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Address: Addo Elephant National Park 6105, South Africa
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+27 42 235 1400
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Addo Elephant Back Safaris and Lodge is located in the Zuurberg Mountains,...

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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Close encounters!

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 January 2017
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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146 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 relaxed.

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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this review

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 More 

Sydney, Australia
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276 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 the ground, holding onto a small (but tough) strap for security. The strap is connected... More 

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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this review

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 More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 review

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

São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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 hired a local driver that led us in his jeep to the park in tough... More 

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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this review

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 More 

Cumbria, England
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 it was a truly memorable experience.

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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this review

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 More 

Bend, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 elephants we encountered spend the majority of their day feeding on the rich vegetation on... More 

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

Fairborn
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 being picked up by their ride service. The overall experience of riding an African Elephant... More 

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

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this review

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 Marketing More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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 habitat and you can see instantly that they are well looked after. The guides are... More 

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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this review

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 More 

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64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

We were staying at Addo Elephant National Park and booked a Elephant Back Safari. We booked for the11h00 Safari and left and hour and a half early as we expect the 37km route via Zuurberg Pass to be slow. I drove a Kia Sportage automatic and the trip was a easy slow route and took us just less then 45... More 

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Tam M, Marketing at Addo Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review - we absolutely love getting such positive feedback, its is valued greatly. I am so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We hope you visit again soon! Tamlyn McMullan Marketing More 

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