We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Kurhula Wildlife Lodge

Traveller (243)
Room & Suite (38)
Pool & Beach (24)
Certificate of Excellence
About
Location
Cleanliness
Service
Value
Certificate of Excellence
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!
Read more
Property amenities
Pool
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Restaurant
Bar/Lounge
Breakfast included
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Public Wifi
Show more
Room features
Air Conditioning
Family Rooms
Non-Smoking Rooms
Good to know
HOTEL STYLE
Quirky Hotels
Great View
HOTEL CLASS
Location
Full view
Getting there
Hoedspruit Airport20 km
Phalaborwa Airport35 km
See all nearby hotels
Reviews & more
347Reviews
276Photos
19Q+A
28Room tips
Traveller rating
  • 290
  • 49
  • 6
  • 2
  • 0
Time of year
Traveller type
Language
  • More languages
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
We stayed at Kurhula for two nights on the second stop of our visit to the greater Kruger area. The rooms are all situated such that the sliding door and small deck face the Olifants River. We had monkeys roaming right in front of us multiple times. The beds were comfortable,
Read more
If you wish to experience the best that South Africa has to offer then spend a couple of nights with Riana and Ane and this truly enjoyable lodge set along the banks of the Olifants River in the greater Kruger National Park. We spent Christmas just watching the world go by in
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Loved remoteness and the river view. Small units, calm, suitable hosts; giraffes + elephants + kudus + nyalas + ... closely seen around. Take the bush walk with Johann, very exciting and competent. Safari Drive through Krueger well organized but distance to gates 1,5 hours.
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Super hospitality,excellent food,wonderful game drive,very nice bedrooms; in other words ; perfect I wish we could’ve stayed longer. We had elephants travelling thought the garden at breakfast, the swimming pool was perfect, the monkeys in the trees were wonderful, the hosts
Read more
We spent 3 wonderful nights at Kurhula. We knew from first impressions it was going to be special - there was an elephant waiting for us in the garden as we pulled up! He was followed by warthogs, baboons, and all kinds of other wildlife who wander across the bottom of the
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Previous
Album Categories
All photosTravellerRoom & SuitePool & BeachDining Family and Play Areas
Room
Brown hooded kingfisher always around at the lodge
The olfiants river in front of the lodge
Warthogs talking a bath
Impala
PreviousNext
1234568
Hi, our lodge is situated in a reserve that is home to the Big Five and open to the Kruger National Park. We take our guests on game drives to find the animals for them, but we cannot guarantee you that you will see them. It is not a zoo. We love educating our guests about the small things as well. Why we need insects, what certain calls of birds mean, why certain animals live in each other's company, Besides that we do not have a standard amount of rangers and vehicles going out every day. Sometimes we drive around as the only vehicle and the lions can be miles away from the game drive vehicle. Going into the Kruger Park will also not guarentee you to see the Big Five. I know plenty of people who did not see lion, leopard or rhino on their whole trip in SA, It also depends on the time you will stay in a nature park. The more days you spend in the wild the better chance you have on seeing animals. If you do not have much time, say 2 or 3 days I recommend you book your stay in a reserve that is fenced in, so they know how many animals they have. Or book at a big lodge where they have plenty of rangers going on a drive and communicating with each other. I hope you will find suitable accommodation and that you have a great holiday in South Africa
0 votes
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 Olifants West, Balule York, Balule Maseke, Balule Parsons etc) There are no fences in between these smaller reserves and between Balule and the Kruger National Park. Kurhule has their own open game drive vehicle and qualified rangers and they offer morning and afternoon game drives for 3 hours each. Because there are no fences animals can walk around in a huge space. Although not always easy to spot we are situated in a Big Five area. The fact that Kurhula is situated at the river gives you a big change of spotting wildlife while relaxing in the pool, sitting in front of your room or on the viewing deck at the river. So spotting animals does not stop when the game drive is over :-)
2 votes
Show all answers
Do you include game drives? If not, how much are game drives?
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!
1 vote
Hi there, Yes of course you can also come solo. Please know that the price pppn sharing is 1430 Rand and for the single room it will be 1870 Rand pppn. We can also take you on game drives which will be 300 Rand per game drive! Look forward to hearing from you soon again!
0 votes
PreviousNext
1234
"Alle kamers zijn hetzelfde en hebben allemaal uitzicht op de rivier....."
"All rooms face the river and have wonderful views!"
"You will have a great view of the garden from any room of the gardens, loads of animals pass."
"they are all good with views of the river"
"All rooms are wonderful"
PreviousNext
123456
PRICE RANGE
US$204 - US$235 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National ParkBalule Nature Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
4
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing