Sunny, genteel, fun-loving Kirkwood is an excellent central hub from which to explore the attractions of the Greater Addo area. Just 40km from the main gate of Addo Elephant National Park, Kirkwood has the added benefit of immediate access to the Kabouga Gate of the park (4×4 only) along with nearby attractions, Adrenalin Addo and CrissCross Adventures.
Kirkwood, in the heart of the Sundays River Valley, is nestled against a backdrop of the Rietberg Mountains which give way to the towering Zuurberg Mountains. It is surrounded by the emerald-green orchards of the citrus industry which creates a casual, stately bustle around town. The area is rich in biodiversity, natural history and secret delights like the fabulous farmstall at Daniell Cheetah Project, famous Sir Percy Fitzpatrick Lookout and the Bedrogfontein 4×4 Trail. Kirkwood has interesting historical stories to tell: stories of fossils, the Anglo-Boer War, and the 200-year-old Enon Moravian Church, the oldest Moravian church in the Eastern Cape! Every winter, the town buzzes with excitement at the annual, community-driven Kirkwood Wildsfees. The Kirkwood Wildsfees 2022 will take place from 24 – 26 June 2022.
Distance from Nelson Mandela Bay: 60km
As the name suggests, Lemon3Lodge takes full advantage of its citrus-scented surroundings. This trendy boutique lodge is the ideal stay for the modern traveller who will enjoy a wedge of refreshment after a day exploring the park, ziplining or quad-biking. The swimming pool, deck and indigenous gardens overlook the surrounding orchards and Rietberg Mountains.
A delicious slice of Eastern Cape citrus farm life awaits at the elegant Broadlands Country House. Located on a family-owned working citrus farm, Broadlands offers visitors a respite from the road with a beautiful wooden deck and undercover braai area overlooking the farm dam – perfect for sundowners. Each room has its own patio and private entrance. This is the perfect spot to experience a the warm hospitality of an Addo farming family.
Embrace the wide open space and big sky of the Addo region at Bush Getaways. This 2000ha game farm is a safari experience all its own with three distinct accommodation options at different sites around the farm. Visitors can enjoy scenic bush walks, 4×4 and mountain bike trails, and wildlife on the farm includes giraffe, kudu, bush buck, Cape mountain zebra, eland, nyala, wildebeest and more. A truly wonderful Eastern Cape escape.
Sit back and relax at the stately Kronenhoff Guesthouse, a Cape Dutch-style guest house in the heart of Kirkwood offering a fantastic guest experience with on-site restaurant, gymnasium, pool lounge and swimming pool. Guests are treated to all the mod-cons in the beautiful surrounds of manicured gardens.
Get some space at Nieshoutkloof and Aragon’s Villa, just outside Kirkwood, in the emerald-green Sundays River Valley. Nieshoutkloof comprises a self-catering guesthouse, spacious campsite and function venue. A deep veranda encourages relaxation and, with a private braai (barbeque) and lovely views of the mountains and orchards, is the ideal place to end your day while holidaying in the Addo area.
An relaxed Eastern Cape holiday vibe is what you’ll find at Sitruoewer. Cast a line from your tent or deck straight into the river. Located on the banks of the Sundays River and surrounded by citrus orchards, fishing, swimming, paddling, and playing games are the order of the day. It’s the ideal breakaway for families with an on-site playground, self-catering cabins and camping, river access and canoes – sunny, summer days filled with fun are on the menu at Sitrusoewer.
Kuzuko Lodge is a big-five game lodge located on the border of the Addo Elephant National Park. Known as the “Place of Glory”, luxurious private chalets are nestled against a hillside with panoramic views across the reserve and beyond. With a rim-flow pool, exceptional cuisine and a strong conservation ethos (it is home to Sylvester the wandering Karoo lion, after all), it is the perfect bush breakaway less than two hours from Nelson Mandela Bay.