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.
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.
Big tusker elephants are a notable feature in the area.
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.
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.
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.
A viewing tower offers views over the reserve and local waterhole.
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.