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4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Elephant Plains Game Lodge
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London, United Kingdom
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164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You can imagine how much we must have loved this place first time around to come back for a second visit, but in all honesty we were a little disappointed this time. Last time there was a wonderfully friendly, attentive atmosphere as the owners were in residence during our stay. This time they were absent and we found the reception... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I apologise that this has taken so long to write. I'm not sure I can be positive enough about. We had very poor direction to the lodge from our travel company and it took us 7 hours to get there arriving in the dark. When we didn't arrive on time the staff at Elephant plains phoned to check we were... More 

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Pittsburgh
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I cannot express how enjoyable our safari experience was at Elephant Plains. The price was so reasonable and the staff make this such a great experience. The main reason we came on safari in the sabi sands was for the game viewing and this did not disappoint. Our ranger Dawie and tracker Tuhlee (sp?) were a great team and worked... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I recently stayed here to celebrate our anniversary. We upgraded to the honeymoon suite, which was amazing!! Totally worth the extra money. The private pool and day bed on the huge deck was so nice and relaxing. Everyday, a herd of about 10 elephants came to cool off in the pond right below our deck. It was... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Incredibly knowledgeable staff, top-tier trackers, accommodations that offer phenomenal quality at an approachable price, etc. This place could easily increase their rates by 15%-- and it wouldn't be unjust on their part. Not to mention, we hit the jackpot in terms of seeing the Big Five up close and personal. Good luck finding a better experience in Sabi Sands. If... More 

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much fro your kind review. It is a wonderful compliment that you signed up on TripAdvisor, just to post how incredible we are. Thank you also for mentioning the staff, rooms and game drives. Please do return for another visit someday. Kind regards, Marlet Swart More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I travel a lot and this experience was by far our favorite vacation EVER. We treated ourselves for our 5th anniversary and stayed in the honeymoon sweet . Best decision . You won't regret doing the upgrade at all . Having our own private pool and giant suite with and large tub and outdoor shower was incredible... More 

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review! I am delighted to read that you call us your best vacation EVER and that you are glad that you chose us as your destination for your 5th anniversary. Thank you also for the kind compliments on the honeymoon suite, game drives as well as the food. Please do return again one... More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Where to begin. This was an incredible place to begin our safari holiday and our ONLY complaint is that we didn't stay longer! From the moment you check in the staff is wonderful and at your service, always with a smile and greeting you by name. Our guide Dawie was exceptional and the game drives that he took us on... More 

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Brianna, thank you very much for your kind review and for saying that your only complaint was that you did not stay longer. What a nice compliment! Please remember to recommend us to your family and friends. We would love to welcome you back one day. Kind regards, Marlet Swart More 

Hong Kong, China
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

After days of self-driving at Kruger, we decided to try relaxing by staying at a private game lodge. EP is one of the most recommended yet affordable luxury game lodge suggested in TA. so we decided to give it a shot. Location/ Transportation Don't be fooled by google map and any GPS directions. I was. Google taught me to drive... More 

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind and detailed review and for calling us a spoiled stay. I m glad to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you also for calling us the most recommended, yet affordable luxury game lodge suggested on TA. Please do visit us again one day. Kind regards, Marlet Swart More 

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11 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

What a fantastic way to finish off the holiday! We drove from Nelspruit, approx 3 hours, to get to Elephant Plains. The roads leading there can be quite dangerous so it may be worth opting for the lodge to pick you up from nearby towns. The lodge is just superb and the staff are amazingly friendly. The game drives each... More 

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review and all the compliments on the lodge, friendliness of the staff, the rooms as well as the food. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. I am sorry that the WiFi was off during your stay. We've experienced some technical problems with it lately and the remoteness of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We stayed at Elephant Plains during our honeymoon for three nights in early October, 2014. Elephant Plains is a luxury game lodge located within the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. We chose Elephant Plains for its position within the Sabi Sands Reserve (known for its high population of leopards), its reasonable pricing compared to other Sabi Sands lodges, its excellent Big... More 

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind and thorough review, as well as the numerous compliments on the lodge, food, staff, game drives etc. I m delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. I agree with you, the gravel road outside the reserve is not in a great condition, we can unfortunately not do anything about it... More 

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Address: Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Elephant Plains Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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Also Known As:
Elephant Plains Game Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Elephant Plains Game Nelspruit
Elephant Plains Game Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve

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