My Enchanting Experience at Elephant Point Lodge in Kruger National Park
Embarking on countless adventures across the globe has left me with a profound appreciation for unique experiences. Yet, my recent escapade at Elephant Point Lodge, adjacent to Kruger National Park in South Africa, was nothing short of a revelation. This haven of tranquillity offered an unparalleled blend of affordable luxury, expansive privacy, and the freedom to explore Kruger at my rhythm. It was a refreshing departure from the ordinary safari, where I indulged in the spaciousness of the surroundings while immersing myself in the untamed splendour of the African wilderness. Elephant Point Lodge redefined my notion of safari, inviting me to savour each moment of serenity and adventure at my own pace.
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Where is Elephant Point?
Located just a stone's throw away from the Kruger National Park, about 6km from the Paul Kruger Gate and 26km from Skukuza Airport, Elephant Point is an accessible paradise. The journey from Johannesburg, roughly a 5-hour drive, was an adventure, setting the stage for the extraordinary experience that awaited me.
We flew into Lanseria Airport and Drove to Elephant Point. The trip took approximately 5 hours. Driving was the cost-effective option, allowing us to do self-drive safaris in Kruger National Park.
How to get to Elephant Point?
Fly to Skukuza Airport:
Take a flight to Skukuza Airport, located within Kruger National Park.
Arrange for a transfer or rental car to drive to Elephant Point.
Fly to Lanseria Airport and Hire a Car:
Fly to Lanseria Airport, situated near Johannesburg.
Rent a car from the airport.
Drive to Elephant Point, approximately a 5-6 hour scenic drive away.
Fly to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP):
Book a flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) near Nelspruit.
Rent a car from the airport.
Drive to Elephant Point, approximately a 2-3 hour drive from MQP.
Drive from Johannesburg:
Drive directly from Johannesburg to Elephant Point.
The journey typically takes 5-6 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions.
Take a Guided Safari Transfer:
Opt for a guided safari transfer from major cities like Johannesburg or Nelspruit.
Enjoy a scenic journey with knowledgeable guides en route to Elephant Point.
Luxury Amidst the Wild Greater Kruger
Choosing the right place to stay in the vast expanse of Kruger National Park can be overwhelming, but Elephant Point Lodge immediately caught my attention. With its 21 unique lodges ranging from 2 to 5 bedrooms, each offering a stunning view of the African Bushveld, the lodge provided an intimate and serene connection with nature. The attention to detail in every aspect of the lodge's design and amenities spoke volumes about its commitment to providing a top-notch experience.
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Sustainable Tourism: A Core Value
During my stay, I learned about the importance of sustainable tourism, especially in such delicate ecosystems. Elephant Point Lodge's efforts to measure and mitigate environmental impacts resonated with me. It was enlightening to see how luxury and sustainability could coexist harmoniously.
A Culinary Adventure to Remember
Dining at Elephant Point was an adventure in itself. From the option of crafting my meals in a fully equipped kitchen to the unforgettable dining experience at the Boma River Deck, every meal was a delight. The starlit dinner on the deck was enchanting, adding to the magical ambience of the African night sky.
Wildlife Encounters Up Close in Greater Kruger
Among the many highlights of my stay, the incredible wildlife sightings stand out vividly. Positioned along the banks of the Sabie River, Elephant Point Lodge offered mesmerizing encounters with herds of elephants gracefully traversing the landscape, living up to its namesake. Additionally, the Sabi River revealed its aquatic wonders as hippos and crocodiles lazily drifted by, creating a captivating scene right before my eyes. These moments added a thrilling dimension to my safari experience and instilled a profound reverence for the importance of wildlife conservation.
Investing in a Piece of Paradise
The opportunity to invest in a property at Elephant Point, offering a chance to own a part of this unique safari experience, was tempting. The idea of having unlimited access to such a pristine environment and contributing to its preservation was genuinely appealing.
My time at Elephant Point Lodge transcended mere vacationing; it was an immersive odyssey, intertwining nature's embrace, lavish comfort, and eco-conscious living like never before. With its fusion of authenticity and lasting impressions, this destination is one I wholeheartedly endorse to those craving an African safari encounter like no other. Not only did I revel in exhilarating game drives, but I also savoured moments of relaxation at the lodge – indulging in leisurely mornings, savouring delicious braais, lounging by the poolside, and basking in the mesmerizing views from the deck as wildlife gracefully passed by. Unlike many lodges, Elephant Point offered the freedom to customize my experience, allowing for a perfect balance between safari adventures and unwinding in serene luxury.
Article by Craig Howes. African Safari Mag Editor