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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.

About the camp

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 loungers. 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. 

Being built on the edge on the Olifant’s River, a vast array of life is drawn in to its waters, from herds of elephants and wallowing hippo pods to even the nocturnal and elusive predators. Spend the afternoons relaxing on the sun loungers, cooling down in the lodge pool or simply bird-watching from your balcony. 

Dining at Phakamani consists of simple and delicious South African style meals which are served in either in the boma area close to the river or up at the main lodge. A delicious hot and cold breakfast selection is served in the morning after your safari and later in the day a light lunch will be provided. The day ends with a drink around the roaring fire before you sit down and indulge in a flavourful three-course feast. 


Features and Facilities

  • Remote riverside retreat set in the heart of the Balule / Parsons Nature Reserve, 46km from Hoedspruit. 

  • Sleeps up to 8 people in stylish, river-view chalets. All of which have their own section of balcony facing down to the river, toiletries, mosquito nets, AC, wardrobe, tea & coffee facilities and double basin bathrooms.  
  • Located on the banks on the Olifant’s River offering spectacular wildlife viewing from the lodge. 

  • Shuttle service & Airport pick-up available on request (Additional Charge). The lodge is also easily accessible for self-drive guests. 
  • Two activities per day conducted in the Big-Five Balule / Parsons reserve in 3,000 hectares of wilderness (Bush Walks & Game Drives) 
  • Can be booked on an exclusive-use basis, for a family and friends getaway or even a honeymoon couple wanting a private bush experience. 

  •  Free Wifi throughout the lodge & connectivity in all rooms. 
  • The lodge infinity pool, sun loungers and shaded outside sofa area all overlook the river and wilderness below.  



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. Being positioned in a big-five reserve allows for minimal effort in getting immersed in nature and exploring the diverse reserve that surrounds the lodge. This wild and diverse reserve is home to the big five and overall a vast array of wildlife. The camp itself overlooks the lush and abundant Olifant’s River and it’s own waterhole, and many animals are drawn to this life source, especially in the dry winter months.

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. 


Getting There

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 Balule / Parsons 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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