Gorah Elephant Camp

The Locaton Corporation - South Africa

The incomparable thrill of quietly observing a passing herd of elephant while being served tea on the veranda of a stately colonial manor house is the stuff of dreams and legends - at Gorah its an everyday occurrence.

This exclusive safari lodge 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 5 star 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 Cape bushveld 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 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.

The gracious Gorah Manor House, a National Monument, built in 1856 has been immaculately restored and period furnished, recalling the opulence and romance of noble safari. Lazy colonial verandas spill out onto the African plains overlooking the waterhole, and eleven luxury-tente