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White Elephant Safari Lodge

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07/05/2017 08/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Self catering camp with suprisingly amazing bungalows. You enjoy great views of the bush with lake and mountains in the back. Bungalows are very comfortable with lot of space and nice decors. There is a great fire area with kitchen and open seating facilities. After two nights I wished I could stay a bit longer. You can have walking safari,...

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WhiteElephan, Marketing Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review of our lodge. We are very happy to hear that the stay at Bush Camp was so enjoyable. We hope to see you again soon. Warm White Elephant Regards Stephanie Loots

George, South Africa
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Beautiful lodge with friendly welcoming staff. The morning game drive a real treat enjoyed by all. Awesome experience enjoyed by the home family. The Kohrs Family are wonderful hosts and their lodge location is amazingly beautiful.

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WhiteElephan, Marketing Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for the great review of our lodge. We look forward to having you back at our lodge in the near future. Warm White Elephant Regards Stephanie

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

The facilities, room, activities, staff and food were all amazing. Battled a bit for animal sightings (very bad drought) our guide was excellent and he taught us plenty about the animals and plants of the reserve. Thoroughly enjoyed the drives and cruise, but especially loved the walk around the reserve, truly in nature! The meals were excellent and the staff...

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WhiteElephan, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Dear White Elephant Friend Thank you very much for the comments and review of your stay at White Elephant. We are always grateful for any feedback. We feel blessed to have been able to share our special place with you. We hope to see you back at White Elephant in the near future. Kind regards White Elephant Team

Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

A little gem of a lodge, very much a family run, friendly set up with lovely luxurious tents-outdoor showers are fabulous. A truly special bunch of people were our hosts, so knowledgeable and talented from our hostess Bonnie, to the brilliant Mitchell, and everyone else who met us with a smile or an exquisite plate of food. Perfectly cooked Impala...

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WhiteElephan, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Dear White Elephant Friend Thank you very much for the comments and review of your stay at White Elephant. We are always grateful for any feedback. We feel blessed to have been able to share our special place with you. We hope to see you back at White Elephant in the near future. Kind regards White Elephant Team

Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 13 April 2016

My wife and I stayed here for one night, The personal service level was very high throughout our stay. The game drive was a lot of fun with the ranger that was very well informed about everything bush. The dinner we had that night was really excellent. The tented accommodation was beautiful and comfortable. One word of advice - there...

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WhiteElephan, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Dear White Elephant Friend Thank you very much for the comments and review of your stay at White Elephant. We are always grateful for any feedback. We feel blessed to have been able to share our special place with you. We hope to see you back at White Elephant in the near future. Kind regards White Elephant Team

Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

We stayed for 2 nights and enjoyed every minute. The Lodge and facilities are just beautiful with a lovely garden. The staff are so friendly and gave us such a warm welcome and good service. The food was excellent and we had some really good game drives both on land and the lake. We give this Lodge our best recommendations!

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WhiteElephan, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Dear White Elephant Friend Thank you very much for the comments and review of your stay at White Elephant. We are always grateful for any feedback. We feel blessed to have been able to share our special place with you. We hope to see you back at White Elephant in the near future. Kind regards White Elephant Team

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 8 February 2016

Cant say enough good things about the place. We had diabetic and gluten intolerant persons with us and they made sure we were catered for. We managed to see a lot of game and the viewing from the boats is to be recommend.

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WhiteElephan, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Dear White Elephant Friend Thank you very much for the comments and review of your stay at White Elephant. We are always grateful for any feedback. We feel blessed to have been able to share our special place with you. We hope to see you back at White Elephant in the near future. Kind regards White Elephant Team

Reviewed 1 February 2016 via mobile

My cousin from England decided to come to South Africa for the first time. Speaking to a friend of mine who owns lodges in the Klasserie White Elephant was recommended to us. It was brilliant staff attentive but not in your face. Food brilliant and the accommodation perfect. Scott our ranger was great and we got to see Black and...

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WhiteElephan, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Dear White Elephant Friend Thank you very much for the comments and review of your stay at White Elephant. We are always grateful for any feedback. We feel blessed to have been able to share our special place with you. We hope to see you back at White Elephant in the near future. Kind regards White Elephant Team

Ayrshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 January 2016

The White Elephant Safari Lodge was a great experience for me. It encapsulates the wild South Africa and it is impossible to be disappointed by its animal life. Although I saw Elephant, Zebra and numerous other great animals I found the Warthogs just hilarious and truly entertaining. The Lodge is very comfortable and colonial in style - a true 'Out...

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WhiteElephan, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Dear White Elephant Friend Thank you very much for the comments and review of your stay at White Elephant. We are always grateful for any feedback. We feel blessed to have been able to share our special place with you. We hope to see you back at White Elephant in the near future. Kind regards White Elephant Team

Hekpoort, South Africa
Reviewed 16 January 2016 via mobile

What a lovely find! Bonny, the manager, and her staff were exceptional. They picked up on little nuances, even made us a banting desert! The food was of high standard. Good variety of wines at reasonable prices. Absolutely stunning lodge and communal lounge, dining room. Infinity pool and boma area for relaxation. Everything very clean and well kept. Tented rooms...

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Dear White Elephant Friend Thank you very much for the comments and review of your stay at White Elephant. We are always grateful for any feedback. We feel blessed to have been able to share our special place with you. We hope to see you back at White Elephant in the near future. Kind regards White Elephant Team

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
White Elephant is the only lodge in South Africa to offer Kariba-like, water based safari activities (motorized and canoeing) as well as the traditional land based activities. This sets us apart from other safari destinations. We are passionate about conservation and offer a superb Black Rhino tracking experience (with an excellent chance of viewing Black Rhino on foot), as well as fascinating Elephant research activities. We also offer the conventional activities such as game drives, educational bush walks and incredible boat cruises on Lake Jozini. These varied activities as well as the chance of catching tiger fish and superb bird watching possibilities, make us a truly unique South African Safari experience. White Elephant is the perfect romantic retreat for newly weds and anniversary celebrations. White Elephant Safari Lodge (TGCSA 5 star) captures the history and romance of a bygone era. The deep verandah, sweeping views and tranquil setting provide the venue for a unique African experience. Eight luxurious safari tents, each with romantic ball and claw bath, outdoor canvas shower and private verandah provide an evocative safari in the Pongola Game Reserve Wilderness. ... more   less 

Additional Information about White Elephant Safari Lodge

Address: Pongola Game Reserve (South) on Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) | P. O. Box 792, Pongola 3170, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Pongola
Price Range: $346 - $608 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — White Elephant Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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“All tented camps are private”
tillie1001, 20 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All the rooms are the same. Although we had the Honeymoon Tent which is situated a bit further away from the other rooms.”
renierf, 8 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Some tents are quite distant so choose a closer one if walking is an issue”
DavidL202, 15 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Go camping it's great!”
Creagdubh, 20 Jan 2016 | Read review
“All Tents are Spectacular, All with Outside Showers, but Ten t 7 Has the Best View of the River...”
421MichaelF421, 8 Sep 2015 | Read review
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