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Elephant Plains Game Lodge
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Mumbai, India
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6 reviews
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“A wonderful wildlife experience”
Reviewed 4 July 2012

Had the good fortune of staying at this excellent wildlife lodge on a recent trip to south Africa.A lovely luxurious game lodge in the wild bordering the Kruger national park.We were 4 of us and stayed in the family rondavel. The rooms were spacious as were the bathrooms.There was a bathtub in the bathroom and an open shower too where you could gaze up at the sky while showering. There were 2 vegetarians in our group and the lodge took every care of their food. They had specials prepared for them both at lunch time as well as at dinner.They have 2 swimming pools on the property and a swim one morning in one rewarded us with a wonderful view of a herd of elephants who had come to quench their thirst at the watering hole adjacent to the lodge.It was truly a sight to behold!!
This is one game lodge which is definitely VFM and also gives you a wonderful wild
Ice experience.You will most definitely see the Big 5 and ome back with lovely memories to be cherished for a lifetime

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review, 20 July 2012
Thank you very much for your kind feedback! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. Please visit us again one day. Regards, Marlet Swart
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 July 2012

We stayed at Elephant Plains for three nights in June and celebrated our 30th anniversary there. The game viewing was excellent. Richard our guide and Clement our tracker were obviously expert in what they do and we saw the Big Five but much more as well. Bush walks were excellent. Our accommodation, a rondaval, was very pleasant and well appointed and the service was excellent. Dinners in the openair boma under the stars were very atmospheric but maybe the menus could be a little more imaginative. The private dinner in our room that was served for our anniversary was a highlight.

We really enjoyed our stay at Elephant Plains and would recommend it for anyone looking for a really good safari experience.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review, 20 July 2012
Hi Mark
Thank you very much for your kind feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for choosing us as one of your anniversary trip destinations. Please come and visit us again one day - maybe for another anniversary? Kind regards, Marlet Swart
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Shelburne, Vermont
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

My 20 year old daughter and I traveled to Elephant Plains June 15-19, 2012. Our time at Elephant Plains was truly amazing and I would recommend it without hesitation. From the time we arrived until we left the staff were so warm, friendly and welcoming. When we arrived the rangers had all ready left for the afternoon game drive so they arranged another car to bring us out to meet them. The first animal we saw was a hippo out of water eating grass. Amazing. On our first full day we saw the big five. On the second day full, the highlight light was seeing leopards mating. The treat of the final game drive was seeing 9 lions walking through the bush including male lions, herds of elephants and their babies and finally a zebra. The rangers went out of their way to make sure you saw as many animals as possible and used radios to communicate with other vehicles when animals were spotted. We saw too many animals and birds to list in this post.

I highly recommend the Lion Suite. From the room deck, you can see the watering hole on the web cam. Our first day there, herds of Impala and Kudo visited the watering hole at midday and on the next day over 40 elephants stopped by.

The food was very good for breakfast and lunch. Dinners were served around the Boma. Depending on the night, they offer either a plated dinner or a buffet. The plated dinners were delicious, but I did not like the buffet as much. As a side note, it is fine to drink the water there.

Lastly, if you get the chance, on either your way to or from Elephant Plains, take the Panoramic Route back to Johannesburg. Blydes River Canyon, Bourke Pot Holes, God's Window and the Pinnacle are magnificent. It is also very interesting to drive through the tribal lands just outside the entrance to Sabi Sands.

I hope that one day I will be able to visit Elephant Plains again.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review, 25 June 2012
Hi Jan. Thank you very much for your feedback. We are delighted that you guys enjoyed your stay with us. It sounds like you truly had some amazing sightings wile staying at EP! Please do visit us again one day. Regards, Marlet Swart
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 23 June 2012

Since we left the place, I have been racking my brains to find a single flaw that I could perhaps highlight in an effort to balance the praise. Cannot find any, so, it will be simply outstanding.
The staff was very nice and attentive, the food was very good, and the ranger and tracker helped made this adventure an unforgettable experience. I would like to think that late June is the best time of the year: leaves are down, the weather is cool to warm and we can still see plenty of animals, the big 5 and more. And we made new friends.
I plan to retunr to SA for another safari and without a doubt, I will return to Elephant Plains.
Come to think of it, here is a flaw: they ran out of size M for the fleece.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review, 25 June 2012
Thank you so much for the kind feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. Please do come and visit us again one day. Regards, Marlet Swart.
Ps: Our curioshop fleece order has been delivered to the Post Office, I am going to pick it up tomorrow! :-)
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 23 June 2012

Had an awesome time at E.P. with a family of three. Wonderful safaris with Louis and Fanode. Got to see the big 5 + everything we wanted to see! Special thanks to Remember and Walter for making us feel like part of the E.P. family. Recommend highly!

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review, 15 August 2012
Hi Ruby, thank you for your kind feedback! We are glad that you guys enjoyed your stay! I'm sorry that I missed it before - I only noticed that I haven't replied to you now. Have a great day! Marlet Swart
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Additional Information about Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Property: Elephant Plains Game Lodge
Address: Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price range (per night): ₹ 31,648 - ₹ 50,406
Hotel Class:4 star — Elephant Plains Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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 
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