Superbly sited overlooking a waterhole, Elephant Rock is a compact lodge offering luxury accommodation for up to 10 people.

Driving safaris are available - or simply relax on the veranda and enjoy the bird and animal life that abounds around the lodge.

There are five luxurious two-sleeper chalets, one being a family room. The chalets include a bathroom, a private viewing deck and an outdoor shower. All rooms have great views of the watering hole.

Room types

  • Elephant Rock Deck

    Luxury Chalets

    There are 5 chalets including 1 family suite with inter-leading rooms. All rooms are Air-conditioned and have decks with either views of the watering hole or the of the bushveld

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included in all rates as well 2 game drives daily

Rates for Elephant Rock Lodge

There are 5 luxury en Suite Chalets. Each has an outdoor shower and can be made up with either a King Size bed or with Twin beds on request.

Rates include:

2 game drives daily, morning and evening.
3 meals, snacks and refreshments on game drives
Tea and coffee are available at the lodge throughout the day

Rates Exclude

A Reserve Rhino protection levy of R 70 per person per night, payable at the lodge on departure.
All beverages from the bar and on Game drives
Gratuities, personal purchases and extra activities.


    17 May 2021 - 31 August 2021
    Per adult sharing from: R 1 895 per night
    Children 3-11 from: R 1 595 per night

    + Terms
    Rate Excludes

    All beverages not mentioned above, Nambiti Rhino Conservation Levy, gratuities, personal items purchased, extra activities such as fishing (seasonal) and spa treatments


    Valid Sunday to Thursday
    Rates are quoted per person per night
    A minimum two night stay is required to get this rate. Surcharges may apply for 1 night bookings
    Valid for SA Residents Only

  • Advance Booking Rates

    17 May 2021 - 31 August 2021
    Per adult sharing from: R 2 195 per night
    Children 3-11 from: R 1 895 per night

    1 September - 15 December 2021
    Per adult sharing from R 2 495 per night

    + more info
    Rates Include

    2 game Drives Daily, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Snacks and Refreshments on Game Drives, Tea and Coffee available throughout the day.


    Rates are only available to SADC residents, please enquire for best available rate for internationals.


Elephant Rock lodge has just 5 rooms. It is a small and intimate lodge. We have had quite a few extended families rent the whole lodge out on an exclusive use basis. With just the 5 rooms it is easily done.
The lodge allows kids from the age of 3 ( unless the whole lodge has been booked on an exclusive basis ) and they really work hard at getting the kids involved in the game drives and game spotting.

The lodge is also popular for small workshops and Management Retreats. The relaxed and stimulating atmosphere helps create opportunities for methodical planning and decision making.

Activities on Site

>> A morning and late afternoon game drive are included in the rate.
>> While it may not sound like an activity, sitting on the deck watching the animals ( often elephant ) drink and play at the waterhole is extremely satisfying
>> There is fishing by request
>> Birding

The Lodge
Elephant Rock Lodge is superbly positioned in the Nambiti Reserve overlooking a waterhole where game come down to drink quite often. It is a small boutique lodge offering luxury accommodation for up to 10 people

You will find an indoor dining area and lounge with freestanding fireplace in the main area of the lodge and what would a safari be without a G & T which you can get from the large bar area. A perfect companion for watching the game below. There is a beautiful rock pool and an outdoor entertainment area that overlooks the watering hole.

Children on Game drives
Kindly note that children 12yrs and under are welcome to join us on our game drives, however, Depending on the maturity of the children and at the Rangers discretion these drives may not be allowed within 50 meters of a big five sighting.

Please advise your reservations agent or Elephant Rock Lodge if your arrival time is going to differ from the one you completed on your booking form.
One arrival at Memorial gate and after filling on your arrival form you will be directed to the parking area where your Elephant Rock Lodge Guide will come and fetch you. You are entering a big 5 Game reserve, please drive carefully and be responsible if you happen on any sightings on your way to the parking.
You will be transported by Game Viewer by your Game Ranger to the Lodge.

