We have just returned from 4 nights at the Elandela Lodge, being the final destination of our too brief tour of South Africa. We were picked up from Hoedspruit airport by Carina and JV and taken to the Lodge (open Jeep - hang on to your hat!) and greeted by singing and a tot of Amarula (nice!). Minimal paperwork later we were shown to our room in time to do some unpacking and get a shower before lunch at 2.30 and our first (of 8) game drives. We could fault nothing: everything was fantastic. The Lodge only accommodates 20 or so guests and so you instantly feel like part of an extended family (a Royal family, that is) and as the majority of people who go there are there to enjoy the wildlife and surroundings, everyone was prompt for the game drives and meals (it feels a tad regimented at first, but done for a reason and you will soon adapt): the initial game drive starts at 6am until 9am followed by breakfast, which is followed by lunch at 2.30pm and a game drive from 3.30 until 7pm, followed by dinner from, say 7.15pm. Steven the chef was there to ensure you enjoyed his food (of which there was more than enough) and was so kind as were the waitresses (Precious and Lydia deserve a mention). Carina and JV were also around from the early hours until late and in addition to picking us up at the airport they took us on the game drive and also served drinks - there is clearly no end to their numerous talents. Carina took us for most of our drives, but JV found us a leopard (which we named 'Carina' in her absence - sorry Carina!!) - both are extremely knowledgeable and accommodating (and generally just lovely). We saw many animals (including 'the Big 5') and birds, all amazing and too many to list (although I do have a book with them all listed at home to go with the 2,500 photos!!) and this visit was definitely the highlight of our trip, and I would go as far to say the best holiday ever...would I go again? Yes, tomorrow if I could (now where did I put my cases?).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elandela Lodge is an owner managed Private Game Lodge adjacent to Kruger National Park.This is big 5 country and we offer you opportunities to view African wild life and bird life from up close! Very Private Elandela Game Reserve has no incursions from other game drive vehicles and this makes for undisturbed game viewing! The Elandela free roaming White Lion prides - in the area from whence all White Lions originate - as well as our project to care for young Rhino orphans, allow our visitors an unique opportunity to experience an environment where animals are all important. Elandela is fast becoming famous for incredibly relaxed Leopard sightings! Elandela Lake View and Elandela River View Lodges are sculptured on the game rich banks of the Klaserie River and offers spectacular sunset views of the nearby Blyde River Canyon! Our 20 different rooms cater for all different tastes, demands and pockets. The purpose designed River View Family Rooms, with more beds per room and huge lawns, confirm our child friendly reputation! For the discerning adult visitor Elandela Lake View Lodge offers immaculate and luxurious Honeymoon Suites with five star quality and comfort. The Deluxe Suites are priced in between the Honeymoon and Standard Suites but all rooms receive the same warm, friendly, Elandela service! The mouthwatering fine dining cuisine and traditional Boma barbecues are prepared from the freshest local in-season produce! Included in your stay of two days or longer is one free afternoon visit to adjacent world famous Kruger National Park. Elandela Lodge is the right choice for those visitors who have game viewing and a love for nature as deciding factor to determine their South African photo safari destination! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elandela Private Game Reserve Hotel Kruger National Park