• Tranquility

    #seeyousoon #traveltoday #tranquility #nature #peace

  • An enchanting stay.

    A beautiful place and so calm, the team is perfect.

  • River Safari on Lake Jozini

    Be different, do a river cruise, get lost in your mind and re-discover your soul

  • View wildlife from the deck of your accommodation

  • Get lost in the stars..
  • The kids will love the antelope walking around our camps

White Elephant Safaris offers family friendly, self catering bush holidays

An escape for families and friends from the busy everyday life, with various self catering accommodation options to suit all needs. Pongola Game Reserve is the world’s second-oldest private reserve and the oldest in Africa, dating back to 1894. Here, at the shore of the 15000-hectare Lake Jozini and at the foot of the majestic Lebombo Mountains you will find White Elephant Safaris. It is a place with magic and soul inspired by a dream and created with passion.

Enjoy a self catering bush getaway while experiencing all the thrills of an established private game reserve where buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard, hyena, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, 12 different antelope species, and over 350 bird species roam the plains and grace the skies. The occasional splashes of hippo, crocodile, and tigerfish in Lake Jozini provides an exciting water-based safari experience. River safaris, guided bush walks, tiger fishing on Lake Jozini and sundowners by the pool at your camp are some of the must-dos during your stay. Spend a day in the life of a rhino researcher and uncover all the mysteries of these majestic, but vulnerable creatures. The experience when staying with us are both thrilling and educational and will give visitors (old and young) an insightful view of conservation.



From our Guestbook

  • Ciska & Craig

    Fantastic location and lovely for families or groups of mates. The accommodation is stylish, clean and wonderfully located. The guides were fantastic with the little kids on the boat cruise. The hot tubs were a huge hit. We will certainly be back. Apr 2022

    Ciska & Craig

  • Thandi

    Loved being surrounded by nature.Great for family visitsUninterrupted dam views, woke up to animals roaming around our glamp. No tv, just peacefulness ❤️❤️❤️ June 2022


  • Amber

    Had a lovely time here, the tents are so well equipped from the kitchen to aircon and electric blankets! They are clean, quiet and comfortable. Loved the hot tub and our own private deck. I can’t wait to come back. Thank you :) Oct 2022


  • Stephanie Payet

    A stopover between Saint Lucia and Swaziland and what a discovery!!Wonderful 2 night stay, an extraordinary address ...I recommend the breakfast and barbecue baskets! it is fabulous !The tents are well laid out, clean, super equipped, in short really very good!Our first "safari" experience before the most famous Kruger and Balule, but the reserve has nothing to envy them, it's perfect! (Originally posted in French) April 2023


  • Sarah

    What an awesome place to stay! We were not planning on stopping over but due to unforseen circumstances we ended up booking in here. The glamping tents are absolutely fantastic with everything spotless and clean. You have all the appliances and equipment you may need. There is an awesome jacuzzi that you can heat up with a fire in the evenings. The staff are accommodating. The view and the... Read this review


  • Arianne

    Amazing place and very friendly staff and guides. Loved our stay and made wonderful memories. Loved the boat trip on the lake. We have a large family with extensions and the Bush camp could accommodate us all.Very private with separate rooms. Large self catering kitchen and upper deck lounge with a stunning view over the lake.Big 4 game viewing (no Lions). We where able to spot, Black and White... Read this review


  • Nicole

    We booked out the bush camp, and loved that we had our individual rooms, with perfect common areas for socializing with the family. Especially loved the fire boma! Staff were great and we loved that we didn’t need to clean a single dish. May 2021


  • Jacques

    Love the peacefulness of the bush, the accommodation was outstanding and the great activities.


  • Wonderful location, exemplary service, fabulous wildlife. Will recommend, Siyabonga!March 2018

    Dr, Mary & Rob


  • Such a relaxing lovely stay. We absolutely loved every bit. We had such an amazing time. The staff were so knowledgable and friendly. We'll be telling our friends about it.May 2018

    Cliff & Teegan

    South Africa

From our blog

Bird Ringing November 2023

During November 2023, the Research Camp and umKhaya Cottage were taken over by an international team of bird ringers. Over a 3-week period they caught and processed 470 birds, representing 80 different species – ranging in size from Blue Waxbills (weighing in at around 10g) to Southern Yellow-billed Hornbills (250g plus).

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World Elephant Day 2022

World elephant Day …… how desperate do our largest land mammals need this DAY! Their peaceful existence is in the very fragile hands of humans. Some people might not want to hear this.. Due to loss of habitat and fragmentation, fences and management plans, blocking of historical migration routes and no financial value, their majestic presence has become a burden worldwide.

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A TRIBUTE TO TWO GREAT CONSERVATION CHARACTERS AND A LAND ROVER – On the 23rd of July the Kingsley Holgate Foundation headed to the shores of Lake Jozini in Zululand for a rather special event: the ceremonial ‘planting’ of an old Land Rover Defender, which spent 30 years helping to conserve rhinos and elephants in Africa, and paying tribute to her owners, the extraordinary brother and sister team of Blythe Loutit and...

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