South African Lodges

White Elephant Safari Lodge

Address
Pongola Game Reserve
Greater St Lucia Wetland
KwaZulu Natal
South Africa
Rating
Lodge Type
R3960.00SINGLE RATE
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The White Elephant is a grand game lodge close to several excellent Zululand game and nature reserves, such as the Mkuze Reserve, the Ndumo Reserve, the Tembe Elephant Reserve, the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park and the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park. The White Elephant lodge is in the game-rich Pongola Game Reserve overlooking the western escarpment of the Lebombo Mountains, Lake Jozini and the endless savannah of Northern Zululand in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province. 

Pongola Game Reserve with Lake Jozini as the main feature is South Africa's remaining public tigerfish water. This scenic wilderness is home to large herds of impala, elephant, buffalo, blue wildebeest and zebra, and abundant bird life. The Pongola Game Reserve, therefore, compares favourably with Africa's outstanding fishing Mecca, Lake Kariba, in Zimbabwe.

The Lake Jozini, which is also known as the Pongolapoort Dam, covers a total surface area of 16 100 hectares and is fed by the Pongola River with a catchment area of over one thousand square kilometres. The length of the lake exceeds 30km, the northern corner cutting into Swaziland. On the eastern side, the Lake Jozini nestles against the spectacular Lebombo mountain range.

From the novice fisherman to the expert anglers fishing with a fly, Lake Jozini provides guests with the ideal location for tiger fishing, while enjoying the pristine wilderness setting of this magnificent region.

Accommodation

The Safari Lodge was originally built in the 1920's. This 16-bedded lodge reflects the history and romance of the African colonial era. The eight luxurious safari-style tents feature an en-suite bathroom, an outdoor canvas shower, a private veranda as well as a personal bar.

Activities at Lodge

  • Game drives and guided walks are available to guests staying at the White Elephant Game Lodge in the Pongola Game Reserve
  • Black Rhino walks
  • Bird-watching
  • Game viewing
  • Tiger-fishing
  • Sunset lake cruises
  • Gentle boat cruises on Lake Jozini
  • Fishing for the famous "Fighting" Tigerfish.

Dining

At the lodge, guests have the choice of dining in either the restaurant or the spectacular Wild side Boma.

Nearby Attractions

  • Dumazulu Cultural Village
  • Zulu chiefs and herbal doctors.
  • Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve
  • Mkuze Game Reserve
  • Itala Reserve
  • NdumuTembe Reserve
  • Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park.

Below detailed information about the White Elephant Safari Lodge is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Ceiling Fan
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Mini bar
  • Mosquito net
  • Outside Shower
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Terrace

Restaurants

Dining at the White Elephant Safari Lodge

Sumptuous meals are available on the verandah of the main house in the Pongola Game Reserve, which is a restored colonial homestead, in the dining room, garden or on the wooden deck alongside the swimming pool.

Guests can indulge in continental breakfasts, afternoon high tea and three-course lavish dinners alongside the boma during their stay at the White Elephant Safari Lodge.

Wildlife activities

Guests can enjoy game drives, bush walks and boat cruises while staying at the White Elephant Safari Lodge in the Pongola Game Reserve in South Africa. Open game drive vehicles conduct safaris in the early morning and the late afternoon. Safari walks and tailor made walks are the lodge's specialty.  Black Rhino Walks bring excitement during a stay at the White Elephant Safari Lodge.  The winter months provide good game viewing by boat while Birding is good all year round, from the water and waterside.

Guests can also soar over the Lebombo mountains with planes that bring medical assistance to the rural people of this area. Venture a little further and a host of other game and nature reserves can be found including Hluhluwe-Umfolozi, Mkuze, Itala, Ndumu, Tembe and the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park.

Excursions

A visit to the Dumazulu Cultural Village and the Illala Basket Weavers are available with the White Elephant Safari Lodge. Additional trips to visit rural schools, Zulu chiefs and herbal doctors can also be organised for guests.

Trips to the Ubombo Children’s Care Village are also popular with guests and here orphaned, sick or needy children from the community are cared for.

Nearby attractions
  •     Zumat scenic flights
  •  Dumazulu Cultural Village
  •  Illala Weavers (museum and sale of Zulu Art)
  •  Ubombo Children’s Care Village
  •  Arabian Horse Riding
  •  Pongola Golf Course
  •  Emdoneni game reserve
  •  Zulu Croc (crocodile farm)
  •  Bayete Zulu Elephant Interaction.

  • Boma
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Malaria Status and Animals
  • Pongola Game Reserve has no risk of malaria, guests travelling from Mpumalanga, Swaziland & Mozambique are advised to take Malaria tablets.

    Visitors are advised to consult their doctor before flying while the lodge does provide anti-malaria medication and mosquito nets in the tents.

Children Policy
  • Children over twelve years are welcome at the White Elephant Safari Lodge.

