Recent Big 5 Sightings

Big 5 Sightings 9-15 May 2022

Big 5 Sightings 9-15 May 2022

  The Big 5 Highlight of the week was seeing Tiyani, the female leopard, and her cub feeding on an impala kill on Bush Camp West.   Monday, 9 May 2022 (26°C, 2mm of Rain) The Talamati pride of lions and 1 Avoca male lion resting on Shirley’s Open area....

Big 5 Sightings 2-8 May 2022

Big 5 Sightings 2-8 May 2022

  The Big 5 Highlight of the week was seeing the Talamati breakaway pride of lions feeding on a kudu bull.   Monday, 2 May 2022 (26°C) Xinzele, the female leopard, scent marking along Saseka Road. A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ekiso...

Big 5 Sightings 18 – 24 April 2022

Big 5 Sightings 18 – 24 April 2022

  The Big 5 Highlight of the week was seeing Tiyani, the female leopard, stealing a kill from Makhomsava, the female leopard.   Monday, 18 April 2022 (21°C, 20mm of Rain) Tiyani, the female leopard, and one of her cubs resting at Simbambili Helipad. One...

Big 5 Sightings 11 – 17 April 2022

Big 5 Sightings 11 – 17 April 2022

  The Highlight of the week was seeing a pack of African Wild dogs making an Impala kill on Pump track.   Monday, 11 April 2022 (30°C) The Talamati pride of lions resting on EP driveway at the quarry. A pack of African Wild dogs made an impala kill on pump...

Big 5 Sightings 7-13 March 2022

Big 5 Sightings 7-13 March 2022

  The Big 5 Highlight of the week was finding Tortoise Pan, the male leopard, drinking water at Serengeti Pan and when finished posed for some great photos.   Monday, 7 March 2022 (30°C) Makhomsava, the female leopard, feeding on an impala kill close to Big...

Big 5 Sightings 28 February – 6 March 2022

Big 5 Sightings 28 February – 6 March 2022

  The Big 5 Highlight of the week was watching a breeding herd of elephants enjoying the last few Marula fruits around.   Monday, 28 February 2022 (30°C) Ndzutini, the female leopard, scent marking along Sawmill Road. One elephant bull feeding on the...

Covid-19

In view of the current Covid-19 outbreak, which has recently been defined as a pandemic by the WHO, Elephant Plains Game Lodge would like to state the following, effective from today, until further notice:

Leopards

“Without Prejudice”

Good day travel partners

In vieu of the current Covid-19 outbreak, which has recently been defined as a pandemic by the WHO, Elephant Plains Game Lodge would like to state the following, effective from today, until further notice:

  • Elephant Plains Game Lodge is currently an unaffected area. Therefore, the lodge is fully operational.
  • We are sensitive to the uncertainties and fears that the outbreak has imposed on both our travel partners and our guests. These are uncertain times for all of us. We will therefore endeavour to work towards an amicable solution for everyone.
  • We have put the necessary safety measures in place and are closely monitoring the current situation, together with the help of Africa Safe-T, our emergency team.
  • All our SOP’s have been activated at the lodge.
  • Please keep in mind that this pandemic is a first for all of us. There are no fool proof guidelines on how to perfectly handle the situation. We will all learn something new, while doing our utmost best. This is an opportunity to show character and instil, in those who do not know EP that well, our values and commitment towards the industry.
  • Our normal cancellation policy is still being implemented for confirmed bookings, up to date. Therefore, should a booking be cancelled for any reason, Covid-19 or otherwise, please take note of the following:

Cancellation Policy:

  • Date of confirmation to 121 days prior to arrival:
    Guests forfeit 5% of the total Reservation Value (charged as a handling fee)
  • 120 to 61 days prior to arrival:
    Guests forfeit 25% of the total Reservation Value (No refund of deposit)
  • 60 – 31 Days prior to arrival:
    Guests forfeit 50% of the full Reservation Value
  • Less than 30 Days to date of arrival:
    Guests forfeit 100% of the full Reservation Value
  • No Show / Early Departures:
    Guests forfeit 100% of the full Reservation Value
  • Any normal cancellations will be applicable as stated above.

