Glamping in the Pongola Game Reserve on the shore of Lake Jozini


AfriCamps at White Elephant Safaris in Pongola Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal is the perfect destination for a self-catering family getaway where land-based and water-based guided safaris departing right from the camp are the highlights of your stay.

Pongola Game Reserve is the world’s second-oldest private reserve and the oldest in Africa, dating back to 1894. Here, at the shore of the 15000-hectare Lake Jozini and at the foot of the majestic Lebombo Mountains you will find 12 fully equipped AfriCamps tents.

Enjoy an AfriCamps glamping getaway while experiencing all the thrills of an established private game reserve where buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard, hyena, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, 12 different antelope species, and over 350 bird species roam the plains and grace the skies. The occasional splashes of hippo, crocodile, and tigerfish in Lake Jozini provides an exciting water-based safari experience. Safaris, guided bush walks, tiger fishing on Lake Jozini and sundowners by the pool are some of the must-dos during your stay. Spend a day in the life of a rhino and elephant researcher and uncover all the mysteries of these majestic, but vulnerable creatures. The experiences at this camp are both thrilling and educational and will give visitors an insightful view of conservation.

To end off your day, soak up the African sunset from your outdoor wood-fired hot tub and, if you’re lucky, antelope roaming among the tents will pay you a visit.


Reduced family rates of R1190 per family per night for stays until the 31st of January. This rate includes two adults and kids stay for free!


Reduced nightly rates when you book our 3 night glamping special. So stay longer for less!

Available for stays until 30 April 2021 T's & C's apply


AfriCamps at White Elephant Safaris: the perfect getaway with both land and water-based guided safaris. Take a look!

About the tents


Things to do

AfriCamps at White Elephant offers guests so many incredible land and water-based safaris from the property guests rarely want to leave, but if you have some extra time, don’t forget to explore the surrounding areas for some other great experiences nearby. Here are some of the highlights:


Extras on the farm

Meals form a special part of any holiday in South Africa. AfriCamps offers delectable locally-sourced breakfast and braai baskets for guests to cook in their fully equipped kitchens or on the braai. Other extra services are also available on request.


  • Africamps glamping12 AfriCamps tents
  • Africamps glamping sleeps up to 5 guests per tent
  • Africamps glamping2 Queen size extra length beds
  • Africamps glamping1 Single bunk bed
  • Africamps glampingOutdoor wood-fired hot tub
  • Africamps glampingPrivate bathroom with rain shower
  • Africamps glampingIndoor fireplace
  • Africamps glampingAir conditioning
  • Africamps glampingElectric blankets
  • Africamps glamping Cot and highchair on request
  • Africamps glamping Bar fridge
  • Africamps glamping Microwave
  • Africamps glamping4-burner gas stove
  • Africamps glampingCutlery and crockery for 5 guests
  • Africamps glamping All the little extras
  • Africamps glampingBraai facilities
  • Africamps glamping Breakfast & braai baskets to order
  • Africamps glampingWi-Fi at pool area
  • Africamps glampingOnsite shop
  • Africamps glampingSwimming pool
Your Hosts

You will be welcomed by the White Elephant Safaris Team led by camp owners Dr. Heinz and his wife, Debbie Kohrs and daughters – Kirstin, Andrea, and Clara. This team also manages the bush camp, umKhaya Cottage and the White Elephant Research camp. White Elephant Safaris is situated on Leeuwspoor farm, where Dr Heinz Kohrs grew up. The farm was purchased by Dr Heinz’ father, a cattle farmer, in 1954. He had a passion for conserving the few remaining game species on the farm and in 1963, was awarded the Natal Parks Board Conservationist of the Year trophy. It was during this period that he requested 10 warthogs for re-introduction on to Leeuwspoor from Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve. (Keep an eye out for one of these ‘Pumbas’ during your stay at AfriCamps at White Elephant Safaris.)

