OVERVIEW ON GORAH ELEPHANT CAMP IN ADDO ELEPHANT
The incomparable thrill of quietly observing a passing herd of elephant while being served tea on the verandah of a stately Colonial manor house is the stuff of dreams and legends – at Gorah it’s an everyday occurrence. This exclusive safari camp recaptures the romantic mystique of authentic safari of centuries past – the awesome natural world of Africa merged with colonial nostalgia and modern sophistication to deliver an unforgettably unique luxury adventure. Gorah is the only private concession and camp situated in the middle of the famous Addo Elephant National Park, home to the densest population of elephants on earth. Gorah is malaria-free, Big 5 and a member of Relais & Chateaux. For over 250 000 years ago, people had been visiting this place for different reasons. Early Stone Age transcended into Middle and then to Later Stone Age. The indigenous tribes, and their use for the waters which became known as ‘de Goras’ or the natural spring created a sense of place, mystery and spiritual presence. Colonial settlers moved in, changing the landscape, and the history, while the characters played out the drama of the typical Eastern Capebushveld or “fynbos veld”. There was love, sorrow, and tragedy here, but above all, the peace and guardianship lived on, and never changed. After the war, things changed. The farm was handed down, and the Gorah was at last left to ruin. In sadness a few people got together to rise above the rubble and finally incorporate the old farm into the expanding Addo Elephant National Park. But Gorah was saved again, its guardianship capturing the men who saw its real potential and from the ruins rose among the most beautiful camps yet created in South Africa.
Sheltered beneath thatched canopies, Gorah’s 11 tented suit are luxurious and spacious, recalling the golden era of safari in the early 1900s, and enhanced with the fine comforts and excellence associated with Hunter properties. Each luxury tent has an en-suite bathroom with shower, an interior relaxation area and a private deck offering panoramic views across the endless savannah plains. Other facilities include solar-powered lights, ceiling fans and in-house communication between the tents and the Main House. Two dining rooms with views of the Addo plains offer a unique cuisine experience, while the two lounges allow for absolute relaxation each with a fire place and heaters placed in corners of the patio area for those colder winter nights or cooler summer evenings. A library with a classic collection of books all donated by guests all over the world to Gorah, are available for absolute reading pleasure. Various sun decks, porches, one with a waterhole in the front of the main porch and patios complete the tranquility of the lodge, while a Curio shop caters for exclusive Gorah gifts. The Boma Area: Relax in the main boma area at the swimming pool and sun tanning decks while escaping from the hot summer sun. Various outdoor dining and cooking facilities will also enhance a superb dining experience at Gorah
Dining At Gorah Elephant Camp
Dinner is an occasion on its own at Gorah. As you enter the Manor House with its historic magnificence, the magic will surround you. Soft candlit ‘secret’ corners with warm fires and paraffin lanterns put a soft layer of romance on the entire house in winter and during the summer months the open verandah doors invitingly coax the evening breeze while the mood is set for a sumptuous five course meal. Estate wines and a choice of inte rnational beverages complete the dining experience, while decadent desserts will tease the senses as you ponder on the next safari adventure at Gorah. Groah Camp chefs are committed to serve freshly prepared dishes and will accordingly prepare for any dietary needs of guests. Tantalize your senses with the ‘soul’ of Gorah while enjoying your 5 star meals in the comfort of the Manor House and surrounding verandah, with perhaps, a chance evening glimpse of the night creatures at the waterhole to enhance your dining experience. The verandah at the front of the colonial Gorah Manor House overlooks the waterhole and the whole plains behind it. Enchanting scenes of animals trekking close for a drink and a cooling bath at the waterhole might keep you entertained for your “out of Africa” alfresco dining. Feel the winds sweeping over the plains, offering you refreshment while you lay back and enjoy. The lunch platters are adapted to the setting and offer a variety of dishes for your own salad composition. The comfortable sofas on the veranda invite you for prime game viewing in highest luxury all day long. Lay back and feel at home.
Activities At Gorah Elephant Camp
- Game drives – Addo Elephant National Park
- Elephant back safaris near Addo Elephant National Park
- Experience Indian Ocean Beach In Port Elizabeth
- Experience the Sabi Sand, Timbavati, Manyeleti Game Reserves
- Connect to South Africa safaris to Madikwe, Shamwari Parks and Reserves
- Connect to Victoria Falls & Zambia safaris in South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi & Kafue Parks
- Connect to Botswana safaris in Okavango Delta, Chobe, Moremi, Savuti & Central Kalahari
- Connect to Tanzania safaris in Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Selous, Ruaha, Gombe, Mahale
- Connect to Kenya safaris in Masai Mara, Samburu, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Tsavo, Laikipia
- Connect Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya climb tours
- Relax at Indian Ocean Beach Islands of Zanzibar, Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles.