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from$176.83 Avg per night for 2 guests
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About Ximongwe River Camp

Nestled on the banks of the mighty Olifants River you will find a piece of heaven at Ximongwe River Camp. Situated in the Balule, Parsons Nature reserve and part of the greater Kruger National Park you will have the opportunity of the big 5 on your doorstep.Hippo Cottage comprises of five bedrooms; double rooms, two bathrooms with shower and bath. A spacious kitchen fully equipped with gas/electric combination stove, fridge/freezer, and deep freeze. The large communal area consists of a dining room and lounge. Linen, towels and swimming pool towels are supplied. The unit is serv

Safari: We offer daily Game Drives and Walks in the reserve as well as various excursions like one day Kruger Park Safari, The Panorama Route, Moholoholo, Elephant Safaris, Balloon Safaris, Walk with Lions and many more.

Spa: The Spa facility is a 10 min drive from the camp or for large groups this can be done at the camp. We offer back and neck, hot stone, full body and many more.

Wedding Venues: Small weddings can be catered for up to 20 people.

Family friendly: We are the only lodge in Parsons catering for children under the age of 12. It offers large gardens with grass for various activities like cycling and other games for children.

Covid Safety Approved: We pledge to implement a high standard of hygiene and cleaning protocols to ensure the safest environment possible for our guests. We adhere to the industry safety protocols set out by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA).

 Sleeps 12
Check-in: 14:00
Check-out: 11:00
Reviews: 7 reviews

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Important Information

When booking Hippo Cottage, the use of the cottage will be exclusively for you and your group during your stay.

Hearty meals will be served twice a day in the dining area, or on the deck, where you will experience good old-fashioned home cooking.
Any special dietary requirements should be arranged beforehand.
Guests need to sign an indemnity form as it is a big five area. Game Drives are ZAR250 per person.
Please know that our gate only opens on the date of arrival at 14.00 No early arrivals can be accommodated.

Guest Reviews

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thys cronje
December 2020
Friendly & professional service
rene potgieter
August 2017
Travelling was difficult. The road is a dirt road and not for low vehicles! In a suv no plroblem. A really lovely place where the elephants come right by your chalet. Our first night there we got the scare of our life by hearing the roar of not only lion but leopard too! And recording it on our phone. Our braai that night was put on hold as both my daughter and I were just too scared! Ronel and... Read more
christelle stoltz
July 2017
Loved everything! No complaints at all! Cant wait to go back.
bernhard bekker
May 2017
Stunning little hide away private, spacious, affordable all the boxes ticked for a great family breakaway. Johan & Ronel can really make you feel at home give it a try you won't be disappointed. Had some elephant in front of the lodge during the stay and fresh Leopard tracks close to camp. Heard the lions roaring around the camp fire stunning bush experience. Very helpful staff make your stay a... Read more
liezel marais
May 2017
Loved our visit to Ximongwe River Camp. The unit that we stayed in was well equipped, clean and comfortable. The meals Ronel prepared for us was delicious, healthy and beautifully presented. The game drives was very informative and we loved every minute! We will definitely be visiting again.


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Vitality Collection
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Parking on Premises
  • Covid Safety Approved

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • AA Highly Recommended
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Ximongwe River Camp location

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Ximongwe River Camp is 3.2km from the centre of Balule Nature Reserve , the nearest airport 27.4km (Eastgate Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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