Taken to lodge for my birthday 28 July for 3 nights. Fabulous experience. Excellent service from the staff is cherry on top of a beautiful setting; good food; CLEAN, comfortable, luxurious tents. No lions but this certainly doesn't detract - buffalo, rhino, hippo, crocs, fish eagle - lots of interesting bird life. They have elephant but due to drought have currently crossed over to the adjacent reserve. Experience both safari drives and stunning safari on Lake Jozini. The only lodge I've been to - and been to lots- where they actually could take us on a bush walk - other places always advertise but always excuse as to why cannot be done ie qualified ranger on leave/sick etc. We tracked 3 leopard on foot during bush walk- they had been in our camp and seen by others there but not us- very exciting to follow experienced, rifle bearing, qualified ranger named Scott, although never got to see the elusive creatures. Tip- do it on the morning you have to endure the long car trip home (5.5 hrs from JHB - roads good just trucks that slow you down). Will definitely be going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- White Elephant is the only lodge in South Africa to offer Kariba-like, water based safari activities as well as the traditional land based activities. We are passionate about conservation and offer a superb Black Rhino tracking experience (with a chance of viewing Black Rhino on foot), as well as fascinating Elephant research activities. We also offer 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 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
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