Roamers Rest Safari Lodge

Limpopo Province

Rooms: 3 tents: 1 sleeps 4 with private deck and splash pool; 1 sleeps 2 with private viewing deck; 1 sleeps 2 with private watering-hole.

Prices: R1,670 - R2,150 pp sharing (choice of one or two daily safaris) (children or extra adult sharing with parents/first couple, half price). Children under 3 stay for free. Includes one game drive per day, extra drive R250 per adult/ R125 per child.
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Meals: Meals included, all beverages are excluded.

Directions: From Hoedspruit, follow the R40 towards Phalaborwa. Pass the Mica turn off on the left and Samey's truckstop on the right, then turn right at the sign for Balule Parson's gate. R70 reserve fee (cash only).

Kyle and Charlotte Preston
Balule Game Reserve (Parson's), Greater Kruger, nr Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province

Tel: (0)84-640-6060
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This roamer was especially in need of a rest. It had been a long few days but a short, bumpy drive through the reserve led me to a lovely welcome from owner Charlotte who was waiting with a cold face cloth and fresh juice. Leading me out on to the main deck I was taken aback by the most incredible view, looking out over the bush to the northern tip of the Drakensberg mountains on the horizon. Charlotte showed me to my spacious tent and then left me to make myself at home. Just a few minutes later I was lowering myself with a sizzle into my private splash pool, with an ice-cold beer cooling me down from the inside. As the African sun disappeared behind the acacias, I turned on the jacuzzi and all the worries in the world melted away. Later I followed the rocky, illuminated path up to the lodge where a fire crackled and dinner was waiting. With only two tents, Kyle and Charlotte are able to tailor each guest's experience and offer a level of personal care and attention that belies their affordable rates. Charlotte does all of the cooking herself, as well as joining Kyle on game drives to host and set up wonderful bush breakfasts and sundowners. Kyle, meanwhile, entertains children with fun 'bush bumbles' around the camp. At breakfast we were joined by a couple of elephants at the waterhole below and as I waved goodbye I knew I'd be roaming back for another rest very soon!

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Roamers Rest Safari Lodge