White Elephant Lodge & Bush Camp

Game Lodge, KwaZulu Natal Game Reserves


Located beside Lake Jozini in remote, malaria-free Pongola Game Reserve, White Elephant is a safari lodge with a difference.  Yes, you’ll see four of Big Five (no lions) on twice-daily game activities, and yes, there’s a colonial, bygone vibe.  But there’s also an eclectic range of unique other activities – including some of South Africa’s only water-based safaris – and an accent on the holistic.  Come here for behind-the-scenes access to elephant conservation projects, for superb fishing and for a dose of sublime, sunset-sponsored silence.


Paths lead from White Elephant’s generations-old homestead to eight large and luxurious safari tents each with private veranda.  Inside are ceiling fans, crisp-linen beds swathed in mosquito netting, teak furniture and bathrooms with claw foot tubs. Be immersed in nature in the outdoor shower behind each tent.


That elegant homestead is full of antiques, and affords a romantic vibe from a bygone era.  Hearty dinners are served in its cosy dining room or out on the veranda facing the Lebombo Mountains.  Among lush gardens is a rim-flow pool and wooden deck scattered with sun loungers.


The daily activities of your choice, depart early morning and late afternoon.  Expect to see leopard, giraffe, zebra and the re-introduced elephant among others. Boat cruises or canoe safaris on Lake Jozini,  promise amazing sightings and waving to hippos, or trying catch-and-release fishing.  Tigerfish and Tilapia are the top trumps.  To really dial into the camp’s ethos, join the acclaimed ‘Space for Elephants’ monitoring programme and accompany researcher Heike on outings – or join our guides to track black rhino on foot. 

Child Policy

Children over 12 years are welcome. 


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