Gateway to the Big 7 - Paterson - and the surrounding area are in the heart of the Valley Bushveld region, which is unique to the Eastern Cape.
Per cubic meter, this biome is able to support more animals, birds and insects than any other biome on earth. To experience the sounds, sights and friendliness of Africa, this area is a must for any holidaymaker.
Within easy reach of the world-famous Greater Addo National Park, which is sanctuary to over 300 elephants, one can find Shamwari, the internationally renowned private game reserve, which has the Big Five; and Schotia Safaris which specialise in day and night game drives. The area is only one hour's drive from the wonderful beaches of the Sunshine Coast, and the rich 1820 Settler History of Grahamstown, Salem, Bathurst and Port Elizabeth.
"A truly African Welcome awaits you."
Colchester / Cannonville is a picturesque holiday village nestling at the mouth of the Sundays River. All types of accommodation are available, including a holiday resort and caravan park.
It is situated just off the N2, 40km east of Port Elizabeth and is in fact situated at the closest point to world-renowned Addo Elephant National Park for visitors travelling from Durban or the Garden Route, the southern entrance gate into the Park being only 3km away. It is therefore an ideal "jumping off point" into the park for day visitors or those who find the Park fully booked (as often occurs over peak periods) and are seeking alternative accommodation.
The village is also well-placed for day visitors to all Eastern Province Game Parks, including world-renowned Shamwari and Schotia Safaris.
For local holiday-makers or those who wish to "linga-longa", Sundays River is a Mecca for all watersports, offering excellent fishing and bird watching and long walks along pristine beaches with their magnificent back-drop of beautiful sand dunes, all encompassed within the Greater Addo Elephant Marine Park. These dunes stretch for 50kms east towards Port Alfred and are of singular beauty. Formed 6 500 years ago, they are the highest dunes south of the Namib Desert, reaching to over 200 metres.
Visit us and see "The Big Seven".