Just back from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Stayed at Elephant Plains 3 nights at the start of our trip--left wishing we'd stayed one more night. Our game drives were outstanding and our driver Morne Fouche was knowledgeable and intent on
having us see as many species as possible. Derrick, the tracker sat in an elevated seat watching for animal tracks and directed Morne which way to go. Because Elephant Plains is not a national park the drivers are not restricted to the roads. They can drive off road through the bush. That's how you get up close to the animals. We ended up with a page long list of animals including all of the big five. Drivers constantly communicated back and forth so vehicles could go to spots where animal activity was happening. On our first game drive we watched a leopard devouring an impala it dragged up in a tree. Hyaenas were gathering at the base of the tree. We were less than ten feet away!
We stayed at two other game camps in Botswana on our trip but Elephant Plains was the best when it comes to seeing game in the wild. Setting, food, accommodations were lovely
but seeing so many animals was the highlight.
Elephant Plains is a small lodge with a wonderful vibe. Typical day: Coffee/biscuits and in game vehicle at 5:30 a.m. Three hour game drive starting in the dark. You stop just after sunrise for coffee/biscuits and then continue the drive. Back to the lodge for a lovely breakfast. You could take a bush walk with the ranger if your wish -- we did this one morning for about an hour. Swim, relax till lunch around two. Late afternoon/evening game drive started at 4:30 and ended in the dark but included a stop to watch the sun go down and enjoy a sundowner. We were there during the first week of April. Hot days, cool nights, no rain -- it was autumn there! We cannot say enough good things about Elephant Plains. Thank you to our eagle-eyed tracker, Derrick, and ranger/driver Morne who provided all kinds of interesting information about the animals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elephant Plains Game Lodge is situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. This owner-run lodge caters for the discerning traveller, with a variety of accommodation options including 5 Rondavels, 6 Luxury Suites and a Honeymoon Suite. Activities include two daily game drives and a bush walk. The lodge also offers a spa, gym, conference facility / TV room, games room, small library and two swimming pools. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elephant Plains Game Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Elephant Plains Game Nelspruit