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Introduction

Addo itself is a rather small and boring town, but it is well known because of the fantastic Addo Elephant National Park nearby. Situated in the Sundays River Valley, the Addo area is known as the valley of elephants and roses. The neighbouring areas are primarily citrus farms and when the trees are in full blossom, the smell of citrus permeates the air. Addo is host to many delightful festivals throughout the year such as the Kirkwood Wildlife Festival in June, the annual Rose Festival in October and is also home to many exclusive game reserves including the Addo Elephant National Park. Visit the Addo area for an unforgettable African experience - the Big 7, guided walks, quad biking, elephant back rides and more.

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Sights and Activities

Addo Elephant National Park

Elephant mother and her young, Addo

Elephant mother and her young, Addo

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Addo Elephant National Park is located just a short drive north of Addo. Although the park is famous for its elephants, there are many more animals here and species include buffalo, the endangered black rhino, antelope species and lion and spotted hyena are here in small numbers as well. The park is about to be called Greater Addo Elephant National Park as it has been expanded to include several islands and marine wildlife, including African penguins! And whales and great white sharks are in those waters as well and as a consequence the park is promoted as the only park to see the Big 7, which includes the famous Big 5 (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard) and the whale and great white shark as mentioned above. A truly unique park which is a very easy to visit and located in a malariafree area. Check Sanparks' Addo Elephant National Park website for more information about getting and staying here.

Other Sights and Activities

Addo, ☏ +27 71 437-8487 (Sundays River Valley Tourism). The quiet town of Addo encompasses the communities of Nomathamsanqa and Valencia, with Hermitage and Sunland a short drive away. Situated on the southern end of one of the biggest citrus producing areas in South Africa, the local community flourishes in the hospitality of a bygone era. Lying at the foot of the Zuurberg Mountains, you can enjoy activities like citrus farm and pack house tours, close encounters with local reptiles and birds of prey and the majestic elephant.
Rosedale Organic Farm, ☏ +27 42 233-0404. You can do a one-hour Walking Tour of Rosedale Organic Farm and learn more about our farming methods.
Enon & Bershesa. The beautiful little town of Enon & Beersheba boasts an old Moravian mission station, east of Kirkwood. The first oranges to be exported from the Sundays River Valley came from some 100 trees planted by the villagers.
Moravian Mission, ☏ +27 42 230-1600 (Pastor Rochelle Petrus). This Moravian Mission Settlement was founded in 1816 and the original church with its yellow wood rafters, teak window frames and brass hanging lamps, built by the Enon villagers in 1821, is still in daily use.
Kirkwood, ☏ +27 42 230-0066 (Greater Addo Tourism). Kirkwood is the largest town on the Greater Addo Route. Nestled in the shadows of the Rietberg, this vibrant country village is the starting point of 4 x 4 trails, adventure routes and home to an extreme diversity of fauna and flora. Kirkwood is also home to the fossil of a small meat eating dinosaur nicknamed Kirky. The fossil was described in 2000 as one of the most complete and best preserved specimen thus far.
Paterson. Paterson is a little town in the heart of game reserve country, centrally situated between 8 of the most renowned and luxurious private game reserves in the Eastern Cape. The town can be found just off the N10 from Port Elizabeth to Cradock.

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Getting There

By Plane

There are two airports located in close proximity to Addo. The closest is the Port Elizabeth airport which is 47km from Addo. The East London airport is 207km away. There are regular flights from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and other South African destinations to the airports in Port Elizabeth and East London.

By Car

Addo is easily accessible by motorways from Cape Town (789km), Durban (769km), and East London (249km). You could also drive in from Johannesburg (1014km). The road conditions are fairly good if you are coming from any of these cities.

By Bus

All major South African coach companies offer regular schedules to and from destinations like Addo.

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Sleep

Most of the accommodation options are located outside of the town of Addo itself. There are dozens of guesthouses and B&B's along the roads leading towards Addo. You can either book upfront or just follow one of the roadsigns. Most of them have options to include diner as well.

