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“Paradise where the Big Cats Roam.”

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Ezulwini Game Lodges
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Apollo Beach, Florida
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“Paradise where the Big Cats Roam.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2011

My wife and I are on our Honeymoon and found paradise. Everything about Ezilwini is amazing. The lodge, our room, the service, the owners, the guides, the food and the wild game we see everyday. I will write a longer review later but could not wait to tell the rest of the world about this place. You won't be sorry for booking your trip of a lifetime here in South Africa.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2011

I just returned from Ezulwini and it was a trip of a lifetime. The safari area is a combined territory with Kruger Natl Park. The owners of Ezulwini (paradise, heaven in translation) were instrumental in forming an association of private reserve owners who are adjacent to Kruger. The association of owners agreed to take down the fences identifying their 'holdings'. The effect has been to create a much larger reserve where animals may resetablish some older migration habits.

On my trip there I saw everything. The guides were engaged - as excited as I was to see things. Twice we got the owners (Saads) and staff to go back out with us to view the events. The events were too much to describe in this brief review. I have talked with other people who have done safaris and they have not described their guides as having that much excitement.

The food, three meals a day, are way over the top. The ambiance is so relaxing. Pools, lookout points, a first class lodge, you name it! Part of the ambiance is their commitment to the animal experience and their willingness to exert the the pressure, for lack of better words, to make this very large sanctuary exist. Other places I visited in So. Africa offered safaris that were animal oriented, i.e., cheetah reserves, giraffe reserves, and so on. But here at Ezulwini,. I saw the animals the closest I could havein their natural habitat.

You gotta go!!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2011

My husband and I have just gotten back from a trip of a life time. We stayed at both River Lodge and Billy's Lodge and our experence was just fantastic! We loved every minute of our stay. Rangers, Amy and "Indiana" Joe and the trakkers, Franz and Lawrence were skillful trakking animals. The staff there treated us like a king and a queen.

We've got to meet with the family who owns the lodges. They are very hospitable and welcoming and made us feel at home. Food was great and the accomodation is clean and tastefully decorated. Billy's Lodge now has newly built suite rooms that any newly weds or a couple would love!

Their wine celler is a must to see.

We recommend anyone this "Paradise" It is so enchanting!!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2011

I cannot express enough what a wonderful time we had on our trip to South Africa, and it was all thanks to Ezulwini Game Lodge. The staff went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable, memorable and authentic. They were attentive to our every need while staying there but also went above and beyond to help us plan the rest of our trip. Giving us tips on were to eat, what to see, and where to stay. We have wonderful memories from River's Lodge of my husband and I sitting on the River deck and listening to the hippos and baboons at night. Billy's Lodge was amazing sitting on the sky deck looking at the stars more beautiful than we have ever seen them. The facilities at both lodges were of the greatest quality! Leather couches on the view decks and common areas, pools were perfect for relaxing, and our private huts were the perfect relaxation after a tiring day in the bush. The food was spectacular with plenty of variety. The game drives were the highlight of our days, with one in the morning and another in the evening. The knowledge of the field guides were excellent, so we were able to learn about all of the beautiful, new, and amazing things we were encountering. We would LOVE to go back and visit any chance we could. We are having trouble adjusting back to "normal" life away from Ezulwini!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Erie, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2011

We returned from Ezulwini with our expectations far exceeded. Laurence and Tess are most welcoming and Lauren is a complete Doll & the Best Hostess I have ever come across & we travel for Leisure A LOT! The food was Exceptional, The guides and Trackers were all top notch and extremely Friendly, Fun and Knowledgeable! Our 15 son even had Greg raising his arms as if on a roller coaster over every bump on the roads! ( Sorry Greg ) We stayed at both Billys Lodge and River Lodge and found both the rooms and the Lodges excellent!! Each with their own personality and individual charm. Monkeys around the pool and animal sightings off the view platform kept my son entertained while we relaxed & enjoyed down time between Game Drives. On the Drives we saw PLENTY of animals including the BIG 5 minus the ELUSIVE LEOPARD which we tracked several times, but hey, this ISNT A ZOO. We would definately reccomend Ezulwini to anyone and would plan to return ourselves!

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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2011

For our first visit to Africa we took a friend's recommendation to start exploring the Kruger via a stay at Billy's Lodge. WOW, we didn't know what to expect, but it was all we could dream of. A true family business, our time at Billy's was a very relaxing break, punctuated with amazing game experiences. We encountered everything in our wildlife guide book, and learnt so much from the terrific team of guides. The Saad's were on hand to take care of every requirements. What a wonderful little patch of luxury nestled in some of the most breathtaking bush I've ever encountered. We were supposed to stay 3 nights, but decided to extend the trip a bit longer. Watch your waistlines the food is delicious, coupled with a wonderful wine cellar to boot.

Do yourself a favour !

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2011

We first visited Ezulwini in March 2009. We found it to be a magical place then, so much so that we decided to go back for a 2nd visit this year.

We stayed at River Lodge and were not disappointed. Ezulwini serves up a great mixture of atmosphere, comfort and most importanly for us, great game viewing.

On our 4 game drives we had some magnificent sightings - particularly of a male leopard. As most people know leopards are normally very elusive, but we managed to get within about 4-5 metres of this big male and were able to watch him for close to an hour.

Many thanks to all the staff at River Lodge - especially Greg, Franz, Lawrence and Jo - who all made our stay another memorable one.

We were also lucky enough to be shown around the new chalets at Billy's Lodge which look amazing. So for anybody out there who is looking out for something a little bit special in terms of accomodation, then maybe you should have a look at these.

If I have a complaint then, as before, I'd say the road down to the River Lodge from the main gate is long (ca. 18 km) and tortuous. We parked our car at Billy's Lodge this time which is much closer to the gate and got a shuttle down and for anybody coming with a standard vehicle I'd recommend they do the same.

Otherwise, a great place to visit and highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ezulwini Game Lodges

Property: Ezulwini Game Lodges
Address: Ezulwini Billy's & River Lodge | Olifants West Section, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Nature Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Balule Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3 star — Ezulwini Game Lodges 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 and 4 Ultra Luxury Suites. ... more   less 
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