After a slightly chaotic and lengthy check in [I wonder if a seperate check-in for lodge guests would be better than mixed in with the 'day-trippers'] we were shown to the lodge via the Restaurant / Cafe. Here we ordered our meal which would be delivered to the room later and with a free choice of meal for our 6yr old daughter.
Then it was off on the sundowner elephant ride with Mom and Dad sat astride an elephant each and our daughter (who wasnt convinced about riding a smaller ellie - more later) strolling along behind chatting to the guide. As the ride can be quite uncomfortable we chose the shorter ride but still had a fantastic time with these fantastic animals and the very knowledgeable and friendly guides.
Back to the lodge for our fantastic 3 course meal (kept warm in a hot cupboard) and an evening watching the elephants in their sleeping quarters from the balcony above.
An early start in the morning and we accompanied the elephants on their sunrise walk and our daughter was comfortable enough to ride back from the waterhole on a smaller ellie. This was followed by an excellent breakfast served in the cafe.
We could then spend time on the 'normal' tour feeding the elephants at the waterhole, and enjoying the rest of our stay. We were provided with a fantastic photo memory (CD £20 +200 photos) of our stay.
As other reviews mention the staff from top to bottom (to numerous to mention by name) were fantastic, and the consideration and attention to detail (time spent with our daughter and the care in arranging her ride), the food was as good as any on our trip, and enough to easily outweigh any minor niggles with administration. Yes it is expensive (I estimate about £450 for the night) but really is a once in a lifetime experience that I would highly recommend.
Thank you to all at the Lodge and continued success with your work in the future.