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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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5 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
Charliefromworthing Worthing, United Kingdom
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
16 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a great hotel, what a fantastic location, what lovely staff, what an amazing experience seeing all those animals up close and personal, what more can I say......? This is such a great hotel, hidden amongst the trees and foliage and constantly full of wildlife. The food, which is included, is decent, the staff are really just fantastic and both... More 

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

Dear Charlie, thank you very much for your kind review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us and that you enjoyed the added luxury of the honeymoon suite. Thank you for calling us a great hotel in a fantastic location, with lovely staff. It is such a nice compliment to say that our staff seem genuinely pleased to... More 

Espoo, Finland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was truly amazed how fantastic lodge Elephant Plains is. I think it's one of the best in Africa when it comes to price-quality-ratio. Few things that you'll respect: - You'll have better photographing opportunities there than in the Eastern Africa because of the great experience and skill of the drivers and trackers. Elephant Plains and other lodges cooperate on... More 

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

Hi there Tuomo, I am glad that you decided to also review EP here. Thank you for all the compliments on the photography opportunities, our superb food, our very friendly staff who always do their best, as well as the Spa treatment you had. Thank you also for pointing out that a private vehicle is available if it is booked... More 

Herts, UK
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172 reviews 172 reviews
32 hotel reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I rarely write hotel reviews. But Elephant Plains was simply my favourite 3 days ever. We had Rhino and Wild Dog lodges. They are HUGE. Showers you can take in or outdoors. Lovely bath in Rhino. High ceilings. Fully netted COMFY beds. Built around 2002 I think. So a few cracks appearing but this is a 24 person lodge with... More 

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

Hi Mardley, thank you very much for your kind review. It is a compliment in itself that you rarely write hotel reviews, but felt that you wanted to write one for us! The rooms you stayed in was built in 2003 and although we do regular maintenance, we realize that the time has come to revamp all the rooms from... More 

London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
57 hotel reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank you very much for your feedback. It is interesting that you mention that you experienced our general ambiance as less welcoming than the previous visit. The six other reviews that I replied to today all mentioned how friendly, attentive and welcoming our staff members were. We are well-known for our hospitality and friendly nature and therefore I wonder what... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Hi Lisa, I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us, even if you struggled with the directions from your agent. We try our best to make sure that all the agents have our standard directions, which are also on our website, as you can't go wrong following these, but alas it is not always possible to... More 

Pittsburgh
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank you very much for your kind review and for mentioning that we are reasonably priced and that our excellent staff makes staying here such a great experience. I am glad to read that you enjoyed your game drives and that Dawie's knowledge and enthusiasm entertained you during game drives. It sounds like you had some amazing game drives! Thank... More 

Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Dave, thank you so much for your kind review. I am delighted that you enjoyed your anniversary with us! Thank you also for all the kind compliments on the room and the rest of the lodge. You made a special mention that you are both lactose intolerant and that the chefs went through extra trouble preparing excellent separate meals... More 

Brooklyn, New York
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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
16 helpful votes 16 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 

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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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