Category: Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park

Zuurberg Mountain Village

Addo, Eastern Cape

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Amenities & Facilities

Air conditioning Childcare Bar Coffee and tea making facilities Game viewing Nature or Scenic Area Onsite Parking Restaurant Rooms Swimming Pool

The Zuurberg Mountain Village is a haven of historical delight set high up on the Zuurberg Mountains.

It is a tranquil and truly unique mountain top retreat set in 160 hectares of indigenous vegetation with breathtaking views overlooking the Addo Elephant National Park.

Boasting countless number of activities which include:

* Restaurant
* English Pub
* Function Facilities
* Swimming pool
* Tennis Courts
* Kiddies Playground
* Games Area
* Private guided game drives into the Addo Elephant National Park
* Walking trails in the Addo Park and on Village property as well
* Horse Trails into the Addo Elephant National Park
* The all-important Addo Elephant Interaction

The Zuurberg Mountain Village is still a preferred destination for South Africans and internationals alike.

The Zuurberg Village:

The more discernable traveller can treat themselves to one of our Edwardian Village Cottages. The Cottages are arranged so that one can enjoy both the spectacular mountains and valley views.
Each cottage boasts 2 private patios on the east and west side of the unit, ideal for magical sunrise and sunsets. Reserved for adults, The Zuurberg Village features black-wood floors, climate control, under-floor heating in the bathroom, a freestanding bath and an indoor and outdoor hot and cold shower.
Come to Zuurberg Mountain Village for a few days and experience a tradition of excellent hospitality.

2 Night Package - Zuurberg, Addo and Elephant Back:

* Day 1: You should arrive at Zuurberg Mountain Village by 12h00 to enjoy lunch. The drive to the Addo Elephant National Park will depart at 13h30 from the Hotel. On this drive you can expect to see large herds of elephants, both young and old moving to and from the waterholes, lions, hyena, buffalo, eland, Bushbuck and much more. Snacks and drinks will be served in the park. You will return to the Hotel at 18h30 for dinner.
* Day 2: Breakfast at Zuurberg Mountain Village. Depart on a half hour drive to the Elephants. This is the ultimate elephant experience which includes an approximate 25-30 minute elephant ride, a 1 hour guide walking trail following these gentle giants through their natural habitat going past the waterhole where the elephants may be tempted to swim. You will have the opportunity to see zebra, giraffe, eland, waterbuck, impala, bushbuck and kudu. You will end the experience back at the reception where you will have the opportunity of feeding the elephant. Return to the Hotel for a late lunch. Afternoon at leisure and enjoy dinner at the hotel.
* Day 3: Breakfast at Zuurberg Mountain Village. Depart for next destination. Check out time - 11h00

Child Policy:

* Children from 3 years and older are welcome at Zuurberg Mountain Village
* Please note child rates will apply with children sharing with parents

SPECIAL:

2 Night Zuurberg, Addo and Elephant Back Package Special:

R 4 615 per person sharing
R 5 288 per single guest
* Valid 01 Jun 2017 to 30 Sep 2017
* Rates include standard accommodation for 2 nights, full board meals, all activities as indicated on the Package itinerary
* Rates exclude all extras.
* Rates are subject to a minimum 2 Night stay
* Rates valid for South African Residents only.
* Rates subject to change without notice.

Standard Rates from:

Zuurberg Village
R 715 per person sharing per night
R 930 per single guest per night
Valid 01 Jun 2017 to 30 Sep 2017
R 954 per person sharing per night
R 1 242 per single guest per night
Valid 01 Oct 2017 to 30 Apr 2018
R 765 per person sharing per night
R 995 per single guest per night
Valid 01 May 2018 to 30 Sep 2018

Rate Includes:

* Accommodation
* Breakfast daily

Rate Exclude:

* All Extras

Term & Conditions:

* Rates valid for South African residents only
* Rates are subject to change and availability.

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Kuzuko Lodge

Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape

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Amenities & Facilities

Air conditioning Childcare Bar Free WiFi Game viewing Laundry service Paraplegic Rooms Onsite Parking Restaurant Rooms Spa Swimming Pool

With uninterrupted views of the Karoo Plains and the Zuurberg Mountains, Kuzuko Lodge lies in a private concession to the north of the Addo Elephant National Park.

