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Addo Elephant Back Safaris

Addo Elephant National Park 6105, South Africa
+27 42 235 1400
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Addo Elephant Back Safaris and Lodge is located in the Zuurberg Mountains, just a short distance from Port Elizabeth and borders the Greater Addo... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Nyack, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

this trip made my dreams come true! within two hours of my arrival (and after a fabulous lunch) I was riding an elephant- bareback no less! the accommodations are first class, extremely comfortable and luxurious with my own private viewing deck and whirlpool hot tub. the meals were excellent; I truly enjoyed the south African cuisine. No crumbs left on... More

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

From our collection at the local airport through to the actual time spent with the elephants - everything was professionally managed and went like clockwork! We never felt rushed and enjoyed every minute. The elephant handlers were very knowledgeable and very obliging with photographs. Highly recommend everyone to try this at least once in their lives.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Myself and my wife headed up to the Back Safaris for our honeymoon for the first week of June this year. To say our stay was awesome is an understatement. The level of service is world class, in all categories. From arriving and checking in to the elephants herders to chefs which prepared the most delicious meals to the daily... More

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I was first a bit sceptical about riding African elephants but wow, the handlers were brilliant and the whole experience just so good. Perched astride a huge male elephant allows an incredible view of what happens just above an indigenous tree canopy. Besides the game and birds I managed to identify 91 species of indigenous trees, the most I have... More

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

What a wonderful experience....A nice flight in on the small plane. We found this experience amazing, and extremely interesting. We had quests from Scotland with us, who had never experienced the African Bush so this experience was something to behold. Feeding of the elephants was also lovely. We had a nice light lunch at the end of our tour and... More

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

I work at Old Mutual and won a night away to the Lodge in a small plane which was awsome. On arrival at the airfield we were greeted by our Pilot Rod, after our 10 minute flight we were met by Collin our driver driven to the lodge where we were greeted by the friendly staff, Sam, Walter, and Liam.... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Arrived via small plane which was only a ten minute journey. Collected by staff member and brought to main elephant area. Guide was very helpful and made me feel secure and relaxed. Back ride lasted approx. 15-20 mins and although not very comfortable, it was a wonderful experience. Also stayed at the 5 star accommodation which was beautiful. Jacuzzi on... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We stayed at the Lodge for four days and really had an amazing time ! We also did the back safari on the elephants and that was quite a stunning experience..... The lodge was just perfect and the service was so great ! We really could spend relaxation time here. The dinners were fantastic and the company of other guests... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

We were flown in having booked the trip on a cruise ship which I am sure meant it was more expensive than normal. We were disappointed to find only three elephants and that the safari was basically a ride around a small track two abreast on the elephant. We saw some zebra antelope and giraffe when we landed but to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

I can honestly say that the experience myself and my fiance had at your lodge was nothing short than spectacular!! I had the opportunity to propose to the woman I love on an elephant. how many people can say that! From making the bookings in the office with Carol and Shelly, whose service was above and beyond, to arriving to... More

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