Colchester love - We loved Colchester! The people were very friendly and the birdlife is really beautiful.
Must Visit - I would recommend it as a "must visit". The hotel appealed as a homely place and has interesting history which is available to all visitors.
The Zuurberg is beautiful and the old blue gum trees are magnificent. The stars are so bright in the clear skies at night. The fresh mountain air is very stimulating and I felt energized.
Joan Saayman South Africa
Game drives! - Good game drives in the area where you are guaranteed to see big game.
Marita Langenhoven South Africa
Cannonville - CANNONVILLE is a small village only 30 minutes from the Port Elizabeth airport on the N2 motorway. 5 minutes from the residential suburb is the Addo Elephant National Parks most southern gate. This is where you will find not only stunning scenery, but many of the field animals have made this their home. Elephants, Lion, Black Rhino, Zebra, eland and many more antilope and small animals can be seen as you drive through the park towards the main camp section.
The tidal, safe to swim in, clean Sundays River meanders through the village offering a host of river activities which includes a ferry, water skiing, wake boarding and fishing. Between the river and the sea is the longest widest coastal sand dunes in the southern hemisphere. They offer great hiking.
Visit the beautiful river mouth where it flows into Algoa Bay.
Some of the best private game reserves are within 30 minutes from the village and offer alternative game viewing, and elephant back riding.
This picturesque small village offers great outdoor activities, excellent game viewing and is much more than an overnight stop.
Perfect Base! - Nanaga is not a town. The somewhat obscure little village of Nanaga scores by dint of the fact that it is ideally placed on the South African map. Not only is it virtually just outside the Greater Addo Elephant Park, but it is also a short drive from the Sunshine Coast and other malaria-free safari game reserves. One of the major reasons why so many travelers stop at Nanaga is because of the Nanaga Farm stall with its lovely homemade pies, roosterkoek and freshly squeezed juice. In addition to that, the central location to attractions in the area is a Bonus,The Addo Elephant Park, Schotia Safri's, Amakhala, Shamwari, Pumba and many more. The Alexandria Dune Fields, close to the nearby village of Colchester, stretch for 50 kilometres and provide one of the most beautiful and scenic, as well as the largest, coastal dunefields in the southern hemisphere. The unspoilt beauty of the surroundings and the safety of the area has resulted in Nanaga becoming a popular base for travellers to stay over while exploring the area.
Joe Bamberger South Africa
Paterson Area - The Paterson area has a lot to offer. Often lumped together with the Addo and Sundays River regions.
Although the town of Paterson itself does not offer the tourist much, there are a number of great attractions in the area. Namely Shamwari Game Reserve, Schotia Game reserve, Amakhala Game Reserve, Lalibela Game Reserve, Addo Elephant back Safaris as well as the Addo Elephant National Park as well as Addo Afrique. Paterson is also only 40 minutes from Port Elizabeth, so whale watching tours are easily conducted from Paterson. There is lot's to do.
Russell Lovemore South Africa
Sweet Zuurberg - Dear Safari;
We've been to Zuurberg twice now and it feels like
coming home to history in a modern jacket. Vieuws are spectaculair an the bungolows are world class.
Service is wonderfull and the food is great. Every time we go on holiday to SA we try to drop in.
Regards Maurice and Mariekce Demmers
Maurice Demmers South Africa
Zuurberge weekend - arrived at lunch time and immediately headed for the dining room. there was no way my family was going to allow us to "skip lunch." this set the tone for our weekend......fantastic meals and service.
we totally unwound our stressed minds over the next two days. too cold to swim (it is chilly at the top of zuurberg !) but we did get to the tennis courts, went on a lovely walk and generally just chilled. The two teenagers enjoyed the horse riding.
we reckon zuurburg is on out "must return" list. Addo elephant park is easily reached from the hotel, and that was also well worth the visit !!
GEORGE SCOTT South Africa
A Hidden Gem - Kirkwood in picking season is a sight to see. Trailers bursting with oranges. A lovely place to retreat to. Close to the Addo Elephant Park, not far from Uitenhage and only a bit further an you are in PE. Kronenhoff Guest House is an absolute delight right in the middle of the town. A lot of surrounding Private Reserves and accomodation on the farms. This is one not to miss if you are in the area.
