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“Wonderful experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Gorah Elephant Camp
5.0 of 5 Inn   |   Rt N10 & Addo Heights Rd, Addo Elephant National Park 6105, South Africa   |  
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“Wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

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.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

In short this was an outstanding experience. I can not add much more to the other reviews other than to agree that it is a beautiful place with stunning wildlife. We saw many animals from Rhino to Elephant and I enjoyed being in the cruiser driving through the amazing countryside at the times when we didnt see animals. Our guide Francois was superb, very professional and knowledgeable. We joked that over the three days of safari he answered every question about the flora and fauna without fail. When faced with a potentially stroppy rhino he was calm , got us all back into the cruiser, and still managed to pour us a glass of wine.!
The accommodation was lovely with the best views in the world. I will be back !

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Gorah Elephant Camp is romantic, has excellent game viewing, the staff are friendly, food is very good and the location / setting is pleasing ... At the same time the price carries good value when planning your South African trip and comparing apples with apples ....
More than all of this is that Gorah has a 'unique something' that all the best properties have - you can't put your finger on it, perhaps it is the combination of all the positive factors but you just know you're somewhere special ...

Room Tip: I'm not sure if its still the case but I believe a big male lion called a spot, between 2 of the...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Scot in the MIdlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

When driving to this place (a slightly hectic affair because of some of the flooding in South Africa in October) I was a bit worried about just how far away it was from everything. But right from the outset, we were made to feel exceptionally welcome by the staff. Everything about the staff is positive. They are hugely friendly, but not the artificial way that you sometimes find. Nothing was too much trouble and got to know people by name.

When we arrived, we were treated to afternoon tea on the verandah (which was excellent) only for an elephant to just wander up to the watering hole just as we were sat there - an amazing introduction to Africa!

The rooms are really beautiful, in an old-world way: comfortable beds, great sofas to sit on to gaze out over the land and good bathroom facilities. The nice touches of a decanter of sherry and some sweet things to nibble on was most welcome! The morning coffee, brought by the guide was also most welcome.

The game drives were impressive. Our guide knew his stuff and kept us interested in the intervening periods between the sightings of Elephants, Lions, Buffalo etc. There are two drives in the day and on the evening drive they bring a bar!

The food was delicious and plentiful. Breakfast was a strength, with a good selection on offer and tasty cooked-to-order offerings. Evening meals were intimate and well put together: it was so nice to spend some time in front of the roaring fire with the other guests before and after eating.

One thing to note is that there is no electricity in the rooms: make sure your iPad is well charged before you go. On the other hand, they're happy to charge things at the lodge so not too serious.

Overall, this place is an amazing oasis of calm, with superb service and exceptionally personalised service. Go here!

Room Tip: All of the rooms are good, but the ones on the front rank might be nice for the view.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

What a great experience! Kirsten was a pleasure to deal with, as was the whole Gorah team. We were taken care of from the minute we entered the hotel. Food is superb, attention to detail was second to none, and the park rangers were incredibly knowledgeable, particularly Martin who was our guide for the three days! The luxury tent was amazing, very romantic, and beatifully designed. Although we had a sleepless first night we got used to the noises for the rest of our stay!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

This is really a five-star accomodation. Staff is very friendly and service is great. They really understand how to take good care of you. Tents are very good equipped, like 5-star hotel rooms. Food is excellent and the views are breath taking. You get your own guide who accompanies you during your whole stay, which is great, since he get's to know you and will adjust his guide tours to your wishes.

Room Tip: It is recommended to stay for 2 nights instead of one. This gives you and your guide more possibilit...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tel-Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Gorah was the first stop in our 20-day family tour of SA's Garden and Wine routes; we stopped there for 3 nights, beginning on Sept. 25, 2012, and were so sorry to leave; we chose Gorah over the very tempting private reserves in and around the area for 2 main reasons: the tented camp, which promised (and wholly fulfilled) that old-world feeling; and Addo National Park; Gorah delivered fully in these 2 respects: we certainly felt that coveted "out-of-Africa" touch; and we immensely enjoyed Addo's beautiful serenity; add to that: first-class dining, a caring and attentive staff and knowledgeable guides, and I think you've got it all covered; some of the highlights: sipping our pre-breakfast tea/hot chocolate from the balcony of our tent, looking at unending meadows and sloping hills, and absorbing views which in a only few days' time we will sorely sorely miss; high teas; superb dinners in the enchanted candle-lit atmosphere of the old lodge (having little or no electricity can definitely have its benefits); driving through Addo in the open jeep; having a glass of port just before falling asleep; one caveat: though Addo is a big-5 reserve, lions are not always guaranteed: the pride that roams the Addo plains consists (if I remember correctly) of 2 males and 7 females, and the area is huge; we got to see 3 of them on the morning of our last day at Gorah; either way, the Gorah experience was not diminished; go there - you won't be sorry; and thanks again Christine, Louise, Martin and Donovan!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rt N10 & Addo Heights Rd, Addo Elephant National Park 6105, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Addo Elephant National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Addo Elephant National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Gorah Elephant Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 11
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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