Gorah Elephant Camp

Gorah Elephant Camp

Addo Elephant National Park

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Gorah Elephant Camp

Addo Elephant National Park


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Discover a place and time in tune with the authentic African safari of centuries past. Gorah is the only private concession and camp situated in the middle of the famous Addo Elephant National Park, home the densest population of elephants on earth. 

This exclusive lodge has been restored to its former 19th century colonial splendour, complete with period furnishings, and a beautiful roaring log fire in winter. Coupled with the meticulous service and attention to detail, this really is sheer decadence and a holiday memory that will stay with you forever.

Morning and evening guided game drives on open Land Rovers take you unbelievably close to elephants, rhinos, and other giants of the African bush. Some of the drives will be on the lodge's own concession, where your guide will have the opportunity to drive offroad to get you unbelievably close to the wildlife, but others may be in the Addo Park itself, where your ranger will be restricted to remaining on the road network at all times.

Gorah is a eco-friendly lodge and does not run off electricity. Instead the lodge is powered by generators, solar and gas. 

Each of the 11 tented luxury suites are built on raised wooden porches and furnished with huge canopied doubled beds, modern en-suite bathrooms, cosy sitting areas and private decks with panoramic views across the Addo plains. 

Meals are served in the dining room at the colonial Gorah House, under the stars in the open boma or on the veranda overlooking the popular waterhole.

In-between game drives guests can relax in the cosy library or around the rock swimming pool, or join in a short guided bush walk led by a qualified guide, who will lead you through this experience, interpreting the surroundings with their wealth of knowledge and adding to your memories of Gorah.

Whether marvelling at the herds of elephants gathering around the waterhole near the camp, or having a close encounter with them while out on a game drive, the Gorah experience is unforgettable.

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Our standard rates for a Luxury Tent
DatesPriceBasisTypeNights
1 October 2020 to 17 December 2020 GBP 460 USD 579 ZAR 9,421 EUR 506 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
18 December 2020 to 10 January 2021 GBP 555 USD 699 ZAR 11,377 EUR 610 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
11 January 2021 to 28 February 2021 GBP 555 USD 699 ZAR 11,377 EUR 610 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
1 March 2021 to 30 April 2021 GBP 492 USD 620 ZAR 10,084 EUR 541 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
1 May 2021 to 31 July 2021 GBP 370 USD 466 ZAR 7,584 EUR 407 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights

Prices are on a per person sharing basis (pps).

Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.

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Rates Include

All meals; sundowner drinks and soft drinks; the Gorah Conservation fee; guided bush walks; and morning/afternoon game drives are included.


Children Policy

Children aged 10 years and older are welcome. Rates available on request. Children are allowed on game drives with their parents.

Children up to the age of 15 are accommodated on luxury stretchers in their parents’ suite (maximum of two children per suite). Toys, board games and special menus are available on request.

Parents are requested to ensure that their children’s participation in no way detracts from the experience of other guests. Because of the proximity of large numbers of wild and potentially dangerous animals, unruly or disruptive behaviour not only negatively affects the quality of game viewing for others, it can also seriously compromise guest safety.

Children accommodated at Gorah are at all times the sole responsibility of their parents. ::


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve.  Guests over 70 years old wishing to join a guided walk are required to have a letter or certificate from their doctor confirming they are in good health and are physically fit to do the walk. A  guided walk can last a couple of hours and involve walking over uneven terrain that may contain dangerous wildlife in potentially high temperatures. Guests may need to move quickly and for a sustained period through rough bush terrain if instructed to do so by their guide.

Regardless of age or the provision of a doctors certificate, the final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.



All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Gorah Elephant Camp can be included in you own dream holiday.

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Destination: South Africa.

If you are looking for something different, certainly if this is your second or even third time to South Africa, this trip will showcase some hidden gems plus an opportunity to return to the 'tried and trusted' areas of Cape Town and the Winelands.

This is a 14 night itinerary including Port Elizabeth, Addo Elephant National Park, Samara Private Game Reserve, The Klein Karoo, The Cape Winelands and Cape Town.

Based on 5 Star Accommodation:

  • 1 Night at The Windermere
  • 2 Nights at Gorah Elephant Camp
  • 3 Nights at Samara Karoo Lodge
  • 2 Nights at Rosenhof Country House
  • 2 Nights at Lanzerac Hotel and Spa
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*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.

Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.




Guest Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 based on 8 ratings




Start TestimonialGorah was really good too and a real experience.End Testimonial

G DAVIES

Start TestimonialFirstly let me say a big thank you to you for your help with our arrangements. Everything you suggested for us worked out so well and we had a holiday of a lifetime ! Gorah was a once in a lifetime experience The whole thing was just wonderful. The tents are so luxurious and the attention to detail on every front was simply unbeatable. Worth every penny! All the little touches made the guest feel very special indeed. The food was excellent. All the staff were just perfect. The safari drives were very informative and exciting with such well informed guides. It really was most memorable Well, there you are Tracey, I just wonder why it took us so long to visit South Africa! I suppose all the crime stats one reads can put people off, but we, in our mid 60's, drove over 1000 miles and never felt threatened It was a wonderful varied experience, and we cannot wait to go back! On the way we passed on the name of your company to quite a few people and shall certainly recommend you to anyone planning to go to S A.End Testimonial

