Living it Up at White Elephant Safari Lodge – KwaZulu Natal

As per previous posts, I had the great pleasure of spending a couple of nights at White Elephant Safari Lodge in the Pongola Game Reserve last week. I started Africa Awaits Tours and Safaris in August 2000, and the very first trip that I booked with 5 American clients, was to KwaZulu Natal and White Elephant Safari Lodge. It was then that I fell in love with both the industry and White Ellie, and I have taken every available opportunity to return to this favourite spot of mine.

White Elephant is in the Pongola Game Reserve about 3½ hours north of Durban on Lake Jozini, offering incredible views of the Lebombo Mountains and the lake beyond. Owned by the super charming and very special Dr Heinz and Debbie Kohrs, they offer either the five star Safari Lodge or more afforable Bush Camp which is available as a self-catering rental.

Game viewing is very good with Elephants, Black and White Rhino, Buffalo, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodiles, Zebra and loads and loads of plains game and warthogs.

A visit comes with a warning though – food is fabulous, hospitality tops and every time you move you’re being tempted with something yummy to eat or drink. For a treat, honeymoon or romantic break, this is the place to go.

Our tented room with en suite bathroom, claw-footed bath and all things warm and wonderful. When returning to the room after the evening game drive the bath was run with bubbles and soft candle light – so inviting. One of the little touches that makes the experience extraordinary!

Outdoor Shower – nothing like showering under the stars and the acacia tree branches, piping hot water and the sounds of the bush.

After breakfast on the day of departure these wonderful Zulu ladies that work at Safari Lodge sang and danced for us, wishing us safe travels and a speedy return. The stuff of goose bumps and fuzzy feelings – so special.

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