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Plot number 22, Parsons Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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#13 of 18 Speciality lodging in Balule Nature Reserve
Owner managed Riverside Lodge located in Kruger National Park (Big 5 area). Each accommodation (traditional South African thatched rondawel) has its own private deck/patio overlooking the Olifants River. Emphasis is on personal service, privacy, serenity & tranquility. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Children over the age of 12 are welcome.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Non-smoking hotel
Private check-in / check-out
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
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Plot number 22, Parsons Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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Johannesburg Intl Airport348 kmSee all flights
Hoedspruit Airport26 kmSee all flights
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Matthew H wrote a review 10 Jun
Pearland, Texas2 contributions
Our experience at Emhosheni was the most amazing part of a vacation that itself was filled with memorable experiences. We booked the five day, four night safari experience and were glad we did. There is so much wildlife right at Emhosheni, in addition to all we saw on our safari rides, bush walk, and day trip to Krueger NP. The team at Emhosheni made us feel like family. We felt so sad when it was time to leave. Thank you Mareycke, Chef Sibu, Agnes, Jacub, Paul, and the rest of the team. The food was excellent and facilities top notch. There are obviously several lodges near Kruger National Park, but Emhosheni is the best. Hospitality at its finest!
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Date of stay: May 2021
Daleen wrote a review 01 Jun
9 contributions1 helpful vote
The service was exceptional and the staff was amazing. The food is out of this world. The game views 💯out of 💯! The stuff at Emhosheni are dedicated to impress the clients! Will definitely visit again!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
mmasek277420 wrote a review Nov 2020
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We had a wonderful stay at the Lodge,we were very welcomed by the management team and made to feel at home. Our stay was blessed with a walk about of the animals,some as close as the rooms,even though we missed them,the team made sure of sharing the experience by way of videos and pictures 🤣
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Date of stay: October 2020
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JohannKnobel wrote a review Nov 2019
London, United Kingdom8 contributions2 helpful votes
I stayed over for one night. Tommy and his staff are the most naturally welcoming hosts. It felt as if we'd known each other for years after 5 minutes. Unlike many other corporate/commercial places, you feel immediately at home here, like you're staying over at a friend's house. The rondavels are comfortable, with all mod cons and the gardens are kept immaculate. A truly wonderful experience.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Room Tip: Rondavel 3 is the most private, but Rondavel 2 can sleep 4 people in two rooms.
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Response from ab-traveler24, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Emhosheni River Lodge
Responded 30 Nov 2019
Dear Johann, Thank you for your wonderful comments. It gives us great pleasure to read that you enjoyed your stay with us at Emhosheni River Lodge. It is nice to read “you're staying over at a friend's house”. That's exactly what we want for our guests, that they feel at home. It was our pleasure having you as our guest and we are happy that we could make your stay special. We would be honored to have you as our guest again. Warm regards, Management and Team of Emhosheni River Lodge
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barneyDublin wrote a review May 2018
Berlin, Germany131 contributions77 helpful votes
We had no idea what to expect when we booked Emhosheni. And just as well. It was not like anywhere else we stayed on our trip. From the moment we entered Parsons Reserve, we knew we were in for a treat. The road in from the R40 was a great adventure in itself, the highlight being a sort of giraffe convention in the middle of the road which entertained us for quite a while on the way in. Arriving at the oasis of Emhosheni, right on the Olifants River, we were welcomed literally with open arms by Leandra and Dave, an extraordinarily nice couple who spent the next couple of days making sure we got the most out of our stay in the bush. The rondawels are luxurious without being over the top, the food was great (ask Dave to make you an Ostrich steak if available), the views from the room and the pool were amazing, with all sorts of animal activity right beyond the fence, day and night. Dave took us on a couple of game drives around the reserve. It was a very personal stay, not like the more commercial operations in some of the bigger reserves. There's no guarantee of seeing leopards and lions, but pretty much everything will walk by if you keep your eyes open. Couldn't recommend Emhosheni highly enough. Thanks for letting us share your little piece of paradise.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Leandra H, Owner at Emhosheni River Lodge
Responded 10 May 2018
Dear Nick and David, Thank you very much for your recent visit. And also thank you very much for taking the time to leave a comment and for sharing your experience with us and other travelers. It pleases us to know that you have enjoyed your stay with us. Without constructive feedback from our guests such as yourself, it is not possible for our lodge to measure the quality of the service provided. Emhosheni is a place where the genuine care and comfort of our guests is our highest mission We were very pleased to meet you, take care and we wish you both all the best. Warm regards, Leandra Hagen & Dave van Lith
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US$273 - US$390 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKruger National ParkBalule Nature Reserve
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Frequently Asked Questions about Emhosheni River Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Emhosheni River Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Emhosheni River Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Emhosheni River Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Emhosheni River Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Emhosheni River Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Emhosheni River Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Emhosheni River Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Dutch, and Afrikaans.