Elephant Plains is situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park and offers comfortable style and affordable luxury. Many years of conservation and successful habitat management have resulted in a rich diversity of fauna and flora. Here you will come face to face with Africa’s Big 5 and you may even be lucky enough to encounter wild dogs and cheetahs.
The highlight of your visit will surely be the thrill of discovering wildlife from the safety of our open 4×4 vehicles.
Your experienced game ranger and local tracker will share their extensive knowledge of the African bush with you. The day starts with an early morning game drive. After breakfast a bush walk will give you the opportunity to learn about the smaller wonders of nature. During the afternoon game drive you will stop to enjoy a sun downer drink and watching the sun set over the wilderness. During the drive back to camp, your tracker will use a spotlight to locate nocturnal animals.
Being one of the best priced lodges in the Sabi Sand, Elephant Plains is home to a just 24 guests. Owner-run, together with gracious hospitality and a personal touch ensures that every need is catered for. Friendly staff ensure all guests feel right at home. You can be sure of an experience that will live up to the Africa of your imagination… creating a lifetime of memories!
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If you would like a little more luxury have a look at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve for your safari to Africa.
How to Get There
Daily scheduled flights take place between Johannesburg International Airport, Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit) and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (Nelspruit).
By Self drive vehicle:
Johannesburg or O R Tambo to Elephant Plains:
±560 KM / ± 7 hour drive
Nelspruit/ Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport / to Elephant Plains:
±180 KM / ±2½ -3 hour drive
Hoedspruit / Eastgate Airport to Elephant Plains:
±100 KM / ±1½ hour drive
Kruger National Park Orpen Gate to Elephant Plains:
±55 KM / 1 hour drive
The lodge features five spaciously appointed thatched Rondavels. Each Rondavel has its own distinct character and comfortable charm and overlooks a beautifully landscaped garden. The Rondavels have a double bedroom, sun decks, en-suite bathrooms (bath & shower), air-conditioning, overhead fans, mosquito nets, electronic safes, tea/coffee stations and a mini bar. One of the Rondavels has two separate bedrooms, ideal for a family.
Six Luxury Suites, decorated in warm, earthy tones blend in superbly with their natural surroundings as they overlook the dry riverbed and open area in front of the lodge. These exclusive open plan suites each have a lounge area, double bedroom, en-suite bathroom (bath & inside/outside shower) and a private viewing deck. All luxury suites have air-conditioning, overhead fans, mosquito nets, electronic safes, tea/coffee stations, mini bars and indoor fireplaces. Some of the suites also have a sleeper couch for small children. Alternatively, an extra bed can be supplied.
Surrounded by Jackalberry trees, nestled away deep inside the bush…need we say more?
The Manyeleti Honeymoon Suite boasts all the usual luxuries and also has a double outside shower, as well as a sala and private plunge pool.