Like his father, Dr Heinz has a passion for conservation and eco-tourism and is committed to responsible travel that conserves the environment, sustaining the well-being of locals and promoting education.

Check-in, check-out & essential info

Pongola Game Reserve South Gate Times: Strictly 06:00 – 18:00. Exceptions are made for emergencies only. Please ensure you have all the necessary supplies for your self-catering stay before arrival. The closest shop is roughly 50km away. Our on-site shop sells wood, firelighters, water and gifts.

Gate Entrance Fee: R25.00 per vehicle, payable in cash at the gate (R150 entrance fee charged for late arrivals) Please note this gate fee is not included in your accommodation rate.

Check-in: Between 14:00 and 18:00 on day of arrival. Late arrival strictly by prior arrangement.

Reception hours: 08:00 – 16:00. Should you arrive after 16:00, please report to reception first thing the next morning.

Before arrival: Please contact your host, Lorraine on +27 (0)82 945 7174 with your estimated time of arrival or to arrange a late check-in. Late check-ins by prior arrangement only as we need to inform the Game Reserve gatekeeper. The gatekeeper will need to know the number of guests and license plate number to allow late entry to the reserve. The road from the gate to the camp is a 12km dirt road with clearly marked signs. Please note a gate fee of R50 cash applies for late arrivals.

Check out: before 10:00 on day of departure.

Check-in arrangements need to be made and guests are kindly requested to inform the specific AfriCamps host of their estimated time of arrival. This way you are ensured of a smooth check-in experience. You will receive the host’s telephone number in your bookings confirmation email. For check-in after 5pm please call the hosts at the camp to make arrangements. 

Child supervision

Please not our camp is located inside a private game reserve. Nyala, warthog and monkeys can be found between the tents. Children should be supervised at all times.


Out of consideration for fellow guests and our wildlife, no noise, parties or music is allowed in the camp unless the guest has booked the entire camp. 

Day Visitors

No day visitors are allowed in the camp. Out of consideration for fellow guests, the camp will only accommodate up to 5 paying guests per tent. 

Activities on the farm

Wood-fired Hot Tubs
All 12 tents have their own wood-fired hot tub. A wood-fired hot tub is the purest form of relaxation. After a day of exploring, relax while listening to the calming crackle of the fire. Or use it as a splash pool on the hotter days.

Come relax at the pool overlooking the vast plains of the reserve and take a dip among nyala and warthog roaming on the lawns.

*Please note the use of our swimming pool area is at own risk and children should be supervised by adults at all times.


*No self-drive game viewing is allowed in Pongola Game Reserve

Project Elephant *TOP PICK*
The Elephant Research Project is a unique educational full day activity. Guests depart early morning for a cruise on Lake Jozini to locate and watch the elephants from the boat. After a few hours on the water, guests return to camp. The activity continues in the afternoon with a game drive and a visit to our Research Camp where you will spend time with our research and conservation staff. At the Elephant Research Centre guests will watch the BBC production “Operation Elephant – The Mission” documenting the initial re-location of our elephants from the Kruger National Park. Guests examine elephant skulls and bones and participate in discussions and debates. Spending time in the world of elephants provides great insight into the reserve history, nature and elephant conservation.

Adults R950pp | Children 4-12: R475pp | Children 0-3: Free
(minimum 4, maximum 16 per boat) 

Elephant Cruise
A safari by boat focussed on spotting herds of elephants on the other side of Lake Jozini. Guests will also see antelope, hippo and crocodile during this cruise.

Adults R660pp | Children 4-12: R330pp | Children 0-3: Free
(minimum 4, maximum 16 per boat) 

River Safari
White Elephant Safaris is the only lodge in South Africa to offer Kariba-like, water-based safari activities. The 15000-hectare Lake Jozini provides the focal feature of Pongola Game Reserve and is the perfect setting for an early morning or late afternoon boat cruise. Spot herds of antelope, hippo, crocodile as well as an enormous variety of bird species during this cruise.

