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Addo Elephant Back Safaris

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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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We were staying at Addo Elephant National Park and booked a Elephant Back Safari. We booked for the11h00 Safari and left and hour and a half early as we expect the 37km route via... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

We were staying at Addo Elephant National Park and booked a Elephant Back Safari. We booked for the11h00 Safari and left and hour and a half early as we expect the 37km route via Zuurberg Pass to be slow. I drove a Kia Sportage automatic and the trip was a easy slow route and took us just less then 45... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Having been in the Ajoining National Park I Wondered how good this would be after seeing them in the wild .. We certainly were not Dissapointing .. A memorable experience to interact with these beautiful creatures , one we will never forget. I had concerns as to the welfare and had been told how to look for tell tale signs,... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

Do not be fooled by the name of this Game Park, Addo Elephant Park is a fantastic wildlife reserve that contains four of the big five and not just elephants. During our game drive we saw three of the big five (lion, Buffalo/wilder-beast and Elephants) and it is incredibly special to see these animals in their own habitat. This was... More 

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

You can read online about elephant cruelty in parts of Asia and other places but I truly believe no foul play to be present here. Both the elephants and their handlers seemed to be gaining pleasure from their work and were totally relaxed with each other. You get a long enough ride and a change to get up close for... More 

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Les Diablerets, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

A unique and magical experience. These elephants do everything of their own free will because of trust in their handlers. We were a bit concerned prior to the visit, due to the negative reports of elephant abuse in Asia, but this experience is something else entirely and we had a great time. The elephants do a maximum of 3 rides... More 

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

What an experience. Flown into the park in a 6 man light aircraft - as if this wasnt enough of an experience. Met by extremely warm friendly staff with wonderful knowledge of the park. Stayed for 2 nights in comfortable accommodation with excellent food. Bedtime elephant experience followed the next day with a walking safari, safari drive and then the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

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 January 20, 2016

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 January 9, 2016

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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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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