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Barefoot Addo Elephant Lodge is situated in the pristine valleys of the Zuurberg Mountains, bordering the recently proclaimed Greater Addo Elephant National Park.

This area is regarded as Africas most biologically diverse, supporting 4 of the 7 biomes or eco-regions in Southern Africa.  
The area encompass habitats ranging from semi-arid Karoo areas, across fynbos covered slopes which merge with impenetrable thickets and montane forests and extending into rolling grasslands.

During the walks informative guides will provide information on this unique area, allowing the client to be at one with nature.  Appreciate nature from an elephant`s perspective. Walking besides these gentle giants will allow you to observe the elephant`s habits in their natural surroundings.

This safari experience is about learning and becoming familiar with one of Africa`s most stately, intelligent mammals - the African Elephant.

It is an adventure of relaxed interaction with the elephants, enjoying the beauty of the area and of getting acquainted with these gentle giants in a meaningful way.

Accommodation at Barefoot Addo Elephant Lodge:
The Addo Elephant Lodge accommodations 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 in the Heart of the Addo Region.

Room Facilities
We have ten unique spacious luxury units constructed out of a combination of canvas and wood. Each unit has the following features:
En suite bathroom with a spacious shower, twin hand basins, dressing table with large mirror, gas heater, separate toilet
Generously sized, wooden deck with private spa bath
King- or twin-bedded option
In-room safes
Solar powered hot water geyser
Well stocked mini bar on request
Tea and coffee making facility
Large glass sliding doors opening onto the deck (No nasty zips)
Both indoor and outdoor showers
Private viewing deck
220V electricity
Overhead fans
Folding camp beds for children available on request

Elephant Back Safaris
A once in a lifetime safari adventure - at one with nature, following in the footsteps of the ancients. 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. We highly recommend that guests make use of either our air or road transfer options to reach the Lodge. Our in-house air and road transfer service is fully compliant and offers road and air transfers to and from the lodge, an ideal opportunity to sit back, relax and take in the spectacular scenery the Eastern Cape has on offer. We offer transfers from our Addo airfield, Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay and Cape Town.

Self drive rates available on request
Includes: Ride, walk, feeding the elephants, a light meal, tea, coffee, water and transfers.  Please be advised that no meal is served with the 15h00 elephant safari.
Times: 08h00, 11h00 and 15h00
Duration: 3 hrs (Ride/Walk, elephant feeding and light meal)
Departing from our Addo airfield.
Road departure Times: 06h30, 09h30, 13h30 1 hour driving
Air departure Times: 07h30, 10h30, 14h30 - 15 minute flight
Child Policy: Children are allowed to ride the elephants, with a parent accompanied by an elephant handler. 50% discount for children under the age of 12 years

Bottled water, non-alcoholic beverages, beers, spirits and fine South African wines are available for purchase.

Mobile Phones
There is intermittent signal at the lodge and on the conservancy.

Email, Internet and Television
The lodge has a wireless internet connection for the guests` convenience. There are no televisions in the rooms. Guests wishing
to watch a sporting event can do so on request.

Children are welcome
Children under 3 years of age are accommodated at no charge.  Children from 4 to 12 years of age may share with adults at 50 % of the adult rate.  Maximum of 2 children per room.  Children from 12 years and older, will be charged the full adult rate whether sharing with parents or staying in a separate unit.  Babysitting facilities are offered at a nominal extra charge. Prior notice to request this service is essential.  Game drives and nature walks can be tailor made for children.


Walks with the elephants through bush, ravines and forest.  The walk is not strenuous and at an enjoyable pace.  Walks will allow the guests to observe the elephants habits in their natural surroundings.

Then enjoy the thrill of riding these gentle giants to their favourite waterhole to watch them swim and make the most of the mud.  Here you will be able to relax at the waterhole.

Optional activities include guided day trips into the Addo Elephant National Park, scenic flights over the Zuurberg Mountains and sunshine coast, golf at Bushman's Sands, historical settler and Anglo-Boer war tours, day trips to the awe-inspiring Karoo.  These activities need to be pre-booked.

Health and Climate:

As the Eastern Cape is malaria-free, prophylactics are not necessary.

Rooms and Units Available:

Luxury Family Villa
Situated away from the main lodge, a self-contained luxury family villa where guests can make the most of the incredible setting. A private chef, dedicated butler / housekeeper sees to your every need. Sleeps a max of 6 guests, minimum 2 night stay.
Sleeps 6 Adults

Luxury Suite
Individual units constructed from timber and canvas. Each unit sleeps 2, but sleeper couches are available for small children. Each unit has its own en suite bathroom, lounge area and outdoor spa bath.
Amount of similar units: 10
Sleeps 2 Adults and 2 children

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Honeymoon Couples
Airport Shuttle Service
Special Meals on Request
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Cots available
Curio Shop
Fireplace on the Premises
Parking (off-street - open)
Hiking / Walking Trails

Cancellation Policy:

-  25 % of fee If cancellation is less than 30 days prior to arrival
-  50 % of fee If cancellation is less than 15 days prior to arrival
-  100 % of fee If cancellation is less than 7 days prior to arrival


-  From Port Elizabeth take the Motherwell Road to Addo (R335)
-  1,5 km before the Addo Park turn left at the Zuurburg sign
-  The farm is 34 km from this turn off
Transfer from Port Elizabeth Airport can be arranged.

We urge guests to make use of our transfers to and from the lodge:
We offer road transfers in an eight-seater 4x4 microbus from our office in Addo (located at the Wine Bar on the R335) and also from the Port Elizabeth airport.  (Scheduled times apply).  We also offer air charters in a seven-seater Airvan from Addo or Port Elizabeth.

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  • Accommodation Type: Game Lodge
  • Malaria Area: No
  • Sleeps: 20
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM