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White Elephant Safaris

Farm Leeuwspoor, Pongola Game Reserve South, Pongola 3170 South Africa
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#4 of 12 Specialty lodging in Pongola
The White Elephant is situated at the foot of the majestic Lebombo Mountains next to the shimmering blue waters of Lake Jozini in the Pongola Game Reserve, Northern Kwazulu Natal. The White Elephant is the most diverse and unique safari destination in South Africa offering true water and land based safari options as well as conservation and research programs. The White Elephant consists of various self catering options including The Bush Camp which is an exclusive use, self catering camp suited for a group of up 16 guests and The Cottage which is great for small families of up to 4 guests. We are passionate about conservation and offer a superb Black Rhino conservation experience, as well as a fascinating Elephant research activity. We also offer the conventional activities such as game drives, educational bush walks and incredible boat cruises on Lake Jozini. These varied activities as well as the chance of catching tiger fish and superb bird watching possibilities; make us a truly unique South African Safari experience.
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Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
Gift shop
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Private check-in / check-out
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English, French, Afrikaans, German and 1 more


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Farm Leeuwspoor, Pongola Game Reserve South, Pongola 3170 South Africa
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King Shaka Intl Airport157 miSee all flights
Zulu Inyala Airport38 miSee all flights
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TrickIsToEnjoyLife wrote a review Oct 21
Richards Bay, South Africa39 contributions23 helpful votes
We stayed in tent #6 and being familiar with Africamps, we knew what to expect. The tents have everything you need, and what is great is that you could buy ice, wood and a few bits on site by means of an honesty system. Our host, Lorraine, was lovely and friendly. All the staff are great and very friendly in fact. We enjoyed a river cruise one morning with ranger Eric. We saw a variety of wild animals and birds from the boat. It is a GREAT way to explore the park. The monkeys are little terrorists and quite hungry, so listen to the host's instructions and ensure you really close your tent properly before leaving. In fact, I suggest you ask the staff to close it on your behalf as they really have a few clever tricks to ensure the monkeys won't be able to sneak in. We had Nyala and Impala buck grazing around us - really lovely. We can really recommend Africamps White Elephant!
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Date of stay: October 2021
Room Tip: They are all great!
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Meerkat Portfolio wrote a review Oct 10
Durban, South Africa100 contributions14 helpful votes
What a top spot bordering the beautiful and legendary tiger fishing destination, Jozini dam. 5 star self catering safari tents with a built in braai area on your own deck with a "donkey" hot tub outside too! All this while inside the Pongola reserve, with Girafffes and plains game in your view! The tents are spaced nicely which is a huge bonus so that you can enjoy your privacy. Friendly staff welcome you to this fantastic travel destination and unique experience.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Get there for sunset on day one. Spectacular!
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Response from Stephanie Loots, General Manager at White Elephant Safaris
Responded 1 week ago
Dear AntWillo, Thank you so much for the kind review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and hope you took lots of photos to remember your trip by. We hope to see you return soon. Warm Regards Stephanie
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Iaine M wrote a review Jan 2020
Howick, South Africa16 contributions4 helpful votes
My wife and i spent an incredible extended weekend here. the facilities are amazing and the although very hot all the time the rooms have fans and air conditioners.The game viewing is incredible.The fishing is great.
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Date of stay: November 2019
Room Tip: Get up early before the heat of the day to enjoy game viewing.
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Response from Stephanie Loots, General Manager at White Elephant Safaris
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Iainemeyer, Thank you for your review. We are so happy when guests are happy. Tip: Autumn is the best time of the year to come! We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards Stephanie
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Culture631095 wrote a review Jul 2019
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Myself and my buddy took the Umkaya lodge for 4 days. We were made welcome the moment we set foot in the place. We were offered advice when we needed it and left to do our own thing otherwise. There is a lot of experience to be had between the game and the fishing and we tried the lot. Great laughs and good people.
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Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: All accommodation differs and you must choose to suit your circumstances. But you do have choice
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Response from WhiteElephan, Marketing Manager at White Elephant Safaris
Responded Jul 31, 2019
Good Day, Thank you very much for the review. Umkhaya Cottage is a great option for guests that want to be left to do their thing like you said. Its great that you did all the activities. We hope you will return in the future. Warm White Elephant Regards Stephanie Loots
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SueHux wrote a review Jul 2019
London, United Kingdom12 contributions10 helpful votes
We absolutely loved this place (me, hubby and kids of 18&16) and would quite happily have stayed for longer. The setting was beautiful, the accommodation was stunning, food great, service even better and activities fantastic - made more so by our guide Adriaan. We had 3 6.30am starts that the kids didn't even complain about!! We saw so much (unfortunately not the leopard!) and learnt so much from Adriaan, who was a mountain of information. We loved the safari drives and even more so the boat trips to see the hippos, crocs and white rhinos up close, but the highlight has to be the boat trip to find the elephants - which we did - all 43 of them!!! This was magical - thanks also go to Suzette for this trip. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this wonderful place, and intend to revisit.
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Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from WhiteElephan, Marketing Manager at White Elephant Safaris
Responded Jul 29, 2019
Dear Susan, Wow what a fabulous review, we appreciate so much that you took the time to tell others about your experience at White Elephant. We are so happy that you had such a great time and make a bucket load of family memories. We hope to see you again in the future. Warm White Elephant Regards Stephanie Loots Marketing Manager
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$71 - $143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalZululandPongola
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Frequently Asked Questions about White Elephant Safaris
What are some of the property amenities at White Elephant Safaris?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at White Elephant Safaris?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at White Elephant Safaris?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at White Elephant Safaris?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does White Elephant Safaris have an airport shuttle?
Yes, White Elephant Safaris offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at White Elephant Safaris?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Afrikaans, and Zulu.