Singwe River Lodge



At Singwe River Lodge we provide a memorable and affordable Big Five game experience in a low-risk malaria area, with excellent accommodation, delicious food and warm African hospitality.

The lodge has excellent game viewing vehicles, and employs qualified, professional rangers and Shangaan trackers who have good knowledge of the local wildlife and vegetation.

Shaded by giant fig trees, the beautiful, tranquil camp has accommodation for up to 12 adults in a Manor House and three thatched riverside chalets, a large swimming pool and rolling lawns which extend down to the banks of the river.

If the weather permits dinner is often served in the African Boma under the night sky around a campfire. Alternatively it is served in the restaurant.

We provide road transfers from the airport to the lodge, as well as from Nelspruit, Phalaborwa and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.



Singwe River Lodge offers accommodation in the Manor House with three luxury suites, and three one-roomed riverside thatched chalets.

Riverside Chalets:
Built on the banks of the Olifants River, the three thatched chalets each have a bedroom, an en-suite bathroom with shower, air-conditioning and a fan. One of these chalets can also accommodate two children under 12.

Manor House:
There is one suite upstairs and two on ground level. Each luxury room has an en-suite bathroom with shower and bath, and doors which open onto the garden or the deck. One of the lower level suites can also accommodate two children under 12.

The rooms are spacious and airy, fully carpeted with air-conditioning, fans and mosquito mesh on the windows for guests who prefer to leave their windows open.

* Birding
* Game drives
* Bush walks
* Swimming in the lodge pool
* Game viewing on the riverbank
* Spa treatments - massages, facials and other treatments can be arranged with a local therapist in your suite, on the lawn under a shady tree or on the riverbank. These treatments are not included in the rates and will be charged to your account.

How to get there
1. From Jhb or Pta, take the N4 to Belfast, from Belfast go to Dullstroom and then onto Lydenburg.

2. From Lydenburg go to Ohrigstad, then on to Hoedspruit, through the JG Strydom tunnel to Hoedspruit. Once In Hoedspruit go through the town, go over the railway bridge and then turn left onto the road that takes you to Phalaborwa.

3. Travel on this road for 16km, you will then turn right into the main entrance gate to the Balule reserve. Here you will pay your R60 conservation fee, once through the gate, keep left and follow the signs to Singwe River Lodge.

Clothing & Accessories
Going on safari in Africa requires practical, comfortable clothing. Wear casual, neutral coloured clothing for game drives and bush walks with good worn-in walking shoes and a warm jacket for cool mornings and evenings.

It's vital to protect oneself against the heat of the African sun, so pack a sunhat, sun cream and sunglasses! Finally, don't forget your binoculars, bird books and camera. The lodge does have a selection of books and games for guests.

Health & Climate
Singwe is a low-risk malaria area, but in the summer months it is advisable to take anti-malaria tablets. Get advice from your local travel clinic when planning your trip.

Also pack insect repellent and light coloured, long-sleeved tops and trousers to wear at night, which also act as a repellent to mosquitoes.