Elephant Encounter / Walk
A once in a lifetime experience - at one with nature. Guests can enjoy an elephant encounter / walk through the diverse valleys, plains and forests of the bushveld, whilst delighting in the beauty of the flora and fauna. Walk with, observe & feed our majestic giants, Thaba, Mukwa and Duma in their natural environment among the trees and grassland. Enjoy in-depth interpretation with their trained handlers who will share their specialized knowledge into their behaviour and the area’s unique eco-system. Walk with them through the bushveld, ravine and forest habitat. At the conclusion of the walk, enjoy rewarding the elephants with their favorite treats.

Elephant Encounter / Walk Rates Duration: ± 1 ½ hrs

08h00, 11h00 and 15h00

Please ensure arrival 15 minutes prior to encounter / walk time allocated above.
1 March 2020 - 30 April 2022 (per person): R695
Children between 3 and 12 years of age: R347.50

Above rates Include: Elephant encounter / walk, feeding the elephants and tea, coffee or water.

Excludes road transfers. Road transfers can be arranged through our lodge. Rates on request.

Child Policy: Children are allowed on the walk with a parent, accompanied by an elephant handler. Child rate is 50% of the adult price for children aged between 3-12 years. Children under 3 years - no charge.

What to bring: We recommend that you note the following in order to maximize your comfort during your encounter / walk:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Long trousers / slacks
  • Good walking shoes (running / tennis shoes are suitable)
  • Warm jacket for the winter months (May to September)
  • Light rain gear
  • Sun block
  • Bird & Botany Guided walk (per person): R390
    Duration: 2hrs
    As traversing the bush on foot provides an entirely new perception into nature’s mysterious wonders, we offer a leisurely bush walk suited to young and old alike. The walking trails are conducted within our reserve and take place in the company of a knowledgeable guide. This valley bushveld region encompasses habitats ranging from semi-arid Karoo areas, across Fynbos-covered slopes which merge with impenetrable thickets and forests, extending into rolling grasslands which stretch all the way to the Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape. Blessed with this natural biodiversity the reserve is able to support a wide range of approximately 91 tree species, various birds of prey, canopy birds, song birds, nocturnal birds, ground birds and grassland birds. Be sure to look out for these species of plantlife - Pork bush, Spekboom, Elephant’s Foot Portulacaria afra, Outeniqua Yellowwood Podocarpus falcatus & Real Yellowwood Podocarpus latifolius, Plumbago Plumbago Auriculata, Schotia Schotia Afra, Karee Rhus Lancea, Sneezewood Ptaeroxylon Obliquum, White Milkwood Sideroxylon Inerme, Wild Olive Olea Africana, Kiepersol (Mountain Cabbage Tree) Cussonia Paniculata, Fynbos Cape Macchia. Be sure to look out for these species of birdlife. Birds of Prey - Black-Shouldered Kite, African Fish Eagle, Steppe Buzzard, Jackal Buzzard, African Goshawk, Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Black Harrier, African Harrier Hawk, Lanner Falcon, Rock Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon. Canopy Birds - Crowned Hornbill, Black-Collared Barbet, Greater Honeyguide, Narina Trogan, Olive Woodpecker, Cardinal Woodpecker, Red-Chested Cuckoo, Black Cuckoo, Kacobin Cuckoo, African Emerald Cuckoo, Klaas’s Cuckoo, Diderick Cuckoo, Speckled Mousebird, Red-Faced Mousebird, Ducky Flycatcher, Southern Black Flycatcher, Paradise Flycatcher, Grey-Headed Bush Shrike. Song Birds - Chorister Robin-Chat, Cape Robin-Chat, Brimstone’s Canary, Olive Thrush, Cape Robin, White-Starred Robin, White-Browed Robin, White-Browed Scrub-Robin, European Golden Oriole, Black-Headed Oriole. Nocturnal Birds - Barn Owl, African Grass-Owl, African Wood-Owl, Spotted Eagle-Owl, European Nightjar, Fiery-Necked Nightjar. Nectar Feeders - Southern Double Collared Sunbird, Greater Double Collared Sunbird, Collared Sunbird. Forest Birds - Dark-Backed Weaver, Knysna Turaco. General Birdlife - Cape Batis, Common Fiscal, Southern Boubou, Cape White-Eye, African Firefinch, Common Waxbill, Red-Winged Starling, Cape Glossy Starling, Green-Backed Camoropetera, Village Indigobird, Golden-Breasted Bunting, Bar-Throated Puffback, Cape Bulbul, Dark-Capped Bulbul, Terrestrial Brownbul, Grey Tit, Southern Black Tit, Familiar Chat, Levaillant’s Cisticola, Neddicky, Red-Throated Wryneck, Grey Cuckooshrike, Fork-Tailed Drongo, Cape Crow, Pied Crow. Aerial Birds - Common Swift, African Balck Swift, White-Rumped Swift, Horus Swift, Little Swift, Alpine Swift, White-Throated Swallow, Greater Striped Swallow, Lesser Striped Swallow, Rock Martin, Common House-Martin. Ground Birds - Red-Necked Spurfowl, Common Quail, Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Ground Woodpecker, Speckled Pigeon, African Olive Pigeon, Red-Eyed Dove, Cape Turtle Dove, Laughing Dove, Namaqua Dove, African Hoopoe, Green Woodhoopoe, Cape Wagtail, African Quail Finch. Grassland Birds - Secretary Bird, Great White Egret, Cattle Egret, European Roller, Plain-Backed Pipit, Cape Longclaw. Wetland / Riverine Birds - White Stork, African Darter, Grey Heron, Blackheaded Heron, African Sacred Ibis, Egyptian Goose, African Black Duck, African Finfoot, Pied Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Brown-Hooded Kingfisher, Half-Collared Kingfisher, Burchell’s Coucal.

