The incomparable thrill of quietly observing a passing herd of elephant while being served tea on the verandah of a stately Colonial manor house is the stuff of dreams and legends - at Gorah Elephant Camp its an everyday occurrence.
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 Elephant Camp is the only private concession and Camp situated in the middle of the famous Addo Elephant National Park, home to the densest population of elephants on earth. Gorah is malaria-free, Big 5 and a member of Relais & Chateaux.
The comings and goings of wildlife around the waterhole situated in front of the main verandah are a constant source of fascination. The sparkling swimming pool in the boma and recreational area too, is a perfect place to beat the African heat, otherwise simply relax on the sun decks or in the shade of Gorah Houses porches and patios.
It`s difficult not to relax at Gorah Elephant Camp!
Experiences at Gorah Elephant Camp
During the colonial era, the vast expanses of land, wild animals and fascinating encounters with rural tribes, led to legendary tales of Africa that have shaped history and drawn more and more visitors to this magical and mystical place. To experience Gorah is to get a taste of this history. Discover its captivating rhythm that calls for adventure and fills your soul with an intense passion for the ever changing landscape, the majestic animals and the cultural diversity.
- Game drives
- Children on Safari
The Gorah House
Two dining rooms with views of the Addo plains offer a unique cuisine experience, while the two lounges allow for absolute relaxation each with a fire place and heaters placed in corners of the patio area for those colder winter nights or cooler summer evenings.
A library with a classic collection of books all donated by guests all over the world to Gorah, are available for absolute reading pleasure. Various sun decks, porches, one with a waterhole in the front of the main porch and patios complete the tranquillity of the lodge, while a Curio shop caters for exclusive Gorah gifts.
Accommodation at Gorah Elephant Camp:
11 stylish tented suites entice you to stay
Sheltered under thatched canopies, Gorahs 11 tented suites are luxurious and spacious, recalling the golden era of safari in the early 1900s. Each is enhanced with the fine comforts and excellence associated with Hunter Hotels.
The Boma Area
Relax in the main boma area at the swimming pool and sun tanning decks while escaping from the hot summer sun. Various outdoor dining and cooking facilities will also enhance a superb dining experience at Gorah
The Gate & Waiting Room & Guest Parking
A luxury waiting room is situated at the Gorah private gate to facilitate orientation, and check-in. Guest car park is located at the lodge inside the elephant fencing and is protected from game by an electric fence.
Game Viewing Vehicles
4 game viewing Landcruisers with qualified rangers and guides are available at all times, however guest may, at a fee also request a private vehicle. Gorah will also facilitate vehicles for exclusive photographic opportunities on request, complete with an expert guide.
Experience the alfresco dining area where a log fire crackles and you listen to the sounds of the night under a canopy of stars, or a more elegant candle-lit dinner in the dining room, always filled with the thoughtful touches of attentive staff and superb dishes of fine-dining fare with an African twist accompanied with the best South African wines.
Getting in touch with nature with the peace of mind that qualified rangers and guides will accompany you on exciting activities such as Game Drives and Mountain Bike Trails outside of the Addo National Park Area.
The original Elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area - today this finely tuned ecosystem is a sanctuary to over 450 elephants, Cape buffalo,lion, black rhino, a variety of antelope species, as well as the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.
And their Addo has only just begun, with plans to expand the 164 000 ha Addo National Elephant Park into a 360 000 ha mega-park.
Travel east on the N2 from Port Elizabeth. Do not take the R335 to Addo. Bypass Colchester, continuing on the N2 (which becomes the N10) towards Paterson and Cradock. 4km after this intersection turn left at the Gorah Elephant Camp information sign into the Addo Heights Road (gravel) and continue for 9km. The Gorah Gate will be on your right.
Charter flights are available from all major centres, including Plettenberg Bay, with a twenty minute transfer between the landing strip and the Lodge. There are also frequent scheduled flights directly into Port Elizabeth from all major centres in South Africa.
Both rental car and road transfers are readily available for the 70km drive from the airport to Gorah. Gorah is 300km (3 hours by car) from its sister hotels, The Country House and Tsala Treetop Lodge, and a 2 hour 20 minute flight from Marataba Safari Company in the Limpopo Province, making the option of a package holiday exceptionally viable and attractive.