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Giant Sycamore Figs, Marulas and Jackelberry trees frame the lodge and its riverfront views and bring with them an abundance of life, from nesting fish eagles, bounding baboons to the iconic Big-Five.

About Phakamani

Built above the bustling banks of the Olifant’s, Phakamani is a riverside retreat set in the heart of the Balule / Parsons Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The name Phakamani derives from the local language of Shangaan, meaning to ‘Rise Up’. Giant Sycamore Figs, Marulas and Jackelberry trees frame the lodge and its riverfront views and bring with them an abundance of life, from nesting fish eagles, bounding baboons to the iconic Big-Five. 

This 4-bedroom lodge can accommodate up to 8 people in its stylish river view chalets. Each room has a section of balcony which overlooks the surrounding wilderness and winding waters below. Stone lined pathways lead the way from the rooms to the main lodge where you will find the dining room, lounge, bar, infinity pool and sun lounge area. Take a stroll down to the river and you’ll find a few secluded and shaded seating areas, offering a perfect place to relax and take in the sounds and sights of nature. 

Phakamani is situated in the Southern section of the Balule / Parsons Nature Reserve and has access to 3,000 hectares of Big-Five traverse. There are 2 activities per day where you can head out and explore this untamed and abundant landscape, the wilderness can be full of surprises. 

Location

Phakamani River Lodge is situated in the heart of the Balule / Parsons Nature Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park and is located only 46km outside of Hoedspruit. Both East-gate and Phalaborwa airport are an hour drive away, making it easily accessible for fly-in guests. While many might choose to self-drive from Johannesburg, which is a scenic 6-hour drive away.  The lodge itself is easily accessible for self-drive guests, though a high-clearance vehicle is recommended. 

Directions from Hoedspruit as follows: 

  • Leaving the town of Hoedspruit, take the R40 towards Phalaborwa
  • Travel 33km kilometres on the R40 to reach the Balule –Parsons gate on your right.
  • A once off R70 Conservation Levy is charged at the gate as well as R100 per vehicle, which is payable by cash at the gate.
  • Travel 5.4km from the main gate until you get to Nyathi Gate and carry on 1.4km to get to the black sliding gate and keep right.
  • Travel another 1.7km to Sopies Hoogte and in another 400m keep right at Elephant Game Lodge / Balule Bush Camp sign.
  • Continue straight past Parsons Hilltop Safari Camp sign & travel another 500m keep left at Isilimela sign. Drive another 2.3km and follow the sign towards Phakamani River Lodge. 

 

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