We just returned from a 3 night stay and would go back in a heartbeat. The lodge is about 1.5 hours drive (45 mins on pavement and 20 mins or so on a dirt road) from Port Elizabeth (we flew to P.Eliz. from Cape Town and had a driver take us into the lodge but other people drove in themselves). The facility sits inside the Gorah reserve in the Addo Elephant Park. You are greeted with a welcome tour from Ross and then shown to your private "Hemmingway" tent complete with toilet, shower and sitting area. The bed was very comfortable. The facility runs on a combination of solar and backup diesel generator power so there are lots of candles and lanterns burning at night giving the old farmhouse and your tent a very warm atmosphere. They have power in the lodge to recharge your electronics and also wifi. You get a wake-up call at 6am and after a coffee/snack break jump in one of the Land Rovers and head out for an amazing 3 hour drive through the reserve. When you get back you are treated to a full breakfast then later, a full lunch on the veranda. The rest of the afternoon is your own to relax in the lodge, in your tent or by the pool until the evening drive begins at 4:30. After the evening drive you return to the lodge for a cocktail in front of the fire followed by an elegant white linen and candle lit dinner with a great menu (dress code is casual!). The staff are all very friendly and go out of their way to be helpful. Our guide was Martin who gave us a full tour of the reserve stopping to point out various birds, plants and of course the many animals. He was very knowledgeable and always looking out for our safety and well being. Thanks Martin. We saw all sorts of wild game including a Black Rhino (a rare treat apparently), many elephants, 3 lions, large Cape Buffalo herds, monkeys, zebras, kudu, hartebeest, jackals, some tortoises and quite a few wart hogs! Back at the lodge you can sit on the veranda and watch wild animals come and go from the watering hole just in front of the lodge or watch the wart hogs nicely trim the grass. The weather was great typically in the 20-30 C range during the day and cooling down at night. Bring a hat, sunglasses, binoculars, a good camera, shorts and long pants and a fleece jacket for the evenings. The jeeps have blankets and fleece lined ponchos if it gets cold or wet. We had 6 drives and that was about right to see nearly everything.
- 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