About The Area
The Zuurberg Mountain Village
A haven of historical delight set high up on the Zuurberg Mountains.It is a tranquil & truly unique mountain top retreat set in 160 ha of indigenous vegetation with breathtaking views overlooking the Addo Elephant Park.
This 150 year old historical hotel is one hour’s drive from PE and offers her guests an elegant lifestyle and ambiance of the era. The Zuurberg Manor & Zuurberg Village offers comfort, traditional country cuisine, friendly staff & countless outdoor activities.
Addo Elephant National Park
Now the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to conserve a wide diversity of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. Stretching from the semi-arid karoo area in the north around Darlington Dam, over the rugged Zuurberg Mountains, through the Sundays River valley and south to the coast between Sundays River mouth and Bushman’s river mouth, Addo covers about 180 000 hectares (444 700 acres) and includes the Bird and St Croix Island groups.
The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only sixteen elephants remained in the area. Today this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 550 elephants, lions, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. And their Addo has only just begun, with plans to expand the Park into a 264 000 hectare (652 300 acre) mega-park.
John Webster, a baker by trade, and the man who built Ann’s Villa, was born in Glasgow, Scotland on 12-4-1817. He met his wife Ann Elizabeth Whall (b 24-11-1819) in London, and they were married in 1839 and lived in Shadwell. In 1849 the Webster family sailed to Algoa Bay on board the Scindean. They resided in Victoria street, Port Elizabeth.In 1854 John Webster sold his bakery and bought the farm “Kleinplaas” (Now Ann’s Villa)from Mr Grobbelaar. The family appear to have lived in the old cottage (Bergview Terrace, Later renamed Verbena Cottage). John baked for the road builders who were 10 km away at Stebbings Convict Station.
The Zuurberg pass was officially opened in 1858 and Ann’s Villa, in its current form was built and opened in 1864.The villa was named after Ann who died a year after it was opened. She was 46 and had borne 14 children in her lifetime. A year after Ann’s death, John Webster married Mary Ann Jenkins (b 5-8-1824). In 1867 diamonds were discovered and the diamond rush began. With its seven rooms the villa boomed. It’s base at the foot of the Zuurberg Pass was perfect for the blacksmith, wheelwright, bakery and shop. (the latter is still in the villa and virtually unchanged). In 1896 a post office and a school were added. The corrugated iron shed with its sprung floor was ordered from England as a kit and used both as a shearing shed and for the local dances. Ann’s Villa was the centre for a very active tennis club as well as the oldest shooting club in the Eastern Cape.The area surrounding Ann’s Villa was the closest the Boer War got to Port Elizabeth and wounded soldiers recovered at the Villa, whilst the shop was raided by Boer commandoes.In 2005 over 100 descendants of John Webster and George Hall, gathered at Ann’s Villa for a family reunion.
The Eastern Cape, and one of South Africa's, favourite mountain biking playgrounds. Hayterdale boasts a world class Cross Country and Downhill track as well as endless kilometres of dedicated flowing singletrack set amongst the foothills of the Zuurberg Mountains. Stage 3 of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek is crammed full of the best of the Hayterdale MTB tracks, boasting almost 80% purpose-built MTB singletrack.
To quote Sean Badenhorst, editor of TREAD Magazine: “The trails at Hayterdale are food for the mountain biker’s soul. They’re stimulating, challenging and in some places, pretty tough. But man, they’re rewarding! You can see they’ve been built by mountain bikers. The gradient changes, trail flow and excellent use of the varied terrain make it one of the few true real mountain bike riding hot spots in the country as far as I’m concerned. I can’t wait to return.”