Gorah Elephant Camp
Addo Elephant National Park, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Amenities & Facilities
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.
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
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* Rates subject to change without notice.
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
* 3 Meals
* Game Drives
* Non-Alcoholic Beverages
* All Extras
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