White Elephant Safari Lodge
GUEST COMMENTS SEPTEMBER 2013
02-09-2013 Our first contact with South Africa could not be better than in White Elephant Lodge.
It is the most beautiful place to be with the most friendly team. We had very interesting Safari game drives, “Eye to eye with the Rhino” Thanks for a wonderful time Many thanks for the beautiful flower – John. I will dry and keep it. 100 available points
Michael and Andréa – Germany
08-09-2013 We had a great time! We found true hospitality! Thank you so much for a wonderful experience
Rowan & Gwen – Netherlands
20-09-2013 Thank you to the Management and Staff for most memorable stay, so glad that you are keeping the Best Standard, making our stay the most memorable. Your chef made us put on kg’s with all the food, and the Ranger was Fantastic with his knowledge of the animals and bush. I am a tour guide and really appreciated that as it made my clients have the best holiday that they will remember for ever.
Patrick – Belgian/South African Tour Guide – Guests from Poland
23-09-2013 Thank you we had a very relaxing time. Staff was so friendly & really made us feel welcome. The food was amazing and we definitely will come back.
Nicola & Quwen – Germany
24-09-2013 Very Relaxing & Wonderful place. Enjoyed all the great hospitality, wonderful food, friendly staff and knowledgeable rangers this is such a lovely place – We had a wonderful time
Chuck & Rhonde
28-09-2013 “Every acquisition of accommodation becomes material for assimilation, but assimilation always resists new accommodations” – (Jean Piaget) A jaw dropping Experience!!
Phillips Mining – South Africa & USA
29-09-2013 More than 10 years ago I was here before (alone), after a business trip. Many stories I told my wife and children about this place. My promise to myself and the children was that one day we would visit this wonderful place. These days we are here as a family. It was what I remembered and more. It’s as close to Paradise as you can get. Wonderful experiences, warmth both in atmosphere and climate, but also cold and a bit of rain. We were taught the ethic of the land. Thank you very much and I hope for my grand children to come to this place again. Thank you!!!
Andre van der Aarde and Family - Netherlands
Guest Comments August 2013
01-08-13 What a wonderful time we had! Very nice accommodation, great food, great game-viewing, fantastic people We saw a lot of animals (by car, on foot and boat) Thank you very much for the wonderful time
Richards & Astrid – Rotterdam, Holland
10-08-13 We had an amazing time! Thank you so much! Great escape from Lagos
Rob, Michael, Maailu – Holland & Australia
18-08-13 We has an awesome stay, very pleasant Personal and nice food and drinks The game was very diverse, which we enjoyed very much
Carla & Klaas
24-08-13 What a beautiful piece of South Africa! Many thanks for an amazing time – from the staff, the accommodation, hospitality, food and views and game sightings Everything was perfect
Parbu & Ingeborg
25-08-13 Pongola W E Reserve and his owners & staff are Marvellous Thank you!
Teun & Maria
26-08-13 Sad to be leaving such a beautiful and peaceful place. Thank you to the staff for excellent hospitality. Makes us proud to be South African. See you again
Liza and Rob
31-08-13 South Africa has changed me for ever. Thanks for your wonderful and kind heart. I’ll be back
Guests Comments June 2013
04.06.2013 – A magical stay – long awaited. Your generous hospitality + friendship has been enjoyed + appreciated. The water/bush combination is immensely special!
Thank you – Lew + Barry
04.06.2013 – To everyone at the very lovely White Elephant, thank you for such a wonderful, albeit short stay- + the best food I have eaten in South Africa on this trip! Wishing you great success with your elephant project! Please let me know the outcome! – With my very best wishes to you all.
Nicola Shepherd, UK
05.06.2013 - Thank you for a wonderful experience, and your hospitality, see you soon.
Jan & Riana van Deventer. Treat of a lifetime.