The Addo Elephant National Park lies hidden within the cavernous bushveld of the Eastern Cape. It is here where the evening's silence is broken by the howl of the black-backed jackal and the francolins' call heralds each new dawn. With uninterrupted views of the Karoo Plains and the Zuurberg Mountains, Kuzuko Lodge lies in a private concession to the north of the Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest national park in South Africa in a malaria-free region.
* 24 chalets
* 3 Accessible chalets
* Restaurant & bar
* Family lounge
* Curio Shop
* Swimming pool
* Wellness centre
* Business centre
* Conference room
* Wireless Internet connectivity
* Helipad & Landing Strip
* Malaria-free Wilderness
* Canopy of a million stars
* Child friendly
* Tranquil seclusion
* Romantic silence
* Leisurely relaxation
* Luxury & comfort
* Private pampering
* Off the beaten track
* Warm attentive service
* Tailor-made excellence
* Big Five game drives
* Night drives
* Cheetah walks
* Nature walks
* Bird watching
* Khoisan cave exploration
* Cosmic safari's
* 4x4 route & activities
* Team building activities
* Kids activity programme
* Community project

CHILDREN

Children under the age of 12 years (maximum two children per room) will be accommodated free of charge on a fully inclusive basis if sharing with one or two adults. Children occupying their own rooms will be charged the full adult rate.

Rates from:

Chalet:
R 1 570 per person sharing per night
Valid 01 Jun 2017 to 31 Aug 2017
R 2 470 per person sharing per night
Valid 01 Sep 2017 to 31 Dec 2017

Rate Includes:

* Transfers between Kuzuko Gatehouse and Kuzuko Lodge
* Accommodation
* Welcome Drinks on arrival
* High Tea
* Two Game Drives
* Five-course dinner
* Brunch
* Refreshments served on Game Drives

Rate Exclude:

* All Extras

Term & Conditions:

* Min 2 Night stays over weekends (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
* Rates are subject to change and availability

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Gorah Elephant Camp

Addo Elephant National Park, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

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Amenities & Facilities

Bar Coffee and tea making facilities Free WiFi Game viewing Onsite Parking Restaurant Rooms 

This exclusive safari lodge recaptures the romantic mystique of authentic safari of centuries past.

The incomparable thrill of quietly observing a passing herd of elephant while being served tea on the veranda of a stately colonial manor house is the stuff of dreams and legends - at Gorah it’s 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 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 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 from 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.

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 guests 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. Dining 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.

Wi-Fi Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all public areas of the lodge

Remember to bring a camera, binoculars, bird and wildlife reference books and a hat and sunscreen lotion. Also remember to take along medicines such as anti-histamine and lotion for possible insect stings and bites. Cool clothing for summer and warm for winter - the region is subject to sudden changes in weather. Visitors should also remember to take a torch along, as the camp has no illumination between the tented suites at night. The elephant camp has not been fenced and therefore visitors to Gorah are warned to stay within the confines of the tent and deck area. Walking outside the confines of the camp will put you at risk of dangerous game and negatively affect the experience of other visitors.

This region's climate is pleasantly temperate. A warm to hot summer extends from October right through to April. In mid-summer the days are gloriously long with the sun setting around seven-thirty in the evening and sunrise around five thirty am. Days of sunshine are plentiful at Gorah. Winter days are generally chilly at night and early morning.

The 5 000 hectare private concession is located deep in the heart of the Addo Elephant National Park, 70km north-east of the Eastern Cape coastal city of Port Elizabeth, the nearest centre with a major airport. By Road: 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. By Air: 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, Hunter’s 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.

GPS Co-ordinates S33 33' 05'' E025 51' 30''

Sheltered beneath thatched canopies, Gorah’s 11 tented suites are luxurious and spacious, recalling the golden era of safari in the early 1900s, and enhanced with the fine comforts and excellence associated with Hunter properties. Each luxury tent has an en-suite bathroom with shower, an interior relaxation area and a private deck offering panoramic views across the endless savannah plains. Other facilities include solar-powered lights, ceiling fans and in-house communication between the tents and the Main House.

Dinner is an occasion on its own at Gorah. As you enter the Manor House with its historic magnificence, the magic will surround you. Soft candle lit ‘secret’ corners with warm fires and paraffin lanterns put a soft layer of romance on the entire house in winter and during the summer months the open veranda doors invitingly coax the evening breeze while the mood is set for a sumptuous five course meal. Estate wines and a choice of international beverages complete the dining experience, while decadent desserts will tease the senses as you ponder on the next safari adventure at Gorah. The chefs are committed to serve freshly prepared dishes and will accordingly prepare for any dietary needs of the guests. Tantalise your senses with the ‘soul’ of Gorah while enjoying your 5 star meals in the comfort of the Manor House and surrounding veranda, with perhaps, a chance evening glimpse of the night creatures at the waterhole to enhance your dining experience.

The veranda at the front of the colonial Gorah Manor House overlooks the waterhole and the whole plains behind it. Enchanting scenes of animals trekking close for a drink and a cooling bath at the waterhole might keep you entertained for your “out of Africa” alfresco dining. Feel the winds sweeping over the plains, while the attentive staff offer you refreshments as you lay back and enjoy. The lunch platters are adapted to the setting and offer a variety of dishes for your own salad composition. The comfortable sofas on the veranda invite you for prime game viewing in highest luxury all day long. Lay back and feel at home.

