Balule Nature Reserve
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.
All meals, twice daily shared 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 R100 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.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 3 ratings
WONDERFUL LODGE with wonderful people!! Great great location!!! So happy :)
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!
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.
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.
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!
General Information For Guests
All rooms have insect-proof window screens, elegant mosquito nets, overhead fans, silent air-conditioners, mini-bar, and a tea and coffee making facility.
Satellite TV and telephone / fax facilities are available.
Major credit cards are accepted.
There is a swimming pool for guests enjoyment.
Guests can also book with Ezulwini Therapeutics. which offers various relaxing massage therapies.
From Hazyview: Follow the R40 towards Klaserie and Hoedspruit. After approximately 17 km after Hoedspruit, look for the thatched gate on the right hand side of the road which is the entrance to the Balule Nature Reserve - Olifants West Gate, and sign in at the gate. For all visitors, there is a R100 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.
Continue 3 km straight along Olifants Road, and turn left at Sable Road, continue for another 1.5 kilometres and turn right at the Ezulwini sign just before the seasonal river. Follow the road to the lodge.
Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport: From the airport, turn right out of the airport and then turn right onto the R40 towards Hoedspruit, and follow the directions as above.
From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 and then take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing.
Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad, go through the Strydom Tunnel and take the R527 to Hoedspruit. Turn left onto the R40 Phalaborwa/Mica road, and continue along this road until you see the thatched gate on the right hand side of the road which is the entrance to the Balule Nature Reserve - Olifants West Gate. Follow the directions as above.
From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park, and continue along the R531. Turn right onto the R40, and follow the directions as above.
PLEASE NOTE : On some signposts/maps, Belfast MAY also be referred to eMakhazeni.
Billy's Lodge Map
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