Elephant Plains Game Lodge

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Elephant Plains Game Lodge

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Adjacent to the world-famous Kruger National Park and sharing an unfenced border is the private Sabi Sand Game Reserve - a safari destination that is renowned for its exceptional Big 5 game viewing and luxurious accommodation. Elephant Plains Game Lodge caters to the discerning traveler, offering various accommodation options, sumptuous cuisine and an unforgettable Big 5 safari experience.


  • The Elephant Plains area is particularly well known for its leopard populations, as well as lion, cheetah, wild dog, elephant, rhino, and buffalo, including a large bird population for watchers in the area.
  • For a more romantic, personal setting, the Manyeleti Honeymoon Suite is a private unit, boasting some of the most amazing views in the area, as well as its own splash pool and open pavilion area.

The Detail

Elephant Plains Game Lodge strikes the perfect balance between comfort and affordability, offering guests stunning views of the adjacent river from elegant decks, sumptuous cuisine professionally prepared, and a wine selection straight from their on-site wine cellar. And that's before the bush adventure even gets a chance to start.

With exciting safari options, professional guides, and the great, wild African bush practically at its door, Elephant Plains Game Lodge is an incredible destination for guests hoping to experience the bush in all its wonder.

Safari accommodation at Elephant Plains is provided in a series of Rondavels, each sporting its own air conditioning, coffee facilities, en-suite bathrooms, mosquito netting, and sundeck.

Room is also provided in several luxury Suites, also fitted with air conditioning, as well as fireplaces, minibars, overhead fans, safes, tea and coffee making stations and mosquito netting

Elephant Plains offers entertainment in the way of guided safari drives, one conducted in the morning, the other at dusk. These outings are coordinated, and the guests kept up to date by highly trained teams of experienced game rangers and local shangaan trackers. Guided bush walks are also conducted during the day, during which guests have the opportunity to get within arm's reach of the animals they spot, as well as engaging with their trackers on the topics of local bush types, bird habitats, and the area's history.

A special treat for guests is the lodge's skywatching excursions, a world away from the heavy city lights which so often obscure the stars. Once again, all guides accompanying on these trips have completed training in this field, and play an informative role in the evening.

Facilities at the lodge include a curio shop, swimming pool, laundry services, internet connectivity, babysitting services, coffee making stations, a library, health spa facilities, and a private wine cellar.

Price Includes

Accommodation, two daily game drives, a daily Bushwalk, three Daily Meals and tea / coffee.

