The sky-walk, as it has become fondly known, is a unique and innovative addition to the already spacious viewing deck at Billy’s Lodge.
Built on wooden stilts and fitted with steady planks as well as hand rails to create a footpath in the air, the sky-walk transports guests from the main lodge to a shaded outdoor lounge on a platform that overlooks the waterhole.
Elephants are not the only water-lovers making a presence at the end of this extraordinary walkway. Waterbuck, kudu, zebra, and giraffe sneak in when all is quiet, while Ezulwini’s famous blue-eyed leopard, Chavaluthu, hides just beyond sight.
Big tuskers are frequent visitors – one bull so familiar with the lodge, he has been dubbed, ‘Ezulwini’. Almost daily, the tuskers bring the younger elephant bulls to feed on the vegetation surrounding the lodge.
A seasonal drainage line furrows below the deck, inviting the elephants to feed on its green leaves. Guests step onto the sky-walk and watch in bewilderment as these giants walk below them, offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to stand taller than Earth’s largest land mammal.
At night, the stars and the moon illuminate the waterhole at the end of the walkway, and a whole new view presents itself.
Before settling down for an al fresco dinner, Billy’s Lodge guests take to the elevated walkway once more and wait, look, and listen for the nocturnal porcupine, jackal, honey badger, and lion to announce their presence at the popular drinking hole. It really is no surprise that Ezulwini is a ‘Place of Paradise’.
Ezulwini Game Lodges are situated in the Balule Nature Reserve, the western border of the central Greater Kruger National Park. The nearest towns are Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa.