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The Wildlife Spirit

The Wildlife Spirit is nestled in the Lebombo mountains and a place of pure tranquility and famous for its idyllic view across lake Jozini. It promises a variety of day-time experiences in and around nature - all with a focus on elephants.


The Wildlife Spirit is the creation of Space for Elephants Foundation and Elephant Gin. The main purpose is to educate local youth and adults in the area on their country’s wildlife and environment, as well as give local and international visitors an opportunity to learn about elephants including their intelligence, importance in the ecosystem and need to protect them for future generations.

Located in the Lebombo mountains, which is a 800km-long mountain range of volcanic rocks, the Wildlife Spirit offers a breath-taking view over lake Jozini and activities on elephants, indigenous plants, local arts & crafts, elephant-dung-paper making and more. It is also an ideal location to rent for special events.

Activities On Offer

Elephant Tours

Emerge in all-day activities focused on learning about elephants and going out on safari to find them.

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Elephant Education

Join an afternoon education session focused on elephants; learning about their features, intelligence, social system and current threats.

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Garden Visit

Discover the many ingenious and medicinal  plants in our botanical garden and stroll around the site with its many look-outs on to Lake Jozini.

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Dung Paper Making

Visit the eco-friendly dung paper making site that introduces the steps involved in making paper products from elephant poo fibres.

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Private Events

Make this breathtaking idyllic view part of your private event. Enjoy a cocktail with a group on our sundowner deck, or exchange your African vows overlooking the indigenous forest.

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The Wildife Spirit is located in the Pongolapoort Nature Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Pongolapoort Nature Reserve was first proclaimed in 1894 and is the second oldest reserve in the world and the oldest in South Africa. It is home to an impressive collection of wildlife and vegetation. In addition to the two breeding herds of African elephant, there are also hyenas, buffalos, rhinos, leopards, zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, and impalas. These guarantee rewarding game drives and excellent photography opportunities.

Our Supporters

A non-profit foundation focused on elephant conservation. Their main mission is follow the old migratory routes lost when the game reserves were fenced in, isolating elephants in “pockets”, breaking up extended herds and adversely affecting biodiversity.The aim is to give freedom to a hundred thousand elephants to range freely across Africa, along centuries-old trails that were once a lifeline before mankind drew lines on a map.

The Elephant Gin produces award-winning handcrafted premium gin products made with rare African botanicals. Since its first day of operation, the company has donated 15% of bottle profits to elephant conservation charities including Big Life Foundation, while with each miniature bottle sold, 15% of profits is donated to Sheldrick Wildlife TrustAll of these organisations are devoted to the conservation of the African elephant.

A Trust created by Digs Pascoe to continue the legacy of conservation endeavours in Africa founded initially by his family.  His sister Blythe was a co-founder of the Save the Rhino Trust, which was set up to stop the slaughter of the desert-adapted black rhinoceros surviving in Namibia.  In 1986 Blythe was awarded the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Peter Scott Merit Award, in 1992 she won the Survival Award for the Conservation of an Endangered Species and in 2001, the BBC’s Animal Award for the Conservation of a Species.  Digs Pascoe was the CEO of Space for Elephants foundation and continued the work set up by his sister with the elephant population, working closely with similar organisations such as Project Rhino and The Kinglsey Holgate Foundation – till he passed away in 2018. 

Zulu Kingdom African Traces was started by Kim Domenicone and Dulcie Pascoe. Their aim is to market products with a vision towards assisting communities in ecotourism. Fair Trade principles and UBUNTU are the driving factors.