21.06.2013 – We absolutely loved staying at White Elephant Lodge! It was an amazing experience, from the beautiful, comfortable accommodation right through to exquisite cuisine, warm and welcoming staff; the magnificent homestead with its rich culture and history. The boat cruise on Dam Jozini was one of my personal favourites. Loved the scenery and wildlife, thank you for making our stay memorable and special. The best holiday I had in year. We sincerely thank you. All the best for the rest of this year.Bell and Wanda Curle
23.06.2013 – Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. We could not have asked for anything more. We had an amazing, relaxing weekend and the staff and everyone was really amazing! Thank you! Frans and Linca Steyn.
Dear all, thank you very much for the fantastic experience here in this beautiful lodge! The food and service were amazing and relaxing with wonderful and kind people. We went on a boat safari and two game drives: very nice! We even saw the black Rhino (three by foot). Also special was sitting by the water pool with all the animals. Thank you! Koen and Monique.
Guest Comments August 2012
Dear White Elephant. We liked your home, your nice food and the lovely people cleaning behind you. Your bush and garden are awesome and we enjoyed the walk and the great boat trip. Next time, I will bring my saxophone so we can “honk” together and jam through the night.
- Niki & Thomas Bethman (GERMANY)
This place is amazing. Our two night stay was wonderful. Loved the boat trip over the water after our four hour drive through Swaziland and of course all of our walking trips. We learned a lot despite the fact that we did not see a black rhino or elephant. I guess we will just have to come back. J We will remember the animals, food and especially the people. Thank you so much.
- The Coppens Family (NETHERLANDS)
Again we have enjoyed the stay. Place have not changed.
- Madonsela Family (SOUTH AFRICA)
What a happy place! You are all so lovely and passionate about what you do, I loved my stay with you and I hope to come back again. All the bet! I believe the White Elephant will be around for a long time. Thank you. Lots of Love. Ps. Richard you are my most favourite game ranger ever J
- Jaclyn (CAPE TOWN)
My little place that has found a spot in my heart. The absolute beauty is simply breathtaking. I have loved every moment – the staff, who thought of the little things, the amazing sunsets, the uninterrupted heaven of stars. This place rocks and I am sure that I will be back. Lotsa love
- Roxanne (CAPE TOWN)
A little piece of heaven in the bush. Amazing hospitality, great energy and a host of fantastic people – it was an awesome stay. Thanks for making it so special – your passion for what you do shines through. “your lucky charms”
- Jo & Lindsay (CAPE TOWN)
So sad to be laving such amazing place. Very relaxing, great food, awesome service. What a treat to be here! Such an experience, definitely a place to refer to friends. Thanks again. See you soon.
- Lauren (CAPE TOWN)
Thanks everyone, what an awesome experience. It’s the little touches that count- we would give you 6 stars. We’ll definitely try and be back.
- Tanya (CAPE TOWN)
Guest Comments April and May 2012
8.4.2012. It was fantastic. One of the last places in South Africa where animals can live their lives as they want it. Our first black rhino encounter was awesome. Thanks to the whole team for some beautiful and relaxing three days. We will be back.
- Ingo and Melanie Blum (BELGIUM)
10.4.2012. The summit of friendliness and hospitality. We wish you were more “around the corner”, so we could spend more time with you J
- Franz & Ursula Koch (SWITZERLAND)
11.4.2012. Merci vielwal fur die schone tag, mir hends gnosse! Wurde gem no langer bliebe. Bis Bald. Thanks for the awesome days, enjoyed every second of it. Would love to stay longer. Will be back soon. - - Conny and Andre Erasmus (SOUTH AFRICA)
13.4.2012. Thank you for a fantastic stay. We really appreciated the little touches which made our experience here so special. Richard, Bjorn and Heike are so knowledgeable and we felt privileged to be in their expert care doing the walk, drives and boat trip. The staff looked after us brilliantly too. A place we’ll remember! Thank you
- Andy and Vicki (UK)
13.4.2012. Such a beautiful place to relax after a very long journey and so many things to see and to do. Heike, Bjorn and Richard were fantastic and very patient with us. Meal times were special and the staff catered to our every need, sometimes to the detriment of our waistlines. The treats and surprises in the accommodation let us in awe. Thank you so much for every trip.
