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Elephants Drift

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Adj to Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

A relatively small and intimate lodge, reasonably priced and completely in the wild - surrounded by good game and birdlife. The terrain is varied. Somewhat old worldly. The individual stand alone rooms were comfortable not luxurious, whilst the food was adequate. The staff was great, however it seems it be open only when a freelance manager / game guide is... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Exceeded expectations at every level. The quality of the accomodations, the food, the service, and Johann, who is best guide in all of South Africa (I believe he trained guides at one time). I stayed here for four (4) days and every minute was an adventure. Johann was able to track, and teach me to track, every animal in the... More 

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Richard G, Owner at Elephants Drift, responded to this review

Thanks for your glowing review. Your feedback really is appreciated and is also useful to us. More 

Trier
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79 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Staying at the Elephants Drift was the highlight of our two week tour through South Africa. From the moment we arrived till the moment we departed we were enjoying the fantastic hospitality of Johann and Natalie's team. Initially we had booked only three nights, however due to circumstances we arrived one day earlier and in hindsight that was just the... More 

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Richard G, Owner at Elephants Drift, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to let others (and us) know about your stay at Elephants Drift...it's really gratifying to hear that you came away with a sense of being enriched by the experience - hearing that is what "makes us tick!" More 

Vancouver Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Elephants Drift tag line is "Magical and meaningful" and there is no better way to describe our time there. This is an authentic, beautiful camp in Klaserie. Learning about the wonders of nature is a huge part of the enjoyment of a bush holiday, and our guide, Johann, delivered an unforgettable experience. He made every minute of every drive interesting... More 

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Richard G, Owner at Elephants Drift, responded to this review

It was a pleasure having your group at Elephants Drift and thanks for your positive feedback which is much appreciated. More 

Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Our stay in Elephants Drift will remain in our memory for a long time. An amazing place from where to visit the Krueger Park, with an extraordinary management team, that makes you have a completely authentic experience on place. The quality of safaris, the quality of the lodge and the character of Johann and Natalie makes it a 5-star place... More 

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Richard G, Owner at Elephants Drift, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the trouble to review our lodge and for your kind words. I know that the whole team at Elephants Drift really enjoyed hosting your family and appreciate your compliments. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The main thing everyone should know about this place is that Every single thing in this place was just perfect!!! Me and my husband spent 3 nights in the place. We arrived at noon for lunch and the evening "game drive" and left at 11:00 ( after the third night ) after the morning game drive and a breakfast .... More 

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Richard G, Owner at Elephants Drift, responded to this review

Our team at Elephants Drift thrives on feedback such as you have given us... thank you for all the compliments, but more importantly, it means a lot to us when our guests really enjoy and appreciate the African wilderness and its animals. We try to make it easy to relax, feel at home and have fun, but "it takes two... More 

Muenchwilen, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We had a wonderful stay at Elephant's Drift. We were the only guest in the camp and Johann was such a good host and guide. We liked most his gentle way to approach the animals and his great knowledge. It was truly the most pleasant experience of our stay in South Africa. We are a family from Switzerland with 4... More 

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Richard G, Owner at Elephants Drift, responded to this review

Thank you for the warm praise... it's great to hear that your family all enjoyed your short stay in the "bush" Hopefully we'll see you back in S A sometime - and with a bit more time to really get wild Africa under your skin! More 

Somerset West, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Fantastic family safari. Thanks to Johann and Mark - you were great guides. From calling birds, explaining the different animal tracks, driving late into the night to search for the lions roaring - and finding them!! What an experience seeing the lions up close. The roaring male lions sure put up a show and the memories will stay with us... More 

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Richard G, Owner at Elephants Drift, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! It was great to hear that you enjoyed spending time with Johann and Mark; the use of absolutely tip-top guides who are passionate about the wilderness is a cornerstone of our philosophy at Elephants Drift. All that lion activity recently resulted in the discovery of two brand new cubs by Johann last week - a real... More 

Mercersburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Our first visit to Elephant’s Drift - with 10 high school students – but certainly not our last! One night in the main camp, one in the tented camp and one in the dry river under the stars – we would love to have stayed longer!!! We were all amazed by the knowledge, experience and passion that Johann, the manager,... More 

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Richard G, Owner at Elephants Drift, responded to this review

Sydney thanks for your enthusiastic review ! Johann, Natalie and the staff appreciate your kind words and look forward to seeing you in the bush on your next visit. Meaningful experiences which leave a lasting impression on our guests is what makes Elephants Drift tick; I am really pleased that the team continues to deliver on this key objective. More 

Bideford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Elephants Drift Safari Lodge is no easy place to get to, being some 50kms into the Klasserie reserve, adjoining the greater Kruger National Park - beginning with a respectable tarmac road, and ending with what amounts to an overgrown farm track before coming to the lodge buildings. Built to accommodate just 10 people, it is managed by ranger Mark Montgomery,... More 

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ElephantsDriftSafari, Owner at Elephants Drift, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the trouble to write such a full and insightful review. We're going to do some work on the last bit of the entrance road now that the rains are over for the year - I hope that this didn't cause you to miss that first afternoon drive! If so, apologies. I'm pleased that Mark helped the small... More 

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