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Elephant Rock Private Safari Lodge
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Durban
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“Awesome family weekend”
Reviewed May 1, 2014

We have just returned from three amazing days at Elephant Rock for a family reunion. It was wonderful to have the exclusivity of the ten bed Lodge all to ourselves. The ages in our party ranged from 6 to 92 and Steve, Leanne, Rene and all the Lodge staff went to great lengths to ensure that we did not want for anything. The rooms are very well appointed and the food delicious. Special dietary requirements were accommodated with ease. Our ranger, Steph, was extremely interesting on our game drives and interacted beautifully with the kids by getting them to collect pods, leaves and animal dung. The swinging chairs on the deck overlooking the dam are a real treat. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed May 1, 2014

We have just returned from a fabulous 3 day weekend at Elephant Rock Safari Lodge. The service was faultless and a nice touch was the full, hot double bubble bath run for us on our last night. 2 game drives a day with 4 of the big five spotted (they have all five but the Leopard eluded us). 3 Gourmet meals a day and friendly staff to cater to all your needs in comfort and style and only 10 guests at a time is all you need for a perfect get-away.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

A big thank you to the team at Elephant Rock for making our stay one that we will NEVER forget.

We never thought we would be able to get to a Private Game Park with such special service and people. We spent 3 memorable days/nights at Elephant Rock during April 2014. From the moment of our arrival to when we left we were made to feel very special.

Thanks to Lee-ann, Steve, Steph and the rest of the team. We do feel we got the best team. Steph is the best guide giving us interesting facts during the drives and making sure that we got the best views of the animals. Also makes a wicked 'Special Morning Drink' you must ask for the 'special' when you stop for the morning drink and muffin.

Accommodation was first class and felt just right for a small and intimate African Safari.

Once again a very special time that we will not forget. Already looking at how we can save for another trip.

Sam and Lawrence

Ps: If you have time, a trip to the Kwa Cheetah project is a must. Interacting with these beautiful creatures is life changing experience.

Room Tip: Room 2 has a great view of the waterhole from the swing chairs on your very own veranda.
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Winterton, South Africa
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Reviewed March 23, 2014

Just wanted to thank you guys for a magnificent stay lovely game drives exquisite food we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we will be back.
Thanks to all the staff members who treated us like royalty from arrival till departure keep up the good work team Elephant Rock!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

This was our first to South Africa, and Elephant Lodge was a perfect way to end our holiday. The staff were outstanding, very friendly, knowledgable, humorous, and compassionate. I will recommend this place to anyone wanting a 'Top Notch Safari Experience'. Bev and Heather, Canada

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

I am Zimbabwean born but live in England. My husband is English and this was his second trip but had not been to a game reserve previously. Our two night stay was probably one of the best experiences of my life. We cannot more highly recommend the lodge. Lee-ann and her team were just absolutely incredible, our ranger Graeme - there are just not enough words to describe him and his incredible talent.

This has to be a five star Lodge - fantastic value! Thank you so much to all the team xxx

Room Tip: The lodge sleeps 10 so no problems in choosing a room, yours will be outstanding.
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

A truly awesome weekend - from beautiful weather to incredible animal sightings, and the most sumptuous food ever. Situated in a big piece of heaven, this Valentines weekend is going to be difficult to beat. Well looked after by an incredible staff, ably led by Steve, with the well-informed Steph on game drives and Nicolane, Comfort, Doris, Winnie and the rest of the team catering to our every whim. Elephant Rock is certainly a place to go back to, with friends and family. Thank you for another amazing stay!

Room Tip: All the rooms are unbelievable, with beautiful views over the dam!
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Property: Elephant Rock Private Safari Lodge
Address: Nambiti Private | PO Box 1707, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Ladysmith
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Ladysmith
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elephant Rock Private Safari Lodge. Superbly sited overlooking a waterhole, Elephant Rock is a charming boutique safari lodge offering luxury accommodation for up to 10 people. Experience a home-away-from-home true bush lodge experience for the entire family including extraordinary game viewing, on game drives; exquisite cuisine; and high standards of service - all at exceptional value for money. Elephant Rock Private Safari Lodge boasts five well appointed luxurious suites, including one family unit. All suites are well spaced for total privacy and include an en-suite bathroom, private deck and outdoor shower, and all have great views of the waterhole or the indigenous bushveld. Enjoy the magnificent viewing deck, relax whilst viewing the many species of game and birdlife or just cool off in the pool. Delicious meals are prepared by the in-house chef and can be enjoyed in the open boma, under the stars on the viewing deck, or in the comfort of the main lodge. The Big Five and other game are plentiful and roam freely over the Nambiti Private Game Reserve on which Elephant Rock is situated. Nambiti is a 10 000 hectare reserve of diverse wildlife habitat and includes the Big Five – lion, buffalo, rhino, elephant and leopard, as well as cheetah, hyena and many other species. Bird life abounds with over 250 recorded species. Nambiti is ideally situated, 3 ½ hours from Durban and 4 ½ hours from Johannesburg, in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal battlefield country, including Rorke's Drift, Isandlwana, Elandslaagte and Ladysmith. Activities: One on One Cheetah Interaction: Price From: R200.00 per person. Fishing: Enjoy some quiet time at one of the many well-stocked dams fishing for Bass, or Yellowtail. Fishing rods are available at the Lodge. Battlefield tours: For the history enthusiast, trips to any of the nearby battlefields, including Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana, can be arranged. Golf: Golfing enthusiasts can book at a golf course in the vicinity. ... more   less 
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