In a previous life (in the 1970’s and 80’s) Erindi was an over-stocked and over-grazed cattle farm causing severe damage to the natural vegetation. It was later converted to a hunting venture after the erection of an electrified game fence.
Owners Gert Joubert and his nephew Paul, phased out cattle farming entirely and re-introduced in fairly large numbers, numerous species that once occurred naturally in the area.
When hunting in Erindi was finally halted in 2007, the reserve was transformed into a nature conservation venture. The first challenge they faced as an eco-tourist venture operation was gaining the trust of the previously threatened animals – and convincing them to allow people into their secret and mysterious world.
Erindi is one of the few places on the planet where people have the opportunity to evidence this special relationship with these incredible beasts, and expand on it.
Over the last four years Erindi has successfully transformed itself into a unique, best-practice ecotourism and conservation venture – constantly implementing and monitoring programmes across all aspects of the land rehabilitation process.
The perfect base for your forays into the exhilarating bush, our spacious luxury suites have all the charm, comfort and conveniences you’d expect of a top-flight resort suite.
Keep your camera nearby as you walk to and from your suites – guests are likely to spot some friendly, free-roaming locals on their way to one of two (four-legged) watering holes within the Old Traders Camp.
Rooms vary from Standard Suites to Family Suites and a VIP suite.
The elegantly decorated main lodge serves as the main dining area. Mouth-watering dishes are prepared to the highest standards using the freshest ingredients, some grown in our own back garden.
Dining at Old Traders Lodge is a culinary adventure, combining regional African cuisine with the multitude of cooking styles left behind by early explorers of this great continent. We stock a wide selection of South African wines, spirits and liqueurs. High tea is served every afternoon and delicious sweet and savoury eats. A mouth-watering buffet-style dinner is served after guests return from their late afternoon safari.
The elevated wooden viewing deck is a fantastic area to relax. Here guests can enjoy bird life and an abundance of small and big game.
Each Chalet has two bedrooms, with two single beds and crisp clean linen in each.
The open plan living area has a dining table, a sleeper couch, flatscreen DSTV and a fully equipped kitchen with fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, crockery, cutlery . The bathroom has a spacious shower.
Camp Elephant comprises 30 campsites.
Each campsite has its own bathroom with a toilet, solar-heated shower and hand basin. Campsites also have individual kitchens, with a washing up and food-preparation area. Each campsite has its own vehicle awning and a braai with adjustable grid.