- Sandra and Tony Ewen (BROXHESRNE UK)
13.4.2012. A short but beautiful stay – would be great to come back again one day. Everyone was very welcoming and we felt very much at home. Keep up the great work.
- Breda, Charlie, Ali, Richard, Martin and Connie (CAMBRIDGE, UK)
14.4.2012. A very special place! Our thanks to the team for taking such great care of us and giving us a taste of old world charm and luxury. We have truly fallen in love with Africa.
- Lesley, Jim and Stevie (UK)
14.4.2012. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at their beautiful place. We were extremely well looked after – Thank you! We appreciated all of the attention to detail.
- Elizabeth Calvert and Stephen Farrow (UK)
15.4.2012. Thank you for an incredible experience! We loved our stay and wish it could have been longer. The rides were very informative and we thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the animals. The staff was very friendly and the food was excellent. Georgia and I especially enjoyed our bath being run for us and all the extra little things. Hope to see you again.
- Corrine, Heinrich, Georgia and Brym (SOUTH AFRICA)
15.4.2012. Ganz lieben dank an das komplete Team von White Elephant. Der Aufenthalt war großartig. Rund um Service. Sehr freundlich. Die beste Lodge, die wir bisher auf unserer Reise durch SA erlebt haben. Wir werden dies auf jeden Fall weiter empfehlen und wenn wir wieder einmal in der Nähe sein sollten, werden wir wieder hier Halt machen. Es war wunderbar. Danke für Alles!!
- Tino and Christina (GERMANY)
17.4.2012. Thank you so much for such a unique and wonderful experience. The staff are absolutely fantastic and we have fallen in love with the scenery, the animals and the lodge. Thank you for all the attention to detail and spoiling us rotten.
- Joe and Sharma Whitton (UK)
17.4.2012. Had and amazing time here, thank you so much. All staff were so friendly and coming home to a hot bath was fab.
- India Watson (UK)
17.4.2012. Thank you so much for an amazing experience here, animals, rangers and staff were brilliant.
- Benny Watson (UK)
17.4.2012. Fantastic time, service, relaxed and will enjoy selling the White Elephant Experience to our clients.
- Stephanie Watson, African Space (UK)
17.4.2012. Lovely stay. Really enjoyed it.
- Graeme and Lena Shannon (UK)
17.4.2012. Thank you so much for such a relaxing and fascinating visit – we’ve really enjoyed ourselves. Hope to come back soon.
- Shirina and Shariqe Homawala (UK)
25.4.2012. Vielen Dank für diesen wunderschönen Aufenthalt bei Euch und den schönen Game Drive und den spannenden Walk.
- Katrhin & Andrea Munn (GERMANY)
25.4.2012. Thank you White Elephant for what has been one of the most memorable experiences of our lives! Truly honeymoon bliss. We will definitely see you all again in the near future. Love
- Mark and Caroline Gillies (UK/SOUTH AFRICA)
05.05.2012 – We enjoyed the time here at White Elephant Lodge. It was a wonderful time and a fantastic place. The game drive and the bush walk were exciting and we could watch a lot of animals, especially the elephant we came very close to. We learned a lot about the animals living in the bush, the rangers are very experienced and thank you to the staff.
- Micheala & Li (Germany)
06.05.2012 – Thank you so much or a lovely stay at your fantastic lodge. We will surely be back. Kind regards
- Danie & Janine (Pretoria)
09.05.2012 – Only one night at White Elephant Safari Lodge is way too short to experience everything it has got to offer. Thanks for your warm hospitality and hope to be back one day for a few more nights. -
- Rinse Wassenaar (Holland)
10.05.2012 – 20 years before we came to Africa and that was our first love. We came back several times, but now we lost our hearts for always here at White Elephant. We love you people, around the lodge, the animals and the nature. Thank you, dank you wel.
- Kees & Jenny (Holland)
14.05.2012 – Couple of nights, but a beautiful place in a stunning location. The safari excursions are excellent and so diverse with walks, drives, boat and the excellent hide. Many Thanks.
