My better half suprised me with a beautiful weekend away at The White Elephant Safari Lodge in Pongola Game Reserve and I have to say that it was a wonderful experience.
Just 4 hours away from Durban on a busy road and one cant wait to get there!
Great reception by the Adrian the Camp Manager and his team, great tented rooms with an outdoor shower and a bath drawn by the time you arrive in the room.
The proximity of Lake Jozini and the glorious sunrises and sunsets are a testimony of the beauty of the game reserve.
We managed to track a black rhino at close proximity with the game ranger whose knowledge in the wildlife of the area was very impressive.
An early morning boat trip down at the lake should not be missed as the sight of hippos and crocs with the early morning sunrise is glorious.
The opportunity to watch animals at 'the hide' was great and the team did all they could to offer top notch service.
The only let down has got to be the food - breakfast preparation wasnt great and the dinner options quite unexciting coupled with a rather unfriendly chef unfortunately.
There is no lunch served but a high tea which is great
All in all, would love to go back again when the food gets better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- White Elephant is the only lodge in South Africa to offer Kariba-like, water based safari activities (motorized and canoeing) as well as the traditional land based activities. This sets us apart from other safari destinations. We are passionate about conservation and offer a superb Black Rhino tracking experience (with an excellent chance of viewing Black Rhino on foot), as well as fascinating Elephant research activities. We also offer the conventional activities such as game drives, educational bush walks and incredible boat cruises on Lake Jozini. These varied activities as well as the chance of catching tiger fish and superb bird watching possibilities, make us a truly unique South African Safari experience. White Elephant is the perfect romantic retreat for newly weds and anniversary celebrations. White Elephant Safari Lodge (TGCSA 5 star) captures the history and romance of a bygone era. The deep verandah, sweeping views and tranquil setting provide the venue for a unique African experience. Eight luxurious safari tents, each with romantic ball and claw bath, outdoor canvas shower and private verandah provide an evocative safari in the Pongola Game Reserve Wilderness. ... more less
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