Colonial Comforts: Glorious Gorah

Colonial Comforts: Glorious Gorah
04/11/2015 Demelza Craven

Africa. A word so romantic that its mere mention conjures amber sunsets, rose tinted sand dunes, and the call of the wild. But more than just a word, it is an enchanting place, every bit as real as the stories you hear, and its high time you went there! In South Africa, nestled in Port Elizabeth’s Addo national park, in a tented camp, aside a great manor house, overlooks a waterhole occupied by a wealth of exotic and striking beasts. With panoramic views, indigenous flora and the greatest population of elephants in the world Gorah Elephant Camp offers the safari holiday that dreams are made of. Wake to the call of the francolin and be lulled to sleep by the black- backed jackal, while enveloped in the romance of the cape.

The section of Gorah that was first given over to elephants in 1931 had only eleven left. The park now boasts 450 elephants, all of which play an invaluable part in the parks delicate ecosystem. The glorious Gorah Manor House at the centre of the park is a National Monument built in 1856. The whole thing has been impeccably restored and furnished with original period pieces, it harks back to the lavishness of the traditional safari. Languid colonial verandas overflow onto the tumbling plains where eleven luxury-tented suites with thatched canopies reside. Each one furnished with a comfortable king size bed, an en-suite and private terraces. Personalised with a convivial and unobtrusive service Gorah Elephant Camp creates a home from home so abundant that you will never want to leave.

Gorah is particularly known for its ‘Game drives’, they are ‘expertly led by passionate and professional guides’ and are summed up by the venue as ‘a testament to the safari of old.’ Going on such a safari trip will see you ‘Intrepidly searching the vast terrain for animals’ the experience should be electric with the anticipation of what you may or may not discover, this sense of the unknown is summed up by Gora as ‘the essence of the experience’ with the anticipation of discovering an Elephant, Lion, Rhino and Plains Game in their natural habitat being at the very heart of this luxury holiday experience.

Ultimately there are few holiday options more luxurious than an African Safari. But at Gorah Elephant Camp you can converse with the carnivores and ambulate with the antelope all with a glass of champagne in your hand. This holiday offers both the colonial majesty of a bygone era AND the security of an African vacation absent of dangers. So slip seamlessly into the sundry splendour of a timeless safari. Watch the elephants graze by the gleaming columns as the sun bath the cape in a light as golden as your indulged recuperated self.