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Ezulwini River Lodge

Lodge 6.0 Rating
Price 521 521 521 521 521 521 521 521 521 521 521 521 521 USD
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Ezulwini River Lodge
is located in the Balule Reserve in the Kruger area to the Northeast of South Africa.

+ large private reserve
+ superb riverside location
+ important conservation project
+ full range of wildlife
+ open to the Kruger National Park
+ high quality lodge
+ good pool
+ wildlife hide
+ low visitor traffic
+ off road driving
+ walking safari

Situated to the north of the reserve, this medium to low specification lodge was originally constructed in the 1940's, but has been refitted to give a slightly more modern feel. Modest public areas include a waterhole hide. Guest accommodation is in seven small rondavels.

Activities are centred around vehicle and walking safari. There are no fences between here and the main reserve, ensuring that Balule is part of the main Kruger ecosystem.

- partially fenced reserve
- proximity to human habitation
- proximity to other lodges
- private residences on the reserve
- only accessible from the main R40 road
- reclaimed farmland
- not particularly wild
- rather tame and over-managed
- lacks game density

One main downside is that the Balule Reserve as a whole does not really feel like pristine wilderness, it being the aggregation of many smaller private plots.

Ezulwini River Lodge is a very simple facility and seems to represent a relatively poor offering for the price, although guest feedback is very strong indeed.

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