Along with their loyal staff, Mike built the chalets, with his very own hands, and it wasn’t long before they received their first guests. The chalets were named Inyati (meaning buffalo) and Bhejane (meaning rhino) in the Zulu language.
The name Elephant Walk Retreat seemed only fitting because the area itself had become a much-loved spot for magnificent herds of sometimes over 200 elephants to visit on a daily basis for a drink. The youngsters loved to play among the reeds, while the adults spent the hot, sunny days taking a dip in the river. To this very day, the elephants still love to visit and come right up to the fence.
Over the years, Elephant Walk Retreat has continued to expand, with a total of 4 chalets, 5 log cabins, and a large (and always inviting) swimming pool. The aim has always been to keep the lodge intimate and exclusive for their guests.
Mike and Stephanie created Elephant Walk Retreat as a haven for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and experience the magic of the Kruger National Park exclusively. Elephant Walk Retreats catch-phrase, “Rest, Relax and return” which was thought out by Stephanie’s late mother, sums up exactly what they have tried to achieve here.