Originally built in the 1920s, White Elephant Game Lodge captures the history and romance of the golden era of safaris. Set in Pongola Game Reserve – the second oldest game reserve in the world - in Kwazulu-Natal, the sweeping views and tranquil setting provide the venue for a unique African experience.
Wildlife species found in the reserve include elephant, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, black rhino and leopard, while the number of recorded species of birdlife exceeds 350. Because of its position near beautiful Lake Jozini, you are able to undertake morning and afternoon game drives as well as boat cruises, which are a great for spotting birds and enjoying the sunset.
As part of White Elephant's commitment to conservation, they have a professional research team who monitor the area's elephant population. You will be able to accompany the team on an excursion into the bush to learn more about Pongola's pachyderms and visit the Research Centre to examine elephant bones and skulls.
In addition to tracking elephants, over-16s are also able to track black rhinos on foot under the ever-watchful eye of a professional guide. You will learn about about rhino's fascinating social behaviour, the critical role that dung middens play in reproducton and their feeding and other habits. Those who want even more physical activity can head off in a canoe on Jozini's calm waters, looking out for animals coming to the shore to drink.
White Elephant also offers traditional guided bush walks geared towards your fitness levels and the season, and you can gain insight into local Zulu customs by visiting the Dumazulu Cultural Village. This lodge is ideal for active couples who want the unusual combination of bush and water activities.