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White Elephant Bush Camp is available only as a private camp for exclusive hire.

The Bush Camp is located in the beautiful Pongola Game Reserve, overlooking the western escarpment of the Lebombo Mountains, Lake Jozini and the endless savannah woodland of Northern Zululand.

Tranquil views of the Lebombo Mountains across the waters of Lake Jozini, magical evening skies, a variety of game & fishing activities and total privacy will ensure that your stay at Bush Camp is a truly special, exclusive experience.

Pongola Game Reserve is a sanctuary to a large variety of wildlife, including elephant, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, impala, hyaena, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Birdlife is prolific due to the diversity of habitats, with in excess of 350 species recorded.

The Bush Camp
Bush Camp, with its seven spacious, en-suite, thatched chalets (including a family unit that sleeps 4), enormous palapa (thatched living & dining area), open-plan kitchen and poolside bar, provides a beautiful laid-back bush setting; perfect for private gatherings or getaways for family and friends.

With a personal field guide and camp attendant on hand, and the entire camp for your sole use, you get to arrange your bush itinery to cater for your exclusive needs.

A cook (advance notification essential), guide & vehicle for game drives, guide & boat for boat cruises and tiger-fishing, guided walks and canoes can be hired.


Game drives are conducted in open 4-wheel drive vehicles with professional guides.

Walking trails are very much part of the White Elephant experience and are offered as a daily excursion, normally early morning and late afternoon.

Guests will also be offered the opportunity of participating in the elephant monitoring programme, which is documenting research on the translocated elephant herds.

Boating activities include early morning game viewing cruises and late afternoon sunset excursions.

Lake Jozini offers spectacular freshwater fishing opportunities, including tiger-fishing, and is considered to be on a par with Lake Kariba.

The Bush Camp is located within close proximity to many renowned Zululand game and nature reserves, including Mkuze Game Reserve, Ndumo Game Reserve, Tembe Elephant Reserve, the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park and the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park.

Rooms and Units Available:

Private Bush Villa
Bush Camp - Self-catered private camp for exclusive hire Accommodates 16 guests in 7 spacious thatched chalets with Open plan living area & swimming pool NOTE:Min Booking fee (1-8) people plus additional fee per person for each guest above 8 applies.
Sleeps 8 Adults

UmKhaya Cottage
UmKhaya is a private self-contained thatched cottage, with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open plan kitchen & lounge, and large veranda. It is within short walking distance of White Elephant Bush Camp.
Sleeps 4 Adults and 2 children

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Disabled (wheelchair friendly)
Honeymoon Couples
Laundry Service
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Cots available
Curio Shop
Fireplace on the Premises
Parking (off-street - covered)
Xhosa / Zulu
Other Language
Communal Satellite TV
Swimming Pool
No Pets Allowed

Cancellation Policy:

100% payable if cancelled 7 days or less prior to arrival date
75% payable if cancelled one to four weeks prior to arrival date
50% payable if cancelled four to six weeks prior to arrival date
25% payable if cancelled six to eight weeks prior to arrival date


The Bush Camp is easily accessible from Gauteng and Durban, being situated directly adjacent to the main N2 East Coast route, between Mkuze Village and Pongola.

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  • Accommodation Type: Game Lodge and Self-Catering
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM