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.


  • Old-world safari lodge with great views
  • Enjoy showering outdoors on your deck
  • Views of the Lebombo Mountains & Lake Jozini
  • Game drives & walks in Pongola
  • Track elephant & black rhino with researchers
  • 'Water safaris' on Lake Jozini

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Since the lodge is set inside a well-established game reserve, you can watch wildlife from the hide at the lodge or journey into the bush on a game drive or a bush walk with one of the lodge's professional guides.

As part of the elephant-tracking experience, you will visit the on-site Research Centre, which has important specimens connected to local elephant research.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Wi-fi available
    Private balcony or deck


Dine on delicious meals served in a variety of locations, in the restored historic main house on the wide veranda, or in the dining room.

For an outdoor dining experience, choose to enjoy your meals in the garden or on the wooden deck alongside the sparkling swimming pool.

Luxury Safari Tent

White Elephant Safari Lodge offers eight luxurious safari-style tents, each with an en suite bathroom that features a romantic clawfoot bathtub, outdoor canvas shower, private veranda and personal bar.

Luxury Safari Tent AMENITIES

    En-suite bathroom
    Mini bar
    Mosquito net
    Outdoor shower
    Tea & coffee-making facilities


  • Bird watching
  • Boat excursions
  • Elephant interactive experience
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Canoeing
  • Animal tracking experience
  • Fishing
  • Rhino tracking
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $220 Half Board

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • The lodge is unique for its lodging house and dining there was unforgettably good. People there were all kind and respectable. The only regrettable thing was that we could not see any lion nor elephant. The person in charge told us that there is no lion but elephant in summer. While we could not see many animals there, the people were very good and meal was wonderful. We would like revisit there.

    Kenji Aoki, October 2010
  • The 'tented' rooms were great and the service was superb. Enjoyed the safaris too and the Lake Jozini trip was stunning.

    Tessa Parry-Wingfield, January 2010

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Ramona Cilliers

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"Relaxed and quiet bush getaway; the staff were incredibly friendly and have such sweet voices - the kitchen choir blew us away!"



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The 'tented' rooms were great and the service was superb. Enjoyed the safaris too and the Lake Jozini trip was stunning.

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