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Boasting river views, Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp features accommodation with patio, around 36 km from Olifants West Game Reserve. With pool views, this accommodation provides a terrace and a swimming pool. The holiday home offers rooms with air conditioning, free private parking and free WiFi. All units at the holiday home come with a seating area. The units include a kettle and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower, while selected rooms also offer a fully equipped kitchen. At the holiday home, the units are equipped with bed linen and towels. Guests can dine in the in-house restaurant, which serves a variety of African dishes and also offers vegetarian and vegan options in a family-friendly atmosphere. Sightseeing tours are available within easy reach. The holiday home also features outdoor fireplace and a picnic area for a day out in the open. Lissataba Private Game Reserve is 46 km from the holiday home. The nearest airport is Hoedspruit Eastgate, 52 km from Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.4 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.1)

Free private parking available on-site

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Accommodation Type
Number of guests
2 single beds
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
3 single beds
1 large double bed
1 single bed
1 large double bed
1 single bed
1 large double bed
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Property practices

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Guest reviews


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  • Agnelli
    France France
    Great site. Warming welcome. Plaesant stay. Deliciious food .
  • Alice
    South Africa South Africa
    Superb area. Excellent service. Remember to take ALL the food and coffee you need, Hoedspruit is quite a distance away. Fortunately Judith helped as out in our hour of need! Lots of elephants and other animals walking around...absolute bliss!
  • Silvistorm
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    It was totally beautiful in its entirety, so peaceful and watching the Elephant community was just amazing. Agnes who runs this beautiful Lodge couldn't do enough for us. The accommodation was so spacious and clean. We can't wait to return.
Quality rating rated the quality of this property as 4 out of 5 based on factors such as facilities, size, location and services provided.

Hosted by Agnes van Vuren

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Agnes van Vuren
On the Northern bank of the Olifants river in the Balule Nature Reserve that forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The camp on a rise above the river lies by sprawling lawns and dwarfed by huge indigenous trees. The rise which shelters a great many aquatic creatures such as hippo and crocodile is also a haven for the many antelope species, elephant and the inevitable carnivores found in these parts. For bird lovers, the abundance of water and giant trees, harbors a wide variety of birds. From the magnificent Fish Eagle to the smallest of marsh dweller. Placed in the center between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa, it is close to drive to relevant amenities or book at the lodge for famous safaris.
Agnes van Vuren with her great knowledge and love to nature, a former South African Junior tennis player. Agnes and her lovely staff shares their passion to host and offer a rare and exclusive true African bush experience.
Balule Nature Reserve is situated between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa in the Mica area. The entrance of the reserve is +-40 kilometers from the Kruger Gate of the Kruger National Park in Phalaborwa. Hoedspruit is +-40 kilometers from the gate. The area is full of tourist attractions like the the world famous National Geographic Hippo Jessica, Elephant rides, Guided Bush Walks, Boat Cruises at Blyde as well as Phalaborwa the Cheetah project and many more in a radius of 30 to 45 kilometers from the the Lodge.
Languages spoken: Afrikaans,English

Property surroundings

1 restaurant on site

  • Foxterriers & Mauser's
    • Cuisine
    • Open for
      Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
    • Ambiance
      Family friendly • Traditional • Romantic
    • Dietary options
      Vegetarian • Vegan

Facilities of Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp
Great facilities! Review score, 8.2

Most popular facilities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Family rooms
  • Airport shuttle
  • Restaurant
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Bar
  • Breakfast
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
  • Shared kitchen
  • Kitchenware
  • Electric kettle
  • Refrigerator
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/sheets (extra fee)
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Shower
Living Area
  • Seating Area
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
  • Mosquito net
  • Private entrance
  • Entire unit located on ground floor
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Sun terrace
  • BBQ facilities
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Common areas
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Games room
Outdoor swimming pool
  • Open all year
  • All ages welcome
  • Pool with view
  • Shallow end
  • Swimming pool toys
  • Pool/beach towels
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
Food & Drink
  • Fruits
  • Wine/champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Packed lunches
  • Bar
  • Live sport events (broadcast)
  • Tour or class about local culture
    Additional charge
  • Walking tours
    Additional charge
  • Game drives
    Additional charge
  • Hiking
    Additional charge
Outdoor & View
  • View
  • Shuttle service
    Additional charge
  • Airport shuttle
    Additional charge
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Tour desk
Entertainment and family services
  • Board games/puzzles
Cleaning services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Ironing service
    Additional charge
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Business facilities
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
    Additional charge
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • 24-hour security
Languages spoken
  • Afrikaans
  • English

House rules

Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp takes special requests - add in the next step!


From 13:00 to 17:00

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in

You'll need to let the property know in advance what time you'll arrive.


From 08:00 to 10:00



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children older than 5 years are welcome.

Children 12 years and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

Age restriction

No age restriction for check-in. (Only children 5 and older are allowed)

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Pets are not allowed.

The fine print
Need-to-know information for guests at this property

Please note compulsory park fees per vehicle and person are applicable and excluded from the rates. Please contact the property in advance, prior to arrival for these charges

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

Please inform Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

FAQs about Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp

  • Yes, Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp is popular with guests booking family stays.

  • Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp is 13 miles from the centre of Hoedspruit. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Hiking
    • Games room
    • Walking tours
    • Swimming Pool
    • Tour or class about local culture
    • Game drives
    • Live sport events (broadcast)

  • Check-in at Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp is from 13:00, and check-out is until 10:00.

  • The prices at Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp has 1 restaurant:

    • Foxterriers & Mauser's

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. Find out the details about the pool and other facilities on this page.