Sun Destinations has added Ezulwini River and Ezulwini Billy’s Lodges to its portfolio, occupying two isolated sites in the Balule Nature Reserve.
Sharing unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park, the Balule boasts unadulterated wildlife sightings, while its unique, wooded habitat idealises the location for many species if thicket-loving antelope, big tusker elephants, leopards, and large prides of lion.
Each lodge has an exquisite appeal and embraces the natural surroundings in their great, wooden structure, wild growth of leafy trees, and views of the visiting game.
Ezulwini Billy’s Lodge is perhaps the grander of the two with high, thatched ceilings, leadwood pillars, and an underground wine cellar built into a natural rock cave and warmly lit to highlight the hand crafted display table.
Superior suites possess private plunge pools and elegant ensuites with indoor and outdoor showers, while bedrooms are spacious and include a lounge area.
In a riverine forest of fig trees and Natal mahogany, River Lodge is a green utopia on the banks of the Olifants River.
Tall, shady trees drape themselves over the viewing deck and around the relaxing outdoor lounge and pool, while the sociable bar is the hub of activity.
Standard and Superior rooms are individually located around the main area, with the more luxurious option including open-air showers and plunge pools, which are frequented by thirsty elephants.
Twice daily game drives offer the opportunity to see the Big 7, while an Eden of birdlife thrives around the lodges themselves.
Expert guides and owner-management make Ezulwini Lodges top class for a private, Kruger safari.