Daily Timetable

All times are approximate and are dependent on weather and seasonal sunset and sunrise times. Visiting groups that are large enough to use one Game viewer together can further customise the times to suit themselves.

Please arrive for pickup from the parking area by 2pm.

Lunch is at about 1.30 pm and and you can check into your tents from 14h00 hours

Game drives are at about 15h00 in winter. In summer they leave a bit later usually at 15h30 to 16h00

Dinner in winter is at around 19h30 and a bit later in summer

In Winter, morning coffee is at about 06h30 with your game drive departing at about 07h00. In Summer your game drive will be about an hour earlier

Breakfast in Summer is at about 09h00 and about an hour later in winter.


Please be ready to leave your tent by 11H00 hours and to be transferred to your vehicle by 12h00

Cancellation / Prepayment

A 50% deposit is required to confirm your accommodation. The balance is to be paid 35 days prior to your stay

  • More than 30 days prior to arrival : 10% cancellation fee
  • 14 days to 30 days prior to arrival : 50% cancellation fee
  • 14 days or less - prior to arrival : 100% cancellation fee

Child Policy

Children of all ages are welcome at the lodge

Children on Game Drives
Children Under the age of 12 years of age are welcome to join game drives but there may be a 50m Big 5 sighting approach limit at the Rangers discretion if you he feels it may not be safe to go closer.


All extras to be settled directly with the Lodge unless pre arranged with Reservations

Around the Lodge

  • Boma Dinner
  • Swimming Pool
  • Views from the bedroom
  • Game Drive
  • Big Five
  • Large indoor bar facility
  • Indoor dining area
  • Boma
  • Bird Watching

Your Chalet

The 5 Suites are nicely spaced to allow for total privacy. The rooms all come with ceiling fans and can be made up as Double or Twin rooms.
The en Suite facilities have his and hers basins, inside and outside showers, a Bath with a view and a tea and coffee station

  • 5 Suites
  • In-room wellness treatments
  • 1 is a family suite - 2 inter-leading rooms
  • En suite bathrooms.
  • Outdoor shower.
  • Fans
  • Hairdryers in rooms
  • A mini-safe.
  • Bathroom amenities, insect repellent and hairdryers.
  • Tea and Coffee making facilities.
  • 5 (of the 15) are Family–Type Tents
  • (i.e. can accommodate a 3rd adult or 2 children – in one tent)
  • No Smoking in the Tent is permitted.


Internet Reception is intermittent


Visitors vehicles are to be left at the dedicated secure parking areas near the gate that they entered the reserve through. You will be picked up by and dropped off there by your game ranger.

  • 15 km from Ladysmith
  • 260 km from Durban | 400 km from Joburg

Directions from Johannesburg

Charter flights can fly into the reserve landing strip where the guests will be collected and transferred to the lodge which is a 45 minute ( Bonus Game )drive.

Head for Ladysmith on the N3. Once you have entered KwaZulu Natal via Van Reenen, look out for the Ladysmith Toll off-ramp (at the bottom of Van Reenen's Pass.
Turn left and drive toward Ladysmith on the R103. When you arrive in Ladysmith, drive straight through, following the N11 Road to Newcastle. From the last traffic lights leaving Ladysmith travel for ± 7kms.
Turn Right onto the D45 Road, follow for ± 10Km’s, at the T-Junction turn right, travel along side the game fence for 4 Km until you reach the gate-house which is staffed.

Directions from Durban

Head for Ladysmith on the N3 – Take the Ladysmith / Bergville Toll Off Ramp. Turn Right and head for Ladysmith, drive straight through Ladysmith on the N11 Road towards Newcastle from the last robots leaving Ladysmith travel for ± 7kms. Turn Right onto the D45 Road, follow for ± 10Km’s, at at the T-Junction turn right, travel along side the game fence for 4 Km until you reach the gate-house which is staffed.

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