Deep within the shadows of the dense valley bushveld of the Sundays River region of the Eastern Cape lays the Addo Elephant National Park. Here, the evenings are punctuated by the strident howl of the black-backed jackal, and the francolin's call heralds each new dawn. Safe from relentless persecution in the past, the grey leviathans of the bush now roam in peace. 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 there Addo has only just begun, with plans to expand the 164 000 ha Addo National Elephant Park into a 360 000 ha mega-park. In addition, plans include the proposed proclamation of a 120 000 ha (296 500 acre) marine reserve that includes islands that are home to the world's largest breeding populations of Cape gannets and second largest breeding population of African penguins.

This park offers some of the most spectacular elephant viewing in the world. Addo’s over 450 elephants will delight visitors with their antics. The park contributes to the conservation of the endangered black rhino with over 48 of these animals occurring here. The over 400 Cape buffalo are now being seen more often during the day due to the influence of lion reintroduction. This is one of the largest disease-free herds in South Africa. Lions were introduced into the park in late 2003 and have adapted well to their new environment growing to three wonderful prides. Lions are most often seen in the early morning or on sunset and night drives. Spotted hyenas were also reintroduced in 2003, fulfilling the same role as lions in restoring the natural balance to the ecosystems in the park by controlling the numbers of herbivores. 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.

Addo's vegetation is remarkable because in a relatively small area, five of South Africa's biomes are found. Much larger parks such as Kruger National have only one biome. Biomes can be defined as the major communities of the world, classified according to their predominant vegetation and characterised by adaptations of organisms to that particular environment. Biomes are characterised by a similar association of species, comparable climates, and consistent soil types. The original Addo-Elephant area is mainly covered by subtropical thicket (also known as valley bushveld), characterised by impenetrable Spekboom. It was this vegetation that protected the last remaining elephant and buffalo from being wiped out by hunters. The Zuurberg Mountains harbour deep wooded kloofs and streams. In the exposed higher altitude areas, grassland and fynbos are found. Moving inland over the mountains the area around Darlington Lake turns to succulent Karoo-type (arid semi-desert) vegetation known as Noorsveld. On the seaward side of the original elephant section the Woody Cape section contains a remarkable display of coastal dune-fields and coastal grassy plains. Moving east the Alexandria Forest is an excellent example of pristine temperate forest.

The Garden Route to Addo conservation corridor initiative that aims to link with formal protected areas between the Garden Route, Baviaanskloof and Addo Elephant National Park through the collaboration with conservation-minded landowners. The Garden Route is one of the premier tourism destinations in Southern Africa; evidenced by the fact that more than 25% of all foreign visitors to South Africa visit the area as part of their visit to the country. The area has been subject to unprecedented growth of the housing and resort sectors. Recent efforts, supported by GEF, Conservation International and the South African government has seen localised protected area expansion programmes in the Garden Route, Baviaanskloof and Addo National Park. This initiative will seek to establish the link between these localised initiatives.

The comings and goings of wildlife around the waterhole situated in front of the main veranda 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 House’s porches and patios. It's difficult not to relax at Gorah.

Gorah are very fortunate in having a variety of vegetation types so there is an abundance of birdlife. In the Sub-Tropical thicket areas you could see Cape robin – chats, Karoo scrub robins, a bar-throated apalis and if you are lucky even a Knysna woodpecker or a rufous-breasted wryneck. On the plains areas, which were previously farmed on which are now rehabilitating, you could see a Cape longclaw, rufous-naped lark, Denham’s bustard, common quails and secretary birds hunting small rodents and snakes. Around the camp brightly coloured birds such amethyst sunbirds, malachite sunbirds, greater double collared sunbirds and chestnut-vented tit-babblers can also be seen. Other interesting birds to be seen are the jackal buzzard, black harrier, booted eagle, blue cranes and the beautiful Knysna turaco and brownhooded kingfishers.

SPECIAL:

Stay 4 Pay 3 Special:

R 15 741 per person sharing for 4 nights
Valid 01 Jun 2017 to 31 Aug 2017
* Rate includes accommodation, 3 Meals, Game Drives and Non-Alcoholic Beverages
* Rate excludes all extras
* Rates valid for South African Residents only.
* Rates subject to change without notice.

Rates from:

Tented Suite
R 5 247 per person per night sharing
Valid 01 Jun 2017 to 31 Aug 2017
R 6 993 per person per night sharing
Valid 01 Sep 2017 to 17 Dec 2017
R 8 685 per person per night sharing
Valid 18 Dec 2017 to 28 Feb 2018
R 7 695 per person per night sharing
Valid 01 Mar 2018 to 30 Apr 2018
R 5 769 per person per night sharing
Valid 01 May 2018 to 31 Jul 2018

Rate Includes:

Rates Include:
* Accommodation
* 3 Meals
* Game Drives
* Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Rate Exclude:

* All Extras

Term & Conditions:

* Rates are subject to change and availability.