ATTRACTIONS IN THE AREA
Watch the citrus being picked in the orchards and packed in the modern pack houses during the season from April through to September and enjoy the annual Citrus Festival at the end of May, followed by the Kirkwood Wildlife Festival at the end of June, with the main event of the festival being the game auction. Take part in the world-renowned Addo Rose Festival in October, with its numerous craft and food stalls. This attracts thousands of visitors from all over the country, and from overseas. Each year the proceeds from this endeavour of the Women's Institute are donated to various local charities and projects.
Several historic sites can be found in the area which date back as far as 1829. The most well known site is the Drift House, the Inn used by most people crossing the Addo drift from the old Cape Colony into the Hinterland.
Addo Elephant Park offers you an array of activities from game viewing, horse-riding, picnic to hiking. Resident guests can enjoy a cool and refreshing swim at the swimming pool. But nothing could be better than taking part in the Park's wide selection of adventurous Activities, which include witnessing some of the Park's main attractions: the Elephants, Black Rhinoceros, Cape Buffalo (disease free), Suricate (Meerkat), Flightless Dung Beetle.
You can enjoy game viewing from your own vehicle or simple Explore the 75 kilometres of road through prime Wildlife country. There are a number of lookout points at waterholes in the area. Or, you can partake in the guided game drives in open vehicles by day, at sunset or by night, which is the time when the Buffalo and black Rhino are most often spotted.
Addo Elephant Park's experienced guides will take you on a walking trail in the heart of the Elephant country. Or, you can take part in the Rhino trekking Excursions.
This unique 2km (1.24 miles) trail through typical Addo thicket has been specially designed for disabled visitors and is suitable for people on wheelchairs.
Zuurberg Nature Trails (1 hour and 4 hours):
The area, winding through fynbos and deep kloofs of unspoiled indigenous forest and boasting impressive Cycad populations, is home to Leopard, Bushpig and a wide variety of Birdlife. This thrilling experience awaits you.
Alexandria Hiking Trail:
Alexandria Hiking Trail offers you three different environments, a rare feature that you can only find in this Trail: Forests, Coastal Dunes and Sea Shore. It is a two-day trail that starts from the Woody Cape section of the Park, Langebos and extends up to 19.5 km (12.12 miles) on the first day and 16.5 km (10.25 miles) on the second.
This is an exciting Adventure will take you through coastal forests swarming with Birdlife, as you herd towards the coast, where you can stop to watch the Dolphins and Whales from the cliffs of Woody Cape. You will have an overnight stop here before you set out on yet another adventure, on the coastal dunefield that extends from the Sundays River Mouth.
Experienced riders can enjoy a three hour guided horse Trail that is within the Elephant area, while novice riders can partake in a two hour guided horse Trail next to the game fence. There is also a 1 hour trail for novice riders and 3 and 5-hour trails for experienced riders in the Zuurberg Mountain Horse Trails.