Excellent Andrew Belstead, England
30 December 2012
Very good relaxing and quiet location, thouroughly enjoyed four days on the banks of the Olifants River.
Would reccommend to anyone looking for a quiet break.
Evert and Elke exceptionally friendly and accomodating, very good hosts.
Thank you both.
Unspoiled place Naima Guarrata, Italy
04 September 2012
Amazing stay, amazing family cottage (a bar with a wooden counter within the house, for just us two), perfect braai dinners and dawn on the Oliphant banks. Hosts are amazingly friendly and helpful. Unspoiled location, also great for a vacation with few friends!
Exceptional Anne Delanoue, France
26 August 2012
We had such a good time there...It was wonderful, peaceful, friendly..... Everybody should go there to meet the people and enjoy the bush once in their lives!
Magnifique sejour Leslie Duriaux, France
08 August 2012
Un sejour magnifique tres bel accueil et des repas dignes d'un chef etoile. Sans hesitation nous reviendrons car nous avons passe deux jours inoubliables dans un endroit coupe du monde ou le calme est roi.
Beautiful and relaxing getaway Kabelo Mataboge, South Africa
05 June 2012
We had an amazing time, and the service was brilliant from start to finish. The house was spotless and everything we needed was available. The Deck is really the cherry on top; because you can sleep on the built-in bed and watch the animals by the river in absolute comfort. The game drive was very interesting and pretty much a perfect weekend away. We are definitely coming back for a long stay this time.
It was a beautiful place Kabelo Mataboge, South Africa
04 June 2012
The place was so relaxing. We enjoyed every moment of it. It was the best and a = memorable weekend. Thank you.
Great stay Jaco Boshoff, South Africa
16 April 2012
We had a great stay, enjoyed the game drive and the food was delicious. Thank you very much.
Best service and great place in South Africa Bertram Weiss, Germany
13 April 2012
Game lodge is just the best place to stay in Krüger Park. Staff is best prepared for excellent service. The new porch you have a good view on olefant- river. Its a must to show up there for having incretible vacation. Clean and safe. See you next time on barbecue- fireplace.
Home away from home! Percy Maditse, South Africa
27 March 2012
From the moment I began communicating with the owners (Elke & Evert) directly, I just knew we were going to have a pleasant stay. Wonderful place, great atmosphere filled with peace and tranquility. Wonderful people from owners to staff full of love and making one feel at home. When we left we vowed to return and it will definitely be for a week or more! In summation I can confidently say that we had a "Full-spoon" time, simply meaning we had the time that was perfect.
Lovely Martin Zeeman, South Africa
13 December 2011
This is a lovely place to relax and unwind. We heard a leopard kill during the night.
Superb Daniel Kieser, New Zealand
20 August 2011
What a superb stay! Arguably the best hosts we've ever had, and we've travelled to over 60 countries. Definitely a repeat on the cards and for a longer period of time.
What a treasure! Matt Jones, United States of America
16 August 2011
Elke and Evert were the quintessential hosts. The lodge was lovely, the view spectacular, the animals plentiful and the food out of this world! The bumpy road back is well worth the drive!
Great ELIZNA KOTZE, South Africa
05 July 2011
On arrival at Baluleni Riverview Game Lodge, we recieved a warm welcoming from the owners as well as the hippos of the Olifants river. We had a superb view of the Olifants river that was only meters away from the balcony of the beautiful self-catering cottage. As the sun set we watched the game as they came out of the bush to graze on the banks of the river. The morning we were enjoying a cup of coffee on the balcony as two elephants had their breakfast on the grass in front of the cottage. This was truly the most relaxing getaway we had in a very long time. We highly recommend Baluleni Riverview Game Lodge. Special thanks to the owners for making our stay so special.
Magical paradise, not just for the wealthy Charmaine Best, South Africa
04 May 2011
What a magical place! Absolute privacy and silence with the unobtrusive Elke to care for your every need. We spent many mornings watching the wildlife cross the lawn in front of the balcony while the hippos popped their heads up out of the water only long enough to yawn to snort. Evenings were a treat with the porcupines as regular visitors and even a genet if you stayed up late enough. We were treated to a game drive and surprise boma braai by Evert on our last evening. This is definitely our new favourite place to go - thank you Evert and Elke for sharing your incredible paradise with us!
Baluleni Safari Lodge
Baluleni Safari Lodge is located in Big 5 country along the shore of the Olifants River in the Greater Kruger National Park. The lodge consists of The River Cottage and The Family Cottage. Kindly note that the closest restaurant and shopping facilities are one hour’s drive away.
The River Cottage provides self-catering accommodation for between two and 12 guests. The cottage overlooks the Olifants River and consists of five double bedrooms, of which two bedrooms each have a double and a single bed. There is a fully equipped kitchen with an eye-level oven, electricity and gas stove, a microwave, three fridge-freezers and a dishwasher. It also has two full bathrooms, a lounge with SABC TV, a dining room and a balcony. Oil paintings of the bushveld, painted by Elke, grace the walls. It is available exclusively to you and you do not share with other guests. We provide all linen and towels and we service the unit daily. A laundry facility is available on request.
The Family Cottage provides self-catering accommodation for between two and eight guests. It has a river view and consists of four bedrooms, one with a queen-size bed, two with double beds and one with two single beds. There are two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with a gas stove and oven, a microwave and two fridge-freezers. There is an open-plan lounge, a dining room and built-in bar counter. Outside there is a veranda, a thatched lapa, a braai and a swimming pool. It is available exclusively to you and you do not share with other guests. We provide all linen and towels and we service the unit daily. A laundry facility is available on request.
The river is visible whether you are sitting in the lounges, dining rooms, on the balcony or veranda. Animal sightings are a daily occurrence. Vervet monkeys, hippos, bushbucks, warthogs, porcupines, elephants, lions, leopards, crocodiles, waterbucks and kudus are often at riverfront and around the lodge. Kindly note you are in the wild and animals are not caged in or in camps; therefore animals are not available on request. It is a matter of being in the right place at the right time.
The lodge is the ideal place to relax and unwind in total privacy. It is also located between the Orpen and Phalaborwa gates to the public section of the Kruger National Park. It offers the opportunity to visit many of the tourist attractions such as surrounding towns, the Cheetah Breeding Project, Panorama Route, Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, Jessica the tame hippo, Tshukudu for breakfast walks with cheetahs and game drives; and boat trips on the Olifants or Blydepoort Canyon Dam.