    Game Drive on our property (per person): R450
    Duration: 2hrs
    Our experienced rangers create every opportunity to ensure exceptional viewing during your game drive on this 1000 hectare wildlife property. Excellent sightings, of amongst others, eland, waterbuck, blesbuck, wildebeest, giraffe and zebra can be enjoyed across the reserve’s biomes which are made up of fynbos, sub topical thicket and forest. Our reserve is situated in the pristine valleys of the Zuurberg Mountains bordering the Greater Addo Elephant National Park, regarded as Southern Africa’s most biologically diverse Park as it supports 5 of the 7 recognized biomes, or eco-regions of Southern Africa. Your guide will offer information on all wildlife, botany and also give you the historical background of the area. Be sure to look out for these species - Eland - Taurotragus Oryx, Kudu - Tragelaphus Strepsiceros, Waterbuck - Kobus Ellipsiprymnus, Impala - Aepyceros Melampus, Leopard - Panthera Pardus, Vervet Monkey - Cercopithecus Aethiops, Baboon - Papio Ursinus, Blue Wildebeest - Connochaetes Taurinus, Zebra - Equus Burchelli, Giraffe - Giraffa Camelopardalis, Mountain Reedbuck - Redunca Fulvorufula, Red Hartebeest - Alcelaphus Buselaphus, Common Duiker - Sylvicapra Grimmia, Bush pig - Potamochoerus Porcus, Caracal - Felis Caracal, African Wild Cat - Felis Lybica.

    • En-suite bathroom with a spacious shower, twin hand basins, dressing table with large mirror, gas heater, separate toilet and in-room safe
    • Generously sized, wooden deck with private spa bath
    • King- or twin-bedded option
    • Well stocked mini bar on request
    • Tea and coffee making facility
    • Large glass sliding doors opening on to the deck (No nasty zips)
    • Both indoor and outdoor showers
    • Solar powered hot water geyser
    • 220V electricity
    • Hairdryers
    • Energy efficient wood burning fireplace
    • Overhead fans
    • Family suites available (5 units have bunk beds to cater for families)
    R1 990 pppn (Dates valid: 01/04/ 19  –  31/03/21)

    Includes accommodation and all meals, excludes all activities, transfers and beverages.

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    E-Bike Tours (per person): R800
    Duration: 2hrs
    The e-bike trails are conducted within our reserve and take place in the company of a knowledgeable guide. There is an easy trail for beginners and a moderate trail for the more experienced rider. Rate includes a guide, top of the range electrique bicycles, helmet and bottled water. Age restriction is 13 years (we do however have a child seat attachment for babies / toddlers).

     *Rates subject to change without prior notice

    In-house Beauty Therapist (per person): POA
    Duration: (Dependent on treatment)
    Our in-house therapist offers a range of treatments from manicures & pedicures to various massages. Enjoy the open-air pampering from the privacy of your own deck overlooking the bush. Relax while we combine nature’s inherent healing & beautifying qualities with the latest technologies to create balance and harmony of the body. Complete the pampering by unwinding in your private spa bath thereafter.

    (A list of treatments & prices is available in each room and at reception.)
    *Pre-booking is essential*


    Addo was an amazing experience! The elephants were awesome! The staff were very hospitable and made us all feel welcome.

    Mika Häkkinen

    Thanks for that fantastic experience at Barefoot Addo Elephant Lodge – it was really unique and my family loved the 2 days on your reserve!

    Franz Beckenbauer

    Best experience of my life at Barefoot Addo Elephant Lodge.

    Maria Hofl-Riesch

    Barefoot Addo Elephant Lodge is a unique and fantastic place and I had a wonderful time which I will not forget.

    Gerhard Delling

    Barefoot Addo Elephant Lodge is absolutely magical. Each day spent there was memorable and I look forward to my next visit.

    Til Schweiger