Covering an impressive 2500 hectares with diverse ecosystems of bushveld, grassland, coastal forest and wetland this natural landscape offers a place of peace and tranquillity.
Brothers Eric and Trevor Dunstone purchased the land for conservation and founded the reserve in 2003. A large lake shaped like the eland common in bushman paintings gives the reserve its name “Lake Eland” in honour of this magnificent antelope and its symbolic meaning to the San. This natural landscape is truly a place of peace and tranquillity and can be found just a quick 40 minutes’ drive from Port Shepstone, South Coast of KwaZulu Natal.
Lake Eland Game Reserve is the perfect venue for day visitors, a family holiday, team building or romantic getaway.
Activities to choose from include a self-game drive, viewing the abundant wild life and flora to be seen from the comfort of your car. In addition, guests can walk across our 80m suspension bridge, as well as our fabulous Zip Line Tour.
Horse rides, walking and single-track mountain bike trails, paint ball, fishing, picnic sites and specific 4×4 track are available.
The restaurant and fully licensed tea garden are close to a children’s playground. ccommodation:
Retreat to the comfort of one of our beautifully decorated and fully equipped self-catering 2-sleeper chalets. The chalets are surrounded by natural vegetation and provide a peaceful and romantic escape.
Each chalet has a king size bed, en-suite bathroom, open plan kitchen with chairs and lounge area and a car-port. The chalets opens onto a deck, and a private braai area ideal for those tranquil evenings spent under the stars. The chalets are serviced daily.
Family and Group Accommodation:
Family 5 Sleeper Chalets:
Enjoy a relaxing and peaceful holiday in one of our self-catering chalets, hanging over the dam’s edge. These original family chalets have a main bedroom and a second bedroom with a single bed and a bunk bed.
The bathroom has a shower. The open-plan kitchen and lounge, with fireplace leads onto the deck, with outdoor furniture, perfect for lazy afternoons enjoying the scenery from your own private deck.
A car-port is adjacent to the cabin and a grassy braai area makes an ideal spot for those tranquil evenings spent under the stars. The chalets are serviced daily.
Family 6 Sleeper Chalets:
Facing the sunset with magnificent views over the lower dam, our 6-sleeper family chalets are a delight. Hanging over the dam’s edge, the self-catering chalets have a main bedroom with a king size bed and a second bedroom with a single bed, a bunk bed and a “loft bed” making it ideal for a large family. The bathroom has a shower.
The chalets has an open-plan kitchen and lounge, with fireplace, leads onto the deck with outdoor furniture, perfect for lazy afternoons enjoying the scenery from your own private deck. A car-port is adjacent to the cabin and a grassy braai area makes an ideal spot for those tranquil evenings spent under the stars. The chalets are serviced daily.
Lake Eland Game Reserve has a fully equipped larger family home situated close to the office, swimming pool, fishing dam, restaurant and playground which sleeps 6. Providing the perfect accommodation for larger groups of friends or families looking for a relaxing and comfortable stay.
The Home has a large kitchen open plan with a comfy lounge area. There is an outdoor braai area. The home is serviced daily.
The rustic Park Home provides the perfect accommodation for families or group of friends looking for a relaxing and comfortable stay. With 3 double bedrooms and two additional single beds in the lounge the Park Home sleeps 8 people.
Situated near to the swimming pool, fishing dam and restaurant, and are serviced daily. There is an outdoor braai area.
Caravan and Camp Sites
Panoramic views over the reserve are the highlight of our camping and caravan sites, but the proximity and convenient access to reception, the playground and a fishing dam at reception are added features.
The well-equipped sites feature a fixed braai & grid, electricity points and two ablution blocks. The campsites are separated by wooden partitions providing privacy from other campers without sacrificing the view.
Dare to be different then our unique 2-sleeper Pipe Dream is perfect for an unconventional holiday – consisting only of a double bed built into an old concrete water pipe!
This quaint unit provides a romantic little spot with a small patio and braai area. Communal toilets and showers are shared with the campsite. Bring your own cooking/catering utensils and this will be a romantic holiday to boast about!