Addo Village - great service, beautiful surroundings, everyone very friendly, accommadation affordable
Sharon Booth South Africa
Kirkwood and the Sundays River Valley - Kirkwood is a quaint town situated in the beautiful Sundays River Valley in the Eastern Cape. The town was named after James Somers Kirkwood. When a flooded Sundays River prevented him from reaching the farm that he was meant to auction off in 1877, he climbed a nearby hill instead. From this hill, which today is known as ‘The Lookout’, he had a view of the entire valley. It was from this point that he saw the potential of the valley being a Citrus producing region.
Today, this valley is the largest Citrus producing region in the Eastern Cape, with Kirkwood known as the ‘Citrus Capital’. During the harvesting season many tractors towing trailers loaded with oranges can be seen heading to the Co-Ops in the town.
Kirkwood is home to the popular Wildsfees. This environmentally focused festival features a premier game auction, agricultural and wildlife expos. There are also live performances by top South African artists, the Isuzu 4×4 Extreme Challenge and a wine, jazz and gourmet food lifestyle expo. The festival also offers 300 specialist stalls, a beer tent, a Kids Zone and adrenaline rides to look forward to.
The Sundays River Valley is home to several Game Reserves and the Addo Elephant Park, which is the third largest national park in South Africa. This park, which is approximately 40 minutes away from Kirkwood, is home to over 550 elephants, lions, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle.
For the bird-lovers, there is an abundance of Bird Life in the valley, including fish eagles, osprey, African spotted eagle owls, and nearer the coastal section, jackass penguins and oystercatchers to name but a few.
The Alexandria Dunes, the largest this side of the Namib Desert, cradle the Sundays River as it winds its way into the Indian Ocean. They are amongst the largest moving dune fields in the world – some of the dunes reach heights similar to those found in the Namib Desert.
Near the town itself, one can visit the Daniell Cheetah Breeding Project. Here, visitors are encouraged to interact with the Cheetahs. This wonderful opportunity is aimed at educating people about the importance of preserving these unique animals. There are also tame Kudus at the centre, which may be fed by visitors.
For wildlife of a completely different kind, one can visit the Addo Raptor & Reptile Centre. This is a Rehabilitation and Education Centre which offers an animal sanctuary and recovery centre for sick and injured birds of prey and reptiles, both wild and captive bred. While the wellbeing of the animals is their first priority, education plays a big role in the centre as well. By educating the public, hopefully the animals will be better understood and not harmed by people who fear them. Animals at the centre include Crocodiles, Snakes, Lizards, Frogs, Tortoises and Raptors.
For something more leisurely, Kirkwood offers a 9-hole Golf course and four restaurants. In the winter months, you can enjoy the action at the weekend tournaments held by the Addo Polo Club.
There are various places to stay in Kirkwood. You can choose between self-catering, Guest House and Bed & Breakfast accommodation. There are also Bush Camps available at the Addo Elephant Park and surrounding Private Game Reserves, for those that prefer living on the wild side.
Kirkwood and the surrounding Sundays River Valley offer you a wide scope of activities, so why not make this your next holiday destination?
Kirkwood - The beautiful little town of "Kirkwood" is nestled in the heart of the Sundays River Valley.
The Sundays River is 250km long and is the fastest flowing river in South Africa, it flows into the Indian Ocean at Algoa Bay. The climate is subtropical and is ideal for growing citrus. The highest tempreture of 50.3 C was recorded by the weather burea in 1928.
The first farms were awarded to burger commandos for their role in the border wars in 1811. The one farm known as "Gouwernements Beloonging" is where Kirkwood would be established 100 years later. It was bought by James Somers Kirkwood, who was a auctioneer from Port Elizabeth.
Kirkwood today is the center of one of the largest citrus regions in South Africa. In September the whole valley transforms with beautiful aromas as this is the time when all the citrus trees come into bloom.
And Kirkwood becomes very lively from April through to end of September as this is the time when all the harvesting of our beautiful oranges, naartjies, lemons and grape fruit are picked and transported to the packhouses for export.
The panaromic view of the valley and its orchards can be viewed from the Lookout set atop a hill. It looks like a huge patchwork cloth below with all the trees planted in rows.
Kirkwood is also well known for the site where the large dinasour fossils were found which was aptly named "Kirky" because it looked like a turkey.
