Overview of White Elephant Safari Lodge

Originally built in the 1920s, White Elephant Safari 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, its 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 researcher who monitors the area’s elephant population. You will be able to accompany the researcher on a specialist visit the Research Centre to examine pachyderm bones and skulls, hear about the relocation of elephants to the Kruger National Park, and learn how the study helps vets who perform vasectomies on the older male elephants to help manage population growth.

In addition to focusing on elephant conservation, over-16s are also able to track black rhinos on foot under the ever-watchful eye of a professional guide. You will learn about rhino’s fascinating social behaviour, the critical role that dung middens play in reproduction and their feeding and other habits. Those who want a more physically strenuous 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.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Old-world safari lodge with great views in kwaZulu-Natal
  • Enjoy showering outdoors on your deck
  • Views of the Lebombo Mountains and lovely Lake Jozini
  • Game drives and nature walks in Pongola Game Reserve
  • Learn more about elephants with the specialist researcher
  • Enjoy 'water safaris' on Lake Jozini

Animal tracking experience

Bird watching

Boat excursions



Game drives

Guided walks

Rhino tracking

General Facilities

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 conservation experience, you will visit the on-site Research Centre, which has important specimens connected to local pachyderm research that is conducted in conjunction with the Disney veterinarians.


Private balcony or deck


Swimming pool

Wi-Fi available


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.

Expert Opinion

We know because we go
Ramona Cilliers

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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