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Addo Elephant Back Safaris

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Addo Elephant National Park 6105, South Africa
+27 83 283 2359
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Three of the four people in our group went on the safari. The back of an elephant is very wide... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
kathryn w
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Elephant ride was great!

Responsible tourists should always do their best to research the companies they patronize when... read more

Reviewed 2 August 2017
Emily B
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Addo Elephant Lodge & Safaris is located in the Zuurberg Mountains, just a short distance from Port Elizabeth adjoining the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. Malaria-free conservancy. Addo Elephant Lodge and Safaris offers the ultimate getaway opportunity to both local and international travelers - from families, groups and corporates to nature lovers, honeymooners and local residents wanting a quick reprieve from home. ELEPHANT ENCOUNTERS & SAFARIS - A once in a lifetime safari adventure - at one with nature, departing from our new Day Centre, we offer you the exhilarating experience of riding these magnificent animals. Revel in the natural beauty of the environs and its wildlife from lofty heights as these gentle giants amble through the African bush.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Addo Elephant National Park 6105, South Africa
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+27 83 283 2359
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Three of the four people in our group went on the safari. The back of an elephant is very wide, it's like straddling a picnic table! The ladies that work there were very nice and we enjoyed our conversation with them. The elephant handlers are...More

Thank kathryn w
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Responsible tourists should always do their best to research the companies they patronize when doing wild-animal encounters. The industry is plagued by places that claim to be sanctuaries but actually mistreat or neglect the animals they use for entertainment purposes. Elephant-riding especially has a bad...More

Thank Emily B
Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2017

Wow, WOW, wow! Thank you so much for your amazing feedback and review, we truly appreciate that you took the time to leave such positive information. Our elephants are truly remarkable and special, that is why our guides are so knowledgeable. We have learnt to...More

Reviewed 13 June 2017

regrettably it was decided that the group would benefit from staying at the lodge instead of making just a day visit. we were there end of May 2017, the accommodation is definitely NO "exclusive suite" but a rustic tented camp in urgent need of maintenance,...More

Thank Peter_Kap
Tam M, Marketing Manager at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Good day Peter, Thank you for your feedback, we are always looking at ways to improve therefore all feedback is appreciated. Safe travels. Tamlyn McMullan

Reviewed 18 January 2017

It is always an amazing experience to see such big beasts close up, and this encounter did not disappoint. We chose not to ride the elephants, but walking with them, feeding and touching them was very special. These elephants look really well cared for and...More

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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2017

Hi there, Thank you so much for your feedback - we really appreciate it. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us and had a special experience with our incredible ellies Mukwa, Duma and Thaba. Kind Regards Tamlyn Marketing

Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

The experience and interaction with the elephants comes in three parts. A bareback ride with only a blanket and a handler between you and one of the three male elephants they have at the venue. It is pretty scary when you sit 3 meters off...More

Thank Sasha M
Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017

Hi there, Thank you so much for your amazing review - we truly appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards Tamlyn McMullan Marketing

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Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Good trip, elephants and handlers are amazing. The elephants are uncomfortable to ride. Pretty short and costly for 7 people and kids are full price however, it's a great memorable experience.

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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2016

Thank you for your feedback, we really do appreciate it. Hope to see you again soon. Tamlyn McMullan Marketing

Reviewed 23 November 2016

Me and my wife did this ride and we can guarantee it is a real safari in the back of an elephant. We saw giraffs, zebras, deers and leopards. So near, so natural. This ride starts a little bit far from the hotels region. We...More

Thank GuilhermeRetz
Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2016

Hi there, Thank you so much for the positive feedback, unfortunate about the rain, but all in all I am pleased it was enjoyable - your review is appreciated. We hope you visit again soon! Tamlyn McMullan Marketing

Reviewed 22 November 2016

As there were only 4 people and 3 elephants my husband and I were each on an elephant with just the guide. What an amazing experience! Following the ride we fed our elephants which once again was a unique activity. My guide was excellent and...More

Thank Vee16
Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2016

Hi Vee16, Thank you so much for your great review - we absolutely love getting such positive feedback. I am so glad you enjoyed your time with us. Tamlyn McMullan Marketing

Reviewed 6 October 2016

Frankly, we were reluctant to go an elephant back safari. We were both concerned about potentially visiting a facility where they keep elephants confined, abused, and treated like circus animals. Our preconceived notions were wrong: Addo Elephant Back Safari was a memorable experience. The three...More

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TamlynMcM, Manager at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2016

We appreciate your feedback, and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

This was one of the best things we've ever done! We got a ride from our hotel because we heard that our car wouldn't do well on the roads there and it was a good thing. The ride there was rough so I definitely recommend...More

1  Thank Brittany M
Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2016

Hi, thank you so much for you review, we appreciate your positive feedback. Tamlyn McMullan Marketing

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vigneshsrini
13 August 2017|
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Response from Tam M | Property representative |
Hi there, we are private lodge in the Greater Addo region - we are not in the Addo National Park. Unfortunately I am unsure of how long the guided tours are - we offer one from our lodge which is half day (4 hours) - but... More
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314yossi
8 July 2017|
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Response from Tam M | Property representative |
Hi there, we are a private reserve adjoining the park, we are not in the Addo National Park - where are you staying in Addo? I will be able to advise whether a self drive or guided tour would be the best option for you... More
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Peet Chantell S
17 May 2017|
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Response from Tam M | Property representative |
Hi there, Yes you would need to book in advance, please contact the lodge directly, reservations number: 083 283 2359 Please advise ages of the children? What vehicle do you have to advise best route?
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