We have also still got the original post office that was built in the 1800, however it is now being used as an office on a private farm.
Huge attractions to Kirkwood is our "Annual Wildlife Festival" which is held at the end of June yearly and attracts many a visitor.
And other places of interest close by are the Danielle Cheetah breeding project, The Addo Elephant National Park, The Fitzpatrick Lookout is where the author of "Jock of the Bushveld" is buried and the library in Sunlands is dedicated to him.
For one that is looking for peace and tranquillity from city life then Kirkwood is the place to visit.
Sharon Prieler South Africa
Sunland - Sunland – A Journey into a hidden valley.
Northwest of the little town of Addo, with the world famous Addo Elephant National Park on its doorstep, you enter the Sundays River Valley. This now world renowned agricultural area owes its existence in no small measure to Sir Percy Fitzpatrick of ‘Jock of the Bushveld ' fame, who established the Sundays River Settlement Company in the early 1920’s with the purpose of enticing in the main, British soldiers returning from the first World War to a depressed Britain. The idea was to encourage these men to come out to the Sunland area, buy a farm and start a productive life.
The efforts of Sir Percy were most successful and many folk single and married arrived and established themselves as farmers or merchants. Many of the descendants of these early pioneers remain in active agriculture in the valley to-day.
The area can be described as semi-arid due to its drought prone history. The Sundays River was originally known by the Khoi as the Kukakamma or ‘grassy water’, emphasizing that despite the dry conditions, the river has created a valley that has always been attractive to man.
One of the early pioneers to the area, a Jacobus Scheepers had the good fortune to have on his property, a dependable spring of pure sweet water. His farm was later purchased by the Moravian Mission and became known as Enon, coming from the biblical word, Aenon meaning spring.
The area saw much conflict in its early history as it was subjected to various Xhosa wars in the 1819’s but later flourished in agriculture......mainly citrus of the highest export quality.
In this valley nestles the mini settlement of Sunland. Perhaps the most dominant architectural landmark is the period built Sunland Primary School. For the rest of the area, farms dominate the landscape but with a tiny shopping area and doctor's surgery. The now defunct Sunland Station is a somewhat forlorn testament to a time gone by.
Perhaps the romance of Sunland is best illustrated by a number of quaint and most attractive accommodation establishments, most of which are part of established citrus farms and are each in their own way, oases of hospitality, great South African cuisine, and tropical bird filled gardens.
Sunland is a slow and easy paced community where it seems everyone cares about everyone and nothing happens without the sky lighting up. From a tourist point of view, Sunland is that perfect contrast between the very nearby Addo Elephant National Park and colonial luxury. One cannot help feeling that any minute Karen von Blixen will stroll by, extolling her sentiments of Africa and her farm.
Just off the main R336 road that connects Sunland and Kirkwood to the north and only about 5 km from the centre of this community, is The Lookout. This viewpoint, set in a high vantage spot overlooks the Sundays River Valley and is breathtaking particularly in the late afternoon. The Lookout was bequeathed to the area by Sir Percy for the pleasure of those who happen by. He is buried here with others members of his family and is a reminder to those who visit, that life is fleeting and fragile, and the beauty that is so much in abundance is there to be enjoyed.
Sunland beckons the traveller with her sheer natural beauty and genuine warm and welcoming hospitality.
Truly a place of physical and spiritual rest, recuperation and general well being.
Conor O'Hagan Ward South Africa
Colchester - Colchester is a quaint little village nestled in tranquil surroundings on the banks of the Sundays River,only twenty minutes from Port Elizabeth.
It is absolutely unique for the following reasons:
Nowhere will you find a destination with so many attractions in such close proximity to one another. Only five minutes from a river ,beach and a National Park.
River A beautiful river that offer the nature lover and watersport enthusiast every thing they desire. Birdwatching(over 300 species can be viewed)
Ferry Boats that take people to the dunes and up the river. Canoe trails from where birds and wildlife can be sighted on the banks of the river. Boats and canoe hiring are also available. Fishing charters on the river with experienced operators.(All equipment supplied).
The river is also very safe for swimming, (Bilharzia free,hippo free and croc free.) The Colchester area is also Malaria free. Beach. Pristine beaches ideal for beach walks, fishing, shell collection and whale watching (in season).
