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Elephant Plains perches on a clifftop overlooking the dry Manyeleti riverbed, an open area with a year-round watering hole. The less expensive of its two accommodation types, the Rondavels, represent great value for a good Sabi Sand location, and the Lodge is justifiably popular and well-received. It also gained a reputation amongst American Safari cognoscenti for pioneering internet streaming from its waterhole, and the popular WildEarth online TV live Game Drives.

The Main Lodge houses the reception, dining areas, bar, lounge and wine cellar, as well as a small library and curio shop. Facilities include two swimming pools, the African Health Spa, a gym, conference room and games room.

Trio of male lions at Elephant Plains, Sabi Sand
Elephant Plains Game Drive with Buffalo, Sabi Sand
Leopard on drive at Elephant Plains

The six glass-fronted Suites are decorated in warm, earthy tones, and homely in feel. Thes open-plan design offers a lounge, double bedroom, en-suite bathroom and a private viewing deck with views over the riverbed and open area. All feature air conditioning, overhead fans, fireplaces, mosquito nets, electronic safes, as well as mini bars and tea/ coffee facilities.

Suite view at Elephant Plains, Sabi Sand

The Manyeleti Honeymoon Suite also boasts a private splash pool and daybed, ideal for a mid-morning nap.

Suite bedroom at Elephant Plains, Sabi Sand

The Rondavels, of which there are five, were the original owners' family camp; the first of which date back to 1962. They are an important part of the history and atmosphere of this bushveld retreat. They are smaller and rather more basic than the Suites, but have an authentic feel.

Rondavels at Elephant Plains, Sabi Sand

They have sundecks, en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, overhead fans, mini bars, tea/coffee facilities, mosquito nets and electronic safes. Whilst relatively close together, the Rondavels represent affordable game lodge accommodation for this area.



Highly recommended

  • Rondavels are a very good budget option, well maintained and with air-conditioning
  • Location is good, with decent traversing across the properties of the central northern sector of the Sabi Sand