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  • Lush setting in a wild reserve on the hilly shores of Jozini dam
  • Numerous activities on offer, such as game drives, Black Rhino tracking and tiger fishing
  • Colonial opulence and comfort makes for a relaxing stay

White Elephant Safari Lodge & Bush Camp

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

50km from Pongola

 

-27.3902, 31.9101

About

Close to the shores of Lake Jozini in the Pongola Game Reserve, a 30 000 hectare reserve with abundant wildlife - including the rare black rhino – White Elephant Safari Lodge and Bush Camp offers a magical experience that celebrates the grandness and excitement of a colonial-style safari.

At the Safari Lodge, guests are treated to full board accommodation in luxury tents fitted with ceiling fans, tea/coffee facilities and indulgent bathrooms with ball and claw bathtubs, double basins and canvas outdoor showers. The tents feature verandahs with comfortable wooden deck chairs, where undisturbed bushveld views and absolute tranquillity are soothing companions. Seven come with a choice between twin or double beds, whilst the honeymoon suite holds a King-size bed to create a more romantic feel.

Set on lush lawns, the main lodge is a gracious colonial style building with deep verandahs, opulent living areas and an elegant dining room, all infused with a tasteful African footprint. The heat of the African bushveld can be beaten with a dip in the lovely swimming pool.

Families or groups of up to 16 people can enjoy a wonderfully private self-catering stay at the Bush Camp, a secluded exclusive-use camp with six twin chalets and a two-bedroomed family suite. The camp has its own kitchen, dining room and bar, as well as outdoor entertainment areas that include braai facilities and a swimming pool. Spectacular views over the bushveld and dam make the experience all the more memorable. One bag of ice and a bag of firewood is supplied per day, with extra ice and wood available for purchase. A cooking assistant can be arranged to make self-catering smoother.   

Rates for Safari Lodge guests include a late breakfast, sumptuous high tea and delicious dinner, along with a wide variety of beverages. Two eco-activities per day are also included.

A great number of choices are available, ranging from game drives and guided walks, to boat cruises and tiger fishing on Jozini Dam. The Kohrs family, owners of the lodge, played an instrumental role in reintroducing game into the reserve, and have a deep passion for conservation. They strive to share this passion, offering guests the opportunity to go on tracking expeditions for black rhino, as well as a fascinating ‘elephanting’ experience. Participants will spend enlightening time with an elephant researcher and hopefully get sightings of these majestic mammals along the way.

On game drives, keep an eye out for the buffalo and leopard, a myriad of other mammals and a rich diversity of birds. The boat cruises or tiger fishing excursions on Jozini Dam add delightful variety to the stay, while canoeing can also be done at no extra charge.

Bush Camp guests can join in on the fun, although the activities are not included in the rates. There are a number of other activities to be discovered outside the borders of the lodge. These include horse-back safaris, traditional village tours, elephant interactions, golf, scenic flights, and spa treatments, all of which can be arranged with the assistance of the lodge.

Rates & Summary


Safari Lodge - 7 Luxury Safari Tents

Each sleeps 2 in twin/double bed
En-suite bath, double basins and outdoor shower
Verandah with bushveld views

Safari Lodge - Honeymoon Suite Tent

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath, double basins and outdoor shower
Verandah with bushveld views

Bush Camp (exclusive use camp)

Sleeps 16 guests in twin and family chalets
En-suite bathrooms with shower or bath and shower
Kitchen, dining area, bar and lounge
Outdoor entertainment areas
Swimming pool
Bushveld views

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Full board at Safari Lodge
Self-catering at Bush Camp
A cooking assistant can be arranged at Bush Camp

Kids

Children 12 and older are welcome at Safari Lodge.
Children of all ages are welcome at Bush Camp.

Why Stay Here?

White Elephant is situated in the bushveld of the Pongola Game Reserve in Northern Kwazulu Natal, close to the Lebombo Mountains and the sparkling Jozini Dam. The Safari Lodge offers full board accommodation in luxurious tents, while the Bush Camp is available for the exclusive use of large self-catering groups. Guests will enjoy colonial opulence merged with authentic African experiences. Amongst a host of other activities, the lodge offers Black Rhino tracking and elephant research experiences, as well as tiger fishing and boat cruises on Jozini Dam.

Summary

  • Lush setting in a wild reserve on the hilly shores of Jozini dam
  • Numerous activities on offer, such as game drives, Black Rhino tracking and tiger fishing
  • Colonial opulence and comfort makes for a relaxing stay

Privacy

Available only for exclusive hire, Bush Camp offers a very private self-catering stay for large groups.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching and game viewing.

Road Conditions

The 12km gravel is suitable for a normal sedan that has good ground clearance. 

