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Pongola Game Reserve, South Africa
White Elephant Safari Lodge
- Offers an 'Out of Africa' experience
- Classic décor, refined simplicity & sweeping views capture the history & romance of the bygone era
- Meticulous service, comfort & passionate attention to detail
Facilities includeInternet access Swimming pool Room service Lounge and dining areas Laundry
- Game Drives
- Boat Cruises
- Guided Walks
- Horse Riding
- Cultural Tours
- Guided Elephanting
- Black Rhino Tracking
- Maule Aeroplane Rides
Seasons in South Africa
About White Elephant Safari Lodge
Surrounded by the majestic Lebombo Mountains and shimmering waters of Lake Jozini, White Elephant Safari Lodge offers an evocative safari in the oldest game reserve in Africa. It's a place of magic and soul, inspired by a dream and created with passion.
Classic colonial décor, sophisticated simplicity, deep verandas and sweeping views capture the history and romance of a bygone era.
Eight luxurious tents (each with an indulgent bathroom with ball-and-claw bath and traditional outdoor safari shower) provide a secluded retreat in the beautiful savannah wilderness teeming with game and bird life. Sumptuous meals, elegant dining and dedicated service epitomises the White Elephant Safari experience, ensuring a rich tapestry of African memories.
White Elephant is located within the Pongola Game Reserve (South) along the shores of Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam). The Game Reserve is situated east of the N2, in north eastern Zululand bordering Swaziland (Golela/Lavumisa Border Post). The lodge is approximately 485km from Johannesburg, 330km from Durban and half-way between Durban & Skukuza in the Kruger National Park. The closest major city is Richards Bay, which is 180km south east on the N2 motorway.
How to get there
We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.
SA Express operates daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg to Richards Bay Airport
Private air charter from Durban to Mkuze can be arranged
The lodge also has its own private landing strip for light aircraft and a helipad
Please note the road to the lodge is a 12km gravel road and a bit rocky, but there is no need for a 4x4. The road is accessible with a normal vehicle, however it is advisable not to drive it with a low sports car.
If you are planning on driving please enquire to get a full set of directions.
From Durban: approximately a 3 1/2 - 4 hour drive
From Johannesburg or Tambo International Airport: approximately a 5 hour drive
From Swaziland: approximately a 1 hour drive
Please note that there is a Gate Entrance fee of £1.30 per vehicle, payable at the gate.
Gate hours strictly: 6h00-18h00. The lodge needs to be notified of late arrivals.
NB. All prices and times are subject to change.
When to go
White Elephant Safari Lodge is open all year round.
Northern Zululand is situated in the subtropical zone of Southern Africa (summer rainfall area). Temperatures average 34°c during the summer months of October - March. Winter months May - August, temperatures are moderate averaging 23°C.
Pongola Game Reserve (South) is a malaria free reserve. Please remember that the best insurance against contracting malaria is to try to prevent oneself from being bitten. 95% of malarial infections take place between 8 pm and 6 am so use mosquito repellents liberally. Wear long sleeved shirts and trousers/slacks in the evenings. However, guests travelling via Mpumalanga - Swaziland to Zululand are advised to take malaria tablets. Guests are advised to consult their GP or pharmacist regarding anti-malaria medication. Mosquito repellent is provided in the lodges, as well as mosquito nets on all beds. Tents/chalets have mosquito gauze on windows/doors for guests’ comfort. If you become ill on your return, whilst still on prophylaxis or even once you have stopped, make sure that your doctor does everything necessary to establish that your illness is not malaria. It is essential to seek specialist advice – a delay of even 48 hours can be dangerous. Prompt and proper treatment of malaria should always be successful. Six/seven days is the minimum incubation period.
Tick-bite fever can be a problem when walking in the bush. It is advisable to wear loose-fitting clothes and to search the body for ticks. You can be pro-active by spraying all your clothing, socks & shoes with a tick repellent spray such as Bayticol whilst you are packing for your safari and reapplying if walking in the bush whilst on safari. The disease may be treated with tetracycline, though pregnant women and children under eight years of age should not take this medicine.
Khaki clothing and good walking shoes are advised for those guests who wish to participate in game activities. During the summer months (October - March) cool cotton clothing is advisable as well as anoraks or raincoats as afternoon thunderstorms often prevail. Jerseys and pullovers are suggested for the winter months of May - August. Hats, sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended for use throughout the year.
White Elephant is host to a diversity of wildlife species. Guests are advised not to venture away from the lodge and gardens without a company guide. All guests are required to sign an indemnity form on arrival at the lodge.
Gate times are strictly 06h00 - 18h00 Entrance fee: £1.65 per vehicle and boat
After Hours 18h00 - 6H00 Entrance fee: £3.30 per vehicle and boat
Travelling after dark is not advisable.
Travelling with children
All children above the age of 12 are welcome, however, some activities do have an age limit.
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