Elephant Plains Game Lodge is located in Sabi Sand Game Reserve, a part of the Greater Kruger National Park, with 2.2 million hectares of unfenced open forest. Accompanied by the Manyeleti Honeymoon suites, Rondavels with in-built bars, open-sky buffet, African cuisine and spa, Safaris, Ranging and tracking, star gazing and the amazing Big 5, Elephant Plains naturally becomes a part of anyone’s African-tour wish list. With accommodation capacities for a maximum of 24 people, the luxury, adventure and the raw nature is served to enjoy with complete privacy. Gaming, Photo-shoot, Marriage, Honeymoon or a family trip – Elephant Plains could make it unforgettable.
What makes Elephant Plains Game reserve Lodge special?
The Sabi sand game reserve was named after the two rivers running across the place, Sabi and the Sand Rivers. In the middle of the 20th century, the farmers of the reserve dropped fences to make the roaming area of the animals residing there into a bigger place. In 1993, the Kruger national Park also dropped fences, making the traverse area of the animals there, over a whopping 2.2 million hectares.
The rooms of Elephant Plains were some of the first to be built in this reserve and have been opened to the public only before a decade ago. Being surrounded by a dry riverbed, the place is habituated by the famous BIG 5, and added to them, by leopards, hyenas and over 300 colorful and rare species of birds. As one can expect from any game lodge in South Africa, the guests of Elephant Plains can enjoy game drives and bush walks. But being there from the beginning, more than any others do, makes their game rangers and Shangaan trackers the most efficient among everyone you can have there. They were well-educated and well-aware of the regulations imposed by the ecologist of the Kruger national Park and the Sabi Sand game reserve; hence they know where they can take you on track and also, off-track.
The animals around this place have got used to the ranging vehicles, which in turn makes your trip inside the deep forests, a peaceful one without disturbing their everyday life. As Elephant Plains is situated right by the side of the two rivers that runs across the reserve, having a sight of animals quenching their thirst and taking a nap in the afternoons amidst the bushes is so common here. A complete South Africa game lodge should have all the wonders that the country has to offer its visitors, and this is a place where pure South African spirit can be seen, felt and experienced. The Sundowner drink offered during the Safaris, the drumbeat announcement of dinner, a delicate South African breakfast, the homemade coffee and rusks, and obviously, the stunning views of the wildlife, guarantees you more than what you can expect from the woods of Africa.
Not a mere game reserve lodge
Being special will need more than common features and specialties. Elephant Plains stands special with not only the perfect trips and foods, but also with its rooms and luxury suites. The main lodge itself stands magnificent with ambient dining area, an elegant bar, a perfect lounge and wine cellar, a spa, a swimming pool, a games room, a gym, a conference room, a library and a curio shop. Added to it, there are six luxury suites for double or triple stays, five Rondavels for double, triple or family stays and an exquisite Manyeleti honeymoon suite.
Everything a person can expect from a luxury game lodge is here – the air conditioned double bedrooms, en-suite bathroom, glass fronted open-plan, fireplaces, electronic safes, tea and coffee making machines and added to these, an elegant bar and an excellent private viewing deck. Luxury is common, but the sightings of wild animals roaming so close to you, is unbeatable.
When the luxury rooms are overlooking the riverbed, the Rondavels are overlooking the landscaped garden, with amenities like the same as in the luxury suites. There are Rondavels for two, three and four, that gives you the unmatched experience of staying here at an affordable price.
The diamond in this crown called Elephant Plains is the Manyeleti honeymoon suite. With in-built swimming pool, a private viewing deck, a day-bed and a stunning view of the reserve, this suite can be one of the best places any honeymooning couple can go for.
Big 5 – The best part of a safari game lodge
The African Elephant, the mighty Rhinoceros, the lightning fast leopard, the all muscular Buffalo and the king of the jungle, the lion are called the Big 5, by the locals as well as the usual visitors of this reserve. The major part of people visiting this place come here just to have a look at the Big 5, while on a safari trip. But with Elephant Plains, sit and watch the riverbed from your private viewing deck, you can easily spot the Big 5, all around the this wonderful safari game lodge. Located in the middle of a vast riverbed and bushy landscape, not only the Big 5, even the nocturnal habitats of this reserve and a lot of birds and animals, which are rare to be seen, can be easily spotted roaming around the lodge.
Elephant Plains – The four starred private game lodge
No wonder that the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa has awarded Elephant Plains with four stars and an AA accreditation, certifying superior accommodation and amenities. Not only the food, not only weddings, not only the suites and not only the Big 5 are what making this place a must-go; there are separate safari trips for photographic sessions, wedding, evening time star gazing and also a program called mini-tuskers for the children based on the number of the children present at the time.
As one can see, it is located in the remotest parts of the Sabi Sand reserve and can be reached only if you take the Gowrie gate, which is adjacent to the northern part of the Kruger National Park. Due to river crossing, accessing the place through other gates is impossible and also, over the last 20 Kms is a dirt road, which may take around 45 minutes of travelling after you take off from the tar road.
Though finding the place is little tricky and hard for new visitors, it is worth the time and money spent on it. If you are going to South Africa, don’t forget to include Elephant Plains in your checklist.