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Getting here

Elephant Plains Game Lodge is situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park.

GPS Coordinates: S24º44’38.9” E31º28’30.5”

Please take note that the lodge can only be reached through the Gowrie Gate and not through Newington or Shaws Gate. Due to river crossings it is also not possible to travel through the reserve. The last +/- 20km is a dirt road. Allow yourself at least 45 minutes from the end of the tar road to the lodge.

By air

Daily scheduled flights take place between Johannesburg International Airport, Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit) and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (Nelspruit). SA Airlink also has daily scheduled flights to Arathusa Safari Lodge, our neighbours. Privately chartered flights from Johannesburg, as well as any of the other nearby airports, can land on our gravel airstrip.

The airstrip is 1200m long, with a south to north approach and the following co-ordinates:
S24º44’38.9” E31º28’30.5”
Please contact our reservations office, should you require any assistance in this regard.

By road

Guests need to enter through Gowrie Gate, which is the only entrance gate into the northern section of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. You are welcome to drive yourselves, or make use of a variety of road transfer companies. Please use our map & directions. GPS directions can be misleading. The Gowrie Gate is open between 05:00AM and 23:00PM. Please contact our reservations office, should you require any assistance in this regard.

Arrivals and Departures

Please schedule your arrival between 12:00-14:00. This will ensure that you are in time for lunch, as well as the afternoon game drive. On the day of your departure, we would appreciate it if you could vacate your room by 11:00.

Journey distances

  • Johannesburg / O.R. Tambo to Elephant Plains ± 560 Km / ± 7 Hour Drive
  • Nelspruit / KMIA / to Elephant Plains ± 180 Km / ±2½ -3 Hour Drive
  • Hoedspruit / Eastgate Airport to Elephant Plain ± 100 Km / ±1½ Hour Drive
  • Kruger Orpen Gate to Elephant Plains ± 55 Km / 1hour Drive

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