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Additional sanitisation and safety measures are in place for this property in response to the Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) to ensure your safety and comply with standards.

SPECIAL OFFER: Ximongwe 50% Special

If you stay 2 Nights or more. Receive a 50% Discount, applicable for stays between June 7, 2020 to Dec. 15, 2020.

Available for Rooms\Units: Hippo Cottage, Crocodile Cottage.

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Hippo Cottage and Crocodile Cottage both have a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, lounge and two bathrooms with viewing decks overlooking the Olifants River, a splash pool and barbecue facilities.
The Safari Camp hosts a lounge, dining room, bar, upper/lower viewing deck, boma and jacuzzi.
Important Notice: when booking Hippo or Crocodile Cottage, the use of the cottage will be exclusively for you and your group during your stay.
Please know that our gate only opens on the date of arrival at 14.00! No early arrivals can be accommodated.

The large viewing deck, overlooking the Olifants River offers a variety of sightings daily from the fish eagle catching its daily food to the gentle giants of the bush grazing quietly on the banks of the river.

Important Notice: when booking Hippo Cottage, the use of the cottage will be exclusively for you and your group during your stay.

Please know that our gate only opens on the date of arrival at 14.00! No early arrivals can be accommodated.
In Room Facilities:
Hippo Cottage comprises of three double rooms sleeping 6 guests and Crocodile Cottage three double rooms sleeping 6 guests. Both units have fans, built-in cupboards, bedside lamps, luggage racks and are supplied with linen, towels, bathroom amenities and pool towels. The units are serviced daily.
The Safari Camp comprises of 3 elevated safari style tent units sleeping 6 guests. Each tent unit has mosquito net windows, linen, reading lights and fans. A fully equipped dressing area and bathroom with running hot water, hand washbasin, shower, towels, amenities and safari style cupboard are situated underneath the tents.

Area Information:
Ximongwe River Camp is situated in the Balule, Parsons Nature reserve. This reserve lies on the northern banks of the Olifants River and is part of the 40 000 Ha Balule Nature Reserve. The Balule is within the Greater Kruger National Park which means that it is part of the UNESCO proclaimed Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve. This Biosphere reserve is the largest of its kind in the world.

Property Facilities:
The large viewing deck, overlooking the Olifants River offers a variety of sightings daily from the fish eagle catching its daily food to the gentle giants of the bush grazing quietly on the banks of the river.

Welcome relief from the summer heat can be enjoyed in the splash pool while gripping sounds can be heard around the boma at night when the African Wood Owl and the Pel’s Fishing Owl are calling their mates. For the adventurous spirits, game drive and bush walks are offered daily.

Attractions:
With the possibility of having the Big 5 including Hippo and Crocodile on your doorstep and an abundance of bird life go on a Game Drive or Walk accompanied by a experienced guide. This promise to be much more than just a game viewing experience.

Go on the early morning or late afternoon drive and take in the breathtaking views of the Olifants River Valley whilst sipping on refreshments and savouring local snacks.

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Reviews

Lydia
19 April 2019
Delightfully relaxing stay and I hope to be back.
My second time here. Such lovely staff and excellent food and hospitality. Also thoroughly enjoyed our morning walk and sunset safari drive.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Blanck
11 March 2019
tout parfait!
Ronell et Yohan sont des hôtes merveilleux dont le seul souci est de rendre vos vacances douces et paisibles
Nous garderons de bons souvenirs de cette réserve
L'accueil était tout simplement parfait
Yohan est un ranger au top
et Ronell la meilleure cuisinière que j'ai rencontré
Merci beaucoup à eux

Everything perfect!
Ronell and Yohan are wonderful hosts whose only concern is to make your vacation sweet and peaceful
We will keep good memories of this reserve
The welcome was just perfect
Yohan is a top ranger
and Ronell the best cook I've met
Thank you very much to them
Superb. 5 out of 5
Elisabeth and Luc
04 March 2019
Ronell and Johan are, each in their field, exceptionally good. The food, accommodation and service were first class. The game drives and walks were top and very instructive. We cannot but recommend this lodge to everybody who likes a stay in real bush country. Thanks again for a super holiday.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Léazapat
13 February 2019
Etablissement exceptionnel. Accueil exceptionnel. Situation géographique exceptionnelle...Cet établissement est tenu par Ronell et Johann qui sont des personnes exceptionnelles. Nous avons passé un séjour E X T R A O R D I N A I R E et nous recommandons vivement cet endroit à ceux qui rêvent de découvrir une nature exceptionnelle avec le confort d'un établissement haut de gamme.

