Experience Africa on an exiting game drive

Game drives and bush walks

Bordering the Kruger National Park, with no fences dividing them, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is world renowned for excellent game viewing. At Elephant Plains Game Lodge you can be sure of game drives and bush walks that will live up to the Africa of your imagination! Not only will you have an excellent chance of close encounters with the Big 5, but you may even be spoiled with the more elusive wild dog and cheetah sightings. As the lodge is situated on a dry riverbed, the surrounding habitat is favourable for leopards, as these creatures enjoy the riverine and denser bush areas.

Keen birdwatchers would also be mesmerized with over 300 bird species to choose from. Over time and due to a carefully planned habituation process, some of the animals have become habituated to the game drive vehicles. This enables our guests to view the animals undisturbed, as they go about their daily routine.

There are two game drives per day, during which your experienced game ranger and local Shangaan tracker would share their extensive knowledge and love of the African bush with you. Each drive lasts about three hours with an intermediate break.

During the morning game drive you will be spoiled with coffee and homemade rusks and in the afternoon your ranger will find a suitable spot where you can enjoy the stunning views, whilst enjoying your sundowner drink. After sundowners your tracker will use the spotlight to find nocturnal animals, before returning to the lodge for dinner. Your ranger will discuss the various game drive regulations before you leave camp.

During game drive you will note that the rangers sometimes drive off of the road and into the bush. This is one of the many game drive aspects that enable us to bring you closer to the action! We do, however, work in accordance to guidelines set out by the Sabi Sand Game Reserve ecologist. We only allow off-roading in certain areas and with special precautions. The rangers do not drive over sensitive areas, will only drive over small trees if they are encroachment species and if necessary, they will do brush packing afterwards to limit the impact on the environment.

Daily Programme

May - Aug Sept - April Arrival Day May - Aug Sept - April Departure Day
12:00 - 13:00 12:00 - 13:00 Check in / Drinks in the bar 05:30 05:00 A wake-up knock on your door. Tea, coffee and rusks
will be served on the deck, followed by the game drive
14:00 14:00 Lunch is served in the dining area 09:00 08:30 A South African breakfast will be served in the dining area followed by a bush walk. Alternatively simply relax at the Spa, beside the pool, in the library or around the lodge
15:30 16:00 Afternoon / evening game drive departs. At sunset you will stop for sundowner drinks 11:00 11:00 Check out
18:30 19:00 Return to the lodge. You will have a chance to freshen up and meet in the bar for a pre-dinner drink icon
19:30 20:00 Dinner will be announced by drumbeat and served in the open air boma around a log fire

Bush walk

During bush walk you will have the opportunity to take a closer look at animal tracks, birds, different types of grasses and trees, as well as any smaller details of the bush that might fascinate you.  This is also the ideal time for birdwatchers to get a closer look at their favourite bird species. The daily bush walk takes place after breakfast and is a leisurely walk of about an hour. Please take note that you will be accompanied by either your ranger or tracker. Make sure that you wear comfortable walking shoes and have protection from the sun.

► Please take note of the following:

  • Guests are not allowed to leave the camp and walk alone. For safety reasons, we unfortunately do not allow children aged 16 and under, to go on the bush walk. Should you wish, we could organize a ranger or tracker to take the children on a mini bush walk inside the camp.

  • Guests over the age of 60 would be required to provide a medical certificate stating that they are in good health and fit to go on a bush walk. Please also ensure that you bring closed shoes, neutral coloured clothing, a hat, sunscreen, as well as insect repellent.

  • The ranger/tracker will use their discretion concerning anything that could pose a threat or jeopardise the safety of guests, these include the degree of fitness, agility and physical restrictions. (As stipulated by FGASA - Field Guides Association of SA)

  • You are welcome to still go on the bush walk on the day of your departure. We would, however, appreciate it if you could vacate your room beforehand, or make sure that your room is vacated by 11H00.

Our western traversing area

Our western traversing area

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