Requests for Postponement of Confirmed Bookings, due to Covid-19, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. These would include, but are not limited to, the window period between a request for postponement and the actual dates of stay.

Postponement of Confirmed Booking Policy, due to Covid-19:

  • Should a postponement be requested for a confirmed booking, your current booking will be postponed / carried over to a mutually agreed upon future date – 12 months from the date of the requested postponement.
  • These terms are subject to availability.
  • If the postponed date carries over into the 2021 booking season, guests would be liable for the rate increases for accommodation and / or all transfers.
  • All payments already made (deposits, full payments and / or transfer money) will be kept as credit, towards these future bookings.
  • In order to qualify for the Postponement Policy for Confirmed Bookings, the lodge should be notified 14 days, prior to arrival.
  • Confirmed bookings may be amended once.

Postponement of Confirmation of Provisional Bookings, due to Covid-19:

  • Requests for Postponement of Confirmation of Provisional Bookings, will be handled on a case-by-case basis, depending on how far in advance the provisional booking is being kept.
  • Provisional bookings will be followed up on a two-weekly basis (as per our normal policy) and then either confirmed, or released, 14 days before arrival.
  • If there is another booking that would like to confirm on your provisionally held date, our reservations office will be in contact with you.

Please note that all future bookings, for the time being, will be handled on a case-by-case scenario, with possible amendments to confirmation dates and payments. More details on these are to follow.

Elephant Plains Game Lodge reserves the right to amend these Terms & Conditions at any time, if the need arises. Until further notice, though, these are our Terms & Conditions for the current period. We will communicate any amendments to all the affected role players in the industry timeously.

Please be assured of our best intentions and transparency, during these difficult times. We will do our utmost best to be as fair as possible in all our decision making.

Let us take a moment to contemplate and embrace the following quote from Albert Einstein:

“In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.”

Good luck and God bless.

Etienne, Marlet and the whole EP Team.

COVID-19 Online Resource Portal RSA Health Department

Official updates from the South African government on the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and Covid-19, are available on the website www.SAcoronavirus.co.za.

Latest News

March Trumpet 2022

March Trumpet 2022

Photo above by Kayleigh-Rose Humphries Wow! Our first Newsletter of 2022 and the year is already well on its way! We hope that our previous and future guests alike, all enjoyed a well-deserved Christmas holiday break, together with family and friends.  Elephant Plains...

September Trumpet 2021

September Trumpet 2021

Photo by Joshua Venter Spring is in the air. With it comes the promise of new life, new growth, new beginnings… As I sit here typing, contemplating what to write today, I scroll back to the previous newsletter, to read what I wrote back then and the first paragraph...

March Trumpet 2021

March Trumpet 2021

Sometimes, when a crisis arises, all you can do is to wait it out. To go with the flow, to tell yourself that “this too shall pass.

End of 2020 Trumpet

End of 2020 Trumpet

Life is unpredictable. That’s a given. But if anyone predicted the chaos that Covid-19 would cause during the past year, no one would have believed it. Still, the year 2020 threw a curveball to all of us, not only in tourism but worldwide, in every possible industry....

Oct & Nov 2020 Specials

Oct & Nov 2020 Specials

Tired of sitting at home? Make a domestic arrival at Elephant Plains Game Lodge and come and enjoy nature in its purest form!

June & July Trumpet

June & July Trumpet

What’s been happening at Elephant Plains during lockdown? We tell you the story in pictures.

From the Kitchen

Grilled Honey and Garlic Salmon

Grilled Honey and Garlic Salmon

Adding some fish to your dinner menu, will not only bring happy faces but also healthier feelings. Spoil your guest or family with this flavorful fish. You might even start cutting back on some meat, who knows?

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Rooibos Milk Tarts

Rooibos Milk Tarts

One usually enjoys the tea and the milk tart (melktert) separately, but with this recipe you get to experience the best of both in one bite, melting in your mouth and allowing the cinnamon to round this dessert off – Chef Yolandi Grobler

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From the Kitchen

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