The Addo Elephant Park and surrounding region in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province include the small town of Addo, the spectacular Addo Elephant National Park itself, the game rich Amakhala Game Reserve, Kirkwood as well as malaria free, 'Big 5' Kwandwe Game Reserve.
Kwandwe Game Reserve
Covering an area of 22 000 hectares of the African bushveld, the Kwandwe Game Reserve is home to 4 different game lodges which include the:
- Great Fish River Lodge
- The Ecca Lodge
- The Uplands Homestead
- Melton Manor
Kwandwe is a member of the prestigious and luxurious Relais & Châteaux international hotel group.
Amakhala Game Reserve
The Amakhala Game Reserve provides a variety of accommodation options within the game reserve. The Heritage Collection in the Amakhala Game Reserve features the Bush Lodge, the Safari Lodge, the Leeuwenbosch Country House and the Woodbury Lodge. The Aloe Collection in the Amakhala Game Reserve offers luxurious accommodation in the Reed Valley Inn, Carnarvon Dale, Woodbury Tented Camp and Quatermain's Camp.
Addo Elephant National Park
Deep within the shadows of the dense valley bushveld of the Sundays River region of the Eastern Cape in South Africa lies the famous Addo Elephant National Park. The original Elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1932 when only eleven elephants remained in this region. Today, this unique ecosystem in South Africa is a sanctuary to over 455 elephants, Cape buffalo, black rhino, a variety of antelope species, as well as the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in the Addo Elephant National Park.
Plans exist to expand the now 165 000 ha Addo National Elephant Park into a 362 000 ha national park. Also, plans include the proposed proclamation of a 125 000 ha marine reserve that includes islands that are home to the world's largest breeding populations of Cape gannets and the second largest breeding population of African penguins.