Exceptional establishment. Exceptional welcome. Outstanding location ... This establishment is run by Ronell and Johann who are exceptional people. We had a wonderful stay and would highly recommend this place to those who dream of discovering exceptional nature with the comforts of an upscale property.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Laura
31 January 2019
Me and two friends stayed for 4 nights at Ximongwe and we had the best time ever. It was a beautiful peaceful place in the middle of Balule game reserve. Ronell and Johan took such good care of us. We enjoyed the fresh food that Ronell cooked for us So much. So when you book the cottage you should definitely book dinner and breakfast with it as Well. Its worth it! The cottage itself was huge, clean, and cozy. Johan took us for 2 game drives one in the morning and one in the afternoon and he answered all or our questions patiently and gave us So much information about all the animals we loved it. Definitely give Ximongwe A visit when you want the Kruger experience!
Superb. 5 out of 5
Maria
15 January 2019
La ubicación en un entorno natural. Pudimos observar, hipopótamos en el río. Jirafas, Cebras y Leones en el camino. En el patio monos y jabalíes traviesos buscando sociabilizar. Una experiencia única acompañada de un gran servicio de comida gourmet. Totalmente satisfechos y recomendamos éste lugar.

The location in a natural environment. We were able to observe, hippos in the river. Giraffes, Zebras and Lions on the road. In the yard monkeys and naughty boars looking for socializing. A unique experience accompanied by a great gourmet food service. Totally satisfied and we recommend this place.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Frans
27 December 2018
We hebben een fantastisch verblijf gehad, jammer dat we ernaar 2 nachten hebben door gebracht. De ontvangst van Ronell was fantastisch en ze kan zo goed koken we hebben twee keer heerlijk gegeten! Met haar man hebben we een game drive gedaan en dat was 1 van onze hoogte punten van onze reis, wat een mooie ervaring is dat en Johan weet alles van het gebied en Krugerpark. Toneel en Johan bedankt en volgende keer blijven we langer.

We had a fantastic stay, too bad we spent 2 nights there. The welcome from Ronell was fantastic and she can cook so well we ate twice delicious! We did a game drive with her husband and that was one of our highlights of our trip, which is a great experience and Johan knows everything about the area and Kruger Park. Toneel and Johan thanks and next time we will stay longer.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Andrew
05 December 2018
Brilliant value for money in the heart of the African bush.
The meals are exceptional. The rooms are very generous and comfortable. The individual house with kitchen, lounge and private balcony over looking the river is a fantastic for a group or family. We saw an abundance of wild life. The managers were more than willing to collect us from the local airport at a very reasonable fee. At the exorbitant rates of other bush lodges, this is a gem and a must if your looking for a getaway.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Larissa
03 December 2018
How can I even begin to describe how amazing this place is!! It was a wonderful stay of 4 nights and we had such an amazing time and didn‘t want to leave at all!
The lodge is beautiful, very spacious, with beautiful details and we felt very much at home.
The pool was perfect and the sunbeds overlooking the Olifants River were amazing! We enjoyed just relaxing there and watching the animals- we even saw elephants passing the garden every day and many other animals!
We did wonderful Game Drives with Johann, who knows so many interesting facts and stories about animals- he absolutely knows everything about them and we had such a fun and memorable time with him!
We also went on a bush walk with him and on a full day trip to Kruger, which was wonderful.
We learned a lot from him and although we didn‘t see all of the big fives we saw many animals and had such a great time! We just have to come back :)
The food was DELICIOUS, so don‘t make the mistake of doing self-catering, Ronell is a FANTASTIC cook, the food was very special and we absolutely loved it!
We also saw the Ximongwe Safari Camp and it looks SO amazing, staying there must be a fantastic experience as well, and we can recommend that as well!
We can not thank you enough Johann & Ronell for this wonderful and memorable experience!! We would love to come back and go on safaris with you!
Superb. 5 out of 5
Christian
24 November 2018
Ronell und Johan sind einfach die besten Gastgeber, unsere Zeit dort war absolut perfekt! Die Unterkunft selbst (es gibt zwei nebeneinander liegende buchbare Häuser) liegt direkt am Olifants River innerhalb des Balule Reservoirs (nahtloser Übergang zum Krüger Park). Man kann aus dem Zimmer oder vom Balkon aus direkt auf den Fluss schauen und dort potenziell jedes der Big Five Tiere sehen. Wir können nur empfehlen, für die Dauer des Aufenthalts einen Aufpreis für "fully catered" zu zahlen, dann gibt es direkt im eigenen Haus ein umfangreiches Frühstück und Abendessen serviert. Auch die Game Drives und die Full Day Kruger Excursion mit Johan als Guide sind ein muss - wir hätten es uns nicht besser vorstellen können! Johan erklärt sehr viel und kann alle Fragen aus dem Stehgreif beantworten. Der Aufenthalt ist Grund für uns, nächstes Jahr noch einmal in den Krügerpark zu kommen!
Superb. 5 out of 5

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