Addo Elephant Back Safaris & Lodge

Accommodation in Addo


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Addo Elephant Back Safaris and Lodge is located in the Zuurberg Mountains, just a short distance from Port Elizabeth and borders the Greater Addo Elephant National Park.

An exclusive malaria-free conservancy, it offers the ultimate getaway opportunity to both local and international travellers – from families, groups and corporates to nature lovers, honeymooners and local residents wanting a quick reprieve from home.

A mere 20-minutes flight or read transfer of of 1 hour 20 minutes from Port Elizabeth, and only 1 hour’s flying time from Plettenberg Bay, Addo Elephant Back Safaris and Lodge is readily accessible no matter what your preferred means of travel. The added convenience of our 1 200 m airstrip makes it possible for guests to fly in with family, friends or colleagues directly to the Lodge, ensuring more time there than getting there.

The Lodges 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. With the completion of our Day Centre we are able to ensure undisturbed exclusivity to all our lodge guests.

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The Lodges 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. With the completion of our Day Centre we are able to ensure undisturbed exclusivity to all our lodge guests.

ROOMS
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
· Both indoor and outdoor showers
· King- or twin-bedded options both equipped with electric blankets
· Energy efficient wood burning fireplace
· Solar assisted hot water geyser
· Stocked mini bar on request
· Tea and coffee making facility
· Hairdryers
· Large glass sliding doors opening onto the deck (No nasty zips)
· Generously sized, wooden deck with private spa bath
· Private viewing deck
· 220V electricity
· In-room safes
· Overhead fans
· International adaptor plugs available
· For children sharing with their parents, the lodge offers fold-out camping beds

WINTER: Book two nights stay the third night free transfers included

 

Inclusions / Exclusions


Includes: All meals, tea, coffee and bottled water, an elephant back safari, all lodge activities and an elephant bedtime encounter

CHILDREN ARE WELCOME
Children under 3 years of age are accommodated at no charge. Children from 3 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.

Lodge activities include (Included in the Rate):
Sunset Elephant Encounters
Elephant Back Rides
Elephant Walks
Game Drives on our property
Game Walks on our property
Medicinal Plant Walks
Bushman's Cave Guided Walk
Hillside Sundowners
Candle Lit Bush Dinners


 

Extra information

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

TRANSFERS
Complimentary road and air transfers available (conditions apply). This is a great opportunity to see the area together with a professional guide. See rate sheet for daily departure times. Nonscheduled road and air transfers are available on request. Our inhouse transfer company offers road and air transfer options from our Addo Airfield, Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay and Cape Town. It is also possible to combine the road and air transfers i.e. Fly one way and drive the other.

WHAT TO BRING

We recommend that you note the following in order to maximise your comfort during your safari

Sunglasses
Sun hat
Long trousers / slacks
Good walking shoes (running / tennis shoes are suitable)
Warm jacket for the winter months (May to September)
Light rain gear for summer months (October to April)
Cameras
BINOCULARS - ESSENTIAL
Suntan lotion & sun block

Includes: Ride, walk, feeding the elephants, a meal and selected beverages

Times: 08h00, 11h00 and 15h00 Duration: ±3 hrs

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.

Lodge activities

Sunset Elephant Encounters
» Medicinal Plant Walks
» Elephant Back Rides
» Bushman's Cave Guided Walk
» Elephant Walks
» Hillside Sundowners
» Game Drives
» Candle Lit Bush Dinners » Game Walks
» Swimming Pool

In between activities your time is filled with soaking up the sun on your private deck, relaxing in you own spa bath and enjoying sumptuous cuisine at the elephant's favourite waterhole.

Other activities on offer
» Addo Elephant National Park Day Trip
» Exclusive Big 5 Day Trip
» Sunshine Coast Scenic Flight (can be done in conjunction with Fly-in Day Trip)
» Historical Karoo Day Trip

GUIDED WALKING TRAILS
As traversing the bush on foot provides an entirely new perception into nature's mysterious wonders we offer three Walking Trail options - a Leisurely Bush Walk suited to young and old alike, a Ranger's Bush Walk appropriate for anyone in average physical shape, and a more strenuous Mountain Hike geared to fit and experienced guests.

GAME DRIVES Experienced rangers create every opportunity to ensure exceptional viewing during your game drive on our wildlife conservancy. Excellent sightings of amongst others eland, lesbok, giraffe, wildebeest and zebra herds can be enjoyed across the reserve's 5 biomes which are made up of savanna grassland, valley bushveld, fynbos, riverine forest and acacia woodland.

SCENIC COASTAL FLIGHTS We offer an exhilarating scenic coastal flight over the Sunday's River Valley and the Woody Cape Marine Reserve with its magnificent sand dunes and indigenous surrounding Fynbos. The flight is of 40 to 50 minute duration and could also be incorporated into a Fly-In Addo Day Trip.
Enquire at Reception for rates. Bookings are essential.

FLY-IN ADDO DAY TRIP The flight to Addo Elephant National Park takes a mere 15 min, on landing we are met by our Microbus and taken on a 3 to 4 hour game drive in what is arguably the best elephant viewing territory in the world. After the game drive we make the short flight to Addo village to enjoy an appetising and relaxing lunch at The Wine Bar. Lunch is followed by an invigorating canoe trip on the Sunday's River before we fly back to the Lodge, again only a 15 minute flight. Enquire at Reception for rates. Bookings are essential.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA The Addo region is brimming with wildlife, golfing and cultural experiences to satisfy the most ardent enthusiast. Experience a scenic flight over the impressive Zuurberg Mountains and the famed Sunshine Coast, enjoy a leisurely game of golf at Bushman Sands, an historical Settler or Anglo-Boer War tour, or a day trip to the awe-inspiring Karoo.

TRANSFERS RATES FOR LODGE GUESTS (ONE WAY)
Staying two nights or more in high season qualifies lodge guests for a complimentary road transfer into the lodge and an air transfer out at scheduled times ONLY.

15h00: Depart Addo Transfer Office ±1 hour driving time 10h00:
Depart the Lodge by Air ± 20 min flying time

Non-scheduled departures can be arranged, refer to rate table below

ROAD TRANSFER RATES - PER PERSON ONE WAY
Departing                            2 Persons                                  Driving Time    
Addo Office                         R 450                                        1 hour
Port Elizabeth                      R 750                                        1 h 30 min

AIR TRANSFER RATES - PER PERSON ONE WAY
Departing                            2 Persons                                  Driving Time
Addo Office                         R 658                                        15 min
Port Elizabeth R                   1880                                          20 min
Plettenberg Bay                   R 5 270                                     50 min

ELEPHANT BACK SAFARI RATES 
Includes: Ride, walk, feeding the elephants, a light meal and tea, coffee and water Times: 08h00, 11h00 and 15h00 (Please try arrive 30min before the departure time) Duration: ±3 hrs (Ride/Walk, elephant feeding and meal) 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.