Land- and Water- based Safari Activities
White Elephant is the only lodge in South Africa to offer Kariba-like, water based safari activities as well as the traditional land based activities. This sets us apart from other safari destinations.
We are passionate about conservation and offer a superb Black Rhino conservation experience (with a chance of viewing Black Rhino on foot) and offer guests an insight to what the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project entails. We also have a fascinating Elephant research activity, which offers an educational, interactive and visual experience and an opportunity to spend time with our elephant researcher at our research center.
We also offer the conventional activities such as game drives, educational bush walks, a visit to the lodge hide overlooking a waterhole and incredible boat cruises on Lake Jozini. These varied activities as well as the chance of catching tiger fish and superb bird watching possibilities, make us a truly unique South African Safari experience.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE: ALL ACTIVITIES ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT AND SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY
Enjoy an early morning river safari, viewing spectacular bird-life or a late afternoon sunset excursion. This activity is highly recommended as there are few reserves in South Africa where ‘game drives’ can be done on water. The 15000 hectare Lake Jozini provides the focal feature of Pongola Game Reserve and reminds one of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. River Safaris are a wonderful unique way to explore the flora and fauna of our wildlife reserve. Sightings of herds of antelope, hippo, crocodile as well as an enormous variety of bird species are common. You may even be fortunate enough to see the elephants enjoying a relaxing bath in the Lake.
+/- 3 hour excursion
Please note water based activities are dependent on weather
Tiger Fishing/Boat Hire
Lake Jozini is the most southern lake where tiger fish are endemic. From the novice fisherman to the expert angler fishing with a fly, Lake Jozini offers you the ideal location for a tiger fish catch of a lifetime. Tilapia, Barbel (sharp toothed catfish), Yellowfish, Grass carp, Mozambique and Red Breasted Bream are also found in The Lake. The Pongola Game Reserve promotes a catch and release policy for Tigerfish. The pristine wilderness setting compares favourably to the wilds of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. The best time for tiger fishing at Lake Jozini is September through to April.
Boat rental price depends on the number of fisherman. Please enquire with reservations.
Elephant Research Project
The Elephant Research Project is a unique activity offered at White Elephant as an alternative to Game drives, Walks, Boat cruises and Fishing. This activity is educational, interactive and visual, and includes spending time with our research and conservation staff. After breakfast, guests depart for a cruise on Lake Jozini to locate and watch the elephants from the boat. After a few hours on the water, guests return to camp.
The activity continues in the afternoon with a visit to our Research Centre, to watch the BBC production ”Operation Elephant-The Mission” documenting the initial re-location of our elephants from the Kruger National Park. Guests examine elephant skulls and bones and participate in discussions and debates. Spending time in the world of elephants is enlightening and fascinating, and offers insight into the Reserve history, the re-wilding and re-stocking of animals, nature and conservation issues, and the purpose of the Space for Elephants foundation and our other research projects.
We would appreciate prior notice of interest in this activity so that we can ensure the researcher will be available
Black Rhino Range Expansion Project
An adrenalin-raising experience that provides an insight into the rhino's facinating world and the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project. With the use of a Telemetry device, we will follow the rhino's signal, look for tracks and dung middens and examine our camera 'trap' locations as part of our rhino monitoring and conservation project.
No persons under the age of 16 years. +/_ 3 hour excursion.
Safari Game drive
Game drives are conducted in open 4x4 vehicles, either in the early morning or late afternoons by a professional guide who will show you, not only the larger game but also the many varied and interesting smaller species in our game reserve. +/-3 hour excursion.
Walking trails are very much a part of the White Elephant Safari experience. Being on foot, is not only a more energetic way of experiencing the Bush but also provides a 'close-up' invigorating encounter with Nature. The sounds, smells and minute detail of the wilderness become much more apparent on a guided walk. The duration and speed of your walk will be tailored by your professional guide to suite your fitness and stamina.
Walks go out daily, either early morning or late afternoon. (No children under 16). Minimum of 2 guests per walk, 1-3 hours duration.