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Rates & Pricing

$ 260 USD
$ 260 USD
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Debora Wesp-Wiingaarden
The best thing we ever did!
Mary Wells
Wonderful experience at Elephant Plains! Staff and rooms great. Saw all of the big five some several times.
Angela Fortune
This is 5 star in every sense from the accommodation through to all the staff but especially our extraordinary guide Devon and remarkable tracker Vuise. Our family with two children aged 9 and 10 were on a trip of a lifetime and Elephant Plains ticked every box in style. I know nobody can guarantee seeing The Big Five but we did and a whole lot more including wild dogs - 3 sightings in 24 hours was pure magic! We are certain that this was primarily due to the skill of Devon & Vuise especially the leopard on our last morning. And our unsung hero? The young lady chef who cooked up a storm for every meal and made New Year's Eve 2013 very special indeed!!! We cannot recommend this lodge highly enough...
Katya Lehy
After a long days drive to the venue, we were warmly welcomed by all the lodges staff at reception and given a most welcomed refreshment. All the staff, from the waiter to the game ranger where most friendly, helpful and provided excellent service! Every aspect of our stay exceeded our expectations and I cannot recommend this venue enough! Certainly the best lodge in Africa!
I stayed in Elephant Plains Game Lodge with my parents (aprox. 68 years old) and my son (12 years old), we had a wonderful time. We love all the arrangements and the lodge is awesome, luxurious and the staff is extremely helpfull. Our safari experiences were excellent. We enjoyed very much the company of our ranger (Richard) and tracker (Clement).
John Jennings
I would highly recommend Elephant Plains Game Lodge to anyone considering a South African safari. The game viewing was fantastic in all regards: the number of sightings, the variety of game, and most especially the quality of the viewing. Our ranger expertly placed us so close to the animals that at times we felt like part of the herd. We could actually hear the roots snapping as cape buffalo pulled up clumps of grass. Amazing experience.The lodge itself is comfortable and the food is great. Everything is well managed and coordinated. My only complaint (and its a small one) is the stone floor of the shower is hard on the feet.
Greg Classen
Elephant Plains was incredible! Individual service, yet they give you space. The staff are friendly, they cater for your every need and nothing is too difficult and the rooms are amazing. The game drives are awesome - obviously - that is why you go to Elephant Plains. But it is the extras that count - the knowledge shared, the 100's of questions answered, the desire to show you the best of what is on offer, the consideration for photos, best views - you name it! Definitely going back. WHAT A SPOT!
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Feb 1, 2023
The person helping me was great
The person who was helping me with the booking, Carien, was exceptionally helpful and she made it very easy to get information and to get my booking sorted. The website was very easy to navigate and receive good information about which spots offer which amenities
Wynand De Villiers
Jan 27, 2023
I cant say much but safari is the best…
I cant say much but safari is the best when it comes to book coz they know client are always right and they help me very quicky.God bless u
Phathu Matshintshisa
Jan 11, 2023
Unorgettable trip in South Africa
We have spent 12 days as a family in South Africa with my 3 children and my wife who is in a wheelchair. Thanks to Pascal, Safari.com consultant, we were able to spend an unforgettable moment with a great program while being well accompanied despite our constraints. I recommand particularly the "Monwana game lodge" for a safari in Hoedspruit. It's an amazing place with very nice people and a real family atmosphere. Thank you to the entire Safari.com team for this unforgettable trip.
fabrice dont
Nov 26, 2022
We had an amazing first safari…
We had an amazing first safari experience with Safari.com! 💯Thanks to Dolan for the well planning and ensure our itinerary goes smoothly and safely!
Oct 21, 2022
Superior service, knowledgeable, transparent, amazing can-do attitude
These guys get 10/10. I have booked with them a few times. To Kruger National Park, including both public and private(concession) camps, flights and car hire. Their senior agent, Dolan is exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble. Attention to detail, transparency, and 'can-do' attitude are out of the ordinary. I recently came into contact with Tanya at safari.com as well. It looks like all their agents are similarly well trained. Thank you. I cannot recommend Dolan and his team highly enough.
Nov 18, 2022
Cape Town miracle