- Gavin Parsons (UK)
14.05.2012 – Second time here and hopefully my third soon. A little piece of heaven on earth. Fabulous service, impeccable food and a wondrous atmosphere. Loved the songs around the camp fire too. Best wishes to all.
- Martin Stigson (UK)
14.05.2012 – Wonderful stay in a stunning location, excellent hide, walk and river trip.
- Bob Bagel (UK)
14.05.2012 – Beautiful location, wonderful food – perfection. Will definitely be back. Thank you.
- Holly Gibson (UK)
14.05.2012 - Thank you so much again for the amazing hospitality, food, pampering… we will be back soon. You know how to create magic for the soul here.
- Corinne & Eric Mariethoz (Switzerland)
16.05.2012 – Travel Design USA. Thank you so much for the accommodation. It was lovely and Adriaan was very knowledgeable. Nerise was very friendly. Thank you again for the memories.
- Craig & Yvonne (USA)
19.05.2012 – This is what paradise is supposed to be. Thank you so much.
- Dagmar & Henning Hausmann (Germany)
28.05.2012 – Short but awesome was our stay here. We enjoyed being here a lot: relaxing at the pool or walking through the bush. Thanks a lot.
- Lea, Miriam & Wilfred (Germany)
28.05.2012 – Thanks for having us at your fabulous lodge. The peace and tranquillity was very welcome. The hospitality was perfect.
- Ian & Bev Adam (RSA)
Guest Comments February 2012
Zum 2 Mal ein toller und erlebnisreicher Aufenthalt mit vielen Eindrücken. Wir haben es sehr genossen. Vielen Dank!!!
- Elizabeth and Erich (SWITSERLAND)
We had a wonderful time thanks to all the staff. So attentative!
- Helmut and Mimi (JOHANNESBURG)
Thanks for a memorable and unique visit. The service was excellent and the food was truly delicious. We hope to return.
- Gordon and Paul (UK)
To Heinz and his fabulous team – Thank you for a most pleasant stay.
- Lisette & Ian (SOUTH AFRICA)
We have seen our favourite animals: giraffe, elephants and rhinos. The trip by boat was fantastic, a lot of water birds and passing white rhino’s. It was a beautiful experience. We have made a lot of fantastic photographs. Thank you for nice and peaceful stay.
- Marguet & Kurt (SWITZERLAND) & Traudi & Helmut (AUSTRIA)
What we loved the most is the friendly staff and amazing attitude to make our experience personalised and special. We commend the décor and homey atmosphere of every room in this lodge with heritage and style + touch of warmth everywhere. Not found in many 5-star lodges through Africa. Well done to all of you for making this a truly romantic + special African experience.
- Louise & Wessel (SOUTH AFRICA)
Thank you to everyone for a great stay. Particular thanks to Adriaan for his phenomenal knowledge and eagerness to pass it on; also for arranging a visit to the elephant research centre when the weather didn’t allow a game drive. Heike and the DVD were very informative. Also thanks to Pretty for looking after us so well at mealtimes. The spectacular storm threw the electricity but candles saw us through.
- Trevor & Denise (CAMBRIDGE)
We feel like a visit by friends. Interesting facts about animals and plants by the ranger, excellent meals and warm atmosphere. All great!!!!
- Jan & Peggy (BERLIN)
- Erdinc Orgut
Es war mal wieder wie früher schöner als Zelten und mit Abenteuer Feeling. Alle waren sehr bemüht um ums. Danke
- Helga and Heinz (GERMANY)
What an absolute wonderful place, we were so lucky to have the whole lodge to ourselves. Excellent service, the hospitality was fantastic and the food was unbelievable. Our very own piece of heaven. Thanks to Richard for showing us some wonderful animals. Unfortunately we have to move on – could have stayed forever. Xxx
- Sue and Steve (UK)
We had a wonderful stay in the White Elephant Lodge, peaceful, full of care, small delicious details which make life feel good, food was excellent. The drives were enthusiastic and we particularly appreciated the ‘rhino walk’ trying to find a rhino behind every bush and the boat game drive with hippo’s, birds, elephants, croc’s. Thank you very much. Hope we’ll be back with our children and grand-children.
