Just over an hour’s drive from the shell scattered, white beaches of the Sunshine Coast and Port Elizabeth, discover Paterson. The Greater Addo area is exceptionally popular for those seeking a malaria free true ‘bushveld’ experience. Valley bushveld, also known as thicket, is a habitat endemic to the area, supporting a larger number of insects, wildlife and birds than any other in the world.
This region offers a selection of privately owned game reserves, all offering locals and tourists a chance to experience the true beauty of the Greater Addo at varying degrees of bushveld luxury.
Positioned at the foothills of the Zuurberg Mountains and surrounded by game reserves, lies this quaint little village, Paterson – named after its founder, John Paterson.
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Lodges and game farms, historical farmhouses, stonewalls and thatch go hand-in-hand with the sheer tranquility and calm of the star filled night skies, interrupted only by cicadas and sounds of nocturnal wildlife. Whilst you can view South Africa’s large game animals, watch out for the tiny, but very special Addo dung beetle, one of the rarest flightless species of dung beetles to be found. Small they may be, but they can roll a ball of dung fifty times their own weight!! These balls form a source of nourishment - elephant, rhino and buffalo dung being favourites!
Paterson allows for a sense of tranquillity. Time for watching the brightest of stars shining out of a clear African sky, whilst quietly listening to the night calls of the bush.