Sunday’s River – Tranquil Evergreen Holiday Destination
Situated less than an hour from Port Elizabeth, the tranquil and evergreen Sunday's River Valley in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa is an important citrus growing area with seemingly endless stretches of lush citrus orchards, scenting the air with their blossoms and becoming heavy and colorful with fruit in the winter. The Sir Percy Fitzpatrick lookout point at Sunland and the Kirkwood lookout point both provide stunning views across the Sunday's River Valley and should be included in your scenic drive of this beautiful area.
The Sunday’s River Valley is renowned for its game and nature reserves, being home to the Addo Elephant National Park and other smaller reserves. The prolific bird life includes fish eagles, osprey, African spotted eagle owl, jackass penguins and oystercatchers to name but a few. A number of private bush camps along the banks of the Sunday’s River, as well as hunting lodges and holiday farms offer game viewing, fishing, canoeing, bird watching, hiking, boating, horse riding and 4×4 adventures in the valley and the Zuurberg Mountains. The 9-hole Kirkwood Golf Course offers golfing in a picturesque setting and in the winter months the Addo Polo Club offers heart-stopping excitement at weekend tournaments.
Several historic sites are included in the attractions of the Sunday’s River Valley, some dating back to 1829, such as the Old Drift House and its accompanying graveyard, filled with the bodies of soldiers who died in conflicts of days long past. The now peaceful valley, along with the Sunday’s River, winds its way down to the Indian Ocean, cutting its way through the breath-taking Alexandria sand dunes, the highest this side of the Namib Desert. Certainly, the Eastern Cape’s Sunday’s River Valley is a feast for the senses and an excellent holiday destination.