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White Elephant Bush Camp

Game lodge / Self-catering accommodation - Entire Bush Camp with 7 thatched Chalets (Exclusive use only)

  • All Ages Welcome

White Elephant Bush Camp

About White Elephant Bush Camp

White Elephant Bush Camp in the Pongola Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, formerly umKhaya Bush Lodge, provides a tranquil retreat below a canopy of knobthorn trees. Bush Camp is available for exclusive use only and is self-catering with a fully stocked kitchen. Spacious thatched chalets, each with a private verandah, have spectacular views of the Lebombo Mountains and Lake Jozini. Stylish simplicity, Africa’s hues and uncomplicated dining add to the serenity and harmony with nature.

Unwind with dusky bird calls, magical moon rises, or a gentle boat cruise. Cast the waters for tiger fish or venture into the wilderness on guided walks, game drives or elephanting to see the Big Four. Share convivial evenings under the stars with new friends.

Please note : Gates close from 18H00 to 06H00 - arrangements need to be made with the Lodge if you arrive later or earlier. The Gate Entrance fee per vehicle is R20 and R50 after hours

Exclusive use of entire camp only | Children welcome

Special Offers

Sneak away for some midweek madness in the bush and save 25%

Bush Camp Midweek special:

Get 25% discount off the rack rate for midweek booking . Only valid for new bookings made from Monday-Friday until 31 December 2016. This offer excludes peak periods (16 Dec ‘15 – 8 Jan ’16 and Long weekends) Minimum 2 nights stay.

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Please note: Rates are a guide and subject to change. Please re-confirm rates when booking or enquiring.
Rates on request

Entire Bush Camp with 7 thatched Chalets (Exclusive use only)

Sleeps 16

7 Units

From R4,320.00

Rates include:  Entire Camp (Rates based on 1 to 8 Guests) Only

Current Season

Room Facilities

Room Facilities
Shower only OR bath and separate shower
Bathroom Layout
Bedroom Views
King / Twin Bed

Check-in & check-out times

Check-in between:

14:00 and 18:00

Check-out before:


Features & Facilites
Accommodation type
Private Game Reserves & Safari LodgesSelf-Catering
Activities on the premises
BBQ / Braai Facilities Bird Watching Boating
Fishing Game DriveGame Viewing
Game Walk Swimming Pool
All Ages Welcome
Credit cards
American ExpressDiners ClubMasterCard
Fully Equipped Kitchen
In the area
Big Five Bird Watching Game Viewing
Languages spoken
Secure Parking
50 Shades of StayGoing somewhere slowlyOut on safari
Stay your own way
Firewood availableLaundry Service
Setting & environment
Game Reserve Near a LakeWithin Game Reserve
Limited Smoking
Proud participant
13 years in Portfolio Collection


From Durban - approximately 3 - 4 hours drive

Follow the N2 north towards Hluhluwe and then on to Mkuze.
Continue for 24 km along the N2 past Mkuze towards Pongola.

At the sign on your left hand side that reads PONGOLA GAME RESERVE (South) – WHITE ELEPHANT, turn right into White Elephant main gate here. The lodges are signposted from here.

From Johannesburg - approximately 5 hours drive

Take the N12 to Middelburg.

Turn off onto the N11 to Hendrina and continue to Ermelo.
Alternatively take the N17 via Secunda to Ermelo.

From Ermelo follow the N2 to Piet Retief and Pongola.
Approximately 40 km after Pongola towards Mkuze at the sign on your left hand side that reads PONGOLA GAME RESERVE (South) – WHITE ELEPHANT, turn left into the White Elephant main gate. The lodges are signposted from here.

From Swaziland - approximately 1 hours drive

After Leaving Swaziland via the Golela-Lavmisa Board post.
Drive 11 km through the Pongolo Nature Reserve to Main N2

Turn left to follow sign PONGOLA GAME RESERVE (South) towards Mkuze, drive 13 km on N2, at sign PONGOLA GAME RESERVE (South) – WHITE ELEPHANT, turn left into the White Elephant main gate. The lodges are signposted from here.

GPS Coordinates

S27° 23.407' E31° 54.607'

Pongola Game Reserve
South Leeuwspoor Farm

Local attractions and landmarks

Nearest Airport: King Shaka International Airport
AttractionDistance in km
Nisela Lions - Swaziland50.0
Arabian Horse Riding85.0
Gem Stone Trails40.0
Swaziland Arts & Craft Market90.0
Mkuze Game Reserve50.0
Ilzuo Game Reserve100.0
Border Cave100.0
Sodwana Bay90.0
Kosi Bay110.0