Discover the ultimate safari experience at Ezulwini Billy’s Lodge, nestled in the pristine and uncrowded Olifants West Nature Reserve, home to the magnificent Big 5. Immerse yourself in the heart of Limpopo Province’s untamed wilderness, where a seasonal river brings an array of grazing animals and their predatory counterparts right to the vicinity of the lodge, offering an unparalleled Kruger safari adventure.

Ezulwini Billy’s Lodge is a grand and majestic structure, accentuated by stunning leadwood pillars and thatched ceilings, exuding a sense of rustic elegance. Embark on a unique journey as you traverse the raised skywalk, leading you to a private waterhole, where you can witness nature’s splendor unfold before your eyes. The open-air boma and the wine cellar built into a natural rock cave, complete with a handcrafted display table, add an air of exclusivity and charm to your safari experience.

Indulge in stylish and inspired accommodations that seamlessly blend with the natural elements of the Olifants West bushveld. High, thatched ceilings, stained-concrete floors, en-suite bathrooms, and air conditioning create a haven of comfort and luxury. Each room is thoughtfully appointed with tea and coffee facilities, while the luxury suites offer the added indulgence of mini-bars.
Choose from three luxury chalets, two of which are traditional rondavels, or a room that leads directly onto the pool area. For those seeking the ultimate in opulence, three luxury suites await, offering indulgently spacious open-plan ensuite bathrooms, indoor baths, and both indoor and outdoor showers. Each luxury suite boasts a private deck with a plunge pool, sun loungers, and breathtaking views, creating the perfect setting for unwinding and reveling in the beauty of your surroundings. Elevate your safari experience with room service offering chilled champagne, adding a touch of exclusivity to your stay.

Ezulwini Billy’s Lodge exudes an element of space and opulence throughout the main area, extending to the superb private suites linked by meandering walkways. With a taste for sumptuousness, the lodge caters to guests seeking the ultimate in luxury and indulgence. Savor exquisite meals served in the boma around a dancing fire, in the cozy African-inspired dining room, or alfresco on the deck, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the bush.

As the sounds of the nightlife fill the air, you’ll be lulled to sleep in the comfort of your safari suite, only to be awakened by an early morning wake-up call, signifying the start of an exciting day in the South African bush. Embark on thrilling morning and evening game drives, immersing yourself in the rich biodiversity of the region.

As one recent TripAdvisor guest eloquently stated, “What an amazing experience! The Staff were outstanding! Accommodation top notch. We stayed in a deluxe suite with our own private pool, and I must say there was nothing better than a nice dip after a hot game drive. Our trackers Conrad and Frans managed to track the big 5 in one game drive!! Big thumbs up.”


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Billy’s Lodge has three luxury chalets; two of which are traditional rondavels, and a room that leads onto the pool area. There are three luxury suites, which are indulgently spacious with open-plan ensuite bathrooms, indoor bath, plus indoor and outdoor showers. Each of the luxury suites have private decks with plunge pools, sun loungers, and a view. Room service offering champagne on ice adds to the exclusive safari experience.

3 Superior Suites with private plunge pools and open-air showers

3 Luxury Chalets with ensuite bathrooms

All rooms has:

  • Extra towels and blankets in all rooms
  • Air-conditioning and ceiling fans in all rooms
  • Suites have mini-bars and hot beverage stations
  • Evening turn-down service

Main lodge with bar, indoor lounge, TV, and dining room

Shaded main deck with leather couches and views into the bush
‘Sky walk’ – raised wooden walkway leading off the main deck to viewing point overlooking waterhole

Boardwalks leading to each suite lit by lanterns and lined with natural vegetation Open-air boma area for traditional, outdoor dining around a fire

Wine cellar built into the natural rocks under the main deck and incorporating a hand-crafted knobthorn display table

Main lodge swimming pool

There is free WiFi at both Billy’s and River Lodge. The signal strength is good at the entertainment areas, and for sending emails but very slow for downloading large files which we do not recommend.

ACTIVITIES

  • Safari activities at Ezulwini Billy’s Lodge revolve around morning and evening game drives in the private traverse of the Olifants West Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger, but there are many ways to keep busy during a stay at the lodge.
  • Morning and afternoon game drives in 4×4 safari vehicles led by guide and tracker.
  • Morning game drives begin at 06h00 and afternoon game drives depart from the lodge at 16h00.
  • Photographic opportunities both on drive and from the various viewpoints around the lodge.
  • Bird watching from the lodge and while on game drive.
  • Sundowners in the bush enjoyed during afternoon game drive as the sun is setting.
  • Boma dinners around the fire and under the stars.
  • Traditional South African cooking over an open fire in the boma.

WILDLIFE
During the dry season the vegetation is sparse and wildlife congregates around watering holes. During the wet season the vegetation is dense and wildlife is more dispersed. Expect to see the Big Five over the course of a 2-3-night stay.

In addition to the Big Five species that are regularly sighted and enjoyed at close range, animals frequently seen in the Balule Reserve include giraffe, zebra, warthog, spotted hyena, baboon, hippo, impala, kudu, vervet monkey, waterbuck, wildebeest, bush baby, mongoose, duiker and steenbok. Some other very special members of the wild you might also see include the wild dog, cheetah, honey badger, porcupine, aardvark, civet, caracal and serval. Birds can be spotted from all over the lodge, but some of the top species are vultures, owls, bee-eaters, rollers, eagles, bustards, hornbills, starlings and shrikes.

2024 Rates
SEASONAL RATES APPLY: 1 JANUARY 2024 – 31 DECEMBER 2024
From: R11 500.00 / per person per night

2025 Rates
SEASONAL RATES APPLY: 1 JANUARY 2025 – 31 DECEMBER 2025
From: R12 420.00 / per person per night