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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Ezulwini Billy's & River Lodge | Olifants West Section, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

First, I confess, I'm not a die hard animal person, and yet, I would rank this in my top 3 trips taken. The staff was courteous and wonderful. Their knowledge of the African Bush and it's inhabitants made me feel quite safe despite being within mere yards of them. The rooms are well and thoughtfully attended and the staff put... More

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Safari experience was fantastic! We saw a lot of animals thanks to our guide Lawrence and tracker Richard who go above and beyond to make sure it was to our satisfaction. It is a tough job but you can see they give it to their fullest. Hospitality is to the fullest as well, Josh is awesome! Always checked on us... More

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Redlands, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We worked with Amy to build a package that we could offer for the Redlands Symphony Gala Live Auction and our experience has been wonderful! The package they provided for our auction was such a hit that not only was it one of the biggest income generators for our association, but we ended up selling it TWICE! They have been... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I can't speak more highly about Ezulwini Game Lodges! The accomidations, food, staff and of course safari adventures. Josh, Abby and team go beyond in taking care of their guests. This was one of those rare trips where I was sad to leave. AND I want to go back. You need not look further if you are planning to go... More

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Miami, Florida
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is an amazing lodge.. You can see the river from your cabin it is clean, well organize and unforgettable.. The staff is so friendly, kind, warm hearted and cater to you with love. During my stay there were 2 couples and we became like family. Breakfast is amazing overlooking the river, lunch is wonderful and dinner is excellent by... More

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

For our first ever Africa experience (and when compared to our friends' experiences), it seemed to us that Ezulwini Lodges had to be the most unique locations - River Lodge on the banks of the Oliphants River and Billy's Lodge in the gorgeous grassy savanna, both nestled in the Balule Private Nature Reserve surrounded on one side by the Unesco Heritage Drakensberg... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My wife and I just returned. We stayed at both the River Lodge and Billy's Lodge. Each was unique. The staff at each were incredibly nice and helpful. The accommodations were clean and well organized. The food was outstanding. Game drives were great fun and many different animals were seen up close. Game guides were knowledgeable and fun. Weather was... More

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Lakeway, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

My husband and I just returned from a fabulous trip to South Africa and Ezulwini Game Lodges. Both River Lodge and Billy's Lodge far exceeded our expectations. The meals were great and the wines were awesome. Our stay at River Lodge was made especially memorable because of our game guide, Josh. His professionalism, vast knowledge of the wildlife, great personality,... More

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Larkspur, California
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12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Purchased at an auction and not knowing what to expect we were absolutely delighted in every respect. Rooms - suites - are new and wonderfully appointed. The lodge is warm - almost intimate in a way with a great deck, sky walk and patio that was perfect for sitting, looking, watching, dreaming. A pair of elephants happened to stop by... More

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Orlando, Fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This safari resort is not to be missed! I want to start by qualifying our taste in accomodations - my husband and I travel extensively and we choose to stay only at four and five star properties. Needless to say, my expectations going into this trip were high. Ezulwini did not disappoint! You may want to consider dieting before taking... More

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Address: Ezulwini Billy's & River Lodge | Olifants West Section, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Ezulwini Game Lodges 5*
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Ezulwini Game Hotel Balule Private Game Reserve
Ezulwini Game Lodges South Africa/Balule Private Game Reserve

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Ezulwini, the Zulu word for 'Place of Paradise', is situated in the centre of the Greater Kruger National Park, Balule Nature Reserve section, where Africa remains unspoiled. Ezulwini prides itself on being able to offer an exceptional African setting, indigenous fauna and flora as well as unique character and charm, to provide you with an authentic experience. Ezulwini Billy's Lodge nestles deep in the heart of lion country and offers three standard chalets as well as three new luxury suites with their own lounge area, private deck and plunge pool, indoor and outdoor shower and super King-Size beds. Ezulwini River Lodge is on the famous Olifants River, with large riverine trees and wonderful sightings of elephant, hippo and crocodile. River Lodge offers 4 standard rooms, 1 Single room and 4 Ultra Luxury Suites - sleeping 20 guests in total. ... more   less 
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