Sunland - The heart of the Sundays River Valley

Posted by Travel Trip Blogger on Mon November 24, 2014 in Fun day trips from Port Elizabeth.

No wonder if you have never heard of Sunland. It is a tranquil little village which ideally lies close to the Greater Addo Elephant Park, overlooking the beautiful Zuurberg Mountains. If it weren’t for its name, it would probably vanish in obscurity too, but as the sun does shine here for most of the year, it doesn’t. It even has its own annual Citrus Carnival in August to prove it.

Sunland is situated in the heart of the scenic Sundays River valley, the largest Citrus producing area in the Cape Province, which stretches from Addo in the South to the little citrus village of Kirkwood just a little further North West of Sunland on Route 336. The landscape is predominantly bushveld with incredible panoramic views. The valley has much of historical, cultural, and scenic interest to offer.  Come see this tranquil evergreen valley, the famous Addo elephant as well as mile after mile of verdant citrus trees. In October the trees are in full blossom and the warm air of the Valley is heavy with their perfume.

The highlight of your visit, however, is the Addo Elephant Park, which is only a 45 minutes’ drive from Port Elizabeth.  Now the third largest park in South Africa, it has expanded to conserve a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora.  Today this finely-tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 600 elephant, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.    The park can claim to be the only national park in the world to conserve the “Big 7” – the Big 5 as well as the southern right whale and great white shark.  The park also claims five of South Africa’s seven biomes.

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