In November we flew to Cape Town for a 4 night stay (a repeat visit to the water front) and this was followed by a 3 night stay at Elandela Private Game reserve and Luxury Lodge. I have "done" the game experience before but it was a first for my husband and I was extremely anxious that he enjoyed the experience as I intend to return time and time again. What an experience it was - an amazing singing welcome from all the staff coupled with a very warm introduction to the Lodge from the owner Rocco Gioia. Starting with a very important part of any holiday for us - food! Wow, wow, wow. From an amazing 4 course breakfast to fabulous evening dining with every dish described in detail by the lovely chef. The final eveing was a B-B-Q in the Boma - a magical experience that I find hard to adequately describe. Accommodation was lovely I will never forget the first morning opening the door to be greeted by 3 Zebra grazing on the lawn. The rooms are very elegant and comfortable. The game drives were brilliant with Carina our guide an absolute joy. So patient with some very silly questions and nothing was too much trouble. Her wealth of knowledge made the game drives an absolute pleasure. Her flexible approach to what the guests wanted from the drive was most refreshing. Elandela is home to White Lions and we were very lucky to see 2 young boys but there is such a variety of animals to see you cannot be disappointed with anything. One highlight was going with Carina to the feeding of Rocky the baby orphaned Rhino. His is such a story and can be found online as he made headlines with his eye operations. Away from the animals the atmosphere is one of sheer relaxation with nothing being too much troublr for any of the staff. Our only criticism of the whole experience is that is wasn't long enough. We are hoping to go back soon, yes we, thanks to all at Elandela my husband can't wait to go back.
- Also Known As:
- Elandela Private Game Reserve Hotel Kruger National Park
- Elandela Private Game Reserve Hotel
- 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