Billy’s is a premium lodge located on the banks of a seasonal river surrounded by the knobthorn, leadwood and marula trees characteristic of the western savannah. The concession name, Ezulwini, means ‘paradise’ in Zulu.
Balule is a constellation of private properties that form a large wilderness area unfenced with the Kruger. Game roams freely throughout, and includes a good density of the Big Five animals.
Resident pride of lions.
There is a resident lion pride around Billy’s Lodge.
The lush indigenous bush looks up to the Drakensberg mountains, and traversing includes open savannah, mixed woodland, mountain bushveld as well as Olifants riverine forest with year-round game.
Four spacious luxury suites sleep a maximum of 12 people. Inside, each has a super king-size bed, dining area, en-suite bath, shower, lounge, mini-bar, and fridge. Outside is an additional shower, private plunge pool, and a deck with unspoiled views of the surrounding bush.
Standard value rooms
There are also three standard rooms: 2 traditional rondavels, and 1 thatched room that leads onto the pool area. Each room sleeps 2 people in twin or double beds with mosquito netting and bedside tables. En-suite bathrooms are dark-tiled with showers and large vanity fittings.
Billy’s Lodge is set against a natural rock face to resemble an ancient Bushman cave. Design is organic and African in inspiration. There is a good collection of wine.