At Ecolux we aim to give you unforgettable accommodation as well as an opportunity to experience the wild side of Africa by offering adventure safari activities. All the activities provided by Ecolux are done under the auspices of professional operators. Your safety and well-being is of the utmost importance to us here at Ecolux.

Kruger Park

Early Morning Drive in open vehicle

04:30-07:30

Sunset Drive in open vehicle

16:30-19:30

Night Drive in open vehicle

20:00-22:30

Early Morning Walks

04:30-08:30

  • Warm clothing recommended for morning and night drive
  • Children under 6 are not allowed in the open vehicle
  • 72 hours notice required to arrange and pay for external activities
  • No cancellations refunds
  • Soft drinks and snacks are welcome, no alcohol allowed
  • Children under 12 are not allowed on the early morning walk
  • All activities away from Ecolux and self-drive unless otherwise stated
  • T's & C's Apply

Elephant Safari

The elephants, Tswale and Modjadji are based in the 70 ha non-Big 5 area of the reserve about 10 minutes’ drive from Kwa Madwala’s entrance gate & also about a 10 minutes’ drive from Manyatta Rock Camp. Our guests start all elephant experiences with a brief introduction to Tswali and Modjadji and a safety talk. The elephant experiences end with guests being offered the opportunity to feed the elephants with their favourite game pellets.

Horse Safari

Equestrian safaris are extremely popular throughout Africa and provide an exciting addition to the many other safari activities Ecolux offers. Both beginner and intermediate horse trails wind through the reserve and indigenous bush passing rocky outcrops, river beds and exceptionally scenic terrain. You are likely to see antelope, giraffe, impala, zebra, waterbuck, wilderbeast and sometimes herds of wild elephant and rhino.

Elephant Interaction Experiences

No age restriction

  • A 15min elephant interaction(min 4 people)
  • Includes; touching, feeling and feeding

Elephant Back Safaris for Guests

Max. 4 adults+2 children(5-12yo)

  • A 30min interaction which includes touching, feeling and feeding
  • A 30min elephant back safari through the bush

Morning elephant experiences are from 07:00-10:00 in the summer and winter

Afternoon elephant experiences are from 15:00-18:00 in the summer and 14:30-17:30 in the winter

Winter months: 1st May to 30th September

Small groups of only six ride with the professional supervision of the dedicated team of staff whose extensive experience guarantee you a very enjoyable time. Their passion for nature, conservation and the environment, and their involvement in the management of the game reserve make for fascinating discussions and stories while you ride, and provide you with a wealth of information about the hard work required to protect the various species in the reserve.

Options Include

  • 1 hour rides
  • 2 hour rides

Please Note

  • 105kg weight limit
  • Long trousers, shirts and closed shoes or boots are recommended
  • Children over 3yo are welcome if accompanied by their parents

Kruger Park

Early Morning Drive in open vehicle

04:30-07:30

Sunset Drive in open vehicle

16:30-19:30

Night Drive in open vehicle

20:00-22:30

Early Morning Walks

04:30-08:30

  • Warm clothing recommended for morning and night drive
  • Children under 6 are not allowed in the open vehicle
  • 72 hours notice required to arrange and pay for external activities
  • No cancellations refunds
  • Soft drinks and snacks are welcome, no alcohol allowed
  • Children under 12 are not allowed on the early morning walk
  • All activities away from Ecolux and self-drive unless otherwise stated
  • T's & C's Apply

Elephant Safari

The elephants, Tswale and Modjadji are based in the 70 ha non-Big 5 area of the reserve about 10 minutes’ drive from Kwa Madwala’s entrance gate & also about a 10 minutes’ drive from Manyatta Rock Camp. Our guests start all elephant experiences with a brief introduction to Tswali and Modjadji and a safety talk. The elephant experiences end with guests being offered the opportunity to feed the elephants with their favourite game pellets.

Elephant Interaction Experiences

No age restriction

  • A 15min elephant interaction(min 4 people)
  • Includes; touching, feeling and feeding

Elephant Back Safaris for Guests

Max. 4 adults+2 children(5-12yo)

  • A 30min interaction which includes touching, feeling and feeding
  • A 30min elephant back safari through the bush

Morning elephant experiences are from 07:00-10:00 in the summer and winter

Afternoon elephant experiences are from 15:00-18:00 in the summer and 14:30-17:30 in the winter

Winter months: 1st May to 30th September

Horse Safari

Equestrian safaris are extremely popular throughout Africa and provide an exciting addition to the many other safari activities Ecolux offers. Both beginner and intermediate horse trails wind through the reserve and indigenous bush passing rocky outcrops, river beds and exceptionally scenic terrain. You are likely to see antelope, giraffe, impala, zebra, waterbuck, wilderbeast and sometimes herds of wild elephant and rhino.

Small groups of only six ride with the professional supervision of the dedicated team of staff whose extensive experience guarantee you a very enjoyable time. Their passion for nature, conservation and the environment, and their involvement in the management of the game reserve make for fascinating discussions and stories while you ride, and provide you with a wealth of information about the hard work required to protect the various species in the reserve.

Options Include

  • 1 hour rides
  • 2 hour rides

Please Note

  • 105kg weight limit
  • Long trousers, shirts and closed shoes or boots are recommended
  • Children over 3yo are welcome if accompanied by their parents

Elephant Safari



Kwa Madwala’s Elephants Tswale and Modjadji, our two tamed Elephants were trained by Rory Hensman. Rory has worked extensively with elephants and is known as the ‘elephant whisperer’. Rory passed away about three years ago and his son, Sean Hensman is currently running Adventure With Elephants in Bela Bela in the Limpopo Province. Rory’s training techniques are based on the principles of trust, ask and reward which is the total opposite to the methods used in India where the actual spirit of the elephant is broken.

The experiences are highly recommended to anyone who would like to experience a close and personal encounter combined with the best possible education of the African Elephant, the most intelligent giants of the African bush.

Horse Safari



The breed of horses you will ride are known as ‘Boereperde’ a word derived from the Dutch/Afrikaans word ‘boer’ meaning farmer and ‘perd’ meaning horse; this directly translates as ‘farmer’s horse’. They are now officially recognised as a breed having evolved from the inbreeding of various different horses over the years in South Africa. The result is a strong, intelligent, even-tempered animal with a trustworthy nature.

They are hardy and reliable and used extensively on the conservancy as a utility horse for tasks such a patrolling the fences and monitoring sick animals in various different terrains. They are a very fertile breed with outstanding motherly instincts and rear their offspring easily in the bushveld.

The saddles used are the McClellan ex-military saddles which are very comfortable and light in weight with the added security of a half-moon handle at the front making it difficult to fall off. There are various trails available from meandering rambles to open canters to suit most levels of riding experience and ability.