Balule Nature Reserve

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The Balule Nature Reserve, also called the Balule Private Game Reserve, is situated next to the Kruger National Park. The park was formed in the early 1990s when numerous farm owners removed the fences separating the farms and has since grown to about 35 000 hectares in size. Balule and the... Read more

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Our bushveld paradise - Balule Nature Reserve, or better the part OLIFANTS WEST NATURE RESERVE is a private reserve, open to the central area of Kruger National Park. With no fences wildlife roams freely throughout this area, creating what is known as the Greater Kruger Park. Balule/Olifants West is easily accessible. The main gate is just 17 kilometres from Hoedspruit. And that provides easy access to scenic destinations like Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon as well as day trips to Kruger Park. But there is so much to keep you busy in the reserve. Morning and evening game drives with professional guides will show you not only BIG FIVE, but also LITTLE FIVE and UGLY THREE. You don't know what that’s about? Come and find out! Relax at a sparkling splash pool, watch animals from your private patio or book a game walk to explore the reserve on foot - this piece of earth will give you the true African bush feeling. No tourist cars are allowed for game drives – that makes sure it’s only the Balule guests in a few open game viewing cars and mother nature at it’s best. Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa Airports (each with daily flights from Johannesburg) are less than 45min. drive. And Hoedspruit Airport offers trice-a week flight from and to Cape Town.

Sabine Gammel

Fazination - 3 Game Drives with Bert! Lot of animals (Lion, Giraffes, Elephants, Warthogs, Kudu, Impalas, Zebras and a perfect Sundowner

Margit Stockinger

True South African Hospitality - We had an amazing experience and specially when it comes to hospitality. Thanks Frits and the rest of the team for making us feel like our own home! True and pure South African hospitality was present through out our whole trip. Just unlucky we did not get the chance to see that roaring lion!

Clinton Havenga
South Africa

Wild place with stunning vieuws. - We stayed at Amukela game lodge and saw Elephants, buffalo and the rare black rhino! At night we heard lions and jackals. Great vieuws over the bush, back to nature but relatively close to Hoedspruit. We loved it!

Corné Van Dongen
South Africa

Bush and nature at it's best - Private lodges, from simple to 5 star - no other tourist cars around, when you're on a game drive in open game viewing vehicles - wonderful landscape - birders paradise - and big 5 of course. But you have to take your time to see them all. It's not a collared zoo . Go for a guided game walk at the olifants river, watch elephants and hippos. And again: take your time and relax. Then you will have a wonderful time.

Sabine Gammel
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