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White Elephant Safari Lodge
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“An incredible experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights as part of our Honeymoon and have only positive things to say about our experience! The adventure started when 4 giraffe stood by the signposts to the lodge directing us to our paradise-I mean how did the organise that? On arrival we were met with cold towels, homemade iced tea and a warm welcome from the lodge manager. We were then shown our luxurious tent, given afternoon tea and sent straight out on a bush drive with our fantastic ranger Luke! The bush drives, boat trips, rhino tracking, bush walks, gin and tonics at sunset were all faultless but what made the experiences totally amazing were Luke and Mitchell the rangers. They were intelligent, informative and clearly passionate about their job but not only that they were down to earth and happy to spend 4 days sharing stories and jokes enabling us to have a truly memorable experience! It was lovely to see their excitement when we had the wonderful experience of an early morning walk watching a black rhino eating and drinking only a few hundred metres away! We left genuinely thinking we had made new friends! All the staff were helpful, happy, joyous people serving delicious breakfast, afternoon tea and 5* dinners all served overlooking the African bush! A must visit!!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 6 March 2015
Dear White Elephant Friend

Thank you very much for the comments and review of your stay at White Elephant. We are always grateful for any feedback. We hope to see you back at White Elephant in the near future.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

We stayed here for 4 nights and at the end we were really sad to leave. It's our second visit and this time we had to take our daughter as well to let her experience the total spoiling. The staff are wonderful, food delicious and activities like game viewing memorable.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 6 March 2015
Dear White Elephant Friend

Thank you very much for the comments and review of your stay at White Elephant. We are always grateful for positive feedback. We hope to see you back at White Elephant in the near future.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

This was indeed a very lovely experience from the beautiful tented accommodation to the very nice meal on the homestead verandah all was a delight. We particularly liked the warm bath awaiting our return from the safari drive as well as the outdoor shower! Staff were very attendant to our needs and the boat trip/ safari was great, loved being up close to the hippos. All round great experience very highly recommended .

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 6 March 2015
Dear White Elephant Friend

Thank you very much for the comments and review of your stay at White Elephant. We are always grateful for positive feedback. We hope to see you back at White Elephant in the near future.

Kind regards
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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

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.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 6 March 2015
Dear White Elephant Friend

Thank you very much for the comments and review of your stay at White Elephant. We are always grateful for feedback and certainly work on any areas we fall short in to continuously better our experience. We hope to see you back at White Elephant in the near future.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

Clean, comfortable accommodation with great food and facilities in beautiful part of Africa. The safaris with Les Brett were unforgettable and an altogether awesome experience. I would recommend this location as opposed to the like of Kruger National Park, it is smaller and more personal.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 6 March 2015
Dear White Elephant Friend

Thank you very much for the comments and review of your stay at White Elephant. We are always grateful for feedback. We hope to see you back at White Elephant in the near future.

Kind regards
White Elephant Team
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

We sailed our yacht to Africa from Canada and decided we deserved a bit of luxury along with a little more adventure... we found both at the White Elephant Safari Lodge.

Wildlife adventures were available twice a day in the form of Game Drives or Bush Walks, Boat Trip or spending time in the 'hide'. We did all of these activities numerous times in the four days we spent there. We saw many different species of wildlife including hippos,White Rhinos, ostriches, crocodiles, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, Black Backed Jackal, Leopard Tortoise etc. etc. but the highlight was when we came face to face with a Black Rhino Bull on one of our bush walks. Gulp! Amazing!

Now let's talk about the luxury... White Elephant Safari Lodge exemplifies the word "luxury".

An example of our experience was our first afternoon and evening there:

When we arrived we were greeted by staff who offered us a warm towel to wipe off the dust of travel and a refreshing cocktail. We were then shown to our luxury tent - complete with king size bed with canopy of netting; claw foot bath tub surrounded by lit candles and an outdoor shower (hot water of course). At 3pm we went to the lodge for high tea which included a selection of delicious goodies including sandwiches and scones with whipped cream and strawberry jam. Then it was time for the boat trip... after three hours of viewing wildlife in and around the waters of Lake Jozini we came back to be greeted again by staff with a cocktail and then we headed back to our tent where we found our bed turned down and the bath drawn. Oh my!

Rested and bathed we went back to the lodge at 7:30 for pre-dinner drinks and sat around the fire pit chatting with other guests and our host. Dinner was served at 8:00pm - very civilized. Every meal was amazing. The chef produced absolutely scrumptious meals including some local wildlife dishes at dinner. My favourite was the Wildebeest. Wines were paired with the food to make a delightful eating experience. We ate on the verandah overlooking the garden and infinity edge pool with a view of the reserve and down to the lake with the Lebombo Mountains in the distance.

To get a taste of what luxury and wildlife adventures can be make sure you stay for at least three days at this lovely place. It truly was an "Out of Africa" experience.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 10 December 2013
Thank you very much for your review of White Elephant. We value your opinion and strive to use the feedback given to us on TripAdvisor to make the White Elephant Experience even better in the future.

We hope to see you return to White Elephant Safari’s one day!

Warm Regards
The White Elephant Team
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Hilton, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

We stayed at the Bush Camp with a group of 35 people celebrating a 40th birthday party! It was an ideal venue and offered plenty to do for children as well as adults. It's best kept secret is the birding available on the lake, the best I have seen outside the Chobe River in Botswana. Accommodation is simple but adequate, it would be nice to have a tea-station in each room. The lake is a bit distant so a bit of planning is required, but no problem if you have your own vehicle.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 10 December 2013
Dear White Elephant Guest,

Thank you very much for your review of White Elephant. We value your opinion and strive to use the feedback given to us on TripAdvisor to make the White Elephant Experience even better in the future.

We hope to see you return to White Elephant Safari’s one day!

Warm Regards
The White Elephant Team
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Additional Information about White Elephant Safari Lodge

Property: White Elephant Safari Lodge
Address: Pongola Game Reserve (South) on Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) | P. O. Box 792, Pongola 3170, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Pongola
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Pongola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — White Elephant Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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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