The predators and big game of the Balule Nature Reserve provide fairly consistent and reliable sightings for our adventurous team of guides based at Ezulwini Game Lodges. But it’s the entire eco-system of this part of the world that opens up a world of wonder for first-time visitors. From the medicinal plants to the delicate flowers, armoured bugs and elegant antelope; there’s plenty of scope to learn about the often ignored elements of the bushveld. What we find delightfully enchanting about Ezulwini, is their appreciation for all things bushveld. Angele – lodge manager and guide – is passionate about photography, so we are often rewarded with a flow of images from week-to-week her time at the lodge.
After morning and evenings spent finding predators and learning about the biodiversity of the area; you are encouraged to make the most of your down time at the lodge. There are two lodge options – Billy’s and River, both with exquisite views. River Lodge is managed by Ange, who can probably help you out with your photography questions.
Located on the banks of the Olifants River, Ezulwini River Lodge feels like a riverfront hideaway. Perfectly placed in the midst of the riparian vegetation and designed to feel like a luxury extension of its environment, River Lodge is certainly a place of paradise.
The are 4 superior suites, each of which have large wooden decks, plunge pools, and views of the river beyond. These are our favourite suites and worth the extra cost.
The main areas include a bar, boma area, viewing deck and surrounding the convivial outdoor lounge. The elevated wooden deck under the canopy of trees is the perfect place to kick-back, relax and surround yourself with the choir of Kruger birdsong.
The safari lifestyle in the Balule Nature Reserve is absolute bliss. And game drives certainly never disappoint ! The below images are straight from Angele’s recent stint in the bushveld, which we’re more than happy to share.