Ezulwini River Lodge
Balule Nature Reserve, South Africa

Ezulwini River Lodge is just the place for an intimate safari experience in the exclusive Balule Game Reserve, located within Greater Kruger Park.

Why We Love it and You Will Too

  • The location of Ezulwini River Lodge is definitely worth your consideration. Built on the banks of the Olifants River under a riverine forest, it features its very own natural backdrop.
  • Access to Balule Game Reserve is strictly regulated, making wildlife sightings during guided game drives less crowded and more exclusive.
  • Your guide can make all the difference during a South African safari and Ezulwini’s tracker-guides are the cream of the crop. They are exceptionally skilled and well-trained, not to mention doubling up as master storytellers.
  • Take your pick from luxury chalets, and superior suites at River Lodge, the latter featuring private plunge pools and river-facing viewing decks.
  • In between 4x4 game drives, you can make the most of the swimming pool in the main lodge area or tuck into delectable home-cooked meals served on the deck out in the sunshine, or by lantern-light in the traditional boma.

Your Ezulwini River Lodge Experience

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Ezulwini River Lodge has what we think is one of the most optimal locations within the Balule Game Reserve. It’s situated right on the banks of the Olifants River where a pod of resident hippos can be seen bobbing about in the water during the day and grazing along the banks at night. 

This river setting attracts a wide variety of small antelope and big tusker elephants into the area, not to mention a thriving community of birds whose chorus can be heard from the trees surrounding the lodge. There’s no better sound to wake up to in the mornings. 

To get a better view of things during your stay, follow the wooden walkway which leads down to the one-of-a-kind viewing tower built around a tree.

Game viewing is the top priority at this lodge and to get you closer to the action, early morning and late afternoon drives depart daily. Led by experienced tracker-guides, this is your VIP access to the reserve’s phenomenal array of animals, including the real stars of the show: The Big 5. 

Ezulwini River Lodge has both luxury chalets and superior suites, and you can’t go wrong with either choice. As an added facility, Wi-Fi is available, but if the last thing you want to do is spend your time gawking at a screen, opt for a live view of nature instead and settle down by the pool. You never know what creature might quietly emerge out of the Balule bushveld to pay you a visit.

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