Our Rating
7.6
Overall

Elephant Rock

South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Nambiti

from R 1588 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

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7.6
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Elephant Rock

South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Nambiti

from R 1588 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

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Our Verdict

With just 5 rooms this is one of the most intimate lodges in Nambiti - guests rave about the warm hospitality whilst another highlight are the great views over the waterhole below!

Our Ratings

7.6
Overall
7.5
Luxury & style
8.0
Setting
7.0
Game Viewing
8.0
Romance

Our Ratings

7.6
Overall
7.5
Luxury & style
8.0
Setting
7.0
Game Viewing
8.0
Romance

What's Hot

  • We love smaller lodges for the feeling of truly personal service and hospitality that so often results and Elephant Rock really delivers in this area, with guests consistently praising the warmth of the home-from-home hospitality on offer
  • Excellent location with great views over the active waterhole below - not much can touch the experience of relaxing in a swinging chair or even enjoying an outdoor shower on your private deck whilst simultaneously taking in the views of the animals coming in to drink!
  • Elephant Rock is one of the cheaper lodges in the Nambiti reserve despite being so popular - it truly offers superior value for money
  • No doubt you'll make new friends whilst enjoying consistently excellent dining at the communal table (although if you fancy something a little more private and romantic the team at the lodge will happily set up a table just for the 2 of you!)

What's Not

  • Not much really at this price to be honest - probably the biggest issue is that Elephant Rock has become so popular (and with a very high return guest proportion too) that availability here can unfortunately be pretty tough to find

Elephant Rock

Elephant RockNambiti can get pretty boiling in summer which will no doubt have you making a bee-line for the small plunge pool which has been sculpted into the hillside to resemble a natural rock pool

Lodge Profile

With just 5 rooms this is one of the most intimate lodges in Nambiti - guests rave about the warm hospitality whilst another highlight are the great views over the waterhole below!

Quick Overview

Location
Nambiti Reserve
Drive Time
4 1/2 hours from Johannesburg & 3 hours from Durban
Malaria
No
Setting
Hillside
Rooms
5 rooms
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes
Spa
No
Camp Fenced
Yes
Tracker
No - only ranger
Off Road
Yes
Child Policy
Children of 3 years plus welcome

SMALL AND INTIMATE

The Nambiti Reserve has quickly become one of our biggest sellers and it’s not hard to see why – for one it’s easily accessible from both Johannesburg and Durban; game viewing is reliably good, the scenery very attractive and there’s a wide choice of reasonably priced lodges to choose from. So what makes Elephant Rock a decent choice? Well for us what really stands out about the lodge is that it is one of the smallest on the reserve – with just 5 rooms accommodating a maximum of 10 people, Elephant Rock excels at offering the type of truly personal service and warm hospitality that other larger lodges struggle to. It really does make for a “home from home” type atmosphere and this is ultimately reflected in the feedback of guests who almost invariably rave about Elephant Rock and particularly its friendly staff!

OVERLOOKING A WATERHOLE

One of the lodge’s other main selling points is that it boasts a great position on a hillside overlooking an active waterhole below. Sure, it would be great if the waterhole was even closer, but whether you sit on the lodge’s comfortable main deck or in one of the hanging chairs on your room’s private deck, you’ll enjoy lovely views of the animals coming through to slake their thirst at the waterhole.

JUST 5 ROOMS

There are definitely more stylish and luxurious lodges in Nambiti, but Elephant Rock offers 5 comfortable air-conditioned rooms (including a family unit consisting of 2 interleading rooms) made from local stone and with traditional thatched roofs. A highlight has to be the spacious bathrooms with their indoor and twin outdoor showers as well as a bath overlooking the waterhole. A small veranda area with twin hanging chairs is a comfortable spot to while away the hours with a good book whilst casting an occasional glance at what new arrivals have made their way to the waterhole.

ROCK PLUNGE POOL

The Nambiti reserve can get pretty boiling in summer which will no doubt have you making a bee-line for the small plunge pool which has been sculpted into the hillside to resemble a natural rock pool. The adjacent deck is the perfect place to chill on a lounger with an ice-cold drink and to keep an eye on proceedings at the waterhole. Close by lies a small fire-pit boma area – perfect for relaxing under the stars and reliving the day’s game viewing excitement with fellow guests.

EXCELLENT DINING

One of the most common bits of feedback from satisfied Elephant Rock guests is that the meals are truly superb and accompanied by excellent service. With a staff ratio of one staff member per guest, you’re ensured phenomenal service and personalised attention to detail! Mouth-watering meals are prepared by the in-house chef and a variety of dining experiences and locations are offered – you may find yourself enjoying a sumptuous dinner next to the fire in the main lodge on a cold night, a traditional meal complete with roaring fire in the boma, or a meal under the stars on the magnificent deck overlooking the waterhole! With just 10 guests meals are often served at a communal table which allows you to cement the friendships built up on the game drives and those pre-dinner drinks at the bar.

REWARDING GAME VIEWING

As a smallish 10 000 hectare reserve, Nambiti obviously isn’t able to deliver the massive herds that the Kruger can produce for example, but the feedback that we get from guests regarding the reserve’s game viewing is usually extremely positive. The Big Five is on offer (although you’re very unlikely to see leopard if we’re being honest) and there is a generous amount of general game to be seen too (including more kudu than we’ve ever seen before!) And that’s before we mention the very attractive landscapes through which you’ll traverse on your game drives – including Serengeti-like extensive grassy plains, rolling hills covered in thick bushveld and even the spectacular valley carved through the reserve by the Sundays River (including not insubstantial waterfalls)

No wonder guests return happy from Elephant Rock: take excellent game viewing, lovely varied landscapes, comfortable rooms, exquisite cuisine and high standards of personal service - all at exceptional value for money – and it adds up to a winning combination!

Pricing

pp/night sharing

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Booking Notes

  • Excludes all beverages from the bar and on game drives
  • Nambiti Rhino Conservation Levy of R 37 pppn payable at lodge
  • Excludes Spa Treatments
  • Minimum 2 night stay over a weekend (Friday and Saturday night)
  • On arrival at the Nambiti Reserve guests are directed to the undercover car park area where our lodge ranger will meet them and transfer them and their luggage on his open game viewer to the lodge


Child Policy

  • NO children under the age of three (3) at the lodge unless the lodge has been booked for exclusive use