Elephant Plain, South Africa

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Dec 9th, 2012, 09:27 AM
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Elephant Plain, South Africa

Hello. I am traveling to South Africa in a couple of months and I am thinking of staying at Elephant Plains in Sabi Sands. It is my first time to South Africa. If anyone has ever stayed there, I would be interested in knowing a few things.
1. Is the water safe to drink and if not is bottled water readily available?
2. Is insect repellent provided or should I bring my own?
3. Does anyone want to comment on their experience?
Thanks!
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Dec 9th, 2012, 11:24 AM
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Hello, Jen. We were there in September.

1. Yes, the water's fine.

2. I don't remember, sorry. (In September we weren't worried about mozzies; it wasn't the season.)

3. It was WONDERFUL!!! The accommodations, the guiding, the sightings, the food, everything was WONDERFUL!

I'd go back again in a minute. I know you'll love it.

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Dec 9th, 2012, 11:55 AM
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Thank you so much for the response. By chance do you remember if there was a hair dryer in the room? Don't want to pack one if I don't need to
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Dec 9th, 2012, 02:29 PM
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Ditto on each of Celia's answers. We've stayed at several lodges in the SSGR and especially in terms of value, Elephant Plains was terrific.
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Dec 10th, 2012, 07:19 AM
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Yes, Jen, there was a hair dryer. The room was really lovely -- two easy chairs in the bedroom, a queen-size bed, a big closet, a huge bathroom with a 2-person tub and a separate shower, and robes and slippers. There was also a small fridge, and of course a tea and coffee tray. We stayed in the rondavels; the other units are more luxurious, I understand. Hard to think how they could be, but I'm sure they are.

There's also a TV lounge, and a spa, away from the main building which houses the very lovely bar and restaurant and shop. Internet access was available only in the front office. We were able to check email once or twice.

Anything we needed that wasn't already provided, they gave us right away. I feel sure they will provide insect repellant, too.

Lucky you! I wish I was going back sooner.

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Dec 13th, 2012, 05:52 PM
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For those that have been there, do you know if they offer a private vehicle/guide?
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Dec 17th, 2012, 10:30 AM
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"For those that have been there, do you know if they offer a private vehicle/guide?"

Ask the most reliable source to answer that. Call Elephant Plains. (They speak English). If yes, you will also get best answer as to cost and if reservation is required (there are some freelance guides that are called in by camps for special situations).

regards - tom
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