Addo: Elephants and Outdoors
The town of Addo lies on the outskirts of the Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape. Besides
offering numerous accommodation options in close proximity to the elephant reserve, the town
of Addo also serves as a picturesque base for exploring some of the area's other cultural and
Addo Elephant Park
The Addo Elephant Park is a world famous sanctuary for African
elephants. Initially set up to prevent the extinction of elephants
in the region, the Addo Elephant Park’s original population of
African elephants has swelled to over 400 in the past century.
There is more to the Addo Elephant Park than elephants,
however. The park is the only reserve in the world which is home
to the ‘Big 7’. Lions, black rhinos, Cape buffaloes, leopards and
elephants roam free over the grasslands, whilst great white
sharks and whales are found along the shores of the Woody
Cape Nature Reserve.
Addo Raptor Reptile Centre
Book Addo accommodation in the Sundays River Valley, and you’ll find yourself in close
proximity to the popular Addo Raptor Reptile Centre. This establishment functions as a
rehabilitation centre for sick or injured birds of prey and reptiles.
The Addo Raptor Reptile Centre welcomes visitors, and encourages them to learn more about
South Africa’s wildlife species as well as the survival challenges they face. The centre boasts a
restaurant and a curio shop, and makes an ideal educational family excursion.
Hiking, festivals and more
The Zuurberg Mountains are the place to go if you are passionate
about hiking or mountain biking, offering an assortment of well-
marked trails that provide great views over the Addo plateau. You
can even explore the Zuurberg on the back of an African elephant
on an Elephant Safari.
Addo also hosts a number of quaint rural festivals, including the
annual Citrus Carnival every August, which celebrates the town’s
heritage as one of South Africa’s major citrus growing regions. In
October, Addo welcomes the arrival of spring wit