Guests can enjoy an elephant safari through the diverse valleys, plains and forests of the bushveld, whilst delighting in the flora and fauna. Observe the elephants within their natural environment and capture unforgettable moments with these majestic animals.

Adults are the standard rate, children 12 years old and under pay half the standard rate. No charge for 3 year olds and under. The standard rates exclude transfers. All rates are subject to change without prior notice. Bookings are essential.

Self-drive day visitors and lodge guests to please download our map. Due to our remote location we recommend that guests make use of our fully compliant in-house transfer company, which offers road transfers.

1 May 2021 – 30 April 2024

Per Adult R695 / Per Child R347.50

Safari Duration: Approximately 1 hour and includes walking with, feeding the elephants and a photo opportunity. 

Safari Times: Our safari times are at 08h00, 11h00 and 15h00. Please ensure that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the time.

Child Policy: Children may join their parents on an Elephant Encounter accompanied by an elephant handler. We offer a 50% discount for children under the age of 12 years.

What to bring: .

  • Good walking shoes (running / tennis shoes are suitable)
  • Warm jacket for the winter months (May to September)
  • Light rain gear for summer months (October to April)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Long trousers / slacks
  • Cameras
  • Suntan lotion & sun block


Thaba has proven to be the exact opposite of his two bachelor companions and is a closed book, never showing his intentions, his big and all-knowing eyes not revealing a thing.


Mukwa the greedy one has a reputation for stealing feed from the other two elephants whenever he gets the chance. He is affectionately nick named 4X4 as he is the strongest of the trio and makes climbing the steep mountain slopes seem effortless.


Duma is the most humble and endearing of the three, yet ironically also the dominant bull. He shows superior intelligence, pays attention during training and has mastered all the handlers’ commands. All of which is done through a positive reinforcement reward system.

We use different types of massage for a variety of health related benefits purposes.

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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