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The Island River Lodge is a retreat resting on the banks of the Blyde River, and is a lush eden home to hippo, abundant birdlife and a forest of ancient riverine trees.

About Island River Lodge

Situated on a private island in the middle of the Blyde River, enveloped by large indigenous trees and dense vegetation, is a remarkable oasis called The Island River Lodge. This unique eden offers the discerning traveler the perfect combination of wild virgin bushveld and riverine water paradise, and is accessed via a causeway, which has only recently been built. It’s raw, wild and untouched!

Rhodesian Teak decking in the main area of the lodge houses a relaxing infinity pool, outdoor dining area, lounge, a boma and a number of lookout points. Rustic and authentic accommodation is provided on a fully catered or self-catering basis, and is available in four river facing chalets and four uniquely designed mountain facing tents on wooden platforms. There's plenty to do in the surrounding area in terms of activities, and the backyard of the lodge is worth exploring - it's located on an 8 hectare stretch of land with plenty of paths meandering along the water's edge. 


The Island River Lodge is situated on a private island surrounded by the Blyde River, 15km outside the town of Hoedspruit in the big five area of the Limpopo Province. 

The closest town to The Island River Lodge is Hoedspruit which is an easy five hour drive from Johannesburg/OR Tambo International Airport. From Hoedspruit :  Exit the Eastgate Airport and turn right on the tar road.

At the T-junction, turn right on the R40 towards Hoedspruit. At the second intersection, turn left on the R527. After 15km, turn left onto the R531. After 400 metres, turn right at the entrance to Blyde Mountain Country House.

Once through the gate, immediately turn left, follow the dirt track for 500 metres until a turning to the right – this is the causeway to the lodge.

GPS coordinates: S24’24.035 - E30’49.309

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