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Elephant Plains Game Lodge
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

We had three nights at Elephant Plains and the experience from start to finish was amazing!!! We saw the big five on our first day. Our ranger Louis was fantastic and really made the trip for us. I would recommend Elephant Plains to anyone who wants great value for money, comfort and an amazing animal viewing experience! Breakfasts were great, lunch and dinners not so amazing but all tastes were catered for. The rooms are very comfortable and clean. All in all this was great value for money.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2014

Hi Susannah, thank you for your kind review and for pointing out that we are great value for money. I am glad that you enjoyed the stay and will make sure that your compliments are passed to Louis. Please do visit us again one day! Kind regards, Marlet Swart

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Reviewed 3 February 2014 via mobile

We stayed in one of the luxury suites- Zebra for 3 nights. It was spacious with our own private deck overlooking the bush. What really made our trip was our incredible Ranger Devon who lead us on our game drives and bush walk. He was not only extremely knowledgeable about the plants and animals but also ha a great personality. He went above and beyond to make sure we saw everything we came to see. We were lucky enough to see the Big 5 Including 2 different leopards and of course tons of giraffes and zebras!

I would fully recommend Elephant Plains!

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Kate Z
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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2014

Hi Kate, thank you very much for your kind feedback. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you also for complimenting Devon on his skills, knowledge and personality. I will make sure that he reads your feedback. We would love to welcome you back to the lodge one day! Kind regards, Marlet Swart

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Reviewed 20 January 2014

My wife and I stayed here over Christmas 2013. We stayed in the Manyeleti suite. It was amazing. The room was huge, the plunge pool was great and the outside bed, overlooking the savanna, was relaxing. We thought the room may be a buggy, but overall it was okay and we never had a problem with them. Our rangers Devon and Vusi were incredible and I would highly recommend them. When we first arrived, Devon came up to us and asked us what we wanted to see. He made sure to follow through while on the safari. The first hour out on the safari, we had already seen 4 out of the 5 big five. He was able to get incredibly close to the lions but made us feel safe at all times. My wife, who is pretty picky in what she eats was able to find something at every meal to eat. There was always a greek salad or the chef would cook a vegetarian meal just for her. We both had a spa appointment, which was very enjoyable. The spa is beautifully overlooking the plains. Overall, we would definitely recommend Elephant Plains and would love to return!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2014

Thank you for your kind feedback and also for pointing out that we are great value for the area, as we are one of the most affordable lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. I'm glad that you enjoyed the food and that your wife could always find something she could eat from the wide selection we offer. Please do recommend us to your friends and family back home - word of mouth from someone you know and trust is definitely our biggest marketing tool! Please do visit us again one day. Kind regards, Marlet Swart

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Reviewed 17 January 2014

We stayed at Elephant plains for 3 nights in early January 2014 and it was a great experience. We were in the Manyeltti Suite which was huge and very comfortable. The staff were all very friendly and the lodge itself is quite luxurious and well laid out with a nice pool and sunbathing area. We found the food good also. However as in any good safari lodge it is the game drives which are important and these were brilliant. Our ranger was Dawie and tracker was Tuli, we saw all the big 5 including a pride of lions and a Leopard in a tree. Dawie has great bush knowledge and show's a genuine interest especially for someone who does this every day. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Elephant Plains and would definitely return there and recommend it too friends. Great Place.

Room Tip: Make sure you to map the journey to the lodge before you set off if driving yourself!
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2014

Thank you for your kind review and all the compliments. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. I will also make sure to pass your compliments to Dawie and Tuli! Please do visit us again one day of you ever return to South Africa. Kind regards, Marlet Swart

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Reviewed 15 January 2014

Five days, ten game drives. Unusual, but it's what we wanted, to unwind and soak in being away from phones, work, stress. We were here for four days in 2009 and loved it. We were not disappointed with our return visit. Got to know the staff really well: honourable mention to Remember, for his sense of humour, and Walter, for his inspired mixology (ask him about his latest creation comprising of banana curaçao, Amarula and chocolate liqueur. Asking for it got me into trouble with my daughter :) This time I also took advantage of the African Spa for some greatly needed back massage, and was very pleased with Lynette's help. The views from the Spa are the best in the camp. Our two youngsters used and enjoyed the gym daily, as well as the table tennis and footbolito. This time round we found that the food was even better than in 2009, so use of the fitness facilities was essential. All rangers are very friendly, and every guest raves about theirs. We had Morne' and Derrick looking after us on the drives, and we saw it all..... apart from those BABY LIONS, Morne'! : ) On our very first drive I asked to see chitas. My request was tongue in cheek because I know they are pretty rare in the area, yet there one was, large as life, resting in the grass, then eating from its kill. I would bore you if I listed everything we saw over the ten drives. Honourable mentions go to the wild chase of the dogs (I chose my words carefully there), and the rather closer encounter with the elephant in must, that made use of biological washing powder a must for us as well. We loved every single minute of all the drives, though. Even the long hour spent doing nothing other than watch a very sleepy male leopard (Lamulla) hoping that he would Finally get his act together with Moya! Being in the area for leopard mating was a first for us. Next time I will return at a different time of year, to see how the bush changes with the seasons. Elephant Plains will be my first port of call again.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2014

