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White Elephant

The lodge is located in the beautiful Pongola Game Reserve, overlooking the western escarpment of the Lebombo Mountains and Lake Jozini of the Northern Zululand.

The Safari Lodge

Surrounded by the majestic Lebombo Mountains and shimmering waters of Lake Jozini, the Safari Lodge offers every comfort for your sojourn in the African wilderness.

Facilities

Originally built in the 1920's, this 16-bedded lodge captures the history and romance of the "colonial era".

Guests are accommodated in 7 luxurious safari tents (each with indulgent bathroom, outdoor canvas shower, private verandah, personal bar and tea/coffee facilities). Insect gauze on windows and tent-flaps, overhead ceiling fans, mosquito nets and crisp white percale bed linen provide luxurious comfort, as well as, old world romance.

Sumptuous meals are served at the main house (a restored colonial homestead) on the wide verandah, in the dining room, garden or on the wooden deck alongside the swimming pool.

Activities

Rates at the Safari Lodge includes two eco-activities per person per nights stay.

Guided Walk
Walking trails are very much a part of the White Elephant Safari experience. Walks go out daily, either early morning or late afternoon.

Game Drives
Game drives are conducted in an open 4-wheel drive vehicles with a professional guide, either in the early morning or late afternoons. Cooler box with beverages are included.

Boat cruises (minimum 4 people)
Enjoy an early morning boat cruise, viewing spectacular bird-life or a late afternoon sunset excursion. Cooler box with beverages are included.

Elephanting
Offers guests the opportunity to participate in the reserves’ elephant monitoring project, a programme that provides one with a deeper insight and knowledge about the relocation of two elephant families and their adaptation since 1997 into their new environment. NO persons under the ages of 16 years. Please take note of the regulations pertaining to elephant tracking for your own safety.

Rhino’ing
Gain insight in to the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project in the Pongola Game Reserve.
No persons under the ages of 16 years.

Canoeing – on lake Jozini
(no children under the ages of 12 years)
For the adventurous and fit.

The Bush Camp - Self-Catering

More affordable accommodation is available at the Bush Camp situated within the Pongola Game Reserve.
The Bush Camp compromises of 7 beautiful and private self-catering chalets which offers a luxurious Honeymoon Suite, and Family units.

Facilities

White Elephant Bush Camp offers an alternative escape in spacious thatched chalets with ceiling fans and mosquito nets, which are generously spacious with private verandahs and spectacular views. Magical moon rises, Africa’s hues, uncomplicated dining and traditional bush comforts add to the serenity of the harmony with nature.

Beautiful views, glorious sunsets, prolific wildlife, therapeutic silence, brilliant bird life, excellent tiger fishing, game drives and guided walks, ensure that there is something to interest everyone. Guests may also participate in our exciting elephant tracking programme for “close encounters of the elephant kind” or rhino walks.

Lodge facilities include a boma/lapa, swimming pool and private water hole with viewing hide as well as an open-air dining area and upstairs lounge.

White Elephant Activities

Activities at the Bush Camp, (not included in the rate)

Game Drive (R 200.00 per person - minimum fee R 1200 per Vehicle)
Game drives are conducted in an open 4-wheel drive vehicles with a professional guide, either in the early morning or late afternoons.

Boat Cruise ( R 250.00 per person - minimum fee R 1500 per Boat)
Enjoy an early morning boat cruise, viewing spectacular bird-life or a late afternoon sunset excursion. Cooler box with beverages are included.

Guided Walks (R 150.00 per person - minimum of 2 guests per guided walk)
Walking trails are very much a part of the White Elephant Safari experience. Walks go out daily, either early morning or late afternoon.

Fauna and Flora

The Pongola Game Reserve was first proclaimed in 1894 and is the second oldest reserve in the world. It is a sanctuary to a large variety of wildlife, including giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, impala, hyena, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Exactly 100 years ago after the last sighting of elephant in the Pongola area, two breeding herds were reintroduced.

Bird life is prolific due to the diversity of habitats, with in excess of 350 species recorded.

Pongola Game Reserve is a co-operative conservation project between private landowners, tribal communities and government conservation services, and aims to form the heart of a large ecological and socio-economically viable "Big Five" reserve. Allied to this quest the "Space for Elephant" Foundation has been formed to realise the goal of a biosphere large enough to viably sustain an elephant population of a thousand elephants and allow the re-establishment of the ancient elephant migration routes.

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