Elephant Plains Game Lodge • Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Photo of the lodge entrance Photo of a luxury guest room Photo of the rondawels Photo of the honeymoon suite Photo of the main guest bar and lounge Photo of the boma Photo a game drive

Elephant Plains Game Lodge

be sure of an experience that will live up to the Africa of your dreams

  • Grading: Four Star

Address: Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

Children: All ages are welcome
Bed capacity: maximum of 24 guests


Elephant Plains Game Lodge situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, offers excellent Big 5 game viewing.

The Reserve

Sabi Sand is named after its two main rivers, the Sabi and Sand Rivers, which both flow to the south of Elephant Plains Game Lodge. In 1993 the fences between the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Game Reserve were dropped to allow the animals an even bigger traversing area. Sabi Sand is world renowned for excellent Big 5 game viewing.

Lodge Features

The lodge is situated on the banks of the dry Manyeleti riverbed and offers unforgettable views of sunrise and sunset across the plain. The pool deck overlooks a watering hole opposite the camp where animals often come to drink.

The main lodge houses the reception, dining room, bar/lounge, wine cellar, library and curio shop.

Our chefs prepare tasty international cuisine and also specialize in South African dishes. Mealtimes are pleasurable, mouth-watering experiences accompanied by handpicked wines from our wine cellar.

The lodge layout caters for the discerning traveller, offering different types of accommodation to cater for a variety of needs. We offer comfortable style and affordable luxury.

  • Child minding facility
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Wine Cellar
  • Curio shop
  • Fax/ Telephone/ Internet/ E-mail
  • Games Room
  • Conference room
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Parking
  • Two swimming pools
  • Gym
  • African Health Spa


Guests may choose between five rondavels, six luxury suites and The Manyeleti, our romantic honeymoon suite. The lodge is owner run and can accommodate a maximum of 24 guests.

Rondavel Accommodation

The lodge offers five spaciously appointed thatched rondavels. Each rondavel has its own distinct character and comfortable charm and overlooks the lodge garden.

One of the Rondavels has two separate bedrooms, ideal for a family.

    All rondavels have:
  • double beds
  • en-suite bathrooms (bath and shower)
  • air-conditioning
  • overhead fans
  • mosquito nets
  • electronic safes
  • tea and coffee making facilities
  • mini bars, AND
  • a sun deck

Luxury Suite Accommodation

The six luxury suites are decorated in warm, earthy tones blending superbly with the natural surroundings. The suites overlook the dry riverbed in front of the lodge.

Some of the suites also have a sleeper couch for small children. Alternatively, an extra bed can be supplied.

    These exclusive open-plan suites have:
  • double bedrooms
  • en-suite bathrooms (inside/outside shower)
  • air-conditioning
  • overhead fans
  • mosquito nets
  • electronic safes
  • tea and coffee making facilities
  • mini bars, AND
  • a private viewing deck
  • a lounge
  • wood fires

Honeymoon Suite

The fronted suite Manyeleti Honeymoon Suite is surrounded by Jackalberry trees, nestled away deep inside the bush.

The suite provides honeymooners, or guests that are just romantic at heart, with elegance, privacy and a stunning view.

It offers all the usual luxuries and also has a double outside shower as well as a sala and private plunge pool and daybed.


Please contact us for our latest rates and availability.

Lodges offer varied rates which change from time to time. Rates depend on service levels, the type of lodge or hotel, number and age of guests, the time of year, location and any specials which may apply at time of enquiry.

Our rates are:

  • Inclusive of VAT
  • In South African Rand
  • Subject to availability.
  • Quoted are subject to change, without prior notice.
  • Rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honored.
  • Accommodation
  • Two Daily Game Drives and a Bushwalk
  • Three meals per day
  • Tea / Coffee
  • Bar Account
  • Game Drive Drinks
  • Mini Bar
  • Curio Shop Purchases
  • Spa Treatments
  • Laundry Service
  • Child Minding Services
  • Telephone Calls
  • Faxes & Internet Usage
  • Lodge Transfers
  • Airport Tax
  • SSW Entrance Fees

Children Policy

  • All ages welcome
  • Children are allowed on game drives as long as they are well-behaved & accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  • Children under the age of 16 (16 years and younger) are not allowed on bush walks. This is in the interests of personal safety, as well as the comfort of other guests. Mini bush walks can be organized inside the camp premises for children.
  • Special dining arrangements, babysitting services and baby cots can be organized, if prior notice is given. Babysitting services are charged per hour.
  • Children under 12 years of age (12 years and younger), sharing with full paying adults, pay 50% of the quoted adult tariff.
  • Children who have reached their 13th birthday are considered adult and therefore pay the full adult tariff.


    The daily bush walk takes place after breakfast and you will be accompanied by your ranger. During bush walk you will have the opportunity to take a closer look at animal tracks, birds, different types of grasses and trees, as well as any smaller details of the bush that might fascinate you.

    For safety reasons, we unfortunately do not allow children aged 16 and under to go on the bush walk. Guests over the age of 60 would be required to provide a medical certificate stating that they are in good health and fit to go on a bush walk.

    The rangers will use their discretion concerning anything that could pose a threat or jeopardize the safety of guests. These include the degree of fitness, agility and physical restrictions (as stipulated by FGASA - Field Guides Association of SA).

The African Health Spa is situated right across the watering hole in front of the camp and offers breathtaking views.

We have two qualified therapists and an extensive list of treatments, ranging from relaxing massages to rejuvenating facials. Come and indulge yourself.

Game drives are conducted in open Land Cruisers which enable the rangers to drive off-road and provide guests with up close game viewing and great photographic opportunities. Off-road driving is done in accordance to guidelines set out by the Sabi Sand ecologists.

We only allow off-road driving in certain areas and with special precautions. During afternoon/night drives we use spotlights to find nocturnal animals.

At Elephant Plains Game Lodge you can be sure of game drives that will live up to the Africa of your imagination. Not only will you have an excellent chance of close encounters with the Big 5, but you may even be spoiled with the more elusive wild dog and elephant sightings.

Join us for a night of star gazing under the African skies. The remoteness of the lodge makes Elephant Plains the ideal spot for star gazing.

View constellations such as the Southern Cross and Scorpion and find out interesting facts about nebulas and clusters.

For guests not wanting to leave their fitness regime at home, are welcome to use the gym.

It is equipped with a treadmill, stationary bike, multi-gym as well as free weights.


The Elephant Plains conference facility features a lounge area with satellite TV, a conference area with a projector and big screen as well as a tea/ coffee serving facility.

Please note that we require the whole camp to be booked out for a conference, up to a maximum of 24 guests.

Photo of bush walk
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