The Sundays River Valley stretches from Addo in the south to Kirkwood further north. The road up the valley from Port Elizabeth takes the traveller into an evergreen world of citrus trees. In October the trees are in full blossom, and the warm air of the Valley is heavy with their perfume. The area is 85 metres above sea level and has an annual rainfall of approximately 395 mm. The total population is in the region of 80 thousand. Temperatures in the region range from an average maximum of 21 -25° C to an average minimum of 5 - 10° C during May to October, while during November to April, temperatures range from an annual average maximum of 26 - 30° C to an average minimum of 11 - 17° C


Photo from "The Lookout" in Kirkwood


The valley has much of historical, cultural, sporting and scenic interest to offer. Come see this tranquil and evergreen valley, the famous Addo elephant as well as mile after mile of verdant citrus trees bearing fruit all winter and scenting the air with their blossoms in spring time.

Both the Fitzpatrick Look Out and the Kirkwood Look Out have stunning views across the valley. For the more adventurous, there are 4X4 trails in the Zuurberg Mountains. Accommodation from ultra-luxurious to the most economical is available. The bush camps (tented or rustic cabins) on the banks of the Sundays River offer fishing, canoeing, absailing, bird watching, hiking and boating. Horse riding is available on private farms as well as at the Addo National Park. There are Farm House B&B's as well as safari lodges and hunting lodges. Kirkwood boasts an outstanding nine-hole golf course.

If it is a tame cheetah, ostriches, crocodiles or even lions you want to see other than roses, the valley has them all !



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