Sondelani Game Lodge in Zimbabwe

Sondelani Game Lodge


Owner -: Basil Steyn
Size60000 acres
Total nrs3000
Number of species400
Number of animals3000
Address P.O. Box 1472
Place Gwanda
District West Nicholson
Province Bulawayo
Country Zimbabwe
Website Website


Key People


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
2002-2006: Dan Koehl
(elephant trainer)
2002-2006: Sibangilizwe Ncube
(elephant head-keeper)
-2006: Luckson Mwayemudza
(elephant head-keeper)

Elephant keepers: Emmanuel Dube
-2002: Matipedza Tigere
-2005: Hewart Mubayiwa
-2006: Trinity Kaswaurere
-2006: Trinity Kaswaurere
-2006: Clever Magiriva
-2006: Edias Makore
-2006: Cuthbert Tembo
-2006: Nev Zulu
2003-2005: Tendai Mapfumo
2003-2006: Edison Daundera
2005-2006: Vanhuvmnwe Chinangama
Record history
History of updates2022-05-29

Latest document update2022-05-29 10:05:13
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Sondelani Game Lodge, located at P.O. Box 1472, in Gwanda, Zimbabwe .

Comments / picturesSondelani Game Lodge is situated in West Nicholson, on the road between Beit Bridge and Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, close to the town Gwanda, and the border of South Africa.

Between 2002 and 2006, 10 wild caught elephants from Dubane Forest were tamed and trained by the Swedish elephant trainer Dan Koehl, assisted by his two foremen Luckson Mwayemudza and Sibangilizwe Ncube, as well as 20 keepers from the Shona tribe. Most of those elephants are now residing at Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe.
Sondelani Game Lodge in Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
Elephant crew at Sondelani Game Farm, Zimbabwe, 2002. Photo: Jutta Kirchner, Vienna Zoo.

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Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Sondelani Game Lodge, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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