adventure and cultural experiences. Large tracts of land have now been devoted to wildlife.