Addo, Eastern Cape, South Africa




This small farming town in the Eastern Cape is close to the Addo Elephant National Park and offers a good alternative to staying in the park.  There is a keen polo community in the town. When visitors come to Addo they will be able to spot the Addo Elephant at Addo Elephant Park as well as miles of lush citrus trees.

As well as the nearby national park and game farms, this area is renowned for the growing of oranges. Watch the citrus being picked in the orchards and packed in the modern packhouses during the season from April through September and enjoy the annual Citrus Festival at the end of May.

Visitors can also take part in the world famous Addo Rose Festival in October, with its numerous craft and food stalls. The Addo Elephant Park which is a definite highlight offers an array of activities such as game viewing, horse riding, 4x4 trails and much more.

Several historical sites can be visited at Addo, which date back as far as 1829. The most well known site is Drift House, the inn used by most people crossing the Addo drift from the old Cape colony into the Hinterland.

Addo is situated in the heart of the Sunday's Valley and is a drive of less than an hour from Port Elizabeth and the nearest airport. The Sundays River Valley Route / Addo region is only an hours' scenic drive from the wonderful beaches of the Sunshine Coast and the rich 1820 Settler history of Grahamstown.