REVIEW - 25 - 28 AUGUST 2016
JUNE IMPEY, South Africa
05 September 2016
It was very peaceful and restful at the Lodge. Had a very nice chalet overlooking little waterhole. Mathew the young game ranger was very interesting and informative We were however very disappointed not to see more animals and also that we would have had to go to main road and public entrance to get into the Park.
Elke and Evern were very charming hosts but it felt a bit too personal - they virtually monitored your every move!
Thanks for the nice review. Due to the worst drought in 60 years in the area it was not possible to see that many animals, as we explained on your arrival. The drought affected both the public and private sector of the Kruger. There are no roads between the private sector and the public sector of the Kruger National Park. It is open for the animals and vehicles are not allowed to cross over from one side to the other. The public sector needs its income at the gates and the private sector does not allow day visitors. During your stay we had also other people from South Africa and Italy. During your stay the other guests enjoyed the “home away from home” atmosphere at the lodge. It is a pity that you felt like we followed your every move, instead we cater for our guests’ needs. Thank you once again for visiting Baluleni Safari Lodge
Comfy, hospitable, affordable
Vijay Char, United States of America
15 October 2014
Affordable, good lodging, food and service, owners very helpful.
Convenient base to access Olifants.
While there is wildlife nearby, sightings were hard to come by due to forest conditions, hilly terrain, no offroad privileges, etc
Pam Lombard, South Africa
10 March 2014
The place where we stayed at was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! Very friendly people welcomed us and the help was also awesome!!!! I would definitely recommend Baluleni lodge to visitors who want to relax and enjoy nature to it's fullest!
Lisa Labuschagne, South Africa
22 December 2013
We thouroughly enjoyed our stay, it was very peaceful and gave us a very good opportunity to unwind from our regular craziness. :) There are plenty of animals to see, from the elephants that walked past, to the little monkeys that keep you entertained playing on the lawn in front of the house. Thank you to the staff for looking after us during our stay. I would have loved to go on a game drive.
Amazing 60th birthday weekend
Rialette Van Eeden, South Africa
28 May 2013
Thank you Elke and Evert for going out of your way to make our weekend so enjoyable. What a pity we couldn't stay longer. The River Cottage has all you can possibly need to make your stay comfortable. All neat, clean and serviced. My biggest present was the cheetah on the riverbank on Saturday. We will visit again in the near future.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Martin Zeeman, South Africa
13 December 2011
This is a lovely place to relax and unwind. We heard a leopard kill during the night.
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!
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!