Rates

Luxury Chalets

  • Unit sleeps: 2

Includes : Accommodation, full breakfast, light lunch, and a three-course dinner, teas & coffees, complimentary house wines, lagers and soft drinks, morning and afternoon/ evening game drives, wireless internet.

Superior Suites

  • Unit sleeps: 2

Includes : Accommodation, full breakfast, light lunch, and a three-course dinner, teas & coffees, complimentary house wines, lagers and soft drinks, morning and afternoon/ evening game drives, wireless internet.

Reviews

"December last year my husband and I bid on a trip at a cancer charity auction, we bid with the hopes of changing someone's life through cancer research! little did we know that bid would change our lives forever. I am certain that any safari at Kruger National Park will be a beautiful experience, I am also so certain that if you spend your safari with Ezulwini lodges that your experience will not only be beautiful but astonishing! There's so much to say...and trying to find the words to properly portray the experience is near impossible. we stayed at both lodges while we were there, both have so much to offer. They are the perfect setting of 5 star accommodations paired with nature at its rawest!! The rooms were amazing and after every morning game drive they had already cleaned the room, and made the bed...which was decorated with vibrant, lovely smelling, flawless rose pedals. Truly just walking into your mini palace was such a relaxing and peaceful feeling. The only decision that came hard was deciding which place to spend your downtime, there were too many amazing options. You could choose between poolside, a viewing tower, an open air breezy lounge or the most amazing tree house! Not just any tree house, one with the most immaculate view of the bush, with perfect shading and lounging furniture. I might mention that you don't have to climb a ladder to get to it, just enjoy an amazing walkway that delivers you to the best seat in the house (treehouse) The food served was delightful, with perfect portions and always fresh juice and fruit! The staff was the most pleasant I have ever encountered!!! They had contagious happiness, their smiles and laughter and just genuine kindness was truly what made the overall experience of the lodges so amazing! I have heard from many, that the game drives are all luck... I don't believe that! I believe that it is the skill of the trackers and rangers that put you on the most beautiful animal sightings you will ever see. I also think they have such a respect for the animals and are just so emotionally in tune with them that animals come out for them...there is a sense of love felt. The trackers and rangers have that glowing, star like twinkle in their eye with every animal they see. They are just as excited as their guest, as if every encounter Is like the first time! With each morning drive, they stop for coffee at their perfect spot of choice and in the evening pair the drive with snacks and drink of your choice, while enjoying the sunset. it was the perfect picnic each time! I might also mention that it seemed as if our Ezulwini was the only lodge to do that, during other encounters with rangers from other lodges I never saw them present picnic! On our drives we saw all BIG 5! we also saw hippo, crocodile, zebras, giraffe and loads of beautiful birds. Its hard for me to choose which drive was my favorite, they were all incredible!!! we had a drive that they put us on lion, cheetah and a beautiful leopard all within 2 hours. Seeing the Rhino on 2 different drives was also amazing, and emotional. The elephant was maybe the most thrilling, just because of their size!!!!! Such a gentle giant. The most life changing trip or experience I have ever had. Typically when wrapping up a trip, I'm eager to get home. Not this trip, I was sad to leave and the staff had such a large part of that. Part of my heart is still at Ezulwini Game lodges and I can only hope to get the chance to visit again!"

- Candice Black


"Ezulwini is a private lodge in the Balule Game Reserve which is part of the 6,000,000 acre Greater Kruger Reserve. This is all open, unfenced habitat in which the animals roam freely in their natural environment. We spent four nights at Ezulwini, two at River Lodge and two at Billy's Lodge. At both locations we were treated like royalty. The facilities were amazing. Although deep in the game reserve we had private native-styled lodging with air conditioning and private bath. The lodge compounds were secure and well maintained. Both lodges had boardwalks to elevated game viewing decks overlooking watering areas adjacent to the compound. The food was delicious and plentiful with fresh fruit and vegetables and a selection of entrees. Ezulwini limits the number of guests at each lodge so that the experience is more intimate and not so commercialized like the big lodges in Kruger National Park (we had four couples at River and three at Billy's). Each day we took two game drives into the bush...one at 6:00am and one at 4:00pm for three hours each. The viewing is better at dawn and dusk when the animals are active. Our ranger guides and trackers were superb in their ability to locate the animals. We saw three of the big five on our first day and ultimately saw all of the big five (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and rhino) several times including a very rare black rhino. Overall we saw more than 40 different species of animals (including giraffes, hippos, zebras, warthogs, wildebeest, cheetah, kudu, impala, baboons, crocodiles, and many, many birds). This was truly an experience of a lifetime and most highly recommended. One note - this is a rustic environment and would not be considered handicap friendly as it requires climbing in and out of the safari vehicles and the drives are along dirt roads and tracks through the rough terrain of the Bushveld."

- Bill


"Resort was very clean, great staff to give you the best experience. Enjoyed the small amount of guests which allowed for the personal touch. Food was out of this world. The guides did a great job and provided pictures of a lifetime."

- Heather


"Exceptional! Unsealed Road from main road to camp was difficult to pass. Camp itself was wonderful, staff was friendly, very obliging, discreet. A place to be!!!"