 

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pools
  • Game drives
  • Game walks
  • Elephant experience
  • Black rhino tracking
  • Boat cruises
  • Canoeing
  • Tiger fishing
  • Nearby: elephant interactions, horse-back safaris, big cat rehabilitation centre, golf course, scenic flights, traditional village tours, spa treatments.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast & dinner
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Electric stove
  • Fridge and freezer

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • No television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 50km
  • Nearest fuel further than 50km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Zululand & the Battlefields

KwaZulu Natal

About

It was from the bush and grassland of northern KwaZulu-Natal that the impis of King Shaka emerged, sweeping down onto the other tribes of the hinterland and eventually engaging the British forces and shaking the very roots of the Empire. At the height of its power, the Zulu nation covered 30 000km2, but 60 years after it was first formed, its reign was over. In those 60 years, the Zulus shaped the future of the country and were engaged in battles with the Boers and the British, but these were not the only bloody conflicts in the region. 

After the Zulu empire was broken, the English and the Boers fought for control of South Africa, with many battles taking place in Natal. While the best-known battles in the area are undoubtedly Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, as well as the siege of Ladysmith, there is fascinating history to be had at countless other ones. 

The beauty of the scenery clashes harshly with the devastating past, while the rough terrain makes one wonder how the machines of war were manhandled across the country, and how the Zulu impis managed to cover such vast distances in a single day, barefoot.

The regions of Zululand and the Battlefields merge together and are hard to separate, stretching from the northern and western KwaZulu-Natal borders to the towns of Ladysmith and Colenso in the south and towards the Elephant Coast in the east.

Zululand has managed to remain largely unaffected by industrial expansion and much of it remains farmland, timber plantations and rural wilderness, including beautiful Big-Five game reserves and grasslands. 

On the other hand there is the industrial hub of Richards Bay, the largest port in South Africa.

Tourism revolves around the natural beauty and diversity, as well as the haunting battlefields on which so many lost their lives and which are simply fascinating to visit, especially with a knowledgeable guide, of which there are a few.

Since this is the birthplace of the Zulu nation, it is also the place to come to grips with Zulu tradition, culture and history.

A number of cultural experiences exist, where tourists can become immersed in the local tradition and culture, learning a huge amount and enjoying themselves even more.

A few reserves in the region offer good game-viewing, from Weenen and Spioenkop in the south up to Ithala in the north. The diverse ecosystem means that hundreds of bird species are present, and a few notable bird-watching spots include the Dlinza and Ongoye forests, as well as the wetlands of Richards Bay.

An area as large and diverse will always have an almost endless array of attractions, and Zululand and the Battlefields are no different, from fishing in Richards Bay to horse-riding, mountain-biking, game-viewing and bird-watching. There is even a brewery to lighten the spirits when the history gets a little heavy.

Look out for

Zululand Brewery in Eshowe is a great place to pop in for a relaxing Zulu Blonde Export Ale, a beer that has won awards and rave reviews internationally. While you’re sitting at The Happy George Bar, ask around for recommendations on what’s new to do in the area.

The Dlinza and Ongoye Forests are serious birding hotspots and both are easily accessible. In fact, the Dlinza aerial boardwalk is something that even non-birders will enjoy and appreciate.

Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift are the two seminal battlefields in the Battlefields tour and are both intensely fascinating and moving. A good guide is invaluable in bringing them to life. Ulundi and Blood River are also well worth visiting, giving different insights into the bloodshed that shaped this land.

Take a hike up Majuba or Spioenkop mountains, both of which offer sensational views in addition to stirring battlefield history. The historic O’Neills cottage, where a peace treaty was signed to end the first Anglo-War, lies at the base of Majuba.

The majestic Ithala Game Reserve in the very north of KwaZulu-Natal offers good game-viewing and bird-watching, as well as epic scenery of mountains and valleys. While there is a variety of accommodation, the pick of it is undoubtedly the bush camps that can be booked out for your group.

Every year the Zulu nation holds the Reed Ceremony near the eNyokeni Royal residence in Nongoma north of Melmoth, thousands of maidens gathering to pay their respect to their king. This happens in spring and visitors from all over the world come to watch the women dance and sing to King Goodwill Zwelithini in his ceremonial regalia.

The eMakhosini Ophate Heritage Park should not be missed by anyone with a sense of history. It is the birthplace of the Zulu clan and what is known as the Valley of the Kings. The Spirit of eMakhosini memorial and an educational multimedia centre are worth a visit, and there is also game, including the rare oribi antelope and black rhino.

Immerse yourself in the Zulu culture at a place like Shakaland and watch Zulu dancing, ask a sangoma (witch doctor) for his sage advice, sample traditional Zulu beer, listen to singing and perhaps try out a few simple phrases for yourself. Arts and crafts are also on sale and make wonderful gifts and souvenirs.

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