    Children under the age of sixteen are not allowed to join the elephant trips, or the rhino walks.

Social Responsibility
  • White Elephant Safaris supports various conservation initiatives, community projects, and social activities. The lodge utilises organic waste as compost to grow herbs and vegetables while the tags of tins are collected for a wheelchair donation project, and recycled glasses are used in lodges.

    Energy saver globes are utilised where possible while the lodge makes minimal use of high-energy appliances and gas and paraffin lanterns are used instead of electrical lights outdoors. White Elephant Safari Lodge donates used linen and towels to the Ubombo children’s home while excess stationary, paper, magazines and books go to the local schools. Water is transported by the lodge to local community homes, especially during drier months.

    The lodge also supports local soccer clubs by providing time off for staff to attend matches as well as assisting with transport for team and supporters. 

    The Lodge endeavours to support local community projects such as The Ilala Weavers and KZNSA Gallery by purchasing their work for promotional gifts and the curio shop.

    The money collected from gate fees is deposited into the Elephants Foundation Trust Fund, which in turn allocates these funds to local community projects. Where positions allow for it, the lodge recruits new staff from one of the neighbouring communities while film crews and advertising companies that utilise the lodge are encouraged to recruit extras from the nearby communities.

Available Rooms

Luxury Safari Tents

# Rooms:
8

The Safari Lodge at the White Elephant Game Lodge was originally built in the 1920's. This exclusive lodge reflects the history and romance of the colonial era.  

Eight luxurious safari-style tents are available at the White Elephant Safari Lodge, each of which is equipped with an en-suite bathroom, an outdoor canvas shower, a private veranda, mini bar, tea and coffee facilities, ceiling fans and mosquito nets.

Single Room R3960
Double Room R5420

White Elephant Safari Lodge Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Spoil your loved one with a romantic three night Honeymoon at the White Elephant Safari Lodge. Stay for three nights or more as a Honeymoon couple, and your partner will receive a 50% discount. Valid for honeymooners travelling within 6 months of getting married. Proof can be requested.

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation in our Luxury Safari Tent Suites. Early morning tea & coffee, late breakfast & Dinner, Afternoon tea (high tea), daily coffees, teas, juices. Two eco-activities per day which include game drive, guided walk, boat cruise, tiger fishing, elephanting, black rhino tracking or canoeing - subject to availability and depending on weather conditions. V.A.T
  • Activity drinks

 

 

 

 

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • The following services & facilities are excluded: Gate Entrance Fee: R 25 per vehicle (R 50 after hours: 18h00-6h00) payable at the gate.
  • All soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  • Laundry services.
  • Curio purchases
  • Transfers to and from lodge.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Only valid for honeymoon couples when booking 3 nights or more
  • Subject to availability
  • Valid for honeymooners travelling within 6 months of getting married.
  • Valid until 31 December 2019
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Book your stay at the White Elephant Safari Lodge 7 days or less prior to travel and qualify for an amazingly discounted last minute rate.

The White Elephant Safari Lodge is located in the game rich Pongola Game Reserve overlooking the western escarpment of the Lebombo Mountains, Lake Jozini and the endless savannah woodland of Northern Zululand in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province.

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation in our Luxury Safari Tent Suites. Early morning tea & coffee, late breakfast & Dinner, Afternoon tea (high tea), daily coffees, teas, juices. Two eco-activities per day which include game drive, guided walk, boat cruise, tiger fishing, elephanting, black rhino tracking or canoeing - subject to availability and depending on weather conditions. V.A.T
  • Activity drinks

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gate Entrance Fee: R 25 per vehicle (R 50 after hours: 18h00-6h00) payable at the gate.
  • All soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  • Laundry services.
  • Curio purchases
  • Transfers to and from lodge.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Only valid when booking 7 days or less prior to travel. Subject to availability
  • Regret no children under 12 allowed
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2018-01-11

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2017-11-17

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2017-08-15

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2017-07-30

I had a good time a White Elephant, Enjoyed the Boma Dinners and had a great boat trip.

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2017-05-14

White Elephant is a beautiful Lodge, I really enjoyed my luxurious safari style tent and also had a excellent dinner in the Willdside Bush Boma.

GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -27.379629

Longitude: 31.898510

Directions

Directions to the White Elephant Safari Lodge from Johannesburg (approximately 5 hours drive):

1. Take the N12 to Middelburg.
2. Turn of onto the N11 to Hendrina and continue to Ermelo.
3. From Ermelo follow the N2 to Piet Retief and Pongola.
4. Approximately 40 km after Pongola towards Mkuze at the sign on your left-hand side that reads Pongola Game Reserve (SOUTH) White Elephant, turn left at the White Elephant main gate.
5. The lodges are signposted from here with the White Elephant marked stones up to Safari Lodge or Bush Camp.

Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star

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