The Elephant Lake Hotel Group
Constructed in 2002, the Elephant Lake Hotel opened its doors with 28 rooms on offer and fast established itself as the market leader in St Lucia, a position that is still maintained by the Elephant Lake Group.
True to the areas rich history – the hotel was built on the ground that was once home to the Anglers Hotel; a base which utilised during World War II. In the early 1940s, the first Catalina squadrons of the Royal Air Force began anti-submarine operations off the Cape coast. St Lucia – in particular, the St Lucia Estuary – was a key location during the war with the Royal Air Force using the area as a base for refuelling their Catalinas and stocking supplies.
In 2006, the hotel was expanded with the addition of another 30 rooms, conference centre, restaurant, and westerly-facing deck overlooking the hotel gardens and the St Lucia Estuary.
The group continued to grow, and in 2009 – added a second hotel to their portfolio; the Elephant Lake Inn.
Now with a 90-room inventory in St Lucia, the Elephant Lake Group has successfully obtained concessions for operating the Born Free cruise boat on the St Lucia estuary renowned for its excellent hippo and crocodile tours and excellent birding opportunities. The group now also owns and operates its own fleet of safari vehicles to conduct safaris into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park as well as the world-famous, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve.
In August 2018 the group acquired a third property in St Lucia which is currently being developed into an upmarket self-catering lodge; the Hippo Lodge.
Corporate Social Responsabilty
The Elephant Lake Group is dynamically involved with the upliftment of the local community and plays an important role in job creation in the area – working towards the alleviation of poverty as well as the general wellbeing and social development of the people and children in the area.
The General Manager, Mr Deon Steyn, represents the group on various levels through a variety of organisations that include the St Lucia / Dukuduku Business Forum, the Greater Dukuduku Development Forum, the AHI Zululand Business Institute, and the Umkhanyakude Chamber of Commerce.
Looking to spear-head a specific upliftment project in the surrounding rural area, the Elephant Lake Group has set its sights firmly on the Glen-Park Primary School. Following a visit to the school, hosted by headmaster Mr K. Sibisi, the group has undertaken to implement an action plan to improve the general conditions of the learning institution.
At the end of 2010, the group restored two classrooms that are now able to accommodate new learners.
To date, the principal’s office has been restored and an additional store room created to alleviate the lack of space for maintenance equipment and sundries. The kitchen – which is responsible for catering to over 320 students – has been revamped from torn corrugated iron sheets and an open fire to an independent, ventilated space with a gas burner stove.
A recent inter-department sports tournament saw the Elephant Lake Group sponsor soccer and netball apparel which were greatly celebrated by community members and players alike.