Myself and my partner have travelled fairly extensively and we were both unbelievably impressed with the reserve, staff and the entire experience at Elandela Game Reserve. Throughout the trip we were totally spoiled and were thoroughly looked after at all times. This place is absolutely amazing and I would recommend it to any couples looking for a safari holiday that has a personalised touch.
Never have we eaten so well for so many consecutive meals. The food was absolutely amazing for all meals and you could see that the chef- Kovas (apologies for spelling?!) took utmost pride in the presentation and combination of foods and flavours for every meal. Both breakfast and dinner consisted of various courses that were really well thought out and delicious! The staff even laid out breakfast one morning under the marquee by the pool and on another evening laid on a barbeque, which was spectacular. Out of all of the meals and courses that were served we enjoyed every single one of them and could not find fault with both the quality and quantity of food offered during our stay! We both really missed the food upon our return!
The rooms were spacious, tastefully decorated, comfortable and cleaned regularly throughout the day. They had every amenity you could require such as aircon, hairdryer, powerful shower, etc.
It was a wonderful experience being able to hear the lion’s roar in the morning and evening and wake up to see giraffes walking not far from our room to get to one of the watering holes that our room overlooked.
On every game drive we saw many animals and the experienced informative guides (Jacques, Coleman and Chantelle) ensured we had a varied experience on every drive. If you mentioned that you wanted to see a particular animal they would do their best to track that animal. What was particularly interesting to see was the difference between the way the animals behaved on the reserve compared to at Kruger National Park; at the Reserve the animals behaved inquisitively towards the vehicle and ran a little distance away if you got too close, compared to at Kruger National Park where the animals barely react to the cars that stop near them due to the frequency of visitors at Kruger. It was good to see the animals behaving naturally at Elandela and at no point did this hinder us from being able to photograph the animals in a more natural environment.
On our stay we were even invited to feed the baby rhinos, who were sadly orphaned due to poachers. You can see that the owner Yvonne and the guide Jacques are really passionate about protecting these endangered animals and are doing an amazing job at caring for these rhinos and raising awareness of the extent of the poaching problem. Feeding the rhinos was a particularly special experience for us.
We always say that its not usually the big things that makes your stay special but the added thoughtful touches that can really make your experience complete. Elandela do this by providing warm towels and a drink upon returning from a game drive, by providing various drinks during the game drive- including a champagne to enjoy whilst watching the sunset over a watering hole, and we even arrived back from dinner one night to a complimentary bottle of champagne and chocolates in our room. All of these added touches made our experience amazing.
Overall the experience at Elendala is one of a luxiourious resort but with a homely and personal touch- a balance that I can imagine is extremely hard to achieve but Elandela does with perfection.
Thank you so much to all of the staff who made our stay at Elandela truly one of the most special experiences of our lives. We would love to come back one day, maybe even for our honeymoon!
Claire and Matt, UK.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elandela Lodge is an owner managed Private Game Lodge adjacent to Kruger National Park.This is big 5 country and we offer you opportunities to view African wild life and bird life from up close! Very Private Elandela Game Reserve has no incursions from other game drive vehicles and this makes for undisturbed game viewing! The Elandela free roaming White Lion prides - in the area from whence all White Lions originate - as well as our project to care for young Rhino orphans, allow our visitors an unique opportunity to experience an environment where animals are all important. Elandela is fast becoming famous for incredibly relaxed Leopard sightings! Elandela Lake View and Elandela River View Lodges are sculptured on the game rich banks of the Klaserie River and offers spectacular sunset views of the nearby Blyde River Canyon! Our 20 different rooms cater for all different tastes, demands and pockets. The purpose designed River View Family Rooms, with more beds per room and huge lawns, confirm our child friendly reputation! For the discerning adult visitor Elandela Lake View Lodge offers immaculate and luxurious Honeymoon Suites with five star quality and comfort. The Deluxe Suites are priced in between the Honeymoon and Standard Suites but all rooms receive the same warm, friendly, Elandela service! The mouthwatering fine dining cuisine and traditional Boma barbecues are prepared from the freshest local in-season produce! Included in your stay of two days or longer is one free afternoon visit to adjacent world famous Kruger National Park. Elandela Lodge is the right choice for those visitors who have game viewing and a love for nature as deciding factor to determine their South African photo safari destination! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elandela Private Game Reserve Hotel Kruger National Park