- Christine Hoehne


"We celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary in such a unique and beautiful way. River Lodge was absolutely fabulous! What a fantastic way to experience a first-time photo safari! We were greeted by Glory and Eddie so warmly with super smiles and firm handshakes! We were given a wonderful tour of the facility and then escorted to our room which was incredibly clean, bright and very homey! Immediately we felt so comfortable and began to meet the rest of the River staff. Lawrence, our game driver and Richard our tracker... what a couple of true experts! And we can never forget our fabulous ladies and gentlemen in the kitchen (golden hands who provided the most magnificent culinary gifts during our stay), the wonderful housekeepers who beautifully maintained our room and decorated our bed with gorgeous red floral petals in a heart-shaped pattern to highlight our special celebraton! We also met Ange, the property manager, a most professional, learned and incredibly gifted individual. Her knowledge of South Africa, the animals, the people and culture and virtually every detail made our stay at River Lodge that much more enjoyable and educational. River Lodge was managed like a perfect ballet! Every staff member reflected a wonderful sense of pride, dignity, time sensitivity and team spirit. We never waited for anything. We were awakened as planned, and coffee was ready for us each morning before the starting game drive. Every meal was prepared and served as scheduled, and the food was scrumptious!! Everyone pitched in and contributed wherever needed, and the positive staff morale just enhanced the pleasantries and fun we all shared. Lawrence and Richard ensured that we saw virtually all the big 5 animals. My husband took more than 5,000 stills, and I managed to record more than 2 hours' worth of video sequences. Our agenda was to see as many animals as we could, and we were not disappointed. We even saw rare finds, and it was such an incredible adventure... truly exceeded our expectations! We absolutely recommend River Lodge and the Ezulwini Game Lodge staff! You will not be disappointed, and you will definitely want to return."

- Jeanie


"We stayed 3 nights at Billy's Lodge in November of 2014. My husband and our friends had never been to a game reserve, while I had been to three previously. My previous experiences included an eco-lodge in Kenya, a luxury tented camp near Port Elizabeth in South Africa and a lodge at a national park in western Uganda. Billy's Lodge was not the most luxurious, did not have the most gourmet or varied food or the most frills. But, hands down, this very small resort (there are only a total of 6 rooms) was the most authentic game experience and the warmest and most personal hospitality I have ever experienced. The games drives were always well planned and enjoyable, and we were able to see elephants, rhino, lions, wild spotted dogs, giraffe, zebra and many other animals. The meals were simple but good, with two or three choices for starters, entrees and desserts every night. The visit to the wine cellar and the meals outdoors were special, but what really stood out was the staff. They were so helpful, so genuine in their welcome, and so friendly and kind that it was quite remarkable. Our friend had suffered from a back injury while in Cape Town and the staff could not have been more solicitous in ensuring that she was as comfortable as possible and they took special care to make sure that she was able to enjoy seeing some animals even though the normal game drives were not possible. We stayed in the larger luxury suites and I have to say that I think that they are well worth the price. Sitting on the deck in the afternoon and plunging in the private pool while watching giraffe and zebra go by is something not to be missed. If you are looking for an opportunity to share an experience with people who have been doing this for 16 years and who have the absolute best staff, this is the place for you. I wish that I could have stayed longer."

- Sharon


"A trip to Africa has been on my list since I was in high school; 45 years later the planets aligned and there I was at Ezulwini River Lodge in the greater Kruger National Park. I had the pleasure of spending 3 nights at the River Lodge & 2 nights at their other property, Billy's Lodge. In a word, the overall experience was remarkable. Each property has it's own special vibe, so it's great that they encourage you to stay at both locations. My favorite was the River Lodge because of the staff. From the moment you arrive you are greeted with a smile & a personal warmth that radiates through everyone you encounter. Glory, Eddie & Lawrence were fantastic, made our stay a once in a lifetime experience. The food is plentiful & delicious, the accommodations are beautiful and the game drives are beyond fun. We managed to see the big 5 within the first two days but the safari experience never got old. Over at Billy's Lodge, the grounds aren't quite as rustic as the River Lodge giving you a whole different feel - still great. The only slight downside for me was the reception we received from the staff at Billy's - a "chilly" reception to be sure. The only time we saw the softer, more fun/friendly side was at the final dinner, a BBQ. The staff presented great singing & dancing, finally relaxing to show their more personable side. Ezulwini had hired a new administrative staff member who was only 3 days into the job when we arrived. Judging from her warm personality, it won't be long before everyone is smiling! The owner, Larry was MOST gracious & took all of us on a tour & tasting in his private wine cellar. He made himself available at meals to answer questions or to just share stories about the area. A fabulous place to stay!"

- Jan


"If you are looking for an experience you will remember for the rest of your life, The Ezulwini Game Lodges is where you want to be. The expertise of the trackers and guides is top rate. They are friendly and interactive and oh boy did we get to see the animals. For me this was the thrill of a lifetime. Leopards, lions, elephant, hippos, sable antelope, giraffe - just to name some. The food is exceptional, the accommodations great and the staff is unsurpassed!"

- Fran


"Staying here was one of the most luxurious things I have ever done. It was worth it. If you want to see the big 5, this is the best place I can think of where you'll be guaranteed to do it in a few days. The encounters we had was breathtakingly close. After two safaris elsewhere it is still the place where we have had the best leopard encounters. The dedication of the guide and spotter is exceptional, they really work hard to provide as many sightings as possible."

- Monique


"Resort was very clean, great staff to give you the best experience. Enjoyed the small amount of guests which allowed for the personal touch. Food was out of this world. The guides did a great job and provided pictures of a lifetime."

- Heather


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