Blurring the lines between raw adventure and high-end luxury, Gorah Elephant Camp is an opulent 11-tented campsite surrounding a gracious manor house that overviews an iconic waterhole in the heart of the Addo National Park.
Located in the heart of Addo National Park, sits the luxurious Gorah Elephant Camp. The breathtaking natural world of Africa is flawlessly blended with period vintage charm and modern elegance, fashioning a unique 5-star adventure getaway.
Blurring the lines between raw adventure and high-end luxury, Gorah Elephant Camp is an opulent 11-tented campsite surrounding a gracious manor house that overviews an iconic waterhole in the heart of the Addo National Park. Experience the thrill and romantic mystique of an authentic African safari in a region that boasts the planets dentists elephant population.
You'll never forget that one-in-a-lifetime buzz of quietly watching a herd of elephants stroll by as you sip tea from the veranda of a stately colonial manor house.
All 11 stylish tented suites flaunt private decks and magnificent en-suite bathrooms, while the world-class alfresco dining under the African stars recalls the 1900s golden era of safari. Enhanced with fine comforts and unparalleled end-to-end services, Gorah offers amenities that only the very best hotels could possibly provide.
The park is also malaria-free and is home to the Big 5.
- 11 Luxury Tents
- 3 Dining Options (indoor & outdoor)
- All Meals Included
- Swimming Pool & Deck Area
- Viewing Deck For Watching Africa's Wildlife
- Complimentary Game Drives & Walking Safaris
Indoor Outdoor Dining
Dinner is a special occasion at Gorah. The magic envelops you as you enter Gorah House with its historic magnificence and opulent interior. In the winter, warm fires and paraffin lanterns light up intimate candlelit nooks, and provide a soft layer of romance to the whole residence. Another dining spot is the outdoor Boma which is a magical place to enjoy dinner under the vast African skies.
What to Wear
Cool clothing for summer, as well as your bathing suit and comfortable walking shoes. Warm clothing for winter as the temperature can drop considerably, with the wind chill factor especially prevalent on game drives. We recommend you also bring a warm jacket, gloves, beanie and scarf to ensure you keep warm.
What to Bring
Remember to bring a camera, binoculars, bird and wildlife reference materials, a cap and some sunscreen lotion. Also remember to bring along anti-histamine pills and bug bite cream.
Swimming Pool and Deck Area
Between leisurely refreshing dips in the swimming pool, lie back on a pool lounger and relax and unwind in this botanical haven. The viewing deck is a fantastic hideaway with an ideal vantage point to watch game pass across open plains heading for the waterhole in front of the lodge.
Waterhole and Viewing Deck
This magnificent waterhole perfectly located in front of the Manor House is a fantastic draw card for animals both large and small. This guarantees that there is always activity to be watched in wonder.
A Little Extra:
Addo National Park is home to the largest elephant population on the planet, making it one of the best safari destinations in the world.
This 5,000 hectare private reserve is located deep in the heart of the Addo Elephant National Park, 70km north-east of the Eastern Cape coastal city of Port Elizabeth. Boasting the densest elephant concentration on the planet, guests have the opportunity to get up close and personal with these magnificent beasts. What's more, Gorah's animal safaris, expertly guided by enthusiastic and professional guides, are perfectly executed and adopt the traditional safari style. The thrill of discovering animals in their natural habitat, among other things, is an excellent way to get out and explore. Returning to camp after seeing elephants, rhinos, lions, and plains game in their natural habitat is incredibly satisfying.
Safe from relentless persecution in the past, the grey giants of the bush now roam in peace. The park was proclaimed in 1931, when only 11 remained in the area. Now, Addo National Park houses a finely tuned ecosystem that is a haven for over 450 elephants, Cape buffalo, lion, black rhino, several antelope species, and the exclusively unique flightless dung beetle.
- 62 kms from Port Elizabeth Airport – this is approximately 40 mins by car on N2 West
- 110 kms from Grahamstown (Makhanda) – this is approximately 1 ½ hours by car on N2 East
- 295 kms from Tsala Treetop Lodge / Hunter’s Country House – this is approximately 3 ½ hours by car on N2 West
- 385 kms from George Airport – this is approximately 4 ¾ hours by car on N2 West
- 790 kms from Cape Town – this is approximately 9 hours by car on the N2 West
Please let us know if you intend to drive to Gorah Elephant Camp so we can provide you with the correct co-ordinates.
Road Transfers: Should you require a road transfer, please provide us with your flight details and the airport you are landing at, if applicable, to enable us to provide you with a quotation.
- Daily flights to and from Port Elizabeth from all major center’s in South Africa, approximately 40 minutes by car.
Fixed Wing: Private air charter into Port Elizabeth Airport can be organised – please contact us for a quotation.
Helicopter: Private helicopter charter direct to Gorah Elephant Camp can be organised – please contact us for a quotation.
