This place was amazing! I kept hearing the theme tune from "Out of Africa' the whole time I was here! The lodge is a beautiful old colonial Dutch 'farm'. There is only electricity for a couple of hours a day (although if your laptop or phone needs charing they can do it in the office from their generator). This means that in the evening there is only candle and firelight in the lodge itself, which is just magical. The verandah opens out onto a massive plain with rolling hills from which you can sit with a very decent glass of wine and watch the elephant herd grazing in the distance and then walking to the water hole 20 meters in front of you to drink and rest. My goodness I would never have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes! At night you can sit and look at the stars (the milky way is just visible with the naked eye) and listen to the bush. The food is wonderful. The service is very friendly but not obtrusive. We asked about choices at dinner for our 10 year old. The chef came out to chat to us and reassured us that he would be happy to cater for her whatever she needed. She decided to eat from the menu and loved every mouthful - as did we! The rooms are described as tents. Its true they are wooden constructions with canvas sides but that is where the similarity ends. They are truly lovely and can easily accommodate 2 adults and 2 children (in camp beds). The main bed is huge and massively comfy. It in fact held all 4 of us when the lights went out and the children could hear the hyenas not far from the camp. This camp has no electric fence. There have been elephant etc in the camp at night scratching their backs on the wooden tent frames! We did not have that experience, but there were a few 'bush' type noises. Nothing that kept us awake for too long though. The game drives were great. We had Corny (Cornelius) who was great fun, very chatty and very knowledgeable. We were not lucky enough to see the Big 5 here, but got up close and very personal with some (huge) elephant, kudu and springbok and some amazing rutting Hartebeest. All of the staff at Gorah were absolutely lovely and so great with the children. The girls did go to the pool (which is electric fenced), but it is not heated and the water was so cold, even they did not last too long. Overall this was a fabulous stay and is definitely on our list of 'returners'.
- 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