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County Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed November 6, 2016

We stayed in Elephant Plains for 3 nights as part of our South Africa trip. We flew from Cape Town to Hoedspruit direct, the landing in Hoedspruit was an experience in itself, you really get a feeling of landing in the bush. Elephant Plains was amazing, we stayed in the Manyeleti suite. The room itself is very big, a nice...

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind and thorough review and for calling us amazing. It sounds like you really had a wonderful time here. The sightings you had sounds out of this world. Thank you also fro highly recommending us, our location, the staff and most importantly the animals. We would love to welcome you back one day fro an anniversary....

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Reviewed November 6, 2016

Set in a well wooded area atop a small cliff you get great views of a waterhole and the surrounding plain from most rooms and communal areas. The rooms are chalet/rondavel type, they are well spaced. My room and deck was clean on arrival and kept that way throughout my stay. Everything within the room work well including the fridge...

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review and for saying that we should be included in any safari in this area - what a nice compliment. Thank you also for all the other compliments, including your room that was very clean at all times, the service and food and then of course the game drives. I am glad you enjoyed your...

Mumbai (Bombay), India
Reviewed November 5, 2016

We (my wife, I, Daughter 12 yrs & Son 5 yrs) stayed here for 3 nights in one of their Rondavels and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Our Rondavel was neat and spacious, comfortable beds with mosquito nets. We were late to arrive at the lodge on day one and missed our evening game drive by half an hour. But...

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind review and for highly recommending us. It is only a pleasure that we took you to the game drive vehicle because you arrived late. It sound like you had some amazing sightings! Thank you also for mentioning our warm and accommodating staff. Please do visit again one day. Kind regards, Marlet Swart

San Francisco, California
Reviewed October 29, 2016

I first learned about Elephants Plains in the safari forums where guests and tour operators raved about the lodge and its excellent value. Everything about the lodge exceeded my expectations. My rondavel was charming and comfortable. Special shout outs to Anel, Remember, and Ishmael for their outstanding service, and to Thomas, our tracker and Louis, our guide, for going above...

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind and heart warming review and for stating that we deserve 6 stars! What a wonderful compliment! It is great to read that you first learned about us on forums where guests and tour operators raved about the lodge. Even more of a compliment is the fact that we then still exceeded your expectations. I will...

Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Firstly I want to talk about the game drives, as that's ultimately the reason we were there.... WOW. We saw the big 5 on the first night (of 3) and it just got better from there, we even managed to view what we dubbed the "Baby 5" (babies of the big 5) in one drive as well. I didn't think...

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your very kind review! I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. It sounds like you had some amazing sightings. Yes, our rangers can quite accurately predict a situation, as they've all been in the industry for a long time (and they spend 6 hours a day watching animal behavior!) The lion kill...

Gold Coast, Australia
Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

We visited Elephant Plains as part of a photography tour with Tusk Photos. This is our second visit to elephant plains and it never disappoints! Accommodation is very comfortable and staff are very friendly and accommodating. Generous food. The sightings were great! Best place to see and experience Leopards and their behaviors! Will return in future

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review and for mentioning that we never disappoint! I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay and your Tusk photographic safari with us. It is heart warming that you found the accommodation very comfortable and the staff members friendly and accommodating. Thank you also for mentioning the generous food, as well...

Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed October 16, 2016

This is our second photographic safari with Tusk Photography and thus our second visit to Elephant Plains. We stayed in room number 2, a rondawel, which was close to where we departed on our game drives and made the carrying of photographic equipment a lot easier. It is not luxury like the suites but adequate for a short stay. The...

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The Tusk Safaris are always great and with a photographer like Villiers, you are guaranteed to get some amazing shots. When the photographic safaris are at the lodge, we always pick up their guests in the parking lot at the Rondavels, in order for them not to have to walk far with heavy equipment. Otherwise...

Reading, United Kingdom
Reviewed October 10, 2016

Topped off our South African trip perfectly, Couldn't ask for better sightings of leopard & lion - leopard dragging antelope around a tree at very close quarters result in excellent photo opportunity. Dawie & Justice superb at managing search for animals - using judgement to find best opportunities. Dawie gave excellent camera setting advice to all in group throughout whatever...

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review, for mentioning the great leopard and lion sightings you had, as well as the fact that Dawie could help with camera settings in order to allow guests to take awesome pictures. All our guides have had a lot of experience with cameras and I know that our guests appreciate this factor as...

Childers, Queensland Australia
Reviewed October 8, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at elephant plains. We had 5 rooms and the rooms were great and spacious, the guides were fantastic. The dinners was the only downfall and in need of a new chef. Great game drives twice a day and we found all of the big 5 in the first day! Great time to go in September.

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EP2, Owner at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review and your compliments on the rooms as well as your guides. I am glad to read that you saw the Big 5 in one day. That is quite exceptional. I am sorry that you did not enjoy dinner. Kind regards, Marlet Swart

Brisbane
Reviewed October 6, 2016

We had 8 amazing nights and 16 game drives at Elephant Plains Game Lodge. What an experience! My partner is passionate about taking wildlife photographs and he was in heaven! Each drive is different, you never know what you are going to see. We saw leopards on kills, lions on a buffalo kill, wild dogs (very exciting!), elephants, rino, giraffe,...

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Thank you very much for your kind and thorough review and for stating that you can not recommend us highly enough. What a wonderful compliment! I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for your compliments on the quality of the game drives, your room, the food, as well as the housekeeping and general staff. We...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Elephant Plains Game Lodge is situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. This owner-run lodge caters for the discerning traveller, with a variety of accommodation options including 5 Rondavels, 6 Luxury Suites and a Honeymoon Suite. Activities include two daily game drives and a bush walk. The lodge also offers a spa, gym, conference facility / TV room, games room, small library and two swimming pools. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Address: Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range: $505 - $803 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Elephant Plains Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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Also Known As:
Elephant Plains Game Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Elephant Plains Game Nelspruit
Elephant Plains Game Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve
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“We paid extra for the honeymoon suit, but not really worth the extra. Just book an upstandeard room.”
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“Any suite is a great suite!”
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“Manyeleti honeymoon suite has private plunge pool and perfect privacy!”
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“Luxury suites have the best view.”
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“Rondavel no.5 overlooks the watering hole”
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