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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 20 February 2017

This was our second visit to White Elephant and my husband and I were not disappointed. Accommodation, food , service , game drives were just fantastic. Michael and the staff met us at our car. while we checked in the bags were offloaded and vehicle parked. Micheal was an excellent host and made sure our stay was pleasant. Guests stay...

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

Dear Tillie, It was a great pleasure to have you at our lodge again. Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review. We hope to see you again soon. Warm White Elephant Regards Stephanie

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 9 December 2016

What a wonderful lodge this is and it was such a wonderful way to end our Honeymoon. From beginning to end we were spoiled! This is such a unique lodge and the perfect stop when travelling between Kruger or Johannesburg en-route to Hluhluwe or even Mozambique. The rooms are tented and very well equipped with all the 5 star amenities...

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

Dear Renier, It was so lovely to have you at our lodge, thank you so much for the positive feedback. We are happy that you were able to leave us with such great memories of your honeymoon. We hope to have you at the lodge again soon, and next time for a longer period. Warm White Elephant Regards Stephanie

Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Piece of heaven in Africa....... All I can say is......WOW!!!! This lodge is unique in so many ways. We were welcomed in a warm, friendly yet very professional manner. From the onset you feel at ease and at home. The lodge is full of surprises and is not your everyday tipe of African lodge with only a game drive to...

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

Dear Allan, Thank you very much for the great review. It makes our hearts so happy when guests leave with such happy memories of our lodge and it makes all the hard work worth it. We hope to see you again soon to make some more great memories. Warm White Elephant Regards Stephanie

Ommen, The Netherlands
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

We spend two nights in this fantastic location. You feel welcome and at home from the first moment. It is a very quiet location. The whole staff is very friendly and helpful. We made two interesting game drives ( sometimes one continues on foot) and a nice boat safari (all included). The "tents" are romantic, comfortable and the kitchen is...

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Reviewed 31 October 2016

It's my 3rd time visiting White Elephant and it's still something very special to me. The staff is still first class, trying to fulfill any wish one might have. The guides have a solid knowledge. The tour with the boat is unbeatable. It's so peaceful and Relaxing. Thanks again for everything!

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Boulder, Colorado
Reviewed 28 October 2016

A hidden gem - really. Tucked away in the northern part of Natal near the Pongola game reserve is this little piece of heaven. An old farmhouse that has been converted to a guest house with beautiful tented units. The main house oozes interesting history of the area, as well as having a fantastic collection of books on Elephants -...

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

Dear White Elephant Guest, Thank you very much for your great review. It is just so satisfying when a guest notice and appreciate the little details that makes our lodge unique. We hope to see you for a return visit soon. Warm White Elephant regards Stephanie

Hatfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 October 2016

This lodge overlooks the Pongolapoort Dam and the hills to the west, providing lovely views which can be seen over an infinity pool from the dining area and breakfast. The garden area is constantly watered and is therefore delightfully green and cool, and this attracts birds, and nyala . The lodge itself is very comfortable and well decorated, service from...

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

Dear Dawid, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of your experience at our lodge. You will be happy to know that we received very good rains since November and that the veld is green and lush again. And of course all the animals are happy. We hope to see you again someday for a...

Reviewed 29 August 2016

We booked into the bush camp for a family gathering and what a treat. The central entertainment area was superb, the pool a huge hit with the kids. The braai/fire area is a great focal gathering point. The rooms are quite basic but tastefully decorated and well spread out so there are no noisy snoring neighbours. The drought has been...

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

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 15 August 2016

Aby and her boyfriend took great care of all guests. Service was great and the food was delicious. We loved the luxuriös tent we stayed in. What an amazing stay. The game drive was a nice adventure. The morning game drive on the river unforgetable.

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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 happy to hear that you enjoyed the stay so much and hope that you will be able to return soon. Warm White Elephant regards Stephanie Loots

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

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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: ₹ 20,484 - ₹ 32,723 (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”
 of 5 bubbles 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.”
 of 5 bubbles renierf, 8 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Some tents are quite distant so choose a closer one if walking is an issue”
 of 5 bubbles DavidL202, 15 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Go camping it's great!”
 of 5 bubbles 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...”
 of 5 bubbles 421MichaelF421, 8 Sep 2015 | Read review
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