We stayed for 3 nights in May 2013 as part of our honeymoon. This was the more expensive of the safari options in SA, but I'm so glad we went the extra mile to stay here. It is a truly captivating experience, and has left us with memories that will last a lifetime.
To say you are in the middle of no-where is an understatement. 20km from the road, you are truly miles away from the stress and troubles of everyday life. With only 11 luxury tents and the small group of staff who tend to your every need at the lodge, it is an extremely friendly, relaxed and intimate atmosphere.
The camp is literally in the middle of the Addo national park, about 22,000 hectares, and the vast planes stretch out in front of your luxury tent, animals casually wondering by without a care in the world. I was surprised to find that the camp is not fenced, and there are no armed guards, but we never felt unsafe, and it only added to the experience of being at one with nature.
The tents are very large, and luxuriously appointed. They have a wooden deck surround and door, with reed thatch roofing, they really aren't regular tents, they are huge, and very secure. Please go and look for some photos to get a realistic picture of the quality of the accommodation.
There are more elephants and buffalo in Addo than you can shake a stick at, and we were also fortunate enough to see lion and rhino on our game drives as well as a host of other wildlife. The watering hole 50 metres from the lodge also attracts a lot of animals, which stroll on by during the day and evening as you are enjoying your meal. The food is amazing, and abundant, you will not go hungry.
If you are planning a safari, you need this place in your life. As opposed to more commercial game lodges or wildlife parks, this place is truly wild and wonderful. The big animals are non aggressive as they are truly in a natural environment, and it was a joy to be a part of it for a short time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The incomparable thrill of quietly observing a passing herd of elephant while being served tea on the veranda of a stately Colonial manor house is the stuff of dreams and legends. This exclusive safari lodge recaptures the romantic mystique of authentic safari of centuries past - the awesome natural world of Africa merged with colonial nostalgia and modern sophistication to deliver an unforgettably unique 5 star adventure. Gorah is a member of Relais & Chateaux. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gorah Elephant Camp Hotel Addo Elephant National Park