Outstanding, Superb, Fantastic, beautiful, dedicated are just some of the words to describe Elandela.
The Owners, Yvonne and Rocco have a truly amazing place to live and you can share it with them in this 14 luxury bedroom private lodge.
When you arrive you will be greeted by the female staff banging the drums. You will be impressed with the lush garden that is very carefully tendered and straight away you lnow that you have arrived in to a very friendly and courteous lodge.
Corina the lodge Manager will warmly welcome you and explain the various things that we as guests need to know.
My partner and I arrived just before lunch and we were quickly shown to our room. Straight away we were impressed with the cleanliness and high quality of the fixtures and fittings. The four poster bed was magnificent. The bathroom contained a very substantial shower that even enabled me who is on the large side easy access and lots of room to move around. You will also find a fully stocked minibar, along with a hair dryer and tea and coffee making facilities in your room. All rooms are fully air conditioned.
You will know when Breakfast, lunch and dinner are being served as sound of the drum beats and the smells from the kitchen will soon have you moving nicely along to the dinning room. While we were there Precious did the honour of the drums. Her big smile was a pleasure to see and the attention that she gives you is second to none. All the staff have the same attitude and They cant do enough for you. On our last night we had dinner in the Boma. I won't spoil it for you but leave it as a surprise. But I will say that you won't be disappointed.
For breakfast you will be greeted with fresh fruit, followed by porridge then by eggs any way you want them and various side dishes. For lunch there is a light three course meal and for dinner you will be amazed by the six course offering. But don't worry it was enough for me and my partner who eats like a pigeon managed quite well too.
The first Game drive which starts at 6.00am was hosted by either JV or Corina. Their knowledge is truly amazing and will ensure that all your questions are answered even if you think it's a silly one. You will stop halfway through the Drive for a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate and a biscuit.
On the second drive which starts at 3.00pm you will stop half way through to watch the sunset and will be offered a beer, wine or soft drink. This will be charged to your room. In fact the drinks prices here are very reasonable indeed. Tea and Coffee are free.
The animals that We saw in the three days that we were there are listed below
White lion, Brown lion, Mongoose,
Jackal, Porcupine, White Rhino, Leopard, Giraffe, Zebra, Wild Cat,
Imparla, Hippo, Crocodile, Various Eagles, Bat, Antelope, Ibis, Warthog,
Wilder beast, Water Buffalo, Vulture,
Guinea Fowl, Kudu, Batter ear Eagle,
Lilac Breasted Roller, Njala - Black Antelope, Brown Hooded Kingfisher,
Tawny Eagle, White Back Vulture,
Yellow Billed Hornbill, Red Billed Hornbill, Elephant, Eland - South Africa Largest Antelope, Hare.
It was in May this year that poachers had tried to attack the Elandela Rhino for there horn. The Rhinos had been shot but miraculously were not killed. They are now kept with the lions for their safety. You will also meet Rocky and Clover who were orphaned when the poachers were successful in killing their mothers for their horn a couple of years ago.
I find it very hard to fault anything at Elandela. In fact I have already booked for next year. The only criticism that I have is that in the three days there we were there we never saw aTiger (wink).
Ian R Ladd
- 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