Billy's Lodge is situated in the Big 5 Balule Nature Reserve (named after the local RemBalule tribe's name for the Olifants River), which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park.
This private safari game lodges offer an exclusive intimate bush experience for all nature lovers.
The lodge is perched on the banks of a seasonal river, deep in lion country and is surrounded by magnificent knobthorn, leadwood and marula trees.
The reserve offers a wide diversity of habitats - from open savannah through mixed woodland and mountain bushveld, to the Olifants riverine forest - and hosts an exceptionally broad range of wildlife, including lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, as well as giraffe, zebra and all the other plains game, and approximately 460 species of birds.
Highly skilled rangers will let you experience the excitement of a walk through the African bush, tracking animals, identifying trees and birds, or they will drive you through 8,000 hectares of prime game area, with undisturbed traversing, in state-of-the-art open Land Rovers.
The lodge itself has lots of character and features gorgeous lounge areas, dining rooms and decks, a swimming pool, sumptuous leather armchairs, and exquisite leadwood sculptures and original paintings. Billy's Lodge also boasts a fine wine cellar, set against the natural rock face and resembling an ancient Bushman cave.
Accommodation consists of only 4 Ultra Luxury Suites complete with private plunge pools and outside showers, and 2 Standard Luxury Rooms. The accommodation is modern, yet traditionally African.
Rates From GBP £ 231 US$ 370 ZAR 3,750 EUR 278 per person.
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Our standard rates for a 1 night stay in a Standard Luxury Chalet
1 August 2013 to 31 July 2014
GBP £ 231 US$ 370 ZAR 3,750 EUR 278
per person sharing
Standard rates are based on a one night stay - special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
All meals, twice daily game drives in open vehicles accompanied by a professional field guide and tracker, spotlight game drives at night, bush walks through unspoiled African bush and a laundry facility (for stays of 2 nights or longer) are included. PLEASE NOTE: Drinks are NOT included. For all visitors, there is a R50 per person entrance fee, payable directly to the lodge. In addition, for self-drive visitors, there is an additional R50 per vehicle charge - all rates subject to change.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Child care services are available.
Average Guest Rating 5 / 5 based on 3 ratings.
WONDERFUL LODGE with wonderful people!! Great great location!!! So happy :)
, March 2012, C WALLACE
I could not imaging anything beating Billy's Lodge with respect to service and high end accommodations for the money we paid. Only 6 'huts' which makes this a very intimate place to stay.
However, the common areas are a large and varied as you would find in a larger hotel. At least 5 different areas were you can relax on your own in between the morning and afternoon rides. Equipment was top notch. Please be sure to pay the few extra $ and request one of the 3 "luxury" huts as these are like a Ritz in the bush!!
Can't say enough about the place. We saw the Big Five, and were greeted back from every ride with a warm facecloth and a cocktail - PERFECT!
, March 2012, D GALE
We had a fabulous time and all the accommodation was excellent. Billy's Lodge was outstanding and we had some great sightings of the Big 5.
, April 2010, A DOCKREE
All 3 places (African Elite Properties - V&A Waterfront; Liz at Lancaster, Billy's Lodge) we stayed were fantastic (especially African Elite!!!). The people were extremely helpful and friendly and I would definitely recommend staying at each of the properties.
Tracy at Travel Butlers was excellent. Very helpful, knowledgeable and flexible which enabled us to get a great holiday at the right price.
I'll be returning to Africa at some point in the near future and will be calling upon Travel Butlers once again. Many thanks for a memorable trip.
, September 2009, B BLACKWELL
We had a great time at the safari camps, in particular the last one, Billy's Lodge, we were the only guests there and were made a great fuss of and all the staff were so friendly! So I would recommend you send people there, they won't be disappointed!