Hi Stef
Thank you for the very kind feedback. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and it is always a compliment to welcome return guests to the lodge! It sounds like you had a fabulous time once again. Thank you for all the compliments on the facilities, food and staff. I will make sure to pass these to the staff members you specified. We would love to welcome you back for a third time. Keep well till then. Kind regards, Marlet Swart

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Reviewed 14 January 2014

This is 5 star in every sense from the accommodation through to all the staff but especially our extraordinary guide Devon and remarkable tracker Vuise. Our family with two children aged 9 and 10 were on a trip of a lifetime and Elephant Plains ticked every box in style. I know nobody can guarantee seeing The Big Five but we did and a whole lot more including wild dogs - 3 sightings in 24 hours was pure magic! We are certain that this was primarily due to the skill of Devon & Vuise especially the leopard on our last morning. And our unsung hero? The young lady chef who cooked up a storm for every meal and made New Year's Eve 2013 very special indeed!!! We cannot recommend this lodge highly enough...

Room Tip: Book the Rhino Suite! Perfect for a family but it would be brilliant for a romantic break if we coul...
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2014

Hi Angela
Thank you for the very kind feedback and for calling us 5 star in every sense! What a lovely compliment. I am glad to read that you enjoyed your time with us and that the whole family enjoyed the holiday. I will pass your compliments to the staff, especially Devon, Vusi and Annike, the chef who was on duty during your stay. Please do visit us again one day - maybe for a romantic break! Kind regards, Marlet Swart

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Reviewed 11 January 2014

My husband and I and our 3 children spent 4 nights at Elephant Plains from January 3rd to the 7th 2014. I am lacking words to say how unforgettable this stay was for all of us. The lodge is beautiful (we had great suites overlooking the savanna), super clean, the scenery is magical but what made this trip unforgettable were the safaris and the talent, patience and kindness of our ranger (Devon) and our tracker (Vusi). What a team! We saw the big 5, even though the lions had crossed to another lodge for a while before our arrival and we were consistently the first ones on sites to see leopards, rhinos, elephants etc. Devon and Vusi were relentless in getting us to see up close as many animals as possible and they succeeded, sometimes against all odds (like for the lions!). We got so close to the animals that I admit at times I was extremely afraid. However, Devon's deep knowledge of the environment and of the animals was key in reassuring us. He was cool under all circumstances and he transmitted his calmness to all of us. We were so lucky to be on Devon and Vusi's team. The lodge was beautiful with luxurious rooms. The personnel was extremely nice and friendly (special mention of Walter and Remember that my kids really liked) and we got lucky with the weather. Only thing that was good but not great was the food. The breakfasts were excellent but the lunch buffets a little bit disappointing. Most of the time my kids couldn't eat anything (too much onions, peppers, fruits everywhere). Dinners were better and eating around the boma was wonderful. After all we didn't really care because everything else was so wonderful and the goal was not to eat, we can do that anywhere, but to live a different experience. This was the best vacations we've had as a family so far. The friendliness and patience of Vusi with my 10 year older needs a special mention. Devon was also very soothing with my oldest daughter who was not comfortable being so close to wild animals. I whole-heartedly recommend this lodge and cannot give enough praises for Devon and Vusi who made this stay so magical for all of us. We miss you very much!!!. We booked it through Rhino Africa which was very helpful in the selection of game lodges and handled all our plane tickets. Extremely competent help from Denis who was always available to answer questions. We all cried when we left and dream of returning there!

Room Tip: We stayed in the suites (Wild Dog and Zebras) and they were wonderful.
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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2014

Hi Muriel, thank you for your very kind and thorough feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for all the great compliments! I will be sure to pass all your compliments to the staff, especially Devon and Vusi. Concerning your comment on the food - too many onions, peppers and fruit - we will look into the salad selection, but please also keep in mind that most guests prefer lots of vegetable and fruit options. Also, we have special kids menus available, so if they were not happy to eat the normal meals, we could have arranged a whole other selection for them. Unfortunately we can do nothing about that now, but if you had asked the chefs at the lodge they would have been happy to prepare different meals for the kids. We would love to welcome you back to the lodge one day. Kind regards, Marlet Swart

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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 #15 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range: £365 - £665 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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