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“An amazing experience. An amazing lodge” 5 of 5 stars
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Elandela Private Game Reserve
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Elandela Private Game Lodge, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa   |  
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“An amazing experience. An amazing lodge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Nobody can visit South Afrifica without visiting The Kruger National Park. A huge protected area where wild african animals live free. If you want to have this unique experience in life better have your relax moments in a wonderful Lodge. Elandela! It's a typical colonial lodge with a few numbers of rooms for customers who wanna try the old and typical atmosphere when pioneers started to live in Africa. The compund in composed by a main body with reception, restaurant and a relax room. Outside a little pool complete the opera. Close to this part of the lodge there are six/eigth (not more) rooms and all the hotel smell of colonial atmosfhere. In front of there's a small lake where animals came day and night for drinking. Precious woods and care in the particulars give you the most beautiful sensations of Africa. All around the lodge there's a private game reserve where live a lots of wild anilmals that you can see during the daily Safari tours organized by the property. On board of powerfull off roads drived by experts rangers you visit the beautiful places of the reserve, watching and taking pictures of rinos, hippos, monkeys, Impala, waterbacks, birds, trees and more. Special mention about the area dedicated to the White Lions, very hard to find away or the huge 2000's years Baobab resting in a corner of the reserve. The Restaurant Chef and his staff prepare for the guests a different and superb thematic dinner each day, waiting for the night of the......Brai!! The typical African BBQ. Superb also the list of wins and fine spirits. Many care in choosing them. Nothing of common or ordinary. I spent three days there and all was perfect and wonderful. Great experience. Not to be missed!!!!
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Elandela is hardly busy to preserve particularly Rinos wich in this moment are the main targets of illegal hunting. We thank the property and all the staff for their daily work. Rino's belong to all of us.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

We visited Elandela private game reserve last week! Awesome, superb,luxurious, i can go on and on. Lat week my in laws had a second honeymoon and we went with! They were so impressed they have decided to go back every year! Our guide Arno was amazing.We had a close and personal encounter with their white lions! what an experience! We got to feed the baby rhinos with their "bottle". The food we ate was 1st class!!!! Really i would say if you have not been to this lodge, you will have missed the opportunity of a lifetime!!!Everything is in my opinion 5 star quality, the rooms, the staff, the game drive, and of course Rocco and Yvonne!!! Thank you guys, you are awesome, and your establishment is the best i have ever been to! My highlight was the pic-nics in the bush!!!! awesome!!!!!!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lincoln
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Having recently returned from a 3 night stay at Elandela Lodge, we have had the most amazing time. This place is absolute perfection. The moment we arrived Yvonne made us both feel so welcome. Rocco took us to meet the beautiful Rocky and Clover baby Rhino's and that was us both hooked! The accommodation pure luxury. The staff are fantastic, the guides are so knowledgeable about the animals; Karina, thankyou for everything. We can not think of a bad word to say about this place. The only down side to this trip was that it didnt last longer.
Yvonne & Rocco thankyou for the most fantastic time - Kerry & Rachel

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We have just returned from a trip to South Africa which included a 3 night stay at Elendela Lodge.
We were greeted by Rocco the owner and driven to the lodge where these African smiles burst into song and a welcoming drink. The lodge is amazing and the rooms are definitely luxurious. The food is outstanding so well done to the chef. They are dedicated to their animals especially the Rhino and White Lion which are doing really well. Their driving staff are so passionate and we had such good drives with them. We have so many photos and memories but one thing my husband said on the day we left "this lodge is quality rather than quantity" and the owners Yvonne & Rocco were speechless. Thank you to you both and your amazing staff for such a wonderful time and we wish you all the best for the future.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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YvonneGioia, Owner at Elandela Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, November 17, 2012
Thank you for putting your summary of your Elandela Experience into words! We appreciate your positive appraisal of your safari with us but the tears in your eyes upon your departure were really what made your visit special to us! We will pass your well wishes on to everybody here - also your promise to return for a repeat Elandela Experience!
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Cupar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

This is a magical place with the most wonderful staff.
The lodge is atmospheric and comfortable overlooking its own watering hole and there is the warmest welcome from the staff on arrival. We felt relaxed and regenerated at the end of our time here and will dream of it for a long time to come. We would go back tomorrow if we could.
Wonderful variety of animals to see on the twice daily game drives and don't miss the night drive for a different view (the night sounds are wonderful). The passion for the animals and their surroundings shone through and great efforts were made to help us see "the big 5" and plenty more beside! We are home with hundreds of marvellous photos - make sure you take a camera with a decent zoom for really good photos.
We fully intend to return in the future.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Overall excellent. Service very good staff, sweet and eager to please great chef and Karina the relatively new guide was very good and will go from strength to strength as will this lovely resort. Karina did her best to ensure we saw as many animals and we achieved the big five.
They have a project on white lions who were amazing to see.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We came by Elandela fortuitously booking a late package to RSA, so had no real expectation.
From arrival Elandela more than impressed.
The setting was breathtaking the rooms well appointed and as described - luxurious.
The service was friendly and impeccable - the classic African smiles met every request.
i'm not sure how Andrew managed to create such gourmet dishes quite so far from 'civilisation' but they kept coming!
If this is 4 star I am not quite sure what the 5th one could be for...
Then there was the reason for going - the game!
5000 Hectares of bush and just one open sided vehicle roaming through it.
We were lucky and saw the White lions, a leopard and a Secretary Bird (twice); but the breathtaking beauty was just being in the bush, especially the walking safari!
I can't imagine how this could be bettered, and I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Elandela Private Game Lodge, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #76 of 140 Specialty lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Elandela Private Game Reserve 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elandela Lodge is an owner managed 4-star Game Lodge adjacent to Kruger National Park. We are perfectly located, on the bank of the Klaserie River, to appreciate the spectacular sunset views of the Blyderiver Canyon and Drakensberg mountains! This is big 5 country and we offer you opportunities to view African wildlife and birdlife from as close as you care to go during your Game Drives and Walking Safaris on our reserve! The Elandela Private Reserve iniatiatives to reintroduce White Lions back into the area from whence all White Lions originate, as well as our project to care for young Rhino orphans, allows our visitors an unique opportunity to experience an environment where animals are all important. These opportunities to approach wild animals, the purpose designed rooms and huge lawns confirm our child friendly reputation! Our guests become our friends and feel at home because of the intimate and warm ambiance Elandela is famous for! ... more   less 
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