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“Idyllic Retreat” 5 of 5 stars
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White Elephant Safari Lodge
5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   P. O. Box 792, Pongola 3170, South Africa   |  
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“Idyllic Retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2008

We treated my father-in-law & his new wife to a "honeymoon" break that they asked that we join them on, to make it a bit of a "familymoon". It ended up being 6 of us & we stayed 3 nights & absolutely loved every moment of it. The main lodge & the tented suites were luxurious, romantic & furnished beautifully. The wind blowing the tent canvas did keep us awake some nights, but it was still just lovely being in the bush & far from the madding crowd. The service was fantastic & our ranger was a really good guy. The food was superb, as was the hospitality. We absolutely loved it & would highly recommend White Elephant & would love to return sometime.

  • Liked — The outdoor shower & the bubble baths by candlelight
  • Disliked — The noisy tent on the very windy nights
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review, November 24, 2011
Dear Valued White Elephant Guest

Thank you very much for your review of White Elephant Safari Lodge! Sorry for the belated response, but we just discovered Tripadvisor this year. We are really glad to see that the 'familymoon' was enjoyed so much! Hope you left feeling like part of our family!

We hope to see your family back at the lodge someday!

Until then, have a merry festive season!

Warm regards
The White Elephant Team
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2006

A large group of business colleagues stayed here in December and had a great time.

We stayed at the bush camp and not the lodge and I am pleased we did. The bush camp is far more cosy and gives a better experience of the bush. Food was good, accomodation was great too, However, the highlight of the stay was our outstanding tour guide and temporary resident bush man Willie.

He was Mr "On the Spot" with everything we needed and wanted to do and was a credit to himself and his profession. Hire him anytime you want a friendly efficient guide, he can't be beat.

  • Liked — Our Marvelloous Guide Willie
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
Thank you very much for your review of White Elephant. We value your opinion and strive to use the feedback given to us on TripAdvisor to make the White Elephant Experience even better in the future.

We hope to see you return to White Elephant Safari’s one day!

Warm Regards
The White Elephant Team
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Additional Information about White Elephant Safari Lodge

Address: P. O. Box 792, Pongola 3170, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Pongola
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Specialty lodging in Pongola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — White Elephant Safari Lodge 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the foot of the majestic Lebombo Mountains and the shimmering waters of Lake Jozini, you will find a special destination called White Elephant. It is a place with magic and soul inspired by a dream and created with passion. Owned by the Kohrs family, who are fifth generation South African Germans, White Elephant Safari offers guests a passionate glimpse of nature and the challenges facing conservation of the African wilderness and elephants. White Elephant is located within the Pongola Game Reserve South in Northern Zululand, 350 km north of Durban, 450 km south east of Johannesburg and 270km south of the Kruger National Park. White Elephant Safari Lodge GPS Co-ordinates: S27.39033 E31.91016(TGCSA 5 star) Fully inclusive. Classic colonial décor, refined simplicity, deep verandahs and sweeping views capture the history and romance of the bygone era. Eight luxurious Safari tents, each with indulgent bathroom, out door shower, private verandah and personal bar provide a secluded retreat in an unspoilt savannah bushveld teeming with game and birdlife. Sumptuous meals, personalised service, utter comfort and the passionate attention to detail ensure beautiful memories of Africa. Celebrate nature, life and its myriad of small moments with us. Venture into the wilderness on guided walks, game drives or ‘elephanting’ and learn with us about nature’s intricacies and wonders. Cast the waters for tigerfish or unwind with dusky birdcalls, magical moonrises or a gently boat cruise. ... more   less 
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