The lodge met our expectations in most aspects and we had minor dissappointments but overall we left pleased with the experience.
The lodge is small. It can host approximately 30 guests and there were 20 when we visited. This allows for a more familiar feeling, getting to know other people and have a better personalized attention.
We got rooms at the main building. There are only 6 of them. We were so happy of our location as the other rooms are 300 meters away and you have to request transportation because you are exposed to the wild animals.
You get 2 safaris per day. Plenty to have the best chances to find the animals.
The pool is nice and makes for a nice rest in-between safaris
Service is excellent with few exceptions
It takes 6.5 hours driving from Johannesburg to the lodge. You'd better take a plane to the nearest town and save 2 days. We regretted not doing that
You are isolated here so you rely on their food completely which we did not find very appealing. The Impala lasagna is not for everybody and the salad was the same on the 6 meals we had. Bring some snacks.
Breakfast does not include any juice or even bottled water. Meals do not include beverages too. Everything is paid by separate. It is kind of an odd full board regime.
If you get the rooms 300 meters away, I bet it is not as comfortable
You will have breakfast after the morning safari at 9.30. Then lunch at 14.30 and dinner at 19.30. These two meals are rather close to each other while you feel starving at breakfast after 14 hs of your last bite. I bet this could be improved in some way.
2 safaris per day certainly increases your chances of seeing most of the animals and this game reserve is famous for their white lions but we didn't find them... we just saw two small and young brown lions. They don-t have elephants. They will take you to Kruger for that.
All in all, we were happy and pleased with our stay
- 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