White Elephant Bush Camp

Location: South Africa » Kwazulu Natal » Zululand » Elephant Coast » Pongola

White Elephant Bush Camp Self-catering accommodation in Pongola Kwazulu Natal

Name of hostsBelinda Rossouw or Karen Archibald
Tel:+27 (0)34 413 2489
Cell+27 (0)82 945 7173

White Elephant Bush Camp
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Life is a journey, a safari made up of a myriad of small, precious moments. In today s hurried, stressed world, most of us overlook these little moments along the way. It is these moments that make life happy and worthwhile. We need to re-adjust our focus from the journey s destination to the now . Only then will these precious moments, the simple abundance and the magical simplicities that surround us become visible.
We at White Elephant invite you to take time to see, feel, hear, sense and savour the small moments, to celebrate them with us, to re-awaken your soul.

At White Elephant life is a celebration; a celebration of the moments, of the music and harmonies of nature, of simplicity and beauty, of passion from the soul

White Elephant Bush Camp is available only as a private camp for exclusive hire.

The Bush Camp is located in the beautiful Pongola Game Reserve, overlooking the western escarpment of the Lebombo Mountains, Lake Jozini and the endless savannah woodland of Northern Zululand.

Tranquil views of the Lebombo Mountains across the waters of Lake Jozini, magical evening skies, a variety of game & fishing activities and total privacy will ensure that your stay at Bush Camp is a truly special, exclusive experience.

Pongola Game Reserve is a sanctuary to a large variety of wildlife, including elephant, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, impala, hyaena, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Birdlife is prolific due to the diversity of habitats, with in excess of 350 species recorded.

Sweet smelling thatch
- Wafting mosquito nets
- Simple abundance
- Uncomplicated dining...

The Bush Camp offers affordable accommodation in the Pongola Game Reserve without comprimising comfort or luxury.

Chalet 1: Honeymoon unit, en-suite shower with outdoor private ball n claw bath.
Chalet 2, 3, 4: Twin beds, en-suite shower.
Chalet 5, 6: Twin beds, en-suite shower and bath, an extra bed for a child or a camping cost can be placed in these rooms.
Chalet 7: Family unit, en-suite shower, twin beds in main room, 2 X single beds in children s adjoining room and camping cot on reques

Bush Camp, with its seven spacious, en-suite, thatched chalets (including a family unit that sleeps 4), enormous palapa (thatched living & dining area), open-plan kitchen and poolside bar, provides a beautiful laid-back bush setting; perfect for private gatherings or getaways for family and friends.

With a personal field guide and camp attendant on hand, and the entire camp for your sole use, you get to arrange your bush itinery to cater for your exclusive needs.

A cook (advance notification essential), guide & vehicle for game drives, guide & boat for boat cruises and tiger-fishing, guided walks and canoes can be hired.


Game Drive R300.00
Boat Cruise R300.00
Guided Walk R100.00
Canoeing R150.00 (no children under the ages of 12 years)
Elephanting R300.00 (no children under the ages of 16 years)
Rhino Walk R300.00 (no children under the ages of 16 years)
*Lebombo Gem Stone Trail R300.00
*Wellness Centre (As per rate sheet)
*Scenic Flights (Flying doctor mission service) S.Q. (Visits to local hospitals, clinics and other local attractions by air)

Slow walks
- Tigerfishing
- Hippos yawning
- Fish eagle cries
- Gentle cruises
- Nature drives ... and ... elephanting !

Game drives are conducted in open 4-wheel drive vehicles with professional guides.

Walking trails are very much part of the White Elephant experience and are offered as a daily excursion, normally early morning and late afternoon.

Guests will also be offered the opportunity of participating in the elephant monitoring programme, which is documenting research on the translocated elephant herds.

Boating activities include early morning game viewing cruises and late afternoon sunset excursions.

Lake Jozini offers spectacular freshwater fishing opportunities, including tiger-fishing, and is considered to be on a par with Lake Kariba.

The Bush Camp is located within close proximity to many renowned Zululand game and nature reserves, including Mkuze Game Reserve, Ndumo Game Reserve, Tembe Elephant Reserve, the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park and the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park.

Excursions into these game reserves can be arranged on request, or alternatively undertaken by individual guests using their own transport.


From Durban - Follow the N2 north towards Hluhluwe and then onto Mkuze. Continue along the N2 passed the turn-off to Mkuze as if heading towards Pongola. Approximately 24 km from the Mkuze turn-off you will see a sign on your left had side that says PONGOLA GAME RESERVE. Turn in here. The Lodge s are signposted from here. From Johannesburg - Take the N12 to middelburg, branching off onto the N11 to Hendrina and then onto Ermelo. From Ermelo you will follow the N2 towards Piet Retief then onto Pongola. Continue along the N2 through Pongola. Approximately 38-39 km from Pongola you will see a sign on your left hand side that says WHITE ELEPHANT LODGE, a little futher on you will see a brown sign on you left hand side again that says PONGOLA GAME RESERVE. Please turn in here. Please note that there is a gate enterence fee of R20.00 per vehicle. Gate hours: 06h00 - 18h00