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Lovely campsites on the border of the rest camp72 x tent or caravan sites with power point available.
Cozy huts for a maximum of 3 people – Favorite amongst locals69 x 3-bed units available
Spacious family units for up to 6 people – Best Value for money23 x 6 bed units available
Perfect option for the traveller looking for luxury including breathtaking views.2 x Guest houses available
Balule is a Satellite Camp within the Kruger National Park and is one of the few places where you can enjoy an authentic African camping experience. It offers guests that old time camping feel, one that is much sought after by first time Kruger visitors. Enclosed by little more than a fence, Balule is the top place to stay when you are in search of real peace and quiet
Some of the camp basics that you can expect when you book your stay at Balule includes:
The Balule Satellite Camp has no electricity and no eating facilities. Reception is handled by either Olifants or Satara
Beautiful Balule is situated about 11km from Olifants Rest Camp and it is approximately 87km away from the Phalaborwa Gate.
Satellite camps are dotted all throughout the Kruger National Park. Unlike the conventional camps whichhave a selection of accommodation facilities, some of which are luxurious, the satellite camps are made to be rustic. This means the camp is without a restaurant or cafeteria and day visitors cannot enter. Guests staying in these camps must be a little more aware of what is going on within the camp. Wild animals can sometimes enter, as they are not discouraged by the overabundance of people who are often present in other camps
Anyone booking their stay at Balule will need to book their camping spot at the closest main camp reception. You’ll also have to shop for supplies at one of the nearby bigger camps
Most of the satellite camps in the park are purely for camping but there are those, like Balule, which also offer huts. But regardless of the accommodationyou end up choosing, your stay is going to be a rustic one. This means you will have to bring along just about everything you will need for your stay, such as cooking utensils, bedding and braai equipment. While you can buy certain things in the park,it’s best to bring it along with you as park prices can be quite high.
Balule is nestled under shadowy trees, looking out over the Olifants River. The nights are filled with the sounds of roaming,roaring nearby animals, while the days are lazy and warm, with guests being out of the camp for most of the day to do a self-drive safari.
Balule is the Tsonga word for the Olifants River. It is situated in about the middle of the Kruger, well away from the noise of day to day living, and well away from the tourist hotspots. Only a low fence keeps the animals out. This satellite camp is made for the ardent adventurers who like to rough it like those first visitors to the park once did. And there is nothing quite like an authentic African camping experience
The uniqueness of this camp is what makes it so special. Not all visitors to the park are looking for this kind of stay, but each visitor to Balule will have the opportunity to feel what it is like to stay in a real African camp. Over the years, Balule has become a favourite with backpackers, campers and caravanners. There is limited accommodation here, so you can look forward to peace, quiet and privacy unlike any you’d find in other camps
Balule Camp is for the camper. But for those who don’t want to go through the trouble of setting up camp, there is the option of booking a very basic hut. There are 15 campsitesavailable for tents and caravans while there are 6 huts. No day visitors can come into the camp, so it remains one of the quieter places to stay
Everyone staying at Balule will have to make do with sharing bathroomand kitchen facilities. Each campsite can accommodate for a maximum of 6 people per site
The 15 spaces for tents don’t have power points but the communal kitchen has gas for heating and cooking, and you can also ask about lanterns. The campsites are spaced out enough to ensure that you have privacy while staying here.
Those choosing one of the 6 huts, which are capable of sleeping 3 people per hut, will have to find a way to cool off during the summer. These huts are just one step up from camping in that they have no power, no fans and no windows. The only airflowis courtesy of the air vents
Be sure to plan your camping trip accordingly and make sure you have everything you need before you leave. Proper planning will ensure a more laidback stay!
Wherever you are staying in the Kruger National Park, there is some information that you might find helpful during your time in the park.
When staying in the Kruger, you will be surrounded by all kinds of animals at all times. There are hundreds of mammaland bird species living in the Kruger andsometimes, these curious creatures tend to get into the camp, much to the surprise of visitors. It’s best to not approach the animal as it might get spooked and cause harm. Alert the closest camp to the presence of the animal and allow them to sort it out.
Other than the wild animals that could possibly get into the camp, there is also snakes, spiders, scorpions and other insects that can be poisonous and cause a painful bite. The problem is that these insects and reptiles are not always so easy to spot. When walking around the camp, never do so barefooted. And atnight, carry a light with you and keep your eyes open
When staying in the Kruger, especially during the humid summers, Malaria is a real threat and it is possible to contract this illness afterjust one mosquito bite. Camping can make it difficult to keep mosquitos at bay, as you can’t always have a mosquito net but there are other ways that you can keep safe from these troublesome insects. Firstly, you can buy insect repellent and spray it in your tent/hut or on your body. You can also visit your doctor to get preventative medication.
Understand that you will be entering a part of South Africa that can be very hot, especially during the summer when temperatures can peak beyond 40 degrees Celsius. Day time temperatures in summer can be very uncomfortable and most guests will be back at camp lazing in the heat by midday. During winter the day temperatures can get quite toasty but not necessarily uncomfortably so. Many park visitors prefer to visitthe Kruger during the winter.
The Balule gate times are exactly the same as the other camp gate times. Take careful note of the times as you don’t want to get locked out
For any self-drive safari, the best time to leave the camp is in the early morning andthen again in thelate afternoon. This way you will avoid the midday heat, a time when many animals are hiding away anyway.
Balule’s location on the banks of the Olifant’s River means you will see many interesting animals and plants. Some of the lush vegetation you can see here includes the Mopane, the Lowveld-Cluster Leaf, and the Raisin Bush. South of the river is a transition zone, as the vegetation transitions between the mopane belt and thornveld.
Some of the animals you can see here include lion and leopard, elephants, vervet monkey, and baboon. At night you can both see and hear fruit bats and bush babies.