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The 10 Best Lodges in Balule Game Reserve, South Africa

Check out our selection of great lodges in Balule Game Reserve

Raptor Retreat Game Lodge

Balule Game Reserve

Set in the Parsons Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park, Raptor Retreat Game Lodge features accommodation with a private plunge pool. Each cottage and chalet overlooks the reserve.

Hoedspruit Airport is 40 km from Raptor Retreat Game Lodge. Free private parking is available on site. Service, lodge design, scenery and food are perfect! The staff are very nice, the lodge is very well located, you can see a lot of animals, the food is very good, anyway, all kinds of perfect! We don't want to leave at all.

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9.8
Exceptional
229 reviews

Nyati Safari Lodge

Balule Game Reserve

Situated in Balule Game Reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park, Nyati Safari Lodge features 5-star accommodation with private terraces boasting views onto the Olifants River.

Nyati Safari Lodge offers different accommodation options including river bungalows, villas and luxury tents. The air-conditioned rooms have mosquito nets and private bathrooms with both indoor and outdoor showers. Some villas boast a private pool. Everything was simply magical... The game drives were awesome and we managed to spot all big 5 except rhino's. The room and facilities are amazing, nothing beats resting on a hammock in the balcony while elephants, monkeys and warthogs are meters away. As a couple on a honeymoon they made sure we get perks and we enjoyed every minute of them.

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9
Awesome
51 reviews

Ximongwe River Camp - HIPPO Cottage

Balule Game Reserve

Ximongwe River Camp - HIPPO Cottage is situated in the Parsons Private Nature Reserve on the banks of the Olifants River and part of the Greater Kruger National Park.

Hoedspruit is 45.5 km south of the lodge and Hoedspruit Airport (East Gate Airport) is a 1-hour drive away. The location in the bush with elephants, various species of buck, warthog and other wildlife almost constantly in sight on the river bank . The accommodations are excellent and very suitable for large families, and both management and staff are extremely attentive. Meals are a slendid affair.

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9.5
Exceptional
24 reviews

Emhosheni River Lodge

Balule Game Reserve

Located on the northern banks of the Olifants River, in the Balule Nature Reserve, Emhosheni River Lodge offers tranquil accommodation within 50 km of Hoedspruit. This property is located within the Greater Kruger National Park and features an outdoor swimming pool and free WiFi in the public areas.

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10
Exceptional
14 reviews

Ximongwe River Camp - CROCODILE Cottage

Balule Game Reserve

Ximongwe River Camp - CROCODILE Cottage is situated in the Parsons Private Nature Reserve on the banks of the Olifants River and part of the Greater Kruger National Park.

Hoedspruit is 45.5 km south of the lodge and Hoedspruit Airport (East Gate Airport) is a 1-hour drive away. Camp is located by the river. Some wild animals are around. The Home had a small soaking pool and a deck with patio chairs. Three rooms, living room and full kitchen. Very nice and helpful host. Kruger NP closest gate is about 45-60 min Drive. Property organizes safari drives, meals and spa services. Again, the hosts and staff very nice. Safe place. Clean, comfortable beds, plenty of towels provided.

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9.6
Exceptional
70 reviews

Maninghi Lodge

Balule Game Reserve

Situated on the banks of the Olifants River within the Balule Game Reserve, Maninghi Lodge offers accommodation 48 km from Hoedspruit.

Each unit at Maninghi Lodge boasts river views and has tea-and-coffee-making facilities. Some units have a fully-equipped kitchen and BBQ facilities. They all have a bathroom with a shower, and free toiletries are provided. The location was unbeatable. We loved being right on the water and thoroughly enjoyed the views and watching wildlife on the property. The service was fantastic. We love how the staff was unintrusive but thorough in cleaning and meeting our needs without being pushy. Francois was our guide and cook as we chose to have breakfast and dinner provided. The meals were delicious, authentic, and way more food than our group of 9 could finish. I am so glad we decided to forgo self catering as the food was so much better than anything we could have made for ourselves on the same budget. It also made our vacation time much more relaxing as all the cooking an cleaning was done for us. We also had several amazing safari treks with him and saw so much wildlife right inside Balule. Francois was very informative, friendly, and funny. I can't say enough positive things about our new friend and Maninghi. If you are considering Maninghi and it's available, I highly recommend that you book it immediately.

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9.5
Exceptional
60 reviews

Greenfire Game Lodge

Balule Game Reserve

Surrounded by nature and wildlife, Greenfire Game Lodge is located inside the Balule Game Reserve. It offers a viewing deck, dining room and outdoor pool.

Greenfire Game Lodge has a shared lounge with a fireplace and library. Hoedspruit Airport is 25 km away. The people, location and the game drives were awesome! The food was great and the facilities were very nice. There were views everywhere and the location is beautiful. We saw all the big 5 several times over.

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9.8
Exceptional
44 reviews

Masodini Game Lodge

Balule Game Reserve

Featuring terraces with views of the waterhole, Masodini Game Lodge is located within the Balule Nature Reserve which is 20 km from Hoedspruit. It offers a splash pool, a fenced in garden and viewing deck with a bar.

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9.3
Awesome
54 reviews

Naledi Bushlodge

Balule Game Reserve

Naledi Bushlodge lies within the Balule Private Nature Reserve and is located 25 km from Hoedspruit. It boasts panoramic views of the African savannah and features an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant and bar. We saw the big 5 while staying at the best place we’ve ever been. It was incredible. Kjell and his staff went out of their way to give us the experience of a lifetime. Private dinners, plenty game encounters, knowledgeable and entertaining staff. The best hospitality we have ever come across. 10/10 more than deserved. We stayed in the rockfig cabin. Huge bed, private pool, treehouse, sundeck, in- and outdoor shower, view on the bush, animals - it just doesn’t stop. Good wi-fi too.

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9.7
Exceptional
85 reviews

Kurhula Wildlife Lodge

Balule Game Reserve

Situated on the banks of the Olifants River in Balule, Parsons Nature Reserve, this lodge offers rooms with a veranda overlooking Olifants River. Kurhula Wildlife Lodge features an outdoor pool and barbecue facilities. This place is next to perfect in every way. The hosts go out of their way to make everything completely effortless and comfortable. The elephants in the garden made it special. The wildlife and birds next to the river are mesmerizing.The river location magical and the food was amazing. This is a place to come to relax and unwind. It’s small yet large enough to do your own thing and not be disturbed. The pool is perfect. The hosts, Riana and Ane are diamonds who couldn’t do enough to make our Christmas break one of the best ever. Living in South Africa, we would rate this as one of the best lodges that we’ve stayed in. We are definitely planning another trip here. Bonus we saw giraffes and zebras as we left.

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9.3
Awesome
52 reviews

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Ideal for nature lovers looking for a self-sufficient getaway, lodges are fully furnished and have kitchen facilities. Usually made of wood and surrounded by forests or mountains, lodges can be part of a group or a single unit. More remote than vacation homes, lodges are popular for safari trips.

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