The Elephant House - Durban

The Elephant House - Durban

The Elephant House, located on Ridge road on Durban's berea, was built in the early 1850's on the highest natural point on the Berea Ridge overlooking what is now Jameson Park and the Indian Ocean, and is the oldest home in Durban.

The Elephant House was originally used by the Milner brothers, Henry, Philip and Thomas, as a weekend hunting lodge. The house became known to the people of Durban as the Elephant House after surviving numerous attacks from local elephant herds. A sandy track that later became Florida Road, was the path the elephants used on their daily trek to obtain water from the Greyville Marshes, which are now part of the Royal Durban golf course. The house was a great obstruction for the elephants at the time, so they would frequently attempt to forcefully remove it.

When Brian Agar purchased the property in 1975 he insisted on demolishing it. After learning its history he decided that the legend of Elephant House could not die, and it was declared a National Monument in 1978. During the course of restoration and in the time the Agars' have spent in the house some interesting artifacts were discovered including a water bottle with a marble in the neck, dark blue castor oil bottles, green gin bottles known as Genever, an old ink well and an ivory toothed comb. A cannon from the ship Aristoto is on view in the garden. The ship was wrecked on Back Beach, which is now known as Addington, in 1854. Edward Snell bought the house in 1857, with the ship and her cargo. He would fire the cannon every New Year's Eve.

Address : 745 Ridge Road, Durban, South Africa

Accommodation Near The Elephant House - Durban

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Lembali Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

0.2km North West of The Elephant House - Durban

The six suite Lodge provides state-of-the art bedroom and bathroom accommodation and also a ten seater boardroom/dining room for corporate meetings and entertaining.

Essenwood House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Berea, Durban

0.3km South of The Elephant House - Durban

Essenwood House is an Edwardian home fully modernised, secure in it's own grounds with ample on site parking. Seven air-conditioned en suite bedrooms, four with own verandas and three with private entrance.

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Sleeps: 3

Lindsay Loft

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

0.4km North West of The Elephant House - Durban

Lindsay Loft is a single, luxury, self catering executive apartment with panoramic views, set in a secluded garden in Durban's exclusive Morningside area.

The Neuk Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

0.4km North East of The Elephant House - Durban

A gracious Cape-Dutch styled home nestled in the cosmopolitan suburb of Morningside, Durban. The Neuk Guest House is conveniently situated for both the discerning businessman and tourist. The rooms are beautifully decorated and have their own ...

Mythai Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

0.5km North East of The Elephant House - Durban

All rooms are extremely comfortable and have a private feel they are all en-suite, with DStv, air-conditioning and all rates include a full English breakfast. We have 8 rooms all en-suite. We have a cook school/conference venue/private restaurant ...

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Sleeps: 20 in 10 units/rooms

Albion Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

0.5km North West of The Elephant House - Durban

Set in a quiet cul-de-sac, Albion is tranquil, with secure off-street parking and a large pool terrace for your enjoyment

The Laughing Dove Holiday Home

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

0.5km West of The Elephant House - Durban

The house is tastefully furnished and consists of 3 bedrooms main being en-suite and/or a garden flat which can accommodate 4 persons. All bedrooms including the garden flat are fitted with air-conditioning.

Acorn Bed & Breakfast in Durban

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Berea, Durban

0.9km South of The Elephant House - Durban

Acorn Bed & Breakfast in Durban, an oasis of graciousness and tranquility in Durban's exclusive Berea, has every modern convenience, yet retains the old-worlde impeccable service and style of yester-year.

Sleeps: 6

10th Avenue

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

1.0km South East of The Elephant House - Durban

This is a newly-decorated 3 bedroomed, 2 bathroomed simplex in Durban's fashionable Morningside, within a few minutes' walk from Greyville Racecourse, shops and restaurants, and within a few minutes' drive of all Durban's amenities

Bon Ami On Ninth

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

1.1km East of The Elephant House - Durban

We offer upmarket, Hotel Style Accommodation featuring 15 en-suite bedrooms with the Housekeeper and Night Guard on site to see to all your requirements. Our aim is to exceed your expectations, providing the very best hospitality in colonial style...