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Birding Conservation

Newsletter November 2009


Dear White Elephant Friends,
This year White Elephant Safari Lodge celebrated its 10th birthday. To all our guests, friends, travel agents and tour operators who have supported us over the last 10 years, thank you very much. We hope to have matured like a good red wine to be enjoyed by everyone for the next decade. Thank you especially to all the White Elephant staff for making White Elephant a special destination! 

Our birthday ‘gift’ is a spectacular rim-flow swimming pool between the main lodge verandah and the sweeping view of the Lebombo Mountains and Lake Jozini. The new swimming pool perfects the beautiful setting for a relaxing, unique getaway.

Dearest friends!

It is still time to wish you a Wonderful Year 2004! Good health, Love, Peace Happiness and Prosperity are what Jean and I wish for you!

Flying For Africa visits White Elephant

Michael Fay, the well known conservationist and researcher from the World Conservation Society, is doing a 15 month long low level aerial transect across Africa transversing every major eco-region on the continent.

Irish Times Article

Jean Beliveau and the wwwalk!

Time goes by as fast as the wind... and Jean follows it closely! On this day of August 18, 2004, Jean celebrates his 49th birthday and the 4th anniversary of his walk.

Life is a journey, a safari...

New Birth

The Red Winds

Every ten years a phenomenon of nature occurs near The Pongola River (now the Jozini lake)...

ZULU King Goodwill Zwelithini

ZULU King Goodwill Zwelithini will this weekend walk his daughter Princess Ntombiyesizwe down the aisle at PONGOLA Rugby Stadium.

Burchall's Coucal

On Thursday 9 September 2004, round about 16h00, whilest travelling on the way back from Pongola to White Elephant in the Pongola Game Reserve South, we spotted a 'albinistic' Burchall's Coucal, flying across the N2 where it crosses the Pongola River.

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Newsletter March 2012

Dear guests and friens,

Autumn is here…our favourite time of the year at White Elephant: tall green bush, beautiful balmy days, silent windless nights, shiny well fed animals, everything so perfect. Sometimes we wish we could push the pause button so everyone could have a chance to experience this special season at White Elephant. It is also the start of rutting season. Rutting provides for spectacular scenes of impala clashing horns and the sound of explosive snorts breaking the quiet of moonlit evenings. Full moon dates are: 6 April and 6 May (peak of impala rut).


Newsletter May 2013
Hello White Elephant Friends
After another wonderful summer with a higher than usual rainfall, the ‘bush pantry’ is full.
Rutting season is in progress, filling the air with the sound of clashing horns and loud snortings. This amazing annual phenomenon will result in a bumper Impala baby boom in late October or early November when the first summer rains fall again.
The crisp windless evenings and clear sunny days, rutting season and the array of nocturnal sounds make May a special time of the year to experience the Zululand bush at White Elephant !

Birding is exceptional this time of the year with an abundance of raptors and water birds along the lake Jozini wetlands. 


Newsletter Novermber 2011

Hello White Elephant friends,

As 2011 is nearing the end, herewith a newsletter from a slightly different angle: News about the daily challenges, achievements and events pertaining to not only the lodges but also to our wildlife and the daily conservation challenges.  

Although rhino poaching has been in the headlines for a while now, touch wood, we have had no rhino poached but protecting these endangered and rare species from extinction has become a real challenge. We have had two new born black rhino calves this year and incredibly, we have had 57 sightings reported by our guides and guests for October alone. With the continued support of Brothers Safaris, we have also managed to microchip, ear notch and collar one of the sub-adult bulls (born on White Elephant since their re-introduction in 2008 as part of the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project). Thank you Colin, Jackie, Suzan and wildlife vet Dr Peter Brothers for allowing us to action these vital procedures to manage and conserve our black rhino. During this ‘Veterinary Safari’ we also managed to immobilize and re-collar ‘Lucky’, one of the seven vasectomised elephant bulls vasectomised by Disney World’s Elephant Population Management Project team in 2009, who had outgrown his radio collar.


NEW RELEASE November 2011

NEW RELEASE!! For our Safari Lodge guests that would just like to stay over to relax, enjoy our superb cuisine - venison dishes is our speciality!, experience exclusivity surrounded by an absolute majestic natural and peaceful environment teaming with wildlife, without having to participate on any activities, we are now offering a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast rate of R 1155 per person per night sharing (R 1500 pppn single). Please contact Stephanie at reservations and book your D, B&B stay at our five star White Elephant Safari Lodge


Spring is in the air in and it is only August!

Spring seems to have arrived early this year in more ways than one: The sausage trees are flowering, days have been warm and White Elephant has a number of new babies.


Newsletter March 2011


Hello White Elephant friends,
Do you know that an earthly paradise can really exist? We live in one!
The landscape is unique, the Lebombo mountains ancient and majestic, and lake Jozini beautiful. (And deep. And shimmering. And full of hippo, crocodiles, and tiger fish.) This is a paradise where people live close to nature, sensitive to their environment.

Bush Camp Announcement

From 1 May 2007, White Elephant Bush Camp will now be available only as a private camp for exclusive hire.


White Elephant in the News

The first time I met the owner of the White Elephant Safari Lodge, Heinz Kohrs, I thought he was a member of staff. A very interesting one, who had gleaned a fair bit of knowledge about the area he was working in.


February Special

It’s time for a bit of spoiling. Join us for a Bushveld break away.


Black Rhino Range Expansion Project

Please see the below newsletter from the WWF/ Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, which as you will see, took place in the Pongola Game Reserve, home to White Elephant Safari Lodge and Bush Camp.


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