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About Lake Eland Game Reserve

Lake Eland Game Reserve is the ideal venue for a family holiday, romantic getaway or simply a day's outing near Port Shepstone. Lake Eland Game Reserve is truly a place of peace and tranquility as it provides an opportunity to view a diverse population of animals and over 200 bird species.

Guests have a choice of accommodation ranging from camping to self-catering cabins or the unique Pipe Dream. Each Campsite is private and some of the sites are equipped with electrical points. All the sites share the use of communal bathrooms with showers. Some of the Log Cabins can accommodate up to six guests, while others can accommodate two guests. The cabins offer double, king-size or single beds and have private bathrooms with showers only. Each cabin also has a kitchen that is equipped for self-catering, including braai facilities. Guests looking for something unique will enjoy the Pipe Dream, which is an old concrete pipe that offers a double bed and shares the use of the ablution facilities with the Campsite. This unit also has a patio and a private braai area.

Those that are not in the mood for cooking can dine at the on-site restaurant. It closes at 16:00 and has an indoor dining area, as well as an outdoor deck that overlooks the game reserve and a small dam. A fully licensed outdoor bar is also available. Various picnic areas are situated near a shady stream and they are equipped with braai facilities and rustic benches.

Great for the whole family, Lake Eland Game Reserve will ensure everyone has a fun-filled day with activities and facilities such as a children’s playground, game drives, horse rides, walking and cycling trails, paintball, a challenging 4x4 track and a thrilling walk across the 80 m suspension bridge. We have the longest Zip Line in Africa. It is 4.5 km long and has 14 slides soaring across the Oribi Gorge over 300m high.

Guests can make use of the chapel on the hill for weddings. It overlooks the game reserve and provides a spectacular view with a stunning backdrop for photos. The chapel seats 220 guests comfortably. The Oribi Hall is ideal for a reception or functions and can seat 320 guests. The Kudu Conference Centre can seat a maximum of 40 guests, depending on whether or not guests will sit on the outside deck.


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Conference Venues
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans

Important Information

Please note that check-in is between 2pm and 5pm. The reserve gates are closed and locked for the night at 5:30pm.
There are no filling stations for petrol or diesel within 20 kms of Lake Eland, so please make sure you fill up in Port Shepstone or at Paddock (you are advised to stock up on your groceries there as well!!)
Please note that check-in is between 2pm and 5pm. The reserve gates are closed and locked for the night at 5:30pm.
There are no filling stations for petrol or diesel within 20 kms of Lake Eland, so please make sure you fill up in Port Shepstone or at Paddock (you are advised to stock up on your groceries there as well!!)
Most visitors to Lake Eland come to enjoy the fabulous views, the animals and the Suspension Bridge. As this is a private game reserve the emphasis is on peace and tranquility and preserving the natural environment - which also means no music, no loud noise (even our rooms have no radios and no TVs), no littering and no removal of /damage to animals and plants on the reserve.
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Reviews for Lake Eland Game Reserve

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Rekha Raju
07 July 2018

We loved the privacy and natural environment. The roads were so well maintained on the reserve which made exploring so easy. Would have preferred an indoor shower, especially during winter but the fireplace really warmed up the luxury chalet. So many activities kept us entertained during our stay and if you love fishing.. Scenic walks, Zip lining, mountain biking, star gazing, game drives and appreciating the outdoors.. This place is highly recommended!

Sanjeevan Moodley
07 April 2018

Not happy with campsite 1......putting up a tent right next to a road! the reason we came there was for peace and quiet! We requested upon checking in, for a site next to the Lake Eland. We were told that they were available only for bigger groups. ..we drove there and all those sites were empty. Also we were not told there was no hot water at the 1st ablutions block...my wife had a cold shower. After enquiring with the cleaning staff twice, a staff member informed us that there was hot water at the 2nd ablutions block.

andre Gelderblom
05 March 2018

The animals,zip line,suspension bridge and the peaceful environment.

Tracey Hood
01 March 2018

We loved everything. Been there a couple of times now and just gets better!!!!

Rona Sooklal
11 February 2018

Staff = topsAccommodation = topsThings to do and see = topsThat's why we come back on a regular basis.Keep up the good work guys, see you soon!

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Lake Eland Game Reserve is 5.1km from the centre of Lake Eland Game Reserve , the nearest airport 26.1km (Margate Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

Things to do in and around Lake Eland Game Reserve

Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

(14.9 km from Lake Eland Game Reserve)

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Wild 5 Adventures

(12.8 km from Lake Eland Game Reserve)

Wild 5, the on-site extreme adventure company, will have you challenging your boundaries in no time. The Wild Swing, the highest of its kind in the world, sends you free-falling over the edge of Lehr’s Falls into a 100 metre arc, reaching speeds of...

Oribi Gorge

(12.9 km from Lake Eland Game Reserve)

The Oribi Gorge is a 330 metre high abyss sliced by the Umzimkulu River. Just 20 kilometres inland from Port Shepstone, the scenically stunning area has become a playground for adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers. Here you can hurtle off the edge...

Margate Country Club

(24.9 km from Lake Eland Game Reserve)

Margate Country Club is a scenic 18-hole course located just an hour away from Durban city centre. Visitors are always welcome, and are sure to experience a delightful round of golf. Facilities include a halfway house, pro shop, and cart hires.