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Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Elephant Plains Game Lodge is located in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, one of South Africa’s best game-viewing areas. The lodge is situated on the banks of the seasonal Manyeleti River and offers guests a classic African safari experience. In the landscaped garden, you’ll find five rondavels — traditional circular dwellings with conical thatched roofs — while six luxury rooms overlook the river and waterhole. All rooms are en suite with air conditioning and mosquito nets. The Manyeleti honeymoon suite also offers a private plunge pool and deck area.

Evening meals are enjoyed either in the open-air boma or under the thatched roof of an open-sided lapa. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives with experienced ranger guides and Shangaan trackers and cool off in the heat of the day using the two swimming pools between.


One of the oldest and best lodges in this area of the Sabi Sands, Elephant Plains has been one of our preferred lodges for years. We love it for its knowledgeable guides, abundance of wildlife, attentive staff and exceptional food.


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Guests can choose between rondavels, which are located in the garden, the luxury suites that overlook the river and watering hole, or the Manyeleti honeymoon suite. All three boast decor that reflects the natural beauty around you, with lots of stone, rattan and bush-inspired palette of sand, tan, brown and gentle splashes of blue and maroon.

All come fully equipped with a lounge, private deck, air conditioning, en suite bathroom, bedroom with double bed, outside shower, minibar, fan, mosquito nets, wood fires, safe, and tea and coffee making facilities. 


Situated on the southwest edge of Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands is a sprawling game reserve with a dense population of the Big Five. The reserve is well known for its leopard and lion sightings in particular.

Food and drink

  • Evening meals are served around a fire in the boma under the vast African sky. 
  • Breakfast and lunch are served either in the dining room or on the deck overlooking the swimming pool. 
  • International menu with a South African twist.


Children of all ages are welcome, and there's a range of children's activities available. Cribs are also available on request.

Facilities and activities

  • Morning and evening game drives. 
  • Bush walks.
  • Bar area with TV.
  • Barbecue facilities.
  • Air conditioning.
  • Wi-Fi.
  • Kids’ activities.
  • Swimming pool. 

Tour ideas in Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Elephant Plains Game Lodge as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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