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Addo Elephant Back Safaris

#4 of 6 things to do in Addo Elephant National Park Features Animals
Addo Elephant National Park 6105, South Africa
+27 42 235 1400
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Elephant safari YES, the rest NO

regrettably it was decided that the group would benefit from staying at the lodge instead of making... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Peter_Kap
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Kapstadt
Close encounters!

It is always an amazing experience to see such big beasts close up, and this encounter did not... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2017
Nicky W
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Bangkok, Thailand
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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.ELEPHANT BACK SAFARIS A once in a lifetime safari adventure - at one with nature, following in the footsteps of the ancients...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 your lofty seat as these gentle giants amble through the African bush. After the ride, walk with them through the diverse valley bushveld, ravine and forest habitat. At the conclusion of the walk enjoy rewarding the elephants with their favorite treats.ELEPHANT SAFARI LODGE 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.
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Addo Elephant National Park 6105, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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

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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

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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

Reviewed 13 September 2016

We celebrated our anniversary at Addo Elephant Back Safari in February 2014. It is one of our fondest adventures together. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly and the elephants are majestic. I would highly recommend this experience.More

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

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. We are so happy you chose to spend your anniversary with us...hopefully see you both again soon! Tamlyn McMullan...More

Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

This is a must do for any holiday itinerary in South Africa, a full day learning about these gentle giants, up close and personal. You'll take a walk with them, get to ride them and feed them. The whole time they are in their natural...More

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

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. We hope that you do come back one day and yes we do love our ellies. Tamlyn McMullan Marketing

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Peet Chantell S
Hi. I would like to visit tomorrow morning. Should I book in advanced to walk with elephants? What is directions from Addo National Park? Is kids welcome? Regards, Chantell
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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Holysmoke1967
Hi, I am hoping to visit in November. I am very concerned about cruelty to elephants. I understand you ride upfront, but How many people ride at once ? I was very unhappy to see the riding in Thailand. Can anyone reassure me. Thanks
10 January 2017|
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Response from Tam M | Property representative |
Hi there, We work on a reward system with our elephants. We build trust and a mutual respect with them - We are completely against cruelty to any animals! It would be one guest with a guide.
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