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, rhino and leopard, while the number of recorded species of birdlife exceeds 350. Set out on a guided bush walk with the local researcher to learn about the elephants. To gain some insight into the local customs, visit the Dumazulu Cultural Village, or go on a guided cultural tour where you can also visit the Zulu chiefs and herbal doctors. Head out on a boat cruise on Lake Jozini, where you can try your luck at Tiger fishing or spot hippo and crocodile swimming near the shore.


  • Old world safari lodge with great views
  • Enjoy showering outdoors on your deck
  • Views of the Lebombo Mountains & Lake Jozini
  • Game drives & walks in the Pongola Game Reserve
  • Track elephants in summer with local researchers
  • Track black rhino with local researchers

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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.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Wi-fi available
    Private balcony or deck


Dine on delicious meals served in a variety of locations, in the restored colonial 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 swimming pool.

Luxury Safari Tent

White Elephant Safari Lodge offers eight luxurious safari-style tents, each with an en suite bathroom, 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 $215 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

Africa Safari Expert

"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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