We did not stay at the lodge but had a very nice lunch there. The last few kilometers of road were rough but easy to negotiate in our VW 8-seater vehicle when taken slowly. Four of our party, including our 11 year old granddaughter rode the elephants and had a wonderful time. This is a once in-a-lifetime experience for visitors to Africa who want to get up close and personal with these remarkable animals. After the one-hour ride in beautiful Eastern Cape bush, they got to walk with the elephants and then reward them with treats.