Sand Dunes. World renowned. The biggest coastal dunefields in the Southern Hemisphere. Ideal for dunewalks, sandboarding and magnificent views over Algoa Bay, the islands and the river.
The Addo Elephant National Park. Only five minutes away where numerous wild life species including the Big Five can be viewed.Self drive game viewing is most popular,but day and night game drives are also on offer by the Park.Various accommodation options in the Park from tented camps to self catering chalets.There is also a restaurant,curio shop and petrol station in the Park.
Game Reserves. A number of quality Game Reserves are situated in close proximity to Colchester.(World renowned Shamwari.Schotia Safaries,Kwantu,Amakhala,Pumba and Kariega,etc.
Activities. A list of the activities available;
Elephant Back Safaries.
Water sports (skiing,wakeboarding, swimming, Jet ski rides, etc.
Accommodation in Colchester. A wide range of accommodation options are available. Camping, Caravan, backpackers, three to five star guest houses and self catering accommodation. Rates are more affordable than anywhere else.
Services. The following services are available.
No wonder so many tourists rate Colchester as one of their favourite destinations in South Africa and return to this little village which they have given so many names, like. A paradise for all nature lovers.
The jewel of the Eastern Cape.
The best value for money.
The best kept secret in the Eastern Cape.
Visit Colchester for an experience beyond expectations.
James Dobson South Africa
Addo - Thank you for the opportunity to tell you a bit about Addo. The obvious attraction to Addo is the world renowned Addo Elephant National Park which has put Addo on the map and I am sure you know all about. The other lesser known attraction to Addo is the Rose Festival held in October every year. I am sure most people who are going to respond to your email are going to tell you about these two attractions.
I however would like to tell you about the least known and talked about attraction to Addo and this region as a whole is the rich Archealogical and Paleantological history of this area.
Brian Bowren South Africa
Kirkwood - A true Valley Treasure - If you are looking for a lovely family holiday destination or a romantic and relaxing family getaway then kirkwood is perfect for you.
Kirkwood is nestled on the heart of the lush Sundays River Valley in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This Valley is the largest citrus producing Valley in the Southern Hemisphere. This time of year, May to September is our harvest season, the trees are filled with bright citrus fruits and you will be amazed at the wonderful aroma that is present as one enters the valley.
This is truly a wonderful part of the country filled with friendly people, there is something for everyone. Whether you are looking to visit 5 star game reserves, quaint B&B's, welcoming guest houses or camping in the bush, we have it!
We look forward to having you visit our little peace of heaven on earth.
Aimee Marais South Africa
Kirkwood, perfect base for Ellies & Cheetah's - Kirkwood is a small town near the main entrance of Addo Elephant National Park. It's a typical small friendly Karoo town with all major banks, a Spar and a few nice restaurants.
While staying in Kirkwood you can visit the Addo Elephant Park (37 km). Pat a cheetah at the Daniell Cheetah Breeding Project (20 km). Go Wild at the Wildlife Festival in June. Cross the Zuurberg Mountains in a day in a 4x4 in the Kabouga section of the Addo Park.
Visit a citrus packhouse in picking season (march - oct).
Aad and Yvonne van Tol South Africa
Kirkwood - Kirkwood is the center of one of the largest citrus regions in South Africa with approximately 12,000 ha (30,000 acres) of citrus orchards. Kirkwood is at present the dynamic capital town of the Sundays River Valley. It is known throughout the country for its citrus fruit, roses, game farms and its annual Wildlife Festival. To the north of Kirkwood lies the beautiful Rietberg mountain with the Uyepoort (Uye gateway) that provides passage to the Zuurberg mountains and the Greater Addo Elephant National Park with the big five of the animal Kingdom. Kirkwood is very close to Port Elizabeth and is one of the main tourism attractions in South Africa.
Nardus Pienaar South Africa
Couldn't find the entry gate - We couldn't find easy access to the dunes, beach and because of our limited time, we were not prepared to pay an entrance fee at the one access point we could find.
Beautiful and quiet - A small, quaint town. Ideal to take a break from a hectic life.
Andy Overbeek South Africa
Very authentic - A real rural, small, safe town. The game reserve was immaculate and breathtaking. We were fortunate to see plenty of animals.
Friendly and accommodating - Friendly and accommodating.
Maria Compion South Africa