Gorah Elephant Camp
Addo, Eastern Cape
At a Glance
An authentic safari experience in the non-malarial Eastern Cape
Great food and excellent service
Nice big pool in the boma area to relax during the heat of the day
Enjoy the privacy offered by the only private concession within Addo Elephant Park
Game comes to the waterhole throughout the day, incredible elephant sightings close to the camp
Take some time to just relax on the deck of the main house and watch the game come to the water below.Scott Dunn team
Chill out on the large verandah with a gin and tonic as you watch game coming to drink at the waterholeAnna Hearn
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Gorah Elephant Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Eastern Cape
Gorah Elephant Camp is the only private concession within Addo Elephant National Park, home to the highest density of elephant in South Africa. The reserve is non-malarial and is home to the Big 5, as well as good herds of plains game. Addo Elephant Park is expanding rapidly and will soon stretch right down to the Indian Ocean, becoming the third largest conservation area and one of the most bio-diverse parks in Southern Africa.
The main lodge at Gorah is a converted Cape Dutch farmhouse, a National Monument built in 1856, close to a busy waterhole with great views stretching out over an unspoiled landscape. The Camp was closed for a month in early 2013 while both the house and guest tents were fully renovated, bringing a new freshness to the interiors.
The interior of the house is very much in keeping with its history. The walls are hung with photographs, which tell a story of the history of the house and the wider reserve. Each room is tastefully furnished in a period style and the sitting room has a lovely log fire, perfect for chilly winter nights. There are two spacious verandas to sit out on after a morning game drive, or with a sun-downer in the evening. The views from the decks, down to the waterhole and the rolling Eastern Cape landscape are beautiful. Guests are often fortunate enough to see breeding herds of elephant, large herds of buffalo and other plains game walking past. There have been memorable recent sightings of the resident territorial pride of lion coming to the waterhole to drink in the early evening.
There are 11 guest tents which stretch either side of the central lodge. Each tent is sheltered by a thatched canopy which helps to provide warmth in winter and keep the tents cool in the heat of summer. All have their own private deck, offering views of either the waterhole or the surrounding savannah. The interiors of the tents are simple and authentic, in traditional safari style. All have spacious en-suite bathrooms, ceiling fans, king size beds and solar powered lighting.
Gorah is a member of Relais & Chateaux and has the high levels of service and quality cuisine expected of a member of this organization. Depending on the season, meals can be taken by the fire in the main lodge, out on the terrace with views over the waterhole and landscape, or in the open air boma in a more relaxed atmosphere.
There is a large swimming pool within the boma area, this is fenced to prevent the large breeding herds of elephant from being tempted by the water of the pool. Gorah offers wifi in the main reception but not in the lodge or the guest tents so as not to remove from the experience of being away from it all in the bush.
At Gorah guests can enjoy morning and evening game drives as well as game walks with experienced guides. Families are welcome at Gorah and children of 8 years and above can join their parents on game drives.
Location & Directions
Addo, Eastern Cape
In the heart of Addo Elephant Park in South Africa's non-malarial Eastern Cape. Only 70km from Port Elizabeth, a drive of about 90 minutes. About 4 hours drive from Plettenberg Bay.
When to go
Game viewing is excellent all year round. Summers (October to March) are hot and wet, were as winters (May to August) are cool and dry. Daytime temperatures in summer are high and may soar above 36°C/97°F. Winter is known to produce beautiful warm days, though the evenings and early mornings can be quite chilly.