We had the most lovely end to our holiday with 4 nights at Elandela Lodge. Wonderful setting, wonderful staff, and an up close experience with some of the most amazing wildlife on the private game reserve.
Lets get one thing out of the way - Elandela is not Kruger. No, it does not have elephants, and you go to Kruger to see the animals on a blockbuster scale. But the private game lodge experience is a must - you get so up close and personal to the animals, with really knowledgeable and experienced game rangers - Carina and JV, you were excellent. Besides, you get a half day Kruger trip included in your stay, so you get the blockbuster and intimate art house experience all included.
The accommodation is very comfortable and an amazing setting beside a waterhole. Often giraffes and zebras are drinking when you get up and you could set your watch by the hippos coming out of the water to eat on the lawn every night.
The staff are incredible. The kitchen is run by a genius called Steven, who makes you lovely and well balanced six course dinners ever night which are ready shortly after you get back from your evening game drive. They cannot do enough for you. My wife is an incredibly picky eater, but Steven and his team made such an effort to accommodate her tastes, it was above and beyond the call of duty.
I cannot recommend Elandela highly enough. On my last morning it was my birthday and they were so lovely and generous to me. It was a wrench to leave.
One final thought for travellers to South Africa. I noticed lots of tourists being slightly imperious with staff and waiters along my way. This is South Africa, remember? This whole "them and us" thing is slightly passe. Please pack your manners when you visit this wonderful place. The staff will indulge your imperiousness, the other tourists will think you are a knob.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elandela Lodge is an owner managed, 4-star graded, Private Game Lodge adjacent to Kruger National Park.This is big 5 country and we offer you opportunities to view African wild life and bird life from as close as you care to go during your Game Drives and Walking Safaris on our huge reserve! Very Private Elandela Game Reserve has no incursions from other game drive vehicles and this makes for undisturbed game viewing! The Elandela free roaming White Lion prides - in the area from whence all White Lions originate - as well as our project to care for young Rhino orphans, allow our visitors an unique opportunity to experience an environment where animals are all important. Elandela is fast becoming famous for incredibly relaxed Leopard sightings! Elandela Lodge is sculptured on the game rich banks of the Klaserie River and offers spectacular sunset views of the nearby Blyde River Canyon! Our 20 different rooms cater for all different tastes, demands and pockets. The purpose designed River View Family Rooms and huge lawns confirm our child friendly reputation! For the discerning visitor Elandela Lodge offers immaculate and luxurious Presidential Suites with five star quality and comfort. The Deluxe suites are priced in between but all rooms receive the same warm, friendly, Elandela service! The mouthwatering fine dining cuisine and traditional Boma barbecues are prepared from the freshest local in-season produce! Included in your stay of two days or longer is one free afternoon visit to adjacent world famous Kruger National Park. Elandela Lodge is the right choice for those visitors who have game viewing and a love for nature as deciding importance - and then of course there is our drive to offer a better service in superior surroundings at a most competitive price! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Elandela Private Game Reserve Hotel Kruger National Park