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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.


Phakamani River Lodge is built in the heart of the Balule / Parsons Nature Reserve which is open to the Kruger National Park. 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.

The undulating landscape surrounding Phakamani means that there are many great vantage points perfect for spotting any movement below from the towering giraffes, herds of elephants to even the bushveld’s predators.

The flowing waters of the Olifant’s River run in front of the lodge and through the entire reserve meaning life can always be found here. You’re almost guaranteed to see large pods of hippo, basking crocodiles, elephant herds, waterbuck, bushbuck, kudu, warthog, giraffe, and a vast array of birds.

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. 

Daily Schedule

The daily schedule at Phakamani changes according to what guests have planned or pre-booked for the duration of their stay. A typical day will include 2 activities, a hearty breakfast, a light lunch, sundowner drinks & snacks. Finally ending the day around the boma fire before indulging in our 3-course evening meal.

Below is an example of the daily schedule at Phakamani, which is flexible in terms of guests' needs and plans.

  • 04h30: Wake up call / Morning coffee & rusks
  • 05h00: Morning Game Drive departs
  • 09h00: Head back to camp for breakfast overlooking the river
  • 01h00: A light lunch is served at the lodge
  • 16h00: Afternoon game drive departs
  • 19h00: Back to camp, freshen up after your safari, take a seat round the roaring fire before the three-course evening meal is served.

Please note: Game drive times alter slightly on a seasonal basis.

When to Go

May to October is the most popular safari season, these are the driest and coolest months of the year. The bush during this time is less dense and therefore the game viewing can sometimes seem effortless, movement is easily seen in the low golden grass. In these winter months, wildlife is drawn to the sparse water sources, however at Phakamani River Lodge the waters of the Olifant’s River flow continuously in front of camp meaning life can always be found here. 


October to April are considered the summer months and the off-peak season to safari travellers. However even though the temperatures may be considerably hotter and the rainfall much higher, the bushveld seems to flourish with life and the once golden grass transforms to a lush green.  Exploring the region at this time of year offers a unique and exclusive safari experience.

What to Pack

Throughout the year we recommend packing -

  • Lightweight layers & neutral-coloured clothing 
  • Bring sun protection in the form of sunblock, sun hats, and glasses. 
  • Insect repellent is advised 
  • Scarfs, jackets and gloves are needed for early mornings on game drive, especially in winter. 
  • Comfortable walking shoes for our morning bush walks as well as open sandals for when the weather is hot. 
  • Cameras & binoculars for the many wildlife sightings and day-trips on your visit to South Africa 
  • Adaptor plug - European adapters available. USB ports available in the rooms.

What to Expect

The climate in the Kruger Lowveld brings the hot summer months between October and April when the rainfall is high, and so is the temperature, reaching over 40 degrees Celsius. The dry winter months begin in May and carry on until October/ November, during which time the weather is mild during the day with temperatures averaging mid- high 20s, while very cold in the evenings and early mornings especially here at the river. 

Whilst staying at Phakamani River Lodge you can expect - 

  • Big-Five game drives & bush walks conducted in the renowned Greater Kruger Region. 
  • A secluded safari lodge, built on the banks of the Olifant's River 
  • Excellent hospitality & quality cuisine 
  • Game viewing & bird-watching from the comfort of the lodge 
  • Immersive & interactive safari experience with professional and skilled guides 

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