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The town of Addo lies in a spectacular part of South Africa, called the Sundays River Valley, with indigenous forests, the Zuurberg Mountains and the main attraction: The Addo Elephant Park.

Begun with a mere 2 000ha and 11 elephants and now covering 185 000 hectares with 600 elephants roaming its plains, the Addo Elephant National Park has been home to a growing number of ellies for the past 70-odd years. The Park’s next most important inhabitant is the dung beetle who lives in dung beetle heaven. Lion and hyena were recently re-introduced into the Addo.

Backpackers and budget travellers can expect a true African experience but which is malaria free. Unforgettable visits to the Addo Elephant National Park are coupled with a choice of 'elephant' activities to supplement, such as walking with elephants and elephant-back rides. offered by operators in the surrounding area.

The Addo Area makes a convenient base for backpackers to explore the many places of interest nearby, including:

    The lovely and extremely historic cathedral and university city of Grahamstown.
    The World Heritage site of the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area.
    The lush, fertile and scenic Gamtoos Valley around Patensie with its miles of citrus orchards.
    The Zuurberg Mountain and the historic mountain pass used by Gen Smuts during the Anglo Boer War.

Make yourself at home with a wide range of accommodation on offer from Aardvark Backpackers just minutes away from the Park. Or languish in the tranquil riverfront accommodation at Avoca River Farms on the banks of the Sundays River only 20km from the Addo Elephant National Park. The Orange Elephant Backpackers makes a great base camp for all your Addo adventures on the border of the Addo Elephant Park and only 8km from the main gate.