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....
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What’s been happening at Elephant Plains during lockdown? We tell you the story in pictures.
Without Prejudice Good day travel partners It has been more than a month since we arrived at the lodge for lockdown. Normally, the saying goes: “Time flies, when you’re having fun.” I am sure that most of you would agree that time also sometimes flies, despite...
As I sit here working, catching up on e-mails, trying to make sense of the Covid-19 pandemic, a hyena laughs in the distance. It also started raining softly – a welcome relief from yesterday’s heat. And so, life goes on… Even though it is 04:00 in the morning, during the start of our three-week lockdown, somehow sitting on the porch, listening to these sounds, the world around us seems fine. And the situation feels surreal.
Special rates valid for a stay between 16 March and 31 August 2020. Applies to new bookings only. Rates include accommodation, all meals and game drives (including sundowner refreshments). Rates exclude transfers, conservation & reserve entrance fees, beverages and items of a personal nature.
As most of you would know by now, Salayexe, our resident female leopard, sadly passed away on the 18th of August. Salayexe was the territorial female on Elephant Plains and I am sure that thousands of guests who visited the lodges in the northern sector of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve would remember her.
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:
From the Kitchen
Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are true super foods. Naturally sweet and juicy, berries are low in sugar and high in nutrients – they are among the best foods you can eat – Joel Fuhrman
Before soup warms up the body, it first warms up the soul – from deep inside a little flame sparks up and it grows with every spoon you sample until the warmth takes over your whole body and you and this bowl of soup becomes one in a universe that makes sense to food lovers. – Yolandi Grobler
This easy flapjack recipe is not just easy to make, it’s quick as well. Make your choice between sweet or savoury or even both. They are guaranteed to wow your guests.
This traditional, simple yet delicious batter is a perfect way to add a different take to your regular fish meal on your menu planner.
Buttermilk rusks are a popular snack in South Africa. They are essentially double-baked bread. Interestingly, it has the most straightforward recipe compared to other snacks.
Recent Big 5 Sightings
The Big 5 Highlight of the week was spending time with some of our favourite leopards including some new faces to our area. Monday, 22 February 2021 (36°C) The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on the firebreak close to Simbambili driveway. One unknown...
The Highlight of the week was watching the pack of African wild dogs hunting some impala on Shirley’s open area. Monday, 15 February 2021 (29°C, 38mm of Rain) One elephant bull feeding on Rhino Pan Road. The Nkuhuma pride of lions feeding on a waterbuck...
The Big 5 Highlight of the week was watching the Nkuhuma pride of lions feeding on an impala kill in Ngala open area. Monday, 25 January 2021 (30°C) The Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Koala Bear Road. A breeding herd of ten elephants feeding on Ekiso...
The Big 5 Highlight of the week was watching Ndzutini, the female leopard, and Cara, the female leopard, fighting in Makulu open area. Monday, 18 January 2021 (30°C) Four buffalo bulls resting in the water at Rhino Pan. A breeding herd of about thirty...
The Big 5 Highlight of the week was watching Hukumuri, the male leopard, hunting a warthog close to Arathusa airstrip. Monday, 11 January 2021 (34°C) Hukumuri, the male leopard, scent marking close to Big Dam. Two buffalo bulls resting in Rhino Pan. Two...
The Highlight of the week was seeing the African wild dogs back in action whilst they were hunting some impala. Monday, 4 January 2021 (31°C) Tortoise Pan, the male leopard, and Xidulu, the female leopard, resting in Kimbeon’s Crossing. A breeding herd...
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:
- 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.