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Ezulwini River Lodge

Ezulwini River Lodge

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  • - Lodge type; Safari Lodge
  • - Location; Sabi Sand Reserve
  • - Lodge size; 7 rooms
  • - Recommended stay; 2-5 nights
Cradled on the banks of the great Olifants River, beneath towering fig and natal mahogany trees lies Ezulwini River Lodge. Ezulwini, meaning ‘place of paradise’, remains true to its name in the secretive construction of River Lodge, which is a bird-lovers utopia, and a wildlife wonderland for all of the Balule beasts.

Located in the Big 5 Balule Nature Reserve in a pristine region of Limpopo Province, offering a top class Kruger safari. The location of the reserve means that it shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park.

River Lodge is built on the banks of the Olifants River under a riverine forest of trees making bird watching easy!

Rooms & Suites:

River Lodge has 4 standard rooms, which are traditional, thatched rondavels equipped with twin or double beds plus mosquito nets, bedside tables, and en-suite bathrooms, which have both bath and shower.

There are 4 luxury suites, which have large wooden decks, plunge pools, and views of the river. Interiors are chic and spacious with lounge, coffee table, and en-suite with bath, and indoor and outdoor shower.

All rooms have tea and coffee facilities, while luxury suites also have mini bars.
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Early morning coffee and rusks served before game drive, hot brunch served outdoors after game drive, lunch at 2pm and high tea served before afternoon drive, while dinner is a feast served by lantern-light.


River Lodge is centered around a superb outdoor guest area complete with a pool, shaded bar, outdoor lounge, and an indoor dining area.

A wooden walkway leads down to a viewing deck built around a tree and draped in leafy tree branches, all overlooking the riverbed and the Olifants River. A viewing tower at River Lodge offers a superb view over the reserve and a waterhole.

There is WiFi available at the lodge, while an array of photographic and nature books keep you inspired while you take in the birdsong and various other sounds of the Balule bushveld.


The safari experience at Ezulwini is centered on twice daily game drives in the lush Balule Nature Reserve. Boasting the ‘Big 7’, which is the Big 5 plus hippo and crocodile, and an abundance of birdlife and general game.

  • Rates from: R 3850.00
  • Per person per night sharing
  • Rates are in South African Rands
  • *Rates may vary according to season
  • Flights (return);
  • UK - RSA; from £ 611
  • USA - RSA; from $ 1390
  • EUR - RSA; from € 495
  • Subject to availability & T&C's

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