Paterson is a small village some 80 km north-west of Alexandria and 21 km north of Ncanaha. It was laid out in 1879 and named after John Paterson (1822-1880), member of Parliament and founder of the Eastern Province Herald and of the Grey Institute for Boys, who established the town.

The area has significant eco-tourism and agricultural potential. The Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) is an important economic driver in the area, while the Sundays River Valley area is regarded as one of the key production areas for citrus and deciduous fruit farming in South Africa.

Paterson Tourism

Addo Elephant National Park

ADDO MAIN CAMP is situated off the R335/R342 between the towns of Addo and Paterson and is the main hub of the Park with a wide variety of accommodation, facilities and activities on offer.

Shamwari Game Reserve

Not more than a 15 Minute drive away. Shamwari Game Reserve is one of the most successful private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa coupled with responsible tourism and the most luxurious means of experiencing your African safari adventure. Situated in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, Shamwari Game Reserve is the malaria-free, safari holiday you’ve been searching for. Accommodating family, friends or business associates, our facilities, coupled with our spectacular location and passion for the environment, make this an unforgettable destination.

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population 230
Young (0-14) 22,2%
Working Age (15-64) 71,7%
Elderly (65+) 6,1%
Dependency ratio 39,4
Sex ratio 111
Population density 88 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+ 1,2%
Higher education aged 20+ 13%
Matric aged 20+ 30,9%
Number of households 78
Average household size 2,8
Female headed households 21,5%
Formal dwellings 93,6%
Housing owned/paying off 50,6%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage 38,5%
Weekly refuse removal 92,4%
Piped water inside dwelling 25,6%
Electricity for lighting 96,2%