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“Experience of a life time!!”

Addo Elephant Back Safaris
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Owner description: 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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Syracuse, New York
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5 reviews
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“Experience of a life time!!”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

AMAZING!!!

Our first time back in Africa after seventeen years and what a way to start! Before we even got out of the Land Rover that picked us up from the bush air strip, we got to meet the three elephants - Duma, Thaba and Mukwa - who clearly could not wait to be "put to bed" with buckets full of fruit, pellets and branches of favorite trees, as they rushed right past our vehicle within arms reach - what a FANTASTIC sight and overwhelming feeling!!

At the Lodge we were greeted by Moz and Jeff the managers, who welcomed us into the very cozy dining area like long lost family members. Drink in hand we sat by the large open indoor fire place snacking on biltong, nuts and talking about our flight in from Port Elizabeth. Incidentally, the flight in option is the one to take - the pilot really knows what he's doing, super friendly and the whole thing is inexpensive and will get you there quickly and comfortably. The roads to the reserve are dirt roads and weather conditions may make them rather bumpy. I am a nervous flier myself and I couldn't have felt more confident and comfortable during the flight in and out of Addo and that's saying something.

We stayed two nights - the accommodations are phenomenal, somehow combining the rustic atmosphere of being out in the bush with the pure luxury of heated mattress pads, completely private indoor and outdoor showers as well as an outdoor jacuzzi - imagine yourself under the African sky...

In the morning Luke, a working student together with Jeff took us on a lovely game drive - you will not see the "Big 5" here, but apparently those kind of trips can easily be arranged with Addo as your home base. We saw Giraffe, Kudu, Impala, Springbock, Waterbuck, Zebras, Heartebeast, Wildebeast and even got a glimpse of the elusive Eland antelope. Bird life abounds and our guide was very knowledgeable - even had our teenage sons appreciate the birds.

The afternoon was what we were all looking forward to though - ride and walk with the elephants. That experience alone was worth the trip to Africa! There is just nothing like having these incredible animals carry you through the bush, while "your" elephant's handler tells you about the characteristics of the particular animal as well as educates you about specific elephant behavior. After the ride you get to walk with the elephants and observe them in their natural interactions with each other. What we loved to hear was that when the elephants are not being ridden, they are roaming the reserve along with their handlers, completely free to go and do as they please. Our elephant experience ended when we were given the opportunity to feed them treats - another definite highlight.

We absolutely loved everything about our two days at Addo and highly recommend this truly African experience to anybody who wants to do something a little different. RIDE and INTERACT with an African elephant - the experience of a life time!!

Visited June 2013
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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this review, November 24, 2016
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 to see you again soon.

Tamlyn McMullan, Marketing
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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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“Awesome”
Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

Awesome experience. Stay over at the lodge to really experience the solitude of the area and the elephant experience. We did the experience as a family and it was great. Go for the fly-in option as the dirt road is really bad at places. So in summary great experience, fly-in and at least sleep over one night!

Visited July 2013
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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this review, November 24, 2016
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.

Our road has been upgraded since.

We hope to see you again soon.

Tamlyn McMullan, Marketing
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Toronto, Canada
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“exceeded expectations”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

I took my wife and son to AEBS for a chance to do something a little different. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience.

We booked our stay on-line with Carol, who was extremely patient and helpful and made it very clear that if we were interested in seeing the big 5 we were going to have to arrange trips 'off site'. My son and I had been on safari's in Kruger and had seen the big 5. We went into this adventure knowing that we weren't going to see them. If you keep that in mind, I don't think you can be disappointed here. We did see giraffe's, zebra's, kudu's, impala's and many more large game, but the elephants steal the show!

The time with the elephants was very cleverly orchestrated. We 'met' the 3 big boys shortly after we arrived and the following day spent a couple hours riding them, walking with them and feeding them. It was a wonderful experience!

Geoff, Moz and all the staff were extremely friendly. We really enjoyed our time with them. The food was spectacular - I have developed a taste for Kudu steak that will be hard to accommodate in North America sadly!! The accommodations were very comfortable. The rooms are basically large canvas tents that may flap a bit in the winds, which we experienced, but that is part of the charm I think. They have very comfortable beds, inside and outside showers, hot tubs and a lovely deck overlooking a pond where we saw several animals feeding.

We took their truck in to AEBS and flew out. The drive was great, thanks to the great driver we had, and the flight was a wonderful experience. The only negative experience from our 2 night stay was the fact our flight out was 90 minutes late. We somehow managed to overcome that!

Visited June 2013
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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this review, November 24, 2016
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 to see you again soon.

Tamlyn McMullan, Marketing
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Columbia, Missouri, United States
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“School Trip”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Addo was an amazing experience! The elephant rides were awesome! They were very hospitable and made us all feel welcome. The staff was very friendly and fun. The hiking trail was very educational. Definitely a wonderful experience.

Visited July 2012
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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this review, November 24, 2016
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 to see you again soon.

Tamlyn McMullan, Marketing
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
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“Heatherlinds”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

Although in the mid sixties, we had a wonderful experience of good value. We enjoyed the lodge and the personal attention from Geoff and Moz and their efficient staff. The food was delicious and suited our taste. The highlight was obviously the interaction with and ride on the elephants that gave us a lot of respect for the calm and obedient behaviour of these intelligent gentle giants. We also enjoyed the game drive in the afternoon where it was nice just to be out in the bush to appreciate the botany and game. The drive to and from AEBS was also a good experience in itself. We came in via the Zuurberg road which was very scenic but the last 8 km surface was very rocky and demanded very slow driving, but our SUV coped well. We left via the Krom river road down the valley which was just as scenic and in an excellent condition. AEBS was a memorable experience we can recommend to anybody.

Visited May 2013
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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this review, November 24, 2016
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 to see you again soon.

Tamlyn McMullan, Marketing
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