The little area of Addo, just an hour from Port Elizabeth and two hours from East London, is best known for its elephants, thanks to the acclaimed Addo Elephant National Park

This park is home to more than 500 African elephants, as well as loads of other exciting species (including lion and rhino). But, if you’ve seen the elephants and want to experience more of the gorgeous Addo area, we have some fabulous suggestions for the whole family.


Adrenalin Addo offers adventure-seekers the only double-zipline experience on the continent. It is high, fast and long, promising plenty of fun and a generous dose of adrenalin. In fact, the zipline is an impressive 70 metres from the ground, stretches for 500 metres across the Eastern Cape bushveld, and reaches an impressive speed of 80 kilometres an hour.

Giant swinging

Don’t be misled; this isn’t a peaceful back-and-forth to lull you into slumber. This swing is all about the thrill. Get hoisted 18 metres into the air before being released suddenly; sending you free-falling for a few seconds before the cables tighten and you start to swing high above the ground. The G-forces are memorable, to say the least.

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For a more tranquil approach to exploring Addo, head down the Sunday’s River in a two-man canoe. Watch out for exciting bird species and jump into the water when you need to cool down.



The sand dunes of Colchester are massive and impressive, and just beg to be conquered on the sandboard. This is the perfect way to finish off a river cruise or to burn some energy before sundowners on the white sands.

River cruising

The Sunday’s River Ferry offers a 2,5 hour cruise down the river at a very relaxed speed. This is ideal for visitors who want to enjoy the greenery, spot some fish in the water, or catch sight of the many bird species that have made their home in the bushes and trees on the river banks. You might even spot a duiker or bush buck grazing or, if you’re really lucky, a magnificent kudu.

Watersports and fishing

The Sunday’s River that winds itself through Addo is perfect for wakeboarding, stand-up paddling, water skiing and tubing. Of course, if you’re feeling more sedate, you can simply sit on its banks and fish.

The N2 highway bridge over the Sundays River at Colchester in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa


Addo is home to loads of lodges, guesthouses, B&Bs, and self-catering units. To book the holiday of a lifetime in a part of the Eastern Cape that remains fairly quiet, have a look at the accommodation available on


Elephants… if you’re wanting to visit the Addo Elephants, find out more below: