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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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Amazing Lifetime Experience!

Me and my wife did this ride and we can guarantee it is a real safari in the back of an elephant. We saw giraffs, zebras, deers and leopards. So near, so natural. This ride... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Me and my wife did this ride and we can guarantee it is a real safari in the back of an elephant. We saw giraffs, zebras, deers and leopards. So near, so natural. This ride starts a little bit far from the hotels region. We hired a local driver that led us in his jeep to the park in tough... More 

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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you so much for the positive feedback, unfortunate about the rain, but all in all I am pleased it was enjoyable - your review is appreciated. We hope you visit again soon! Tamlyn McMullan Marketing More 

Cumbria, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As there were only 4 people and 3 elephants my husband and I were each on an elephant with just the guide. What an amazing experience! Following the ride we fed our elephants which once again was a unique activity. My guide was excellent and it was a truly memorable experience.

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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Vee16, Thank you so much for your great review - we absolutely love getting such positive feedback. I am so glad you enjoyed your time with us. Tamlyn McMullan Marketing More 

Bend, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 297 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

Frankly, we were reluctant to go an elephant back safari. We were both concerned about potentially visiting a facility where they keep elephants confined, abused, and treated like circus animals. Our preconceived notions were wrong: Addo Elephant Back Safari was a memorable experience. The three elephants we encountered spend the majority of their day feeding on the rich vegetation on... More 

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We appreciate your feedback, and hope to see you again soon. More 

Fairborn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

This was one of the best things we've ever done! We got a ride from our hotel because we heard that our car wouldn't do well on the roads there and it was a good thing. The ride there was rough so I definitely recommend being picked up by their ride service. The overall experience of riding an African Elephant... More 

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Hi, thank you so much for you review, we appreciate your positive feedback. Tamlyn McMullan Marketing More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We celebrated our anniversary at Addo Elephant Back Safari in February 2014. It is one of our fondest adventures together. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly and the elephants are majestic. I would highly recommend this experience.

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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review - we absolutely love getting such positive feedback. I am so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We are so happy you chose to spend your anniversary with us...hopefully see you both again soon! Tamlyn McMullan Marketing More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

This is a must do for any holiday itinerary in South Africa, a full day learning about these gentle giants, up close and personal. You'll take a walk with them, get to ride them and feed them. The whole time they are in their natural habitat and you can see instantly that they are well looked after. The guides are... More 

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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review - we absolutely love getting such positive feedback. I am so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We hope that you do come back one day and yes we do love our ellies. Tamlyn McMullan Marketing More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review - we absolutely love getting such positive feedback, its is valued greatly. I am so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We hope you visit again soon! Tamlyn McMullan Marketing More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review - we absolutely love getting such positive feedback. I am so glad you enjoyed your time with us. ...and yes - we do really love our boys...Mukwa, Duma and Thaba are our whole heart! Tamlyn McMullan Marketing More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank you for your review. Tamlyn McMullan Marketing More 

Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review - we absolutely love getting such positive feedback. I am so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We truly appreciate your words, as we respect our herd and build our relationship purely on a mutual respect and understanding. Tamlyn McMullan Marketing More 

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