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Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015
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Kwajalein Island, Marshall Islands
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

My parents and I spent 4 spectacular nights at Elephant plains. It was beyond our expectations. We spent 3 nights self-driving in Kruger prior to arriving at Elephant Plains. We had a great time there, searching for the animals on our own. We had experiences that we thought could not be topped until we arrived at Elephant Plains. Every game... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind review and compliments and for calling us affordable LUXURY at its best. I am thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us so much. Thank you also for mentioning Dawie and Dumisani, as well as the friendliness and helpfulness of our staff members. Please do visit again one day. Kind regards, Marlet Swart More 

Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We stayed at EP for 3 nights at the beginning of March. From moment we arrived to the moment we left we had absolute fantastic service. We travelled with our 9 month old as well as our other family who brought their 3 and 5 year old. They made our children feel very welcome and the staff always made an... More 

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

Thank you very much for your kind review. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you also for recommending us. We hope to see you and your family back at the lodge one of these days. Kind regards, Marlet Swart More 

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3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Purpose of trip: Get great close photos of wild animals & compare various safari lodges & adventures. General Trip Overview: We went to three different safari lodges; two in South Africa: Kapama River Lodge & Elephant Plains in Sabi Sand, & one in Zimbabwe “The Hide”. Each had their respective pros/cons & it really depends on what you’re looking for... 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. Thank you also for all the compliments. I would like to comment on a few of the cons you mentioned. Although it is difficult to be 100% accurate, seeing that your review was done more than a year after you visited, I will try my best. You are correct in... More 

WELWYN
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 hotel reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Forgive me if this review is longer than normal but I thought it might be helpful to others who are planning a combined city and safari trip and like me, hadn't a clue where to start ! Our journey started in Cape Town. You can get from Cape Town to Hoedspuit Airport using SA Express - the flights are every... More 

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

Thank you very much for your kind review. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you also for sharing all the details that made your stay so memorable. We would love to welcome you back to the lodge again one day. Kind regards, Marlet Swart More 

Worthing, United Kingdom
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102 reviews 102 reviews
16 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

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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183 reviews 183 reviews
33 hotel reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

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
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

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 February 21, 2015

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 

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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

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 

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