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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
seoosthuizen Somerset West, South Africa
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Somerset West, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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10 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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

Assendelft, The Netherlands
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

We've had a great time at Elephants Drift with our family. The lodge is beautiful situated in the bush, far away from the sounds of the 'outside world'. The accommodation is wel maintained and has all you need to relax in between game drives. The ranger does his utmost to spot game and explain about nature. He and the rest... More

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ElephantsDriftSafari, Owner at Elephants Drift, responded to this review

I'm delighted you had a great trip and especially that the staff at the Lodge went out of their way to ensure that you had a memorable time. Many thanks for visiting us and especially for taking the trouble to give us such a glowing review! We hope to see you again at some time in the future ,,, More

davis
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

My wife and I spent 6 nights at Elephants Drift in March and had a great time. We chose Elephants Drift because they had an emphasis on incorporating walking into their safari experience (not just an optional morning walk but as a real part of the safari. We spent two night in the main camp, two nights in the permanent... More

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ElephantsDriftSafari, Owner at Elephants Drift, responded to this review

Thanks for your review... and it's always great to hear such positive things about the aspects that we concentrate on to give our visitors an authentic safari experience: exclusivity, different and remote places to stay at and great people to show you around. The rest we leave to the animals... I'm glad they did their bit ... even if a... More

Naestved, Denmark
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Greatest safari lodge in south africa. The game was not tame like many other places! Just amazing. Certenly can be recommended! :)Great hosts, happy, clever, not amatuers at all. Great cook, live fire AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!

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

Thanks for your recent (and very enthusiastic) review of your trip last year - we hope to have you visit us again some day ! More

Chivasso, Italy
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

I brought my husband here to experience some of the wonderful things I experienced as a child, coming to the klasserie. We experienced that and more in this wonderful lodge! The guide was amazing-she even made a rhino think we were another rhino (and come closer to investigate!) The meals were amazing, and even the "roughing it" tented camp was... More

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ElephantsDriftSafari, Manager at Elephants Drift, responded to this review

Dear Elisa, we are so delighted that you enjoyed your belated honeymoon at Elephants Drift. It was such a long time since you made your booking, it felt as though we were welcoming old friends when the time finally arrived! Thankyou so much for taking the time to write a review, we really do appreciate each and every word of... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We stayed at Elephants Drift in February for 4 nights, the first 2 of which in the tented camp and the last to in the permanent buildings and had a fantastic time there. The tents were much, much nicer than we expected and with proper comfy beds in large tents, outdoor showers and proper toilet facilities it was definitely more... More

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ElephantsDriftSafari, Manager at Elephants Drift, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review Claudia, we're thrilled that you enjoyed your honeymoon with us! I'm so sorry that we didn't have any binoculars for you on this occasion, under normal circumstances each room at the lodge has its own pair. Fortunately the lions came close enough that you didn't need them! We hope to see you at Elephants... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

If you want the typical "5 star big 5" experience where miraculously all of the big 5 are delivered to you on a plate, this is not for you. If you want a real bush experience with a hands on guide in secluded beauty and the joy of discovering animals in their true natural environment, then this is the place... More

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

Thanks for taking the time to give such an honest (and accurate) appraisal of your visit to Elephants Drift. The things you mentioned are all important parts of our "DNA" and which we hope contribute to creating memorable experiences and holidays. It will be great to have you back again some day. More

Durban, South Africa
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Our three nights at Elephants Drift are ones that I will never forget. Hayley and Grant were were excellent hosts and went out of their way to make the entire experience enjoyable. Our ranger, Marina, was one of the best we have been with. From tracking, to lions, plants to birds, she knew it all and was extremely personable and... More

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

Thanks for taking the trouble to give such positive feedback on our lodge. As a "boutique lodge" our staff are such a crucial cornerstone and I am really pleased that they went out of their way to ensure that the New Year was welcomed in with special and happy memories. More

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Address: Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Klaserie Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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Located within the greater Kruger National Park, Elephants Drift is a small and exclusive game lodge offering spectacular scenery and authentic Big 5 wildlife experiences. Accommodation is in our classic Main Lodge or our Rustic Tented Camp, hidden deep in the bush. Choose between our fully catered and self catering options. Meaningful safaris in a vast, unfenced wilderness. ... more   less 
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