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Kurhula Wildlife Lodge

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Kurhula Wildlife Lodge is situated on the banks of the always flowing Olifants River in Balule, Parsons Nature Reserve. Balule Private Nature Reserve borders the Kruger Nation Park. Most of the fences between the Kruger Park and bordering private nature reserves have been removed so animals can move around freely. From Kurhula Wildlife Lodge you can acces the Kruger Park for a day trip via the Phalaborwa ((1 hour drive) or Orpen gate (1.5 hour drive). Kurhula Wildlife Lodge is particularly valued for its high personal service, excellent home cooked cuisine and beautiful surroundings. Our aim is not to show our guests the Big Five, but to educate them about the synergy between animals, flora and human being. The best of ‘in the heart of nature’ in combination with western comforts, contributes to a unique experience!
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Airport Transportation
Breakfast included
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Public Wifi
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Non-Smoking Rooms
Air Conditioning
Family Rooms
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Getting there
Hoedspruit Airport20 km
Phalaborwa Airport35 km
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Lodge has a beautiful location over looking the river. It is not fenced so a variety of wildlife wander around the grounds. Our room was lovely and comfortable with a decent bathroom. The hosts were very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was excellent, but...More

Date of stay: December 2018
Thank RollingWithTheStones
Response from kurhula, Manager at Kurhula Wildlife LodgeResponded 1 week ago

Hello, Thank you for the review. it is good to hear you enjoyed your stay and the wildlife around our lodge and during the game drives. We are a private game reserve were the plots are owned by different persons and we try do avoid...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a surprise when I arrived at Kurhulu Wildlife Lodge. Ane (the manager) picked me up from Olifants West Gate and after a short drive I was welcomed at the lodge by Riana (Ane's wife and also manger) and their lovely dog. They explained me...More

Date of stay: October 2018
Thank AandH0728
Response from kurhula, Manager at Kurhula Wildlife LodgeResponded 1 week ago

Hello, Thank you for the great review. We enjoyed it very much having you at our lodge and hope to see you again next year. Ane manager

Reviewed 12 November 2018

We arrived and were welcomed and shown around. This is a very restful and peaceful spot overlooking the Oliphants river. You can either lounge by the pool or enjoy sitting outside your rooms with the same view. on our first night the Nyala came wandering...More

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Date of stay: November 2018
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Response from kurhula, Manager at Kurhula Wildlife LodgeResponded 1 week ago

Hello, Thank you for the great review. So nice to hear you enjoyed your stay at the lodge with the animals around and the experiences on the game drives. The Giraffe in the middle of the road was indeed a great experience. We will definitely...More

Reviewed 18 October 2018

I love visiting the bush, and Kurhula Wildlife Lodge is a truly wonderful location on the banks of the Olifants River. The video convinced us. The road from Parsons Gate to the Lodge is like riding a rocky roller coaster. Our room was clean with...More

Date of stay: October 2018
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Response from KimVM, Owner at Kurhula Wildlife LodgeResponded 21 October 2018

Hi there, Thank you so much for your review. Unfortunately we weren't there ourselves in order to see what was happening. I am so sorry about the food. We have been training them in order to keep up the quality of service that we normally...More

Reviewed 4 October 2018

We had a perfect stay in this very nice lodge. Only for “rooms” in the lodge which allows to have clients to have dinner all together. The meal were all very varied and perfectly cooked. Breakfast and dinner (and WiFi) are included.The view on the...More

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Date of stay: September 2018
Thank mathildedumargue
Response from KimVM, Owner at Kurhula Wildlife LodgeResponded 21 October 2018

Hi Mathilde, Thank you so much for your review. It was our pleasure in having you stay over. We really wish you all the best and look forward to hearing from you soon again!

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29 January 2018|
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Response from KimVM | Property representative |
Hi Mikey, Kurhula is situated in Parsons Nature Reserve which is on the northern side of the Olifants River and part of the Balule Nature Reserve. Balule Nature Reserve consists of several smaller reserves (like, Balule... More
15 October 2017|
Response from Sanderv40 | Property representative |
Hi there, Please know that we only charge you 300 Rand per game drive per person and 350 Rand p.p. per bush walk. We really look forward to hearing from you soon again!
Room Tips
"Alle kamers zijn hetzelfde en hebben allemaal uitzicht op de rivier....."
2 weeks ago
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"All rooms face the river and have wonderful views!"
30 Sep 2017
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"You will have a great view of the garden from any room of the gardens, loads of animals pass."
25 Sep 2017
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"they are all good with views of the river"
22 Mar 2017
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US$202 - US$236 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKruger National ParkBalule Nature Reserve
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