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Reading, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Topped off our South African trip perfectly, Couldn't ask for better sightings of leopard & lion - leopard dragging antelope around a tree at very close quarters result in excellent photo opportunity. Dawie & Justice superb at managing search for animals - using judgement to find best opportunities. Dawie gave excellent camera setting advice to all in group throughout whatever...

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review, for mentioning the great leopard and lion sightings you had, as well as the fact that Dawie could help with camera settings in order to allow guests to take awesome pictures. All our guides have had a lot of experience with cameras and I know that our guests appreciate this factor as...

Childers, Queensland Australia
Reviewed 9 October 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at elephant plains. We had 5 rooms and the rooms were great and spacious, the guides were fantastic. The dinners was the only downfall and in need of a new chef. Great game drives twice a day and we found all of the big 5 in the first day! Great time to go in September.

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review and your compliments on the rooms as well as your guides. I am glad to read that you saw the Big 5 in one day. That is quite exceptional. I am sorry that you did not enjoy dinner. Kind regards, Marlet Swart

Brisbane
Reviewed 6 October 2016

We had 8 amazing nights and 16 game drives at Elephant Plains Game Lodge. What an experience! My partner is passionate about taking wildlife photographs and he was in heaven! Each drive is different, you never know what you are going to see. We saw leopards on kills, lions on a buffalo kill, wild dogs (very exciting!), elephants, rino, giraffe,...

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind and thorough review and for stating that you can not recommend us highly enough. What a wonderful compliment! I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for your compliments on the quality of the game drives, your room, the food, as well as the housekeeping and general staff. We...

Paris, France
Reviewed 30 September 2016

Our lodge, Wild Dogs, was very comfortable and spacious with a balcony overlooking the waterhole. The staff at the lodge, the guides and trackers were all very friendly and competent. The guides on safari were extremely knowledgable and did their utmost to ensure we saw the big five and much more. Two highlights of the safaris were two leopards, mother...

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review and compliments. I am glad to read that you enjoyed the up-close game viewing and that you found that you had enough time to watch the animals in their natural environment. Thank you also for saying that our staff were all very friendly and competent. I am glad that we could make...

Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Me and my wife enjoyed our stay at this beautiful place for 4 nights to celebrate our honeymoon that we planned to spend in SA for 2 weeks. The rondavel was very beatiful and neat, it was directlt facing the water hole. We really loved the decorations so much. Room service was perfect. We saw elephants, baboons and other animals...

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review and for recommending us to your family and friends - word of mouth is the best advertising tool! I am glad to read that you enjoyed your honeymoon at Elephant Plains and that you got the opportunity to see a lot of animals during game drive. I will pass your compliments to...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 20 September 2016

This lodge is wonderful, our lodge (Leopard) was opposite a waterhole which played host to elephants, impala, baboons, rhino and a variety of other animals. The shower in the room had a glass wall which allowed you to watch the birds and animals as you shower but very private. Great experience. The 2 game drives every day were amazing and...

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review and for calling the lodge wonderful. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you also for mentioning the commitment of Neil and Derrick, as well as our attentive and friendly staff. We have considered to make the price all-inclusive, but we prefer to leave our guests with the option of deciding how...

Sydney
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Elephant Plains was our first safari experience - so cannot compare to others - however it was a truly wonderful adventure that exceeded our high expectations. EP provided us with a good map and it was relatively easy to get to in a basic hire car from Hoedspruit. Our guides were excellent and we spotted the Big 5 and much...

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review and for calling us deservedly popular. What a nice compliment! I am glad to read that we exceeded your high expectations. Thank you for your compliments on your room, the food as well as the enthusiastic staff. Do visit us again one day. Kind regards, Marlet Swart

Cascade, Wisconsin
Reviewed 14 September 2016

There were 5 of us, mother, father, grown daughter and two grandsons, 7,9. We had a great time!! The accomadations were very good, food was good, staff very pleasant and helpful and our tracker and guide excellent. We had 6 very successful drives. The staff and facilities were especially accommodating to our grandkids. We saw all of the big 5...

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for the compliments on the rooms, food, staff and game drives. You are correct in saying that the private reserves offer more up and close game viewing. We would love to welcome you back one day. Kind regards,...

Kent
Reviewed 11 September 2016

This is a difficult review to write because whilst my family and I thoroughly enjoyed our 3 nights at Elephant Plains, appreciated the tremendous efforts of our Ranger/ Tracker, had some excellent game spotting and enjoyed the comfort of 5-star accommodation, the reserve is devoid of any greenery having had no substantial rain since 2012 and the large herds of...

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind and thorough review. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. It sounds like you had some amazing sightings! You are correct in saying that the drought has had dire effects on the reserve - something which we can unfortunately can not control. We do not offer an all-inclusive as we prefer our...

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 6 September 2016

We had been on another safari in the days before Elephant Plains and I didn't realize that it would be possible to see so many animals! On the drive into Elephant Plains alone, we saw a herd of elephants, giraffes, etc. It was so exciting, having spent the previous few days hunting for a long time to catch sight of...

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. I am glad to read that you enjoyed the room, the game drives and the all-over experience. I will look into the negatives that you mentioned. Please do visit us again one day. Kind regards, Marlet Swart

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  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Elephant Plains Game Lodge is situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. This owner-run lodge caters for the discerning traveller, with a variety of accommodation options including 5 Rondavels, 6 Luxury Suites and a Honeymoon Suite. Activities include two daily game drives and a bush walk. The lodge also offers a spa, gym, conference facility / TV room, games room, small library and two swimming pools. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Address: Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range: $604 - $980 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Elephant Plains Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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Elephant Plains Game Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Elephant Plains Game Nelspruit
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“We stayed in the rondavels and they are more than you need.”
 of 5 bubbles leanderdek0ker, 8 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Manyeleti Suite”
 of 5 bubbles PadraicLynders, 6 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Room/Rondavel 5 has a great view of the waterhole”
 of 5 bubbles MzeeLen, 6 Nov 2016 | Read review
“The suites are located on the waterhole and extends your game viewing opportunities.”
 of 5 bubbles KobieMarie, 16 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We enjoyed our Suite, but there are some smaller round cabins that present well also.”
 of 5 bubbles jamescU5078CP, 8 Oct 2016 | Read review
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