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White Elephant Safari Lodge
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Reviewed December 21, 2009

Scalla is the best guide we have ever had. He has the best eye in South-Africa for spotting animals. He definitely knows what he's doing. And I love him so much. There is no one on earth as precious to me as this man...Scalla...I love you forever...Thanks for the best time of my life!!!

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled on business
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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2013

Thank you very much for your review of White Elephant. We value your opinion and strive to use the feedback given to us on TripAdvisor to make the White Elephant Experience even better in the future.

We hope to see you return to White Elephant Safari’s one day!

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Reviewed July 22, 2009

the perfect place to get family and friends together in a relaxed atmosphere - a rustic cosy, comfortable old-style camp without all the unauthentic bling of a modern safari camp - exactly what one needs in this modern hustle/bustle
I would recommend 3-4 nights minimum - do a walk, boat cruise, couple of game-drives and just relax and do some birding or read a book

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 23, 2011

Dear Valued White Elephant Guest

Thank you very much for your excellent review of our lodge. We apologize for the belated response, we sort of only discovered Tripadvisor this year.

We are looking forward to hosting you at the lodge again someday.

Until then, have a merry festive season!

Warm regards
The White Elephant Team

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Reviewed October 26, 2008

We treated my father-in-law & his new wife to a "honeymoon" break that they asked that we join them on, to make it a bit of a "familymoon". It ended up being 6 of us & we stayed 3 nights & absolutely loved every moment of it. The main lodge & the tented suites were luxurious, romantic & furnished beautifully. The wind blowing the tent canvas did keep us awake some nights, but it was still just lovely being in the bush & far from the madding crowd. The service was fantastic & our ranger was a really good guy. The food was superb, as was the hospitality. We absolutely loved it & would highly recommend White Elephant & would love to return sometime.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2011

Dear Valued White Elephant Guest

Thank you very much for your review of White Elephant Safari Lodge! Sorry for the belated response, but we just discovered Tripadvisor this year. We are really glad to see that the 'familymoon' was enjoyed so much! Hope you left feeling like part of our family!

We hope to see your family back at the lodge someday!

Until then, have a merry festive season!

Warm regards
The White Elephant Team

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Reviewed December 29, 2006

A large group of business colleagues stayed here in December and had a great time.

We stayed at the bush camp and not the lodge and I am pleased we did. The bush camp is far more cosy and gives a better experience of the bush. Food was good, accomodation was great too, However, the highlight of the stay was our outstanding tour guide and temporary resident bush man Willie.

He was Mr "On the Spot" with everything we needed and wanted to do and was a credit to himself and his profession. Hire him anytime you want a friendly efficient guide, he can't be beat.

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled on business
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WhiteElephantPongola, Guest Relations Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2013

Thank you very much for your review of White Elephant. We value your opinion and strive to use the feedback given to us on TripAdvisor to make the White Elephant Experience even better in the future.

We hope to see you return to White Elephant Safari’s one day!

Warm Regards
The White Elephant Team

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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 11, 2017
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  • Stayed: February 2017, traveled with family
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WhiteElephan, Marketing Manager at White Elephant Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

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Reviewed June 9, 2017
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  • Stayed: June 2017, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about White Elephant Safari Lodge

Address: Pongola Game Reserve (South) on Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) | P. O. Box 792, Pongola 3170, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Pongola
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Pongola
Price Range: $260 - $477 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — White Elephant Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
White Elephant is the only lodge in South Africa to offer Kariba-like, water based safari activities (motorized and canoeing) as well as the traditional land based activities. This sets us apart from other safari destinations. We are passionate about conservation and offer a superb Black Rhino tracking experience (with an excellent chance of viewing Black Rhino on foot), as well as fascinating Elephant research activities. 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. White Elephant is the perfect romantic retreat for newly weds and anniversary celebrations. White Elephant Safari Lodge (TGCSA 5 star) captures the history and romance of a bygone era. The deep verandah, sweeping views and tranquil setting provide the venue for a unique African experience. Eight luxurious safari tents, each with romantic ball and claw bath, outdoor canvas shower and private verandah provide an evocative safari in the Pongola Game Reserve Wilderness. ... more   less 
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