Adults R440pp | Children 4-12: R220pp | Children 0-3: Free
(minimum 4, maximum 16 per boat)

Game Drive
Game drives are conducted in open 4×4 vehicles, either in the early morning or late afternoons by a professional guide who will show you, not only the larger game but also the many varied and interesting smaller species in our game reserve.

Adults R440pp | Children 4-12: R220pp | Children 0-3: Free
(Minimum 3, maximum 10 guests per vehicle.)

Bush walk
This is the best way for bird watchers to spot some of the 350+ bird species on the reserve. Walking trails are very much a part of the White Elephant Safaris experience. Being on foot is not only a more energetic way of experiencing the Bush but also provides a ‘closeup’ invigorating encounter with Nature. The sounds, smells and minute detail of the wilderness become much more apparent on a guided walk. The duration and speed of your walk will be tailored by your professional guide to suit your fitness and stamina. Walks go out daily, either early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Adults R440pp
(Minimum 2, maximum 8 adults per walk. No children under 16 permitted)

Fishing / Boat Hire
Lake Jozini is the most southern lake where tiger fish are endemic. It’s the ideal location for the novice fisherman and the expert angler for the tiger fishing experience of a lifetime, strictly catch and release. Tilapia, Barber (sharp-toothed catfish), Yellowfish, Grass carp, Mozambique and Red-breasted Bream are also found in The Lake. The best time for tiger fishing at Lake Jozini is September through to April.

Rates and boat size depend on the size of the group. Please contact the camp directly to enquire.
Fishing rod hire – R120 per rod per day
(Additional charges for lost or damaged tackle or equipment.)

Rhino Project
This activity provides a glimpse into the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project. With the use of a Telemetry device, we will follow the rhino’s signal, look for tracks and dung middens and examine our camera ‘trap’ locations as part of our rhino monitoring and conservation project. +/-3 hour excursion.

Adults R600pp | Children 4-12: R300pp
(Minimum 2, maximum 8, No persons under the age of 16 without permission from parents.)

Tours can be pre-booked, or booked on arrival (subject to availability). Drinks and snacks will be available for guests to purchase to take on the guided safaris. Please note refreshments are not included in the rates for tours.

AfriCamps at White Elephant Safaris may cancel tours due to bad weather. In this event, refunds will be given, but a 10% administrative cancellation fee will apply.

No self-drive game viewing is allowed in Pongola Game Reserve.

Activity schedule
Summer months (October – April): 06:00 – 09:00 and 15:30 – 18:30
Winter months (May – September): 06:30 – 09:30 and 15:00 – 18:00

Please note that all activities are weather dependant. The boat cruise, game drive and Guided game / birding walk’s timing may change due to weather and availability. The Elephant Research Project, Black Rhino Range Expansion Project and Fishing / Boat Hire activities must be booked with the camp host a week prior to arrival and confirmed on arrival. This is to ensure conditions for these activities are suitable and the activities are available at the time of your stay.

Exploring the area


Mvubu Spa
Situated near Mvubu River Lodge, with a breathtaking view over the Pongola river, Mvubu Spa offer you the experience to relax, unwind and breath during your spa treatment.

Ghost Mountain Inn Spa
Escape to an oasis filled with serenity and pampering at the Ghost Mountain Spa. Choose from a variety of bodypampering treatments and soothing facials.

Wildlife Experiences

Horse Riding
This is a spectacular way to view game, and Pakamisa Private Game Reserve
welcomes both beginners and advanced riders.

Zululand Cat Conservation Project
An up-close and personal experience with Zululand Cat Conservation Project where guests learn more about South Africa’s endangered wild cat species including the Caracal (Lynx), Serval, Cheetah and African Wildcat.

Cultural Experiences

Ghost Mountain Cultural Experience
A unique experience and one of authenticity, the Myeni Cultural Experience includes a visit to a local homestead as well as the chance to interact with members of the Myeni family.

