Top Class Kruger Safari: Ezulwini Game Lodges, South Africa | Black Platinum Gold

Ezulwini Game Lodges is located in the “Big Five” Olifants West Nature Reserve, in a pristine region of Limpopo Province, and it offers a top-class Kruger safari.

Meaning “Paradise” in Zulu, Ezulwini boasts outstanding quality lodges as well as superb service and traditional cuisine in exceptional, panoramic African settings.

Each one of the lodges has its own unique character and charm, and it will provide you with an authentic, atmosphere-filled African adventure.

Reasons for visiting lie in the appeal of the natural surroundings, the expert owner-management, and the seamless knowledge and experience of the guides.

The location shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park but without public thoroughfares, making it a little piece of private Kruger heaven.


Located on the banks of a seasonal river and flood plain, surrounded by the resident lion pride, this private safari lodge features unparalleled views of plains game and gorgeous Knobthorn, Leadwood, and Marula trees indigenous to the western savannah region of Ezulwini.

Billy’s Lodge incorporates organic African architecture and materials in its sumptuous lounge areas, dining rooms, and decks.

You can choose among three private and spacious ultra-luxury suites, complete with a personal lounge, mini-bar, dining area, super king-size bed, en-suite bath, indoor and outdoor shower, private plunge pool, and a deck with unspoiled views of the surrounding bush, as well as three luxury chalets.

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Billy’s Lodge also boasts one of the finest wine cellars in Africa, set against the natural rock face in resemblance to an ancient Bushman cave.

Superb chefs and rangers will ensure you enjoy the ultimate getaway in a unique blend of indigenous tradition and modern luxury.

To guarantee intimacy, tranquilly, and exclusivity, Billy’s Lodge will never exceed its maximum of twelve guests.


River Lodge is built on the banks of the Olifants River under a riverine forest of trees, which makes bird watching easy.

This region is home to hippos, crocodiles, and elephants, along with other massive riverine trees.

It also features two of the largest trees in South Africa: a sycamore fig (with a diameter in excess of five metres) and a leadwood (with a diameter exceeding two metres).

River Lodge has an entertainment area including a lounge, bar, and gorgeous swimming pool, all housed under a traditional thatched roof.

The elegant dining deck is set in riverine vegetation.

Four luxury chalets, four ultra-luxury suites, and a new river deck overlooking the Olifants River add an intimate ambiance to this lodge, which accommodates up to eighteen guests.

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Superb cuisine and experienced, skilled rangers will give you an experience of Africa to remember forever.

The lodge decor has been inspired by the romantic pioneer era of long ago, and the rooms feature the ultimate in comfort and luxury.


Enjoy twice-daily safaris through thousands of hectares of prime game-viewing areas with undisturbed traversing in open Land Rovers with canopies.

Become one with nature in an intimately romantic and uniquely African ambiance as you absorb this enchanting world of sound, scent, and color. Enjoy a sundowner with spectacular sunset views of the Drakensberg Mountains and experience exquisitely clear night skies on a late drive, complete with spotlights to probe the dark for nocturnal African wildlife.


Olifants West Nature Reserve, a protected area in Limpopo Province, forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. It is home to an abundance of African wildlife, including the Big Five.


Kruger is one of the world’s greatest wildlife-watching destinations. All of Africa’s iconic safari species—elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, and zebra—share the bushveld with a supporting cast of 137 other mammals and over 500 varieties of birds.

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Beautiful granite kopjes (hills) pepper the south; the Lebombo Mountains rise from the savannah in the east; and tropical forests cover the north of the 19,485-sq-km park.

Yes, Kruger can sometimes become crowded. And yes, you may have to wait in line to see those lions. But that’s because the vast network of roads makes Kruger one of Africa’s most accessible parks (explore on your own or take one of the plentiful guided wildlife activities), and accommodation is both plentiful and great value.

If you think the crowds may overwhelm you, consider the private reserves that surround the national park. Among these is Sabi Sand, one of Africa’s finest.


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