Elephant Plains Lodge

Safari Lodge | Karoo | South Africa The family-owned Elephant Plains Lodge is a personal Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve lodge. It overlooks a permanent waterhole, attracting a large diversity of species, especially during the dry season.

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Elephant Plains is in one of South Africa's finest safari areas. You can expect incredible wildlife viewing, excellent service, and comfortable private lodge accommodation.

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Rating | Personal and Comfortable

Highlights & What to Expect

  • Seasoned local rangers and trackers conduct two daily safari drives in the wilderness of the Sabi Sand, South Africa's premier private game reserve.
  • Leopard sightings in the area are incredible and a near certainty on your safari at Elephant Plains.
  • Plains game frequently seen here include impalas, zebras, blue wildebeest, kudu, bushbuck, and giraffe.
  • Night drives offer the opportunity to view nocturnal animals, including leopards and lions and lesser-known species like small spotted genets, aardwolves, and aardvarks.
  • Bush walks accompanied by armed rangers are a great way to observe and learn about details like signs left by various animals, the ecosystem, and vegetation in the reserve.

Location & Setting

The lodge is adjacent to the dry Manyeleti River with views across a plain and waterhole. It is in the northern section of South Africa's most famous private game reserve, the Sabi Sand. Elephant Plains is accessible via Gowrie Gate, making a flight and transfer from Hoedspruit airport ideal.


The rooms are decorated in an African theme and provide exceptional accommodation in one of South Africa's finest safari areas. Twenty-four guests are accommodated in six luxury chalets, five rondavels, and the Manyeleti honeymoon suite. All rooms at Elephant Plains Lodge are fitted with fans and air-conditioners to ward off the hot African sun.


The central area, which consists of a dining room, lounge, and library, is splendidly decorated and provides a warm, inviting ambiance. The lodge boasts an in-house spa that offers a wide variety of treatments. A well-equipped gymnasium is located in the main complex. Mealtimes are a taste explosion with a combination of local and international dishes. Breakfast and lunch are usually served in the dining room or deck. Dinners are typically served outdoors around a cozy campfire in the boma.







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Night Drives

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