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 natural attractions. 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 wellmarked 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 with the Addo Rose & Garden show – a floral festival for the whole family. Book a holiday in Addo You can start planning your holiday in Addo online now. e-southafrica.com provides quick, convenient access to Addo accommodation establishments ranging from 5-star lodges located in the Addo Elephant Park, to bed and breakfast establishments and cottages in the Sundays River Valley. Book Addo Elephant accommodation at e-southafrica.com now, and get the most competitive deal on your holiday accommodation. About the Author: e-southafrica.com is a South African accommodation booking website that enables you to book affordable Addo accommodation and browse day tours and excursions in the Addo region and other popular Eastern Cape accommodation destinations.