C TUCKER

Start TestimonialAll I can say is a big 'thank you' - the holiday was absolutely fantastic and we had a wonderful time. The accommodation was all excellent and the people we dealt with were very friendly and helpful. The absolute highlight would have to be Gorah ... it was an truly magical experience. The staff at Gorah were superb and the quality of the game drives was outstanding - very informative, the rangers were top class and the elephants are truly magnificent. I have always been a big cat person until those drives - I am now a convert!!! The route we followed took us through some amazing scenery and Cape Town is such a beautiful city - we will definitely be going back some time soon (Gorah included) and I will certainly use you guys again. So - thank you again for organising the accommodation and the car hire - it was a fantastic holiday and one we will remember for a long, long time.End Testimonial

D BRAIN

Start TestimonialAll went very smoothly. Had an amazing time – really the holiday of a lifetime for us – so far at least.  Sante Winelands Hotel is absolutely outstanding – they upgraded us to a “Manor Room” and it really is the most amazing location for relaxation, the Spa was fab.  Hog Hollow in Plett was fantastic. Andy, the owner was extremely helpful, sent me to his brothers bar for the Ireland vs SA match etc! We had 5 great nights there and room was great (one of the 3 new cabins). We managed to do something different and great every day. Food is also very good there. Gorah was what you’d expect! It was the highlight of Catherine’s trip as she loved the drives. Food was good, accommodation lovely – very worthwhile.End Testimonial

A HALPENNY


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Gorah Elephant Camp Location.

Directions For Drivers

From The Garden Route/Port Elizabeth:  Take the N2 from Port Elizabeth towards Grahamstown and Colchester. There are 2 turnoffs to the Addo Elephant National Park, the first is 10.4 km’s from the airport (Addo Elephant National Park/Motherwell) - DO NOT take this turnoff.

The secont turnoff is 30 km’s from the airport, this is the CORRECT turnoff (Addo Elephant National Park/Camp Matyholweni Gate). On the N2 after crossing the Sundays River bridge , start looking out for signs for the Addo Elephant Park /Camp Matyholweni Gate turn off to your left. After turning left, follow the road for 1 km until you get to a sign for the Addo National Park turn off towards your right.

After turning right, follow the road for 2 km to the Addo National Park Matyholweni Gate. Follow the Road straight for 15.8 km (You will pass Vukani loop, Mbotyi loop, Ngulube loop and Harveys Loop).

You will reach a 4 way cross road where you will turn right towards the N10 Exit Gate. The Gorah Elephant Camp Gate (0.5 km) sits to your left immediately.

Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.

From Grahamstown/Eastern Cape Game Reserves: Take the N2 towards Port Elizabeth as far as the town of Colchester, and continue until you will see a sign for the Addo Elephant Park / Camp Matyholweni Gate.  After turning right here, follow the road for 1 km until you get to a sign for the Addo National Park turn off towards your right.

After turning right, follow the road for 2 km to the Addo National Park Matyholweni Gate. Follow the Road straight for 15.8 km (You will pass Vukani loop, Mbotyi loop, Ngulube loop and Harveys Loop).

You will reach a 4 way cross road where you will turn right towards the N10 Exit Gate. The Gorah Elephant Camp Gate (0.5 km) sits to your left immediately.

Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.



General Information For Guests

All luxury tents have a private deck, air conditioning, underfloor heating, fully stocked mini bar, ceiling fan, en-suite bathroom with a shower, a lounge area, a hair dryer, and a safe.

The main guest facilities include an open verandah with views over the waterhole, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a large lounge with a fireplace, a library, a swimming pool with pool loungers, and a curio shop.

The outdoor boma is another gathering place for dinner under the vast African sky. Open fires light up the night, exuding warmth as you relax to the time honoured art of cooking on wood and coal.

There is complimentary Wi-Fi and internet access.

A laundry service is offered (additional cost).

Credit cards are accepted.

Game drives at Gorah, expertly led by passionate and professional guides, are a testament to the safari of old. Intrepidly searching the vast terrain for animals in their natural habitat is the essence of the experience. Addo Elephant National Park, home to the densest population of elephants on earth, allows guests the privilege of being up close to these majestic animals, taking in their incredible stature and grace and witnessing the social family interactions between the various herds.

Guided walks can also be arranged. While it is not a strenuous or long walk, it gives you the opportunity to see more intricate fauna and flora that forms part of the ecosystem on foot. The qualified guides will lead you through this experience, interpreting the surroundings with their wealth of knowledge adding to your memories of Gorah.

Please note that Gorah does not run on electricity but solar and generator power.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve.  Guests over 70 years old wishing to join a guided walk are required to have a letter or certificate from their doctor confirming they are in good health and are physically fit to do the walk. A  guided walk can last a couple of hours and involve walking over uneven terrain that may contain dangerous wildlife in potentially high temperatures. Guests may need to move quickly and for a sustained period through rough bush terrain if instructed to do so by their guide.

Regardless of age or the provision of a doctors certificate, the final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.


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