Camping for Groups at the Lake:
For all fishing enthusiasts, nature lovers and those who just enjoy being in the outdoors amidst breath-taking views, the campsites are situated at the Lake provide the perfect getaway and family holiday.
Campsites are spread out on the water’s edge providing an ideal spot for fishing and swimming. Each having its own braai and covered area. The communal boma, dish-washing and ablution facilities are shared among the campsites and cottages.
There are “Fisherman Cottages” situated just above the campsites at the lake. Each cottage has its own braai and outdoor area. The communal boma, dish-washing and ablution facilities are shared among the campsites and cottages. There are no electrical points at the lake.
Zip Line & Zip X-Treme Tours:
The Zip Line Tour includes entrance into Lake Eland Game Reserve, guided zip line tour (14 slides), return trip to Zip Line office.
The Zip extreme has the first slide being a 1km “straight-down” thrilling ride reaching speeds of up to 160 kms per hour and then 2 more slides to the collection point. Not for children.
Standard Rate = R 550 per person – Week-end / Holidays / Public Holidays
Discounted Rate = R 450 per person – Week days (excl. Holidays / Public Holidays)
5km of fun and adventure for the whole family!!
Come and enjoy a 5km guided tour on a non-motorized scooter on the game reserve with beautiful views of the magnificent Oribi Gorge and wild life, including impala, blesbok, giraffe, zebra, etc.
Rates: R350 + Reserve Entrance, R60pp (Adults)
R175 + Reserve Entrance (Kids between 6 – 9 years, accompanied by an adult)
What to bring: Closed shoes.
Other: Must be capable of balance and breaking.
Suspension Bridge & View Sites:
One of the main highlights for guests visiting Lake Eland Game Reserve is to walk across our 80m Suspension Bridge. Not only is it exhilarating to walk across the Suspension Bridge, but it is quite an achievement for many of us who are fearful of heights. The views from the Suspension Bridge are breath-taking and you will be inspired by the magnificence and grandeur of the Oribi Gorge.
We have a saying in South Africa “Africa isn’t for sissies” and this adventurous walk across the bridge is not for the faint-hearted. For those of you who are still considering whether to take the challenge and cross the bridge when you next visit Lake Eland, maybe this might help: each cable that supports the Suspension Bridge can hold 70 tons, so unless you’re carrying all your gym weights in your pockets, you should be just fine!
Restaurant & Tea Garden:
Lake Eland’s Restaurant provides an indoor dining area as well as an outdoor deck and garden area, overlooking the Game Reserve. So prior, or after, a drive on the Game Reserve stop at the Tea Garden.
Lake Eland’s menu has been specifically designed by our executive chef to create a simple yet diverse selection of flavours and dishes. Our famous giant Burgers are a much-loved favourite among visitors. Fully licensed outdoor bar.
Restaurant Hours: 7.30am – 4.00pm (kitchen closes)
Closed at night.
Picnic & Braai Facilities:
There are three designated picnic and braai facilities available on the Game Reserve. One being a short drive from reception, another picnic & braai site is ideally situated nearby a stream among lush old trees providing shade for those hot summer days and the third being at the Lake where there are shaded gazebos along its banks.
Lake Eland has a variety of routes that one can select depending on the amount of time you must spend touring the Game Reserve.
One of the popular routes including a visit to the suspension bridge and caves past the Zip Line office 2-3 hours. For a full day at Lake Eland continue the scenic drive on the reserve to Lake and back along the western side of the Reserve, which is just over 30km.
The roads can accommodate all “normal” cars, no need for a 4×4.
Guided Game Drives
R250 per person +- 2.5 hours
Max 10 people – Min charge R1,000
Groups: R200 pp (min 11 people)
Vehicle: R 150 per vehicle (own vehicle)
Motor Bike / Quad: R 60.00 per person (bring own quad)
Mountain Biking, Fishing & Walking:
Gate Entrance Fee only R60pp – bring your own gear/equipment
R250 per person for 1-hour Ride
Max 6 people / Min 2 people – Minimum age is 10 yrs.
(Bookings and pre-payment are essential)
R150 per person for 70 Shots / Balls
Min 4 people – Minimum age is 10 yrs.