For over 250 000 years ago, people had been visiting this place for different reasons. All have been enchanted, enthralled and captivated by the beauty and energy that permeates from the land that is Gorah. Early Stone Age transcended into Middle and then to Later Stone Age. The indigenous tribes relied on the water which became known as ‘de Goras’ or the natural spring, and created a sense of place, mystery and spiritual presence to the area. 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.
The Anglo-Boer war brought change. After that war, the farm was handed down, and Gorah was left to ruin to great sadness. A few people got together to rise above the rubble and have the old farm incorporated into the expanding Addo Elephant National Park. Gorah was saved again by those men who saw its true potential – and from the ruins rose one of the most beautiful camps ever created in South Africa.
The gracious Gorah Manor House, a National Monument built in 1856, immaculately restored and period furnished, recalls the opulence and romance of the noble safari. Lazy colonial verandas spill out onto the African plains overlooking the waterhole, and eleven luxury-tented suites with thatched canopies, comfortable king size beds and private terraces, all en-suite, perch over the panoramic landscape. Personalised, warm and unobtrusive service with meticulous attention to detail – hallmarks of Hunter’s properties – is of the highest standard.
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