Dumazulu Traditional Village
Experience traditional KwaZulu-Natal hospitality at Gooderson DumaZulu Traditional Zulu Village, South Africa’s biggest cultural village. Watch as locals make spears, shields, baskets and clay pots.

Ilala Basket Weavers
Shop to the rhythm and beat of African music as you explore the age-old Zulu women’s tradition of handcrafts at Ilala. Witness crafts being manufactured and view unique artefacts collected across Africa.


Pongola Golf Course
The Pongola Golf Club offers a lovely country 9-hole golf course, situated amongst Tamboti trees, sugar cane fields and irrigation dams, approximately 45km from White Elephant Safaris.

Pongola Sugar Mill
Take a tour of the Pongola Sugar Mill on Tuesdays and Thursday during milling season, for a peek into one of KwaZulu-Natal’s leading agricultural industries – sugar!

Meals and extras


We offer ‘Cook Your Own’ breakfast baskets which are placed in the tents for guests to prepare. Pre-order your breakfast basket when making your booking. Each breakfast baskets serving include:

Sliced bread
Savoury bread
2 Eggs
Rashers of bacon
Fresh Fruit
Fruit Juice
Plain Yoghurt
Ground Filter Coffee

R130 per adult
R 90 per child (0 to 12 yrs)

Breakfast baskets should be booked a day in advance.


We offer ‘Cook-Your-Own’ traditional South African braai baskets which are placed in the tents for guests to prepare. Pre-order your braai basket when making your booking. Each braai basket serving includes:

400g meat / game meat / vegetarian main dish
1 type of bread
1 green salad
1 side dish
2 Marshmallows to braai for desert

R195 per adult
R125 per child (0 to 12 yrs)

Braai baskets should be booked a day in advance.

On-site Shop
Essentials like water, wood, firelighters, ice and curios are available at the shop from 8:00 – 16:00.

Dining Out
There are a number of great restaurants in the area. Please call to book lunch before departure, as bookings are essential. Please remember that the reserve gate closes strictly at 18:00. We recommend the following restaurants for lunch or early dinners:

Ghost Mountain inn Hotel Restaurant
Mpeti Lodge
Mkuze Country Club
Nkwazi Lake Lodge


Our tents sleep up to 5 guests, but our rates are based on a two-person stay. Please note that the rates below are a price indication, please use our online bookings calendar to check live rates and availability. Extras like meals, activities and tours are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated.

Rates from 1 October 2020 – 30 September 2021

Low season
1 May 2021 to 30 June 2021
R1340 per couple sharing

High season
1 October 2020 to 10 December 2020
10 January 2021 to 30 April 2021
September 2021
R1840 per couple sharing

Peak season
11 December 2020 to 9 January 2021
1 July 2021 – 31 August 2021
R2340 per couple sharing 

* Rates for additional Guests (up to 5 guests per tent allowed):
R275 per adult, R175 per child 3-16yr, child 0-2 years stay free

Rates from 1 October 2021 – 30 Sept 2022

Low season
1 May 2022 to 30 June 2022
R1390 per couple sharing

High Season
1 October to 9 December 2021
9 January 2022 to 30 April 2022
September 2022
R1890 per couple sharing 

Peak season
10 December – 8 January
1 July 2022 – 31 August 2022
R2390 per couple sharing

* Rates for additional Guests (up to 5 guests per tent allowed):
R275 per adult, R175 per child 3-16yr, child 0-2 years stay free

Terms and conditions

Please find our full terms and conditions here:


All tents sleep a maximum of 5 people. The following items or services are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Activities & Tours
  • Daily cleaning service
  • Wood and firelighters for the indoor fireplace, outdoor wood-fired hot tub and braai (for sale at camp reception / shop)


Unfortunately no pets allowed on the farm.


Out of consideration for fellow guests and our wildlife, no noise, parties or music is allowed in the camp unless the guest has booked the entire camp. 

Day Visitors

No day visitors are allowed in the camp. Out of consideration for fellow guests, the camp will only accommodate up to 5 paying guests per tent.