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Gomo Gomo to Eliphant Plains

Poole, Dorset
posts: 53
reviews: 2
Gomo Gomo to Eliphant Plains

We are looking at spending 3 nights in Gomo Gomo and then 3 nights in Elephant Plains. Google Maps suggests that it takes about 3 hours to get between the 2, is this correct?

Also, are these good lodges for seeing hippo's?



Phoenix, Arizona
Destination Expert
for South Africa, Sabi Sand Game Reserve
posts: 7,272
reviews: 47
1. Re: Gomo Gomo to Eliphant Plains

That 3-hour driving time sounds about right. Mind your speed limits. Once you start on the dirt/gravel road toward Gowrie gate (where you enter Sabi Sand to reach Elephant Plains) you will be slowed by its usually rough condition. No need for a 4x4 or even a big sedan. Just take your time. Hippos? Not a specialty at either lodge I don't believe.

Edited: 9:25 am, January 01, 2013
Poole, United...
posts: 9
reviews: 1
2. Re: Gomo Gomo to Eliphant Plains

Thanks bwanadave. Any lodges particularly good for hippo?


Butte Des Morts
posts: 147
3. Re: Gomo Gomo to Eliphant Plains

The Gomo Gomo Facebook site lists a Hippo for a game drive on the 31st of December so they do see them. Of course no guarantees the hippo will stay in the area.

Butte Des Morts
posts: 147
4. Re: Gomo Gomo to Eliphant Plains

When Motswari lodge takes guests to Argyle Dam in Timbavati Reserve when they request to see Hippos. I have no idea how often the Hippos are there, but at least now you have two possibilities.

Kruger National...
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5. Re: Gomo Gomo to Eliphant Plains

Hi there William,

The driving time sounds about right. Dave sums it up well.

Just as an idea, if you have a few extra bucks - Instead of hiring a car to self drive the journey, (as you will be effectively 'wasting' the money you spent to hire it, as during your time at the lodges you will not need it), Gomo Gomo can drop you off at the airport for R380 per person, where Elephant Plains can then pick you up and take you directly to their lodge for R665 per person. This rate will go down if there are more than 2 in your party, but I am assuming that it is just you two :-).

Just make sure the agent you are working with (if you are working with one) is aware of your plans so that they can organize it correctly for you.

They are both wonderful lodges, and are great value for money and have excellent viewing areas.

In terms of hippos, both lodges have access to waterholes in the area, which hippos frequent (not necessarily the waterholes at the lodges, but waterholes in general), so you may be in luck! Unfortunately, when in the bush, there are no guarantees of what you may see - But this is half the fun, it is always a new day of excitement :-).

I wish you the best for your trip, you have chosen two wonderful lodges!

Warm regards,



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Greater Kruger Area.

Poole, United...
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reviews: 1
6. Re: Gomo Gomo to Eliphant Plains

Hi Jacqui

Thanks for your reply, and suggestion. We are going to visit Blyde Canyon on the way back to Jo'Burg.

When we went to the Mara, the lodge we stayed in had a waterhole with hippos. As Rebecca has a fascination with them, a lodge where she could watch hippos would be good. Are there any?



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