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Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp

Parsons 18, Balule Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp is situated on the Blyde and Olifants river in the Balule Nature Reserve.The camp is self-catering with a 4 en suite room houses with private access. An outside lapa on the banks of the river and catered breakfast on request. Swimming pool and big lawns where children can play safely. The Big 5 and birdlife can be viewed in the reserve. Game drives available.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Free breakfast
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Parsons 18, Balule Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp
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Hoedspruit Airport
Phalaborwa Airport
33.1 km
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ssmith566996 wrote a review 03 Feb
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
We were totally in awe of the stunning surroundings of this River Camp, from the verandah we saw the Elephants by the Elefantes river which was in full flow what a magnificent sight, then before sunset we saw a herd of Elephants together with middle size and babies wow we had never seen such a large herd like this it made and took many photos and videos. Agnes, our host. Couldn't do enough for us and was so interesting to talk to. We had a big braai and had a memorable night of laughter and fun around the fire. We will never forget this Camp and will be returning next January bringing our adult kids with us. Thanks Agnes for your fantastic hospitality.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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678flower wrote a review Sept 2023
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1 contribution
A unique experience in greater krugerpark esp Parsons area. Agnes is a wonderful host and makes you feel a really ‘wanted guest’ Her advice to take the gamedrive with Jessie was breathtaking! Certainly a ‘must go’ on behalf of the whole family
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Henk F wrote a review Aug 2023
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The owner was very unpleasant , se sad I don't like you you're not happy you are not welcome, we only ask to see the room. See sad you can leave I don't want you on my property, she was very angry, se even want to fight whit us I have never in my 50 years of traveling had this before.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: don't go without a email conformation its is very bad
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Response from Agnes Van Vuuren, Owner at Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp
Responded 29 Aug 2023
People that book fully grown adults( 17 and 19 years) as children need to be reprimanded. Really and my voice is not a soft voice( I was born with it) They did not even stay with us, cannot see what entitled them to even write a revue and that it was published.
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Eugen K wrote a review Apr 2023
Frankfurt, Germany6 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed at a lodge right next door. However, we always had dinner here. And: it was incredibly delicious! The buffet was very varied, there was something for everyone and everyone was more than full! The view while eating on the terrace was breathtaking! The hostess was incredibly warm and tried to read every wish from our eyes. She also organised all the activities for us (bushwalk, gamedrive, safari in the Kruger, massages). We were then picked up directly at our lodge and did not have to worry about anything. Even when our car broke down, she took care of it while we were on safari! This woman is an angel! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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gnelso726077 wrote a review Apr 2023
Dargle, South Africa1 contribution
This little lodge was just amazing in the heart of the bush on the river.... The host was a dynamic lady and made us feel like family... Watching Ellies while lying at the pool was once in a life time...
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pslot253213 wrote a review Nov 2022
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Agnes and Drikus are great hosts. Beautifull place in the bush next to the river. You need a good car to get there. I would definitely recommend this place if you are in south africa. Also good value.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Stacey Solomon wrote a review Jul 2022
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Our multi generational family holiday was made incredibly special by the attentive staff and exquisite location. Agnes and her excellent team had us feeling right at home, with incredible breakfasts, lavish boma meals, always a smile. We loved cooking in the boma overlooking the river- true African style. Outstanding guiding from Drikus and Adele left us all in awe of the smallest fungus to the mightiest creatures. From Granny to the grandchildren, there was something for everyone to be entertained with. Everyone left with very special memories of the amazing time we spent there and a longing to return to the majestic river. The lodge has wonderful facilities and the magic of the Olifants River will leave you gazing along the banks for hours on end dreaming with the wonderful wild. A very big thank you to everyone at Rio Dos Elefantes who made this a magical family retreat. A special mention for Scarlet, the bush dog, who kept the kiddies company and had us giggling at her crazy bush antics- she is a special member of the team and may her adventures be ever awesome! A very big thank you from the Solomon Family....we would love to see you all again.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: All the rooms look over the river- so you cannot go wrong with a choice here
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Karen H wrote a review Apr 2022
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Recently stayed at this venue and would NEVER return. Not sure which photo's you used, but was nothing as luxious. No cooking facilities in our accommodation so had to drive our food and drinks over to the shared fire every evening. Camp was at least 30 mins VERY bumpy road from main entrance. Host was RUDE and unhelpful - food was awful and "take it or leave" breakfast menu. Venue was advertised as self drive safari, but we were told we could not do this and have to pay a fortune per person. Would not recommend this venue to anyone - only saving grace was location!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Agnes Van Vuuren, Owner at Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp
Responded 26 Jul 2022
Never advertised it as selfdrive, guests were utterly rude to staff and members. Wanted to cook inside their rooms, which we also did not advertise. Respect towards our staff earns respect! Being rude because of a road to our staff is unacceptable!!
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saskiabouwer wrote a review Feb 2022
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
Rio Dos Elefantes is situated in the most amazing location- right on the Olifants river. The lodge rooms are spacious and were very clean. We enjoyed the breakfast each morning and had incredible lion and elephant sightings during the game drives. 100% recommend, great value for money.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Josua Hannink wrote a review Jan 2022
Tilburg, The Netherlands28 contributions5 helpful votes
This place is very remote, but still offer everything you need. A relaxing location on a river, which attracts a lot of wildlife. There is a nice swimming pool, chill area and restaurant. The manager, Keagon, is very nice and knowledgeable. They arrange food and guides to the Kruger Park on short notice. Pretty good Wifi.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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R 1,534 - R 1,745 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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South AfricaKruger National ParkBalule Nature Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
4
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp have airport transportation?
Yes, Rio Dos Elefantes River Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.