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Address: Addo Elephant National Park 6105, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 42 235 1400
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Addo Elephant Back Safaris and Lodge is located in the Zuurberg Mountains,...

Addo Elephant Back Safaris and Lodge is located in the Zuurberg Mountains, just a short distance from Port Elizabeth and borders the Greater Addo Elephant National Park.An exclusive malaria-free conservancy, it offers the ultimate getaway opportunity to both local and international travellers - from families, groups and corporates to nature lovers, honeymooners and local residents wanting a quick reprieve from home.ELEPHANT BACK SAFARIS A once in a lifetime safari adventure - at one with nature, following in the footsteps of the ancients...Departing from our new Day Centre, we offer you the exhilarating experience of riding these magnificent animals. Revel in the natural beauty of the environs and its wildlife from your lofty seat as these gentle giants amble through the African bush. After the ride, walk with them through the diverse valley bushveld, ravine and forest habitat. At the conclusion of the walk enjoy rewarding the elephants with their favorite treats.ELEPHANT SAFARI LODGE The Lodges are perfectly designed to blend discreetly into their surrounding valley bushveld environment. The private and exclusive suites, some nestled in the Yellowwood forest and others set on the hillside offering extraordinary views, are housed on elevated wooden decks. Constructed of part canvas, part recycled Brazilian pine and luxuriously decorated to evoke Hemingway's Africa of yesteryear, we invite you to relax in our remarkably spacious, sophisticated suites.

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excellent place Very knowledgeable guide VG food service and accommodation Tents we very good the whole experience was a fantastic finally to our holiday in South Africa. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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leisuresuitlarry2010
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

excellent place Very knowledgeable guide VG food service and accommodation Tents we very good the whole experience was a fantastic finally to our holiday in South Africa. We recommended Goran as a place to see these animals in the surroundings and would definitely hope to return one dayThank youy again

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East London, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sunday 17 January I was lucky enough to get this experience as a gift for my birthday. A dream come true. From the time we got there the warm welcomes and professionalism of the guides was something I will always remember. I cant even put in words what it felt like to get to ride, touch, feed and just interact... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We only did the afternoon 3 hour riding experience but it was all we needed. Luckily many people on our trip pulled out so it was only my wife and I, so we had an elephant each. However, the morning groups had 12 people. With a maximum of 2 people (+rider) on each of the three elephants that meant the... More 

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Thank rich w
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

I assumed we were going to elephant spot from the jeep when my boyfriend and I were picked up by our driver (he arranged the trip knowing how I love elephants). I nearly lost it when I was surprised that we would be riding, walking, and feeding the elephants. The ride was wonderful and I had Duma (but a tad... More 

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Thank Ruth F
Johannesburg, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Whilst set in a beautiful location, we had such a disappointing stay there. Although the elephant ride was lovely, with professional and well informed guides, the Lodge was in serious need of repair and service was abysmal. Both staff and management, although polite, have no hospitality training whatsoever, food was very average, and there was absolutely no communication forthcoming about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

Definitely a lifetime experience and one of the highlights of our trip to South Africa. The elephant riding is a thrilling and unique experience - this is NOT a circus ride and the elephants are treated with huge respect and empathy. It is evident too that these magnificent animals are full of intelligence and character; the amount of trust between... More 

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Rickmansworth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

What an incredible experience - the permanent tents were luxurious and well equipped without detracting from the 'outdoors experience' we were there for. The jacuzzi set into our patio was a great way to unwind with a glass of wine at the end of the day. We loved the informality of the restaurant which, combined with first class food and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

The good: - Food was great (a huge burger and chips) - Everyone was nice to us - Elephants were not forced to do tricks. While enjoying our meal, we saw the elephants climbing up a hill while grazing. The guides told us that they simply follow the elephants along all day, because the park does not have electrified fences...The... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We did not stay at the lodge but attended a wedding there and had an opportunity to see to have a look at the rooms .Beautiful beyond words . What i liked the most was that you could lie in a spa like bath and look out onto a dam . So beautiful and serene I wished that I was... More 

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Boston, MA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We did not stay at the lodge. Our group of four adults and one four year-old child went for the elephant ride only during a day trip while based in Addo. We had booked the trip 1.5 months prior and requested to be flown in from Addo Airport since we were staying nearby. A day or two prior to the... More 

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