I was in Cape Town, South Africa recently for an athletic competition and had allowed myself a week of personal time to relax and properly conclude the trip, but had not bothered to plan a safari to occupy the time. I was skeptical of the cost and whether I would enjoy the experience, however a couple days into that final week it occurred to me, in a bit of a panic attack, what a waste it would be not to take advantage of this opportunity. I hopped online and started looking at flights to Johannesburg (almost all the safaris in SA start there with an early morning pick up), but it was basically impossible to get a flight early enough and/or to coordinate with the multiple safaris operating in or just outside of Kruger. With no apparent options available to turn my remaining 4 1/2 days into even a 3 day safari I stumbled on the most obvious website one could imagine, Safari.com. I'd completely given up negotiating all the variables on my own but here was a safari travel agent that might be able to help me .. and they were based right out of Cape Town, literally a stones throw from my lodgings. Serendipity, or so i hoped. I immediately sent out an email and crossed my fingers .. for roughly an hour and a half, at which point Dolan from Safari.com responded to me requesting I give him a call so that we could expedite potential arrangements. My in country phone plan wasn't able to make calls, but we arranged for him to call me and not 3 hours after being in the grip of despair Dolan got through to me and far from notifying me of how absurd it was to hold out hope for a literally, last minute safari adventure with barely 4 days available to me, he had already worked out all the details I'd sent and created a preliminary safari trip that would bypass Johannesburg airport for a flight the next morning to a closer, much, much smaller airport where I would be picked up taken, not to a 3 day safari, but a full 4 day safari, then back to the tiny, tiny airport for a return flight to Cape Town with 2 hours to spare for my return leg all the way home. It almost feels like an afterthought, after the minor miracle Dolan was able to conjure up, but the safari itself at Simbavati Lodge was just an absolutely stunning experience. The single "tent" he booked me was as luxurious as any 4 star hotel I've stayed in, the game drives, one every morning, one every evening were more amazing than I could have ever imagined, and the food, 3 meals a day with snacks and an open bar was sublime. I could go on about the wonderful staff, or the wonderful other safari goers you can meet and grab a drink with, or the different animals walking through the open lodge facilities daily .. but I've gone on long enough. I'll simply conclude by saying .. safari, absolutely, yes, do it, it is amazing. And when you do decide, Safari.com will do you right and if you have the pleasure of working with Dolan, do give him my thanks .. the entire experience was the best part of my trip :)
Damian Glennon
Nov 12, 2022
A great company
What to say! We planned a South African Safari for 2020 with Safari.com. We researched companies and took a chance on one we had never heard of before. Henry Franklin was our agent, we gave him our budget and wish list. He came up with a wonderful looking trip and we made our choices! Then came Covid, preventing us from going. We couldn’t have been in better hands. Henry rebooked everything for the next year. He kept us updated on how things looked there. When in 2021, we decided it still looked iffy, he rebooked us a second time for 2022. We couldn’t have been happier with the service we had in a rough time for all. We had a wonderful experience on our trip when we finally got to go!! Henry had everything so well organized and gave us a detailed list of what transfer companies would be meeting us and when. When Airlink bumped us and put us on standby returning from Victoria Falls, we called the concierge number Henry had given us and Catherine worked hard on this and got us back on our flight. The Safari.com team had our back and we have no regrets. Would definitely use them again. Our lodging was wonderful, saw the big 5 within first 2 drives. Henry definitely knew the territory and did a great job matching what we wanted with where he suggested we go and stay. Thanks Safari.com, Henry and Catherine!
Heather Carlson
Sep 5, 2022
Trip of a life time
Well where to starter, África always been my number one dream vacation, I found safari.com didn’t know anything about, but pascal made me feel very confident.pascal put my whole trip together (everything I wanted) a trip of a life time. Had the best time in Africa, was everything that I except and a little more. Pascal is the best and I will go back to Africa and will go through safari.com that I recommend and is 💯 legit.thank you for everything pascal, you rock!!!
Tricia moyses
Sep 5, 2022
For a second time I booked a safari in…
For a second time I booked a safari in South Africa by Safari.com and had the great pleasure to be assisted and followed by Dolan Sequera. I have to say I really appreciate his way to communicate with me by phone and/or WhatsApp/mail, I always got a very quick answer to my questions with solutions and or suggestions which solved the doubts/problems I had. A really very very knowledged and professional person I will surely suggest to friends of my or who ever is plannig to visit South Africa! Thank you very much Dolan
antonio caccia
Aug 31, 2022
I've recently interacted with Dolan and…
I've recently interacted with Dolan and hands down he's been the best travel agent that I've every worked with. He was a wealth of experience and knowledge which shows volumes. He took into consideration my budget and my individual needs to tailor make a package with recommendations for my preference,he knows Kruger and Greater Kruger like the back of his hands and I will wholeheartedly recommended his services. He is truly an asset to his institution.
Apr 21, 2022
The best company
I have booked several trips with Safari.com and they are the best. They are personal and professional and always pay attention to the details to make your trip special. Casper is the best agent I have worked with. We are looking forward to booking another trip!!
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