White Elephant Bush Camp  Verified Listing

Zululand Pongola KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

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Full Kitchen
Bath towels
Covid-19 H&S Certified
Swimming Pool
Cleaning service
Braai/BBQ Area
Parking on Premises
Game Drives
Wheelchair Friendly
Dining Area
24hr Security
Bar fridge
Ceiling fans
Child friendly
Laundry facilities
No smoking
Serviced Daily

White Elephant is the only destination in South Africa to offer Kariba-like, water based safari activities as well as the traditional land based activities.
We have a variety of self catering accommodation available and can accommodate groups as well as individuals.

In Room Facilities:

Bush Camp: 7 thatched, spacious, en-suite chalets (each with private verandah, ceiling fans, crisp white bed linen). Open plan kitchen, dining room, bar and swimming pool with spectacular views ensure 'close to nature' relaxed ambiance.

UmKhaya Cottage: UmKhaya is a private self-containing thatched cottage, with 2 bedrooms (1 double and 1 triple), 2 bathrooms, open plan kitchen & lounge, and large veranda. It is within short walking distance of White Elephant Bush Camp, and the cottage can be booked on its own or as part of Bush Camp if group is >16 guests.

Area Information:

The White Elephant Bush Camp & Umkhaya Cottage is in the beautiful Pongola Game Reserve (South) in Northern Zululand near the Swaziland border. White Elephant is easily accessible from the N2 (national route between Johannesburg and Durban) and Pongola Game Reserve (South) is a malaria free reserve.

Pongola Game Reserve, the first proclaimed game reserve in Africa, is host to a great variety of wildlife which includes buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard, hyena, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, 12 different antelope species, over 400 bird species and an interesting array of smaller mammal and insect life.

The reserve consists of a consolidation of privately owned land which totals 30 000 hectares including Lake Jozini.

Tranquil views of the Lebombo Mountains across the waters of Lake Jozini, magical evening skies, a variety of game & fishing activities and total privacy will ensure that your stay at White Elephant is a truly special, exclusive experience.

The Pongola Game Reserve where our camps are located is an amazingly calm and beautiful place that takes a more eco-friendly and less consumerist approach to the safari experience.

Property Facilities:

Bush Camp facilities include a swimming pool, well equipped open plan kitchen for self-catering, dining area, bar, upstairs lounge and viewing deck.

UmKhaya Cottage is a comfortable two bedroom cottage perfect for small families


White Elephant is the only destination in South Africa to offer Kariba-like, water based safari activities as well as the traditional land based activities. This sets us apart from other safari destinations.

We are passionate about conservation and offer a superb Black Rhino tracking experience (with an excellent chance of viewing Black Rhino on foot), as well as fascinating Elephant research activities. We also offer the conventional activities such as game drives, educational bush walks and incredible boat cruises on Lake Jozini. These varied activities as well as the chance of catching tiger fish and superb bird watching possibilities, make us a truly unique South African Safari experience.


Extra Info

Property Type Camp, Self Catering, Villa
Conditions Show
Check-in after 02:00 PM
Check-out before 11:00 AM
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Can Be Used For Film Location, Still Shoots
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12 April 2019

We stayed in a self catering unit, the rooms were very nice and the other facilities were very good AS well. We had a very good young lady taking us out for game drives and saw interesting animal and lovely bush and the lovely dam, Jozini. Friendly people and lovely surroundings.

Superb. 5 out of 5
01 January 2019

Romantic location and accommodation.

Superb. 5 out of 5
30 December 2018

The excursions with Kerri and Yolisa were both excellent. They were very informative and the trip to go see the elephants swimming in the Jozini dam was definitely the highlight of our stay!

Superb. 5 out of 5
28 October 2018

The safari was excellent, boat cruise was good, went fishing caught a couple tiger fish, staff was excellent, all round would visit again in future, food was excellent, look out was amazing, lots of different birds Ostrich and chicks, rhino and hippos, accommodation was very clean, outside shower, watching the stars excellent.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Claudia Mbabane
17 October 2018

We recently stayed with my husband for 2 nights for my birthday, and from beginning to end we had a amazing experience. The tents are beautifully decorated and the bed was very comfortable - we slept really well! The food was delicious, the game drives were very interesting (I even got to walk with giraffes!) but the cherry on the top was the incredible service and attention to details. For my birthday I got flowers, a delicious cheesecake made by Agnes, and a beautiful morning spent on an animal hide out beautifully decorated for the occasion by our very clever, knowledgeable and super friendly ranger Kerri. Then the team even sang Happy birthday at breakfast. The whole team really goes out of their way to make you feel at home and they spoil you to bits. Add this to great giraffe, rhino, birds and all sort of antelope viewing and a sky full of stars by night and you have a recipe for a perfect weekend get away. Thanks so much to Philippine, Kerri, Jen and the whole team for an unforgettable experience.

Superb. 5 out of 5
27 September 2018

Very peaceful and we had a good rest. The early morning cruise was lovely.
Food was well prepared and special.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
24 September 2018

Awesome service, friendly and attentive staff, excellent food, super comfortable beds. The morning cruise on the lake was fabulous, as was the afternoon game drive.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Annika and Toby
12 August 2018

We stayed for three nights in White Elephant Lodge, a peaceful place within nature and one of the most intense experiences we‘ve ever made. Sleeping in big luxuriously equipped tents the lodge provides everything to be happy.
During the day we spotted lots of animals while being on different high informative safaris (walks, drives and boat cruises). During the night we listened to the sound of the wild roaming in the dark.
In between we got spoiled by the always good-humored staff who made this stay extraordinary!

We will never forget the memories we experienced here!! Thank you so much!!!

And special thanks to

Nathan and Adriaan for not only making us see but also experience all the flora and fauna around us,

Philippine, Jen, Pretty, Agnes and Londiwe for their caring and hospitality and especially for Londiwe‘s random singing performances somewhere in the house we secretly rejoiced every time,

and last but not least Busi for one of the most delicious food we ever had!

Superb. 5 out of 5
06 August 2018

We were 7 friends with one couple traveling with their 16 month old baby. The staff were truly excellent and very accommodating. We had two excellent game drives with Adrian and Nathan who are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and ready to answer any questions. The accommodation and facilities were excellent and we really enjoyed the comfort and amenities very much! I was really really impressed with this stay and will definitely come back again! The cleaning and grounds staff were great too.

Superb. 5 out of 5
08 June 2018

The White Elephant Safari Lodge is a quality destination. Their Victorian style service and contribution to conservation in the area is remarkable. The beautiful views around the lodge makes them unique in the area.

Superb. 5 out of 5

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