Riverside Accommodation on the doorstep of the Addo Elephant Park.
The ideal Addo Elephant Park Accommodation situated a mere 3km’s from the Matyholweni or South Entrance to the Malaria Free Addo Elephant National Park and an easy 40km drive from Port Elizabeth.
The tranquil setting nestled on the banks of the Sundays River, in the village of Colchester, Sundune Guest House is a paradise for watersport and nature lovers alike. The dunes which run parallel with Sunday’s River are estimated to be between 6000 to 10 000 years old and rest upon even older, compacted dunes that could date back as many as 100 000 years.
Sundune Guest House allows for quick and easy access to the majority of activities and attractions in and around Addo and is the perfect gateway to the Garden Route and Sunshine Coast. Recognized as a top holiday destination, the Greater Addo area offers premium game viewing, fishing, walks along the beach, boating and kayaking. Wonderful climatic conditions abound all year round complementing the magnificent sandy beaches, where one can walk for miles on the edge of the warm Indian Ocean and may see the whales and dolphins at play.
Colchester presents endless choices of activities which can be arranged by Sundune Guest House, such as, enjoying an early morning game drive in the Addo Elephant Park, taking a stroll along the endless white sand beach or casting a fishing line in the afternoon and finally toasting the setting sun amongst friends on the rolling lawn.
The Sundays River is ideal for canoeing, sandboarding, river cruises, angling trips, fishing, bird watching, walking on endless unspoilt sandy beaches and the Nukakama Canoe Trail, all of which can be arranged through Sundune Guest House.
The Colchester Dunefield is part of the Alexandria Dunefields which are the biggest coastal dunefield in the Southern Hemisphere and is the ideal play ground for sand boarding.
Sunday’s River is one of South Africa’s largest tidal Rivers and the wide river section at the mouth is mostly calm with good wind and offers kiteboarding beginners a great practice area.
Sundune Guest House is also close to the many private wildlife reserves of the Greater Addo Region and trips can be arranged on request: Addo, Amakhala, Pumba, Schotia, Shamwari and Lalibela private game reserves.
THE ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK
Hunting for ivory resulted in hunters had exterminated most of the elephants and other game in the Eastern Cape and only isolated herds remained – the largest of these in the Addo region (140 Elephants). Agricultural growth in the region led to conflict with elephants as they damaged crops and competed with farmers’ needs for water. In 1919 Major P.J. Pretorius was tasked to shoot the remaining Addo Elephants. He shot 114 elephants between 1919 and 1920 until his activities generated publicity and sympathy for the elephants and in 1931 the Addo Elephant National Park (about 5 000 ha) was proclaimed when only eleven Addo elephants remained.
Today there are more than 550 Elephants, Cape Buffalo, Black Rhino, Lion, Leopard, a range of antelope species and the rare Flightless Dung Beetle in the 1,640 km² Addo Elephant National Park. The Park is South Africa’s first ‘Big Seven’ nature reserve, with inclusion the southern right whale and great white shark, after the park expansion to include offshore islands.