Journeys with Purpose (JWP01) Pongola

12 to 15 November 2020
3 nights/ 4 days (Thursday/Friday/Saturday)

Self Drive
Group size: 8 – 12 PEOPLE  (Limited numbers)
Catering: Kitchen Confident
Bring your own drinks *BYO



Rate: R5645pp (sharing)

(*Which includes a R250pp fundraising donation towards the elephant research project). Single supplement can be arranged.


At the foot of the majestic Lebombo mountains and the shimmering waters of Lake Jozini, you will find a special destination called White Elephant. It is a place with magic and soul, inspired by a dream and created with passion.

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 White Elephant Safaris. It is a place with magic and soul inspired by a dream and created with passion.

This unique lodge provides for a relaxed, private, bush experience. White Elephant Bush Camp is an escape from the busy, hurried world for families and friends. A Private Ranger will cater to your group’s activity needs. White Elephant is the only lodge in South Africa to offer Kariba-like, water-based safari activities (motorized and canoeing) as well as the traditional land-based activities. This sets them apart from other safari destinations.

Seven thatched en-suite chalets are generously spacious with quality linen and overhead fans. Open plan kitchen, dining room, bar, swimming pool and spectacular views ensure a “close to nature” relaxed ambience. We will venture into the wilderness with a field guide on bush walks, game drives, and a boat cruises looking for the Pongola Elephant herd. White Elephant Bush Camp is an ideal escape from the busy, hurried world and re-ignite the fire in your soul that might have gone out during covid 19.

White Elephant bush lodge owners and staff, are passionate about conservation and we will hear about their superb Black Rhino conservation project and they also have a fascinating Elephant research activity, which offers an educational, interactive and visual experience and an opportunity to spend time with our elephant researcher at the research centre.

They also offer the conventional activities such as game drives, educational bush walks, and superb bird watching possibilities, making this a truly unique South African Safari experience.

Do YOU have any questions? We would love to hear from you.

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Some of the extraordinary experiences you can look forward to as part of this group of eco-travellers includes:

  • 3 nights and 4 days immersed in one of the most magnificent places on Earth
  • Exploring the breath-taking Lake Jozini, looking for elephants and other animals;
  • Visiting the Research Centre to hear about the history of the elephants of Pongola;
  • Searching for the endangered black rhino on the shoreline, bird watching and other plains game;
  • Enjoying an exceptionally organised once-in-a-lifetime African experience where all logistical details are taken care of for you;
  • Tasty home cooked scrumptious meals by Kitchen Confident;
  • Food and wine pairing (Diemersfontein wines), fireside story’s and FUN;
  • Meeting A group of travellers who are passionate about making a difference in Africa
  • Raising funds for the research project

*PLEASE REMEMBER to bring your mask and hand sanitizer. We abide with COVID 19 rules and regulations*

Beneficiary: Pongola Elephant research
Accommodation:  Bush Chalets
Price range: Mid-range
Min: 6 eco-adventurers
Max: 12 eco-adventurers

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  • Expedition host – Carla Geyser
  • En-suite thatched chalet accommodation (**Sharing accommodation)
  • All meals & water in itinerary
  • Diemersfontein Wine and Food pairing (Day 2)
  • All Park Fees & conservation levies
  • Daily Housekeeping services
  • R250pp fundraising fee for the elephant research project
  • All activities detailed in the itinerary above
  • Blue sky society trust conservation Buff
  • One bottle of Diemersfontein wine
  • Coffee/Teas & snacks


  • Any flights & any necessary transfers or travel (self-drive) to get to the start/finish of the weekend
  • Gratuities (We recommend R50 to R100 per guide or activity)
  • Any visas & border costs
  • NB: Alcoholic drinks & Beverages (Bring Your Own – BYO)
  • Any personal expenses – laundry, tips etc
  • Extra nights’ accommodation
  • Any additional activities not covered in the itinerary
  • Additional snacks/food
  • Transfers to and from the camp
  • Gate entrance fee payable at the gate (**R25 per car CASH please)








1 Thursday 12 Nov DBN/JHB to Pongola Snacks- sunset
Dinner (2 course)
Self-Drive to Pongola Game Reserve
14h00 Arrival and relax (afternoon)
17h00 – Sunset snacks & drinks at Bush Lodge or similar
18h00 – Dinner + Story telling*Dr Heinz Kohrs to come talk about Pongola Game Reserve
2 Friday 13 Nov Pongola Breakfast at BL
Snacks on boat
Dinner (2 course)
07h00 – 08h00 – Breakfast at Bush Lodge
09h00 – 13h00 – Elephant river cruise & research project
19h00 – Food and Wine pairing (Diemersfontein wines)
3 Saturday 14 Nov Pongola Breakfast/Snacks
Dinner (2 course)
06h30 – 07h00 – Coffee/tea/snacks
07h00 – 10h30 – Game Drive (3 to 4 hours)
11h00 –  Brunch
Afternoon – Personal Chill Time
15h00 – 16h30 Afternoon visit to Research Museum  (Self Drive)
16h30 – Sundowners & Gin Bar
19h00 – Dinner + Carla presentation/talk (casual chat)
4 Sunday 15 Nov Pongola – DNB/JHB Breakfast 06h30 – 09h30 – Game Walk / Game Drive (*OWN Account)
08h00 – 09H00 –  Breakfast
11h00 – Depart

*Please note this itinerary may change slightly but the expedition leader will keep you posted and updated. Terms and conditions apply due to availability. *PLEASE REMEMBER to bring your mask and hand sanitizer. We abide with COVID 19 rules*

The idea behind this weekend is to get together a group of like-minded passionate souls that are  in much need of a fun filled weekend out in nature. The itinerary is pretty simple. But we will have lots of fun, laughter , good food and company.

Basically food for the soul. Time to re-ignite that fire in your heart that might have gone out. Our catering will be done by Kitchen Confident – Micky is an artist when it comes to cooking delicious food. And our Wine tasting will be Diemersfontein wine. – which for many needs no introduction.

So start planning, grab your bestie, partner, hubby or sister ……or fly solo and dust those travel bags off and get ready for an amazing weekend.


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