- Sumptuous lodge in private reserve
- Tranquil setting with superb views
- White lion protection area
- Guided walks, day and night game drives
Elandela Lodge and Private Game Reserve is an owner run safari lodge situated in a private reserve in the greater Kruger National Park area of northeast South Africa. The property sits above the Klaserie River, overlooking a lake popular with wildlife and super views of the imposing Drakensberg mountain range in the distance. The 4,000 hectare reserve is home to lion, leopard, white rhino, cheetah, hippo, buffalo, antelope, and crocodile, along with the rare white lion. In fact, the lodge owners participate in a conservation programme to protect these beautiful animals.
Communal areas include a comfortable lounge and bar area with a high thatched ceiling, and traditional South African furniture, artwork and decor. Sliding glass doors open onto lovely views of the river below and the Drakensberg Mountains on the horizon, which are particularly spectacular at sunset. Meals are served in the spacious, airy dining room, with a second smaller room available for private dining. Outside is a relaxing boma area with a fire pit where barbeques are regularly hosted. The lodge also has an inviting swimming pool complete with loungers and parasols.
Activities include guided walks and game drives in the private reserve, with the option for excursions into Kruger National Park. Night drives can also be arranged, subject to additional cost.
The accommodation comprises 17 well-appointed suites with thatched ceilings and tranquil lake or river views. Units vary in size from standard to the slightly larger deluxe, along with six spacious honeymoon suites. Each suite is traditionally furnished with twin or double beds, and an ensuite bathroom with shower, basin and WC. All units have air conditioning, ceiling fans, hot drink facilities and a minibar. A laundry service is provided, and in-room dining and massage services are available subject to arrangement. The substantial honeymoon suites boast four poster beds, a comfy lounge area, and an ensuite bathroom with a spa bath and both indoor and outdoor showers. Outside is a lovely private patio overlooking the lake.
Children of all ages are very welcome at Elandela, and discounts are offered for guests age 12 years and under. Several family suites are available, each comprising a double and a single bed, plus a lounge area and an ensuite bathroom with shower. For larger families or groups, a two-bedroom, interconnecting unit is offered. This unit comprises one double bedroom, a bathroom with shower, and a second bedroom with space for up to three single beds suitable for children. While it is unlikely that animals would approach humans, given the rural location of the lodge, parents are reminded to keep their children under constant adult supervision.
Thornybush Game Reserve
- Family friendly accommodation
- Inter-connecting rooms
- Good value safari experience
Thornybush Game Reserve
- Exclusive family suites
- Big 5
- Gorgeous communal areas
Thornybush Game Reserve
- Private lodge for no more than eight people
- Excellent game drives and optional guided walks
- Scenic location in the reserve
Thornybush Game Reserve
- Traditional, unpretentious camp
- Comfortable accommodation
- Abundant wildlife including Big 5
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019