Ezulwini River Lodge

Viewing deck at Ezulwini River Lodge

Leafy river location

Fig and mahogany trees provide leafy canopies for the viewing deck and convivial outdoor lounge at River Lodge, an owner-run Balule camp accomodating up to 16 people.

Lion on drive at Ezulwini

Big Five off-road

The reserve shares borders and game with the Kruger. As a private reserve, there is no public access and vehicles can go off-road in pursuit of sightings. Year-round Big Five are attracted by one of the region’s five regional perennial rivers, the Olifants, on whose riverbank the lodge sits.

Elephants are common in Balule

Year-round elephants

Big tusker elephants are a notable feature in the area.

Ezulwini River Lodge suites overlook the Olifants

River views

Hippos are often present in numbers, bobbing in the water or basking on the bank. Elephants are drawn by the perennial water. Four luxury suites have spectacular views over the Olifants river.

Suite features

The four suites have large wooden decks, a  plunge pool, and a mini-bar. Interiors are chic and spacious with lounge, coffee table, and en-suite facilities with bath, indoor and outdoor showers.

Ezulwin River Lodge rondavel

Value rondavels

Four rondavels are more basic with twin or double beds, mosquito nets, bedside tables, and ensuite bathrooms with bath and shower. All have air conditioning and fans.

Pool & bar

A swimming pool is in the main area. A shaded bar keeps you refreshed, whilst an array of photographic and nature books help you interpret the rich birdlife on view at the lodge.

Paradise deck at Ezulwini River Lodge

Paradise deck

A viewing tower offers views over the reserve and local waterhole.

Ezulwini River Lodge walkway

Viewing platform

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.

Olifants river year-round draw for game
Value Big Five private rondavels
Paradise deck and river viewing platform
No surcharge for singles, low season*
Combine with sister lodge Billy's
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