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Addo Elephant Back Safaris

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Addo Elephant National Park 6105, South Africa
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Wonderful experience

We visited this place on recommendation from our hotel and were very impressed. The drive was... read more

Reviewed 23 January 2018
Ellen16_11
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Guildford, United Kingdom
ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! WORTH EVERY PENNY. A MUST

This is the third time I have visited Addo and had an elephant experience including the ride. This... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2018
Shareen A
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Addo Elephant National Park 6105, South Africa
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

We visited this place on recommendation from our hotel and were very impressed. The drive was interesting and not for the faint hearted, a 4 x 4 is a must. The whole experience is wonderful, the elephants as well care for and the close proximity...More

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Reviewed 6 January 2018

This is the third time I have visited Addo and had an elephant experience including the ride. This time I got to take my partner which was great. To get to the remote location you really do need a 4X4 / SUV or pay 880R...More

1  Thank Shareen A
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Reviewed 28 December 2017

The best experience of my life!! Loved every minute it. Would deffo go back .. :) Seeing the elephants playing, seeing the zebras was beautiful. everything about this place was just wonderful :)

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Reviewed 12 December 2017

It's not easy to get to - you'd need a 4x4 or SUV to reach the location. Once you're there, you're very well looked after. Good food and wine at very reasonable prices. The private lodges are very spacious and you get the baboons to...More

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

I have been fortunate to experience the Addo Elephant Back Experience on a number of occasions. The guides are well trained and caring of the elephants which seem to know the guides and there is a mutual respect. Definitely no force or prodding that could...More

Thank Peter G
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Reviewed 21 October 2017 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
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Reviewed 3 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
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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

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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

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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

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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

1  Thank Nicky W
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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

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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

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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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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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