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White Elephant Safari Lodge

5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   P. O. Box 792, Pongola 3170, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

This was indeed a very lovely experience from the beautiful tented accommodation to the very nice meal on the homestead verandah all was a delight. We particularly liked the warm bath awaiting our return from the safari drive as well as the outdoor shower! Staff were very attendant to our needs and the boat trip/ safari was great, loved being... More

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Durban, South Africa
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

My better half suprised me with a beautiful weekend away at The White Elephant Safari Lodge in Pongola Game Reserve and I have to say that it was a wonderful experience. Just 4 hours away from Durban on a busy road and one cant wait to get there! Great reception by the Adrian the Camp Manager and his team, great... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Clean, comfortable accommodation with great food and facilities in beautiful part of Africa. The safaris with Les Brett were unforgettable and an altogether awesome experience. I would recommend this location as opposed to the like of Kruger National Park, it is smaller and more personal.

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Calgary, Canada
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We sailed our yacht to Africa from Canada and decided we deserved a bit of luxury along with a little more adventure... we found both at the White Elephant Safari Lodge. Wildlife adventures were available twice a day in the form of Game Drives or Bush Walks, Boat Trip or spending time in the 'hide'. We did all of these... More

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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review of White Elephant. We value your opinion and strive to use the feedback given to us on TripAdvisor to make the White Elephant Experience even better in the future. We hope to see you return to White Elephant Safari’s one day! Warm Regards The White Elephant Team More

Hilton, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We stayed at the Bush Camp with a group of 35 people celebrating a 40th birthday party! It was an ideal venue and offered plenty to do for children as well as adults. It's best kept secret is the birding available on the lake, the best I have seen outside the Chobe River in Botswana. Accommodation is simple but adequate,... More

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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Dear White Elephant Guest, Thank you very much for your review of White Elephant. We value your opinion and strive to use the feedback given to us on TripAdvisor to make the White Elephant Experience even better in the future. We hope to see you return to White Elephant Safari’s one day! Warm Regards The White Elephant Team More

Vinkeveen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We had a great time, friendly, good food, and good safari. There is respect for the wild animals and the animals are still really wild and not just for the foto shoot. We also liked the background explaining how the animals lived, eat and breed. We recommend this place for everyone who wants to see the real African bush and... More

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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review of White Elephant. We value your opinion and strive to use the feedback given to us on TripAdvisor to make the White Elephant Experience even better in the future. We hope to see you return to White Elephant Safari’s one day! Warm Regards The White Elephant Team More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We actually didnt' stay in the lodge but in the bushcamp which is a self catering camp with 8 cottages in the bush. I absolutely loved it here. We did all our own food and spend the day on safaris and a boat trip on Lake Jozini. Absolutely stunning area of South Africa. I will recommend it to all my... More

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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review of White Elephant. We value your opinion and strive to use the feedback given to us on TripAdvisor to make the White Elephant Experience even better in the future. We hope to see you return to White Elephant Safari’s one day! Warm Regards The White Elephant Team More

Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Spent a romantic, relaxing weekand away from the city lights. Truly great all round experience, excellent service, wonderful food, good wine cellar and great animal veiwing with knowledgable rangers. Accommodation was also excellent as was the overall hospitality. Deifintely worth a visit.

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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Dear White Elephant Guest, Thank you very much for your review of White Elephant. We value your opinion and strive to use the feedback given to us on TripAdvisor to make the White Elephant Experience even better in the future. We hope to see you return to White Elephant Safari’s one day! Warm Regards The White Elephant Team More

Cape Town
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77 reviews 77 reviews
31 hotel reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

We had for a long time been aware of White Elephant Lodge in Zululand on the Jozini Dam (also known as Lake Jozini) close to Pongola in Zululand. We finally got there and were accommodated in their Safari Tented Lodge. Well spaced units, and thus you are not on top of your neighbours as with so many who develop these... More

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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Dear White Elephant Guest, Thank you very much for your review of White Elephant. We value your opinion and strive to use the feedback given to us on TripAdvisor to make the White Elephant Experience even better in the future. We hope to see you return to White Elephant Safari’s one day! Warm Regards The White Elephant Team More

Stuttgart, Germany
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at the White Elephant Lodge. Very nice team, great guide and delicious food and wine. We can only recommend this Lodge as especially the accommodation was such a great experience. We will definitly come back!!

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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review of White Elephant. We value your opinion and strive to use the feedback given to us on TripAdvisor to make the White Elephant Experience even better in the future. We hope to see you return to White Elephant Safari’s one day! Warm Regards The White Elephant Team More

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Address: P. O. Box 792, Pongola 3170, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Pongola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — White Elephant Safari Lodge 5*
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At the foot of the majestic Lebombo Mountains and the shimmering waters of Lake Jozini, you will find a special destination called White Elephant. It is a place with magic and soul inspired by a dream and created with passion. Owned by the Kohrs family, who are fifth generation South African Germans, White Elephant Safari offers guests a passionate glimpse of nature and the challenges facing conservation of the African wilderness and elephants. White Elephant is located within the Pongola Game Reserve South in Northern Zululand, 350 km north of Durban, 450 km south east of Johannesburg and 270km south of the Kruger National Park. White Elephant Safari Lodge GPS Co-ordinates: S27.39033 E31.91016(TGCSA 5 star) Fully inclusive. Classic colonial décor, refined simplicity, deep verandahs and sweeping views capture the history and romance of the bygone era. Eight luxurious Safari tents, each with indulgent bathroom, out door shower, private verandah and personal bar provide a secluded retreat in an unspoilt savannah bushveld teeming with game and birdlife. Sumptuous meals, personalised service, utter comfort and the passionate attention to detail ensure beautiful memories of Africa. Celebrate nature, life and its myriad of small moments with us. Venture into the wilderness on guided walks, game drives or ‘elephanting’ and learn with us about nature’s intricacies and wonders. Cast the waters for tigerfish or unwind with dusky birdcalls, magical moonrises or a gently boat cruise. ... more   less 
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