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The 250-kilometer Sundays River rises on the southern slope of the 2504-meter-high Kompasberg in the Sneeubergen, the highest mountain in the former Cape Province. It flows about south-southeast and flows south of Colchester, about 40 kilometers east of Port Elizabeth, in the Algoa Bay in the Indian Ocean. The name should therefore come from that a command unit under the Boers Andries Pretorius on Sunday, December 8, 1838, stored there. In the language of the Khoisan the river Nukakamma, German “grassy water”, as the banks of the river are densely overgrown despite the semi-arid climate.
On the river is the town of Graaff-Reinet, in the area of the Sundays River dammed as Nqweba Dam. Further south is the 1922 Darlington Dam. The underflow passes through the Sundays River Valley community and flows through the Addo Elephant National Park. The estuary is surrounded by a mighty sandbank. The Sundays River is considered the fastest flowing river in South Africa.
The Addo Elephant National Park at Port Elizabeth in South Africa gives you the feeling of being out of Africa and offers a rare opportunity to go safari and see big game in a malaria-free area. Since October 2003, the ‘Big 5’ are here again. But that’s not all: the park is set to become the third largest in South Africa, home to whales and the great white shark, the Big Seven!
The park was founded in 1931 and currently provides safe living space for about 350 elephants, buffaloes, various antelope species and other animals. In 1995, the Zuurberge, which is home to leopards, was integrated into Addo Park.
The Addo Elephant Park is particularly interesting for tourists in the Western Cape, as it offers the next opportunity to observe on a safari some of the Big Five in a larger nature reserve. Visiting the park is a great way to combine safaris in the nearby private Game Reserves and a holiday along the Garden Route.
On this enormous area there is so much to explore that you should stay there at least once. Alone, to hear the lions roaring at night. Each nature reserve offers so-called game drives or in part you can also explore the terrain with your own car. What makes the Greater Addo Elephant Park so unique is that it is the only nature reserve in the world that allows the “Big 7” – yes, really seven and not five – to live in their natural environment. Incidentally, the “Big 7” includes the elephant, the rhino, the lion, the buffalo, the leopard, the southern right whale family and the great white shark.
Important: Addo Park has two entrances via the main entrance near the village of Addo and via the Matyholweni entrance near Colchester. You should inquire before arrival, which entrance is closer to his camp.
Distance and travel time from Addo
Cape Town via N2 – 820 km – approx. 10.5 hours (in the west)
Port Elizabeth – 75 km – about 1.5 hours (to the southwest)
Jeffreys Bay – 150 km – about 2.25 hours (west)
Oudtshoorn via R329 – 400 km – about 5.5 hours