Gorah's 11 tented suites, sheltered beneath thatched canopies, are opulent and spacious, reminiscent of the golden era of safari in the early 20th century.
Each one-of-a-kind tent comes with its own private deck that looks out over the endless grassy steppe of the Savannah plains. The luxurious interior of the tent is enhanced by the use of solar power lighting and ceiling fans, which add to the simplicity and authenticity.
The en-suite bathroom, which includes bespoke vanities and a powerful shower, is tucked away for maximum seclusion. The tented suite invites you to totally unwind and relax with a book on the comfortable sofa or take an afternoon snooze on the king-size bed, which has 300 count cotton sheets enveloping you and sending you to a heavily state of tranquility.
1x King Sized Beds
Maximum of 2 Guests
En-Suite Bathroom with Shower, Bathrobes & Slippers
All Tents Come With Underfloor Heating & A Fireplace.
Indoor Dining: In winter, little candle-lit ‘secret' areas boasting warm fires and paraffin lanterns provide a stunning layer of romance which emulates through the entire house. During the summer, the open veranda doors enticingly beckon in the cool evening air, while the ambiance is set for an opulent meal ahead. A wonderful wine list with choices carefully curated to complement the cuisine, as well as an excellent collection of imported beverages, provides a sophisticated touch to your eating experience. Decadent desserts round out the experience, tantalising your taste buds as you consider your next adventure. The chefs here promise to serve freshly prepared dishes daily and will deliciously satisfy any dietary requirements.
Al fresco dining under the African sky: The front veranda of the colonial Gorah House overlooks the watering hole and the plains beyond it, providing an idyllic backdrop for al fresco dining. With passion and creativity, the Gorah chefs prepare stunning cuisine while you watch the grasslands come alive.
Boma Dining Another dinner spot under the vast African sky is the outdoor Boma. Open fires radiate warmth as you unwind to the age-old tradition of cooking on wood and coal. The chefs at Gorah have mastered the art of an opulent outdoor gourmet barbecue, with meals that represent various elements of African cuisine. Take in the sights and sounds of the night as you share stories and indulge in delightful services.
Guided drives through beautiful landscapes
Gorah's animal safaris, expertly guided by enthusiastic and professional guides, are a perfectly executed and adopt the traditional safari style. The thrill of discovering animals in their natural habitat, among other things, is an excellent way to get out and explore.
The Addo Elephant National Park, which is home to the world's largest elephant population, provides visitors with the opportunity of getting up close and personal with these magnificent animals. Taking in their massive size and elegance, as well as witnessing the various herds' social family interactions.
The thrill of discovery lingers long after returning to camp.
Imagine walking these ancient paths trodden by so many species over time, from the majestic elephant to the quirky flightless dung beetle. Simply take a moment and inhale the bush air whilst allowing your senses to be awakened with the melody of birds and insects alike in the background.
While it is not a strenuous walk, it gives you the opportunity to see more intricate fauna and flora that forms part of the ecosystem on foot. Our qualified guides will lead you through this experience, interpreting the surroundings with their wealth of knowledge adding to your memories of Gorah.
Children on Safari
The history of Gorah is reflected in its past, its animals, and the surrounding countryside. Children at Gorah can go on an interesting journey through time to appreciate the magic of this unique camp as well as Addo National Park's stunning scenery.
Gorah create an incredibly fun environment for children. They experience what it was like to walk in the shoes of the forefathers who lived at Gorah. The guides immerse the kids in history and nature back at the camp before taking them into the African bush on mini game drives.
Children 12+ are welcome
What could be more ideal than spending your wedding day in the African bush?
Awaken as the sun rises over the hills, with its pink and orange hues gradually dissipating into your tent before rising to behold your lovely white gown hanging ready for your wedding day.
A memorable day begins with the majesty of the Manor House, with elephants drinking at the watering hole providing the backdrop. Gorah's team is on hand to assist with every step of the planning and execution, from beginning to end. They are fully conscious of how crucial each part is and will make certain that your wedding day vision is realised to perfection.
Your weddings requirements will be tailor-made by the on-site wedding planner to suit your specific needs.
Gorah's beauty, history, and natural surrounding provide a unique atmosphere for hosting a conference.
Only two hours from Port Elizabeth, the 11 tented suites, large manor house and breathtaking views of the Addo National Park with its plentiful game, are the backdrop to your conference, inspiring new thinking and revived energy.
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The GoKo Earth Preservation has been set up to protect and preserve the natural habitats of our planet and to conserve and enhance the biodiversity of threatened environments and endangered species around the globe. This is achieved through rewilding, reforestation and marine conservation projects, alongside local community support.
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With your help, we can buy boats to support marine conservation; securing the future for our fragile oceans and the wonderful beings that inhabit them.
Creating New National Parks
By helping with the creation of new parks, we can support local economies, empower native communities and put healthy landscapes into permanent protection.
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