Up close with the elephants


I recently experienced a special weekend at Addo Elephant Back Safaris & Lodge (AEBS). The combination of great food, excellent accommodation, good company and plenty of adventure was very memorable.

We arrived just in time for lunch on a cold Saturday, and were welcomed with big smiles and a tray of sherry.  The meal was served next to a crackling fire and we got to know some of the other guests. I had a perfectly prepared beef fillet steak, roast potatoes, carrots, broccoli and a fresh garden salad. It was delicious and the best way to kick off our stay.

My room was made of a canvas roof with wooden floors and walls and was elevated to ensure uninterrupted views of the surrounding bush.  In short, it was a treehouse, but a luxurious treehouse with crisp, white linen, a small kitchen with a bar fridge and coffee making facilities, and my favourite feature in the room, a fireplace. The deck had an outside shower, a heated spa bath, and comfy chairs for a relaxed view of the magnificent scenery.

We spent the rest of the afternoon in the guest lounge playing board games, drinking wine and catching up with old friends and some new ones too. After tucking into our mouth-watering supper, we all headed to our rooms to get a good night’s rest, excited for the adventures of the next day.

Breakfast was a full English with an added selection of muesli, cereal and yogurts with fresh fruit juice. The day was a big improvement on the previous one and we decided to enjoy our breakfast on the deck overlooking the waterhole where we spotted some of the local wildlife.

With our stomachs full we clambered onto the game drive vehicle. AEBS is situated within the Zuurberg Mountain range adjoining the Addo Elephant National Park. The scenery is magnificent and the bush unspoilt.  Zebras, giraffes, wildebees, kudu and bushbuck, amongst others, were viewed.

The highlight of the weekend was a trip in the AEBS 8 seater aeroplane. After clearing the grass runway of all game, we went on a 30min flight over the Zuurberg Mountains and the Sundays River Valley. Truly spectacular!

AEBS, because of its remote location, also offer air or road transfers to and from the lodge.

After lunch we were introduced to the three bachelor elephants, Thaba, Mukwa and Duma for our elephant encounter. Day visitors and lodge guests can enjoy an elephant safari through the diverse valleys, plains and forests of the bushveld, whilst delighting in the beauty of the flora and fauna from lofty heights. Observe the elephants within their natural environment and capture unforgettable moments with these majestic animals.

We left AEBS with loads of photo’s, videos and plenty of amazing memories.  I can highly recommend this as an awesome getaway.

To make a reservation or to find out more information, phone 083 283 2359 or email [email protected] You can also visit their website: www.addoelephantbacksafaris.co.za.