The safari experience at Ezulwini is centred on twice daily game drives in the lush Balule Nature Reserve. Boasting the ‘Big 7', which is the Big 5 plus hippo and crocodile, and an abundance of birdlife and general game.
The reserve is part of the Greater Kruger and falls within its boundaries, so the flow of wildlife is unhindered. The vegetation is highly wooded, attracting all sorts of browsing animals, while the presence of the Olifants River attracts those water-loving birds.
Photography on game drives is encouraged, as is bird watching. The experience of a morning safari sees the bush coming to life with all the diurnal animals, while evening drives bear witness to the activity of hyenas, jackals, lions, and owls.
The Limpopo Province winter months (May to September) are coldest in June and July with bottom temperatures of 5°C at night; however average daytime temperatures are around 24°C.
Winter is the best time for game viewing because it is dry and the bush thins out, making animals easier to spot. Waterholes and rivers become dry and the wildlife is attracted to the remaining water sources, such as the Billy's Lodge waterhole.
Summer occurs between October and March, peaking from December to February when temperatures soar into the high 30s (°C). This is the rainy season, which turns the earth a lush green.
The climate in Limpopo, South Africa, brings hot summers with rain (October to March); while winters (May to September) pack cold nights and warm, dry days.
Throughout the year, we recommend packing lightweight, neutral-coloured clothing with short sleeves; while scarfs, jackets and gloves are needed for early morning game drives. Comfortable walking shoes are essential, and swimsuits are advised for summer.
Sun protection in the form of hats, sunglasses and sun block are important as guests will be exposed to the sun, although game viewers are covered. Bring along cameras, binoculars and video gadgets to keep a record of the many wildlife sightings.
Ezulwini Billy's Lodge is a safari retreat where the natural surroundings become a part of the lodge luxury and the beauty of the Balule embraces guests. Exclusive and peaceful, the lodge exhibits natural charm with the addition of modern luxuries.
Billy's Lodge overlooks the reserve and incorporates natural wood into its structure, while the bar and the wine cellar add touches of opulence. In essence, the lodge offers a place to unwind in comfort and nature.
Guests can expect to be well looked after with superb cooking, guaranteed game viewing, warm hosting, and beautiful accommodation. With very unobtrusive fencing, the resident elephants come close and the sense of safari is felt right from home.