Baleni Cultural Camp is a traditional camp located near the banks of the Klein Letaba River, on land belonging to the Mahumani Traditional...
Baleni Cultural Camp is a traditional camp located near the banks of the Klein Letaba River, on land belonging to the Mahumani Traditional Authority. The camp has five stand-alone thatched rondavels. Visitors to Baleni have the opportunity to see how villagers integrate ancient traditions and techniques into their 21st century lives.
Each of the traditional rondavels have comfortable beds, although bedding is not provided. The ablutions, kitchen, dining and camp-fire facilities are communal, and give adventure travellers an ideal opportunity to meet and interact with other like-minded travellers.
There is no electricity, and paraffin or solar lanterns are provided for light at night. If planning to braai or make a fire, don’t forget to bring firewood. While it is safe to drink, some people don’t like the taste of the local water, so you are advised to bring your own bottled drinking water. This is a low-risk malaria area although guest are advised to take precautions.
Staff from Baleni can take guests for a walk down to a geo-thermal hot spring – the only undeveloped hot spring in Southern Africa. Maintaining a water temperature of around 42 degrees, this spring is a sacred site for the local Tsonga community. Guided walks are taken to the spring where a guide will explain the spiritual significance of the spring, and educate you in the expected terminologies and behaviors for visitors. After washing away your bad luck in the spring, your walk continues to the nearby Ka Mukhulu – another interesting geological formation.
During the winter months guests can watch local ladies making salt from the crystals that are deposited from the Soutini spring. In addition, with prior arrangement, guests can do a trip into the local village to meet crafters and residents of the area.