- Brigette & Remy Nicolai (FRANCE)
Thanks for staying in Pongola’s most intimate lodge again. Adriaan and Heike just won first price in the player eco picture competition.
- Fons, Myriam & Ties (THE NETHERLANDS)
Guest Comments September and October 2012
02.09.2012 – Thank you very much. We had a wonderful time. The outdoor shower was amazing.
- Armand de Vos (RSA, MIDDLEBURG)
02.09.2012 - No words can describe how amazing our stay has been at White Elephant Lodge. Thank you so much.
- Jenna Scott & Nicholas McSeveney (RSA, KWA-ZULU NATAL)
04.09.2012 – Stunning, memorable and really one of the times of our lives! White Elephant will always be high on our list of recommendations.
- Jess Green (RSA, CAPE TOWN)
04.09.2012 – Fantastic team of people is what makes this place so special. Thanks for your hospitality – we enjoyed every minute.
- Milla Chirkova (RUSSIA)
09.09.2012 – It was a great experience in white elephant. Sometimes a bit scary at night walking to our tent, a great experience. Thanks.
- Lisette & Roel (DUTCH)
19.09.2012 – No words can be described this wonderful world of animals and place. Thank you very, very much.
- Dietmar & Anke (GERMANY)
23.09.2012 – This stay made our holiday completely perfect! We would like to stay longer than only one night! Thanks for all! We will come back in a few years.
- Sandra & Torsten (GERMANY)
23.09.2012 – Thank you very much for everything. It was fantastic and beautiful. Best wishes from the three German ladies.
- Conny, Eva & Tanja (GERMANY)
23.09.2012 – Once in a while you have an experience that both exhilarates and provides a sense of calm. We have been lucky over the past two days to have several, one of the most amazing experiences of people, nature and more. It was out of this world. Thank you
- Robin & Erna George (RSA, CAPE TOWN)
23.09.2012 – Baie dankie vir die wonderlike ervaring, wat ‘n belewenis. Julle sal ons definitief weer sien.
- Michelle & Ian (RSA, PIETERMARITZBURG)
23.09.2012 – Baie dankie vir die heerlike tyd. Julle diens is uitstekend! ‘n baie groot dankie aan Nerise en Jevan. Jevan is een van die beste guides. Tot volgende keer.
- Ernst & Andrea (RSA, PRETORIA)
16.10.2012 – Such a wonderful place! So lovely people, many interesting informations about the animals, very delicious meals. Thanks for all.
- Silke & Marcell (GERMANY)
It was beautiful and great to come here. We will be back with more friends and our guests visiting South Africa. Thank you for hosting us.
- Margot & Kris (POLISH)
19.10.2012 - Relaxing pure. Super service. Excellent meals. Thank you for staying here.
- Sabine & Johann (GERMANY)
20.10.2012 - Dear lovely people of the White Elephant Lodge. We have had such a lovely time. All your people are so kind…we loved the game drives and we loved your meals. Thank you, thank you, thankyou very much! See you next time!
- Harrie & Ellen Sijbers
- Diederik & Anneke Veerseman (THE NETHERLANDS)
20.10.2012 – wir waren für 2 Nächte in der Lodge und wir waren voll Ruhe und Frieden, der Ranger hat sich wundervoll mit unserem Sohn beschäftigt. Vielen lieben dank an das Personal. Nice, nice, nice
- Peter, Sabine & Christopher (GERMANY)
28.10.2012 – Thank you so much for an awesome weekend.
- Gert & Elsabe (VRYHEID)
28.10.2012 – This was wonderful! We enjoyed it so much!
- Cobus & Elmarie (MIDDLEBURG)
28.10.2012 – We needed a weekend getaway and WOW what an awesome getaway! Thank you for the fantastic hospitality! Hope to come back soon!
- Ralph & Cornelia (BALITO)