The Greater Addo area is popular with tourists and South Africans alike due to the number of malaria free game reserves in the area - excellent alternatives to the Kruger National Park - and because it is home to the Greater Addo Elephant National Park.
The Greater Addo Elephant National Park, on the N10 just an hour outside of Port Elizabeth, uniquely offers visitors the 'Big Seven' opportunity - rhino, lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and, because the park extends to the sea, southern right whales and great white sharks.
In the heart of the Sundays River Valley and close to towns such as Addo Village, Colchester, Kirkwood, Nanaga and Paterson, the Greater Addo Elephant Park is one of South Africa's successful outcomes to what could have been an ecological disaster. History in the area is rife with clashes between local farmers and elephants, to whom crop damage and night raids were natural reactions to the invasion of their habitat. The park is now home to over 350 elephant, sustains local flora and biomes and provides local employment and development opportunities.