Lupus Den is a highly recommended guesthouse just a 10-minute drive from town and from the park. There is a choice of rooms in the house itself or in one of the 3 new luxurious rooms outside the house, which are beautiful and come with fourposter beds and outside sitting terrace. There is also a pool to relax after a hot day in Addo park. The lady of the house makes fantastic breakfasts and, on request, home made diners, which are just excellent and, not without reason, have won prices for best food. Prices range from R400 to R800 for a double room.
Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm, ☏ +27 83 974-5802, fax: +27 86 514-2794. The Chalets are decorated and equipped with air-conditioners with a heating option. The rooms have en suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. The rooms have amenities such as a bar fridge, television and coffee and tea making facilities.
Elephants Footprint Lodge, Colchester (2 km from the southern gate of Addo Elephant Park), ☏ +27 41 468-0499, fax: +27 41 468-0135, ✉ info@elephantsfootprint.co.za. The lapa-style lodge, under a thatch roof has 12 luxury suites. All the rooms are semi en suite with open-air 'rock-face' showers. The lodge has a restaurant and offers customised African safaris.
De Old Drift Guest Farm, Enon & Beersheba, ☏ +27 42 233-2422, ✉ info@deolddrift.co.za. On a working citrus farm, offering walking or quad bike tours of the orchards. The farm also features a tea garden and pool where you can relax and bask in the African sun. There are a variety of furnished rooms available overlooking the garden and mountains. There is also a family unit, private cottage and self-catering units available.
Lemon3lodge, Kirkwood, ☏ +27 42 230-1653, ✉ Info@lemon3lodge.co.za. The rooms are all air-conditioned with double beds and en suite bathrooms. The rooms have all amenities such as a hairdryer, shampoos and lotions, as well as wireless internet on arrangement. The guest lounge has a television with DSTV and a DVD player. Breakfast is usually served 7AM-9:30AM.
The Green Tree Guest Cottages, Nanaga, ☏ +27 41 468-878, ✉ greentree@mweb.co.za. There are four spacious cottages, all with their own private patios and barbeque facilities. Each cottage has a television with DSTV, en suite bathroom, tea and coffee facilities. Rooms with small kitchens and bunk beds are available.
Woodall Country House and Spa, Nomathamsanqa, ☏ +27 42 233-0128, fax: +27 42 233-0510, ✉ info@woodall-addo.co.za. Woodall offers both luxuary hotel and country cottages for your enjoyment. The hotel rooms offer air conditioning, en suite bathrooms, as well as private outdoor showers, internet access points. Family rooms are also available. The luxury cottages and suites offer visitors a private spacious space in which one can relax.
Monkeyview B&B, Paterson, ☏ +27 42 235-1230, fax: +27 86 520-5448, ✉ info@monkeyview.co.za. They have two spacious en suite rooms, each with a patio and view of the neighbouring game reserve. There is also a splash pool and braai area. The accommodation includes a traditional farm style breakfast or lunch. edit
Avoca River Cabins, Summerville, ☏ +27 42 234-0421. There are four thatch cabins available with showers and a fully equipped kitchen. The camp overlooks the river and mountains.
Belmont B&B, Sunland, ☏ +27 42 234-0361. The Belmont Country Guest House is a 4 Star luxury guest house. They have three luxury bedrooms and one twin bedroom, all with en suite bathrooms, as well as another twin bedroom with a private bathroom. The rooms also have air conditioners and are fully serviced.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Big cities and most of the popular places in the country usually have an internet café though they are not as abundant as in, for example, Asia or South America. It's also relatively expensive, usually 20-30 rand an hour, sometimes even more. Many of the accommodation options have internet access available, either wireless with your own laptop or by their own computer(s). Wireless access is also available throughout the country in more and more cafes and eateries, sometimes free and sometimes for a small fee. Note that you usually have to login anyway and agree with the terms and conditions. It is cheapest to buy a prepaid cell phone starter pack (less than R10) and access the Internet with GPRS or 3G. Generally R2 per MB for out of bundle data from most providers (50c for Virgin Mobile), but it becomes a lot cheaper if you buy a data bundle. In general coverage is good except the more rural parts of the northern and northwestern parts of the country (especially Northern Cape).

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

South Africa's country code is 27. Telephone numbers in South Africa are 10 digits, including the local area code. There are also some prefixes like 0800 (toll free), 0860 (charged as local call) and 0861 (flat-rate calls). The general emergency number is 10111, ambulance is 10177 and police is 1011.

South Africa has very good phone facilities, which are also becoming more and more competitively priced, now that more operators are active on the market. The main ones are Neotel and Telkom South Africa. Local phone calls are cheap (about one Rand an hour), domestic long-distance calls are about twice as expensive. International calls start at around 6 Rand an hour but can be (much) higher to less usual countries. Note that public phones are about twice as cheap as new private phone centres. Phone calls tend to be the cheapest during the weekend and during business hours (8:00am to 5:00pm) on weekdays and more expensive during the evening and nights at weekdays.

There are also good mobile-phone facilities, with GSM and 3G networks. There are five cell phone providers in South Africa: Vodacom, MTN, Cell-C, Virgin Mobile and 8ta. SIM card prepaid starter kits are available from R10. You will need a passport and a proof of residential address and it has to be registered before you can call or receive calls. You can buy credit for prepaid phones just about everywhere, remembering you will usually need cash to do so from service stations.

Post

The SAPO (South African Post Office) is the nation's postal service. They have a track & trace system for parcels as well. Post offices are open from 8:30am to 4:30pm from Monday to Friday, and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Domestic and international deliveries are reliable but can sometimes take up to several weeks. If you want to send something oversees of any value, try using one of the private mail services, like Postnet. Also international courier companies like TNT, UPS and DHL tend to be fast, very reliable and competitively priced.

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