Things to do near
Balule Nature Reserve
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
Hoedspruit (35.1 km from Balule Nature Reserve)
A visit to the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a moving and worthwhile experience It's also a convenient day excursion if you’re visiting the Orpen Gate side of Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Pilgrim's Rest, Graskop or Sabie. The centre provides a home for abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife and...
Game Reserve in Blyde River Canyon (42.8 km from Balule Nature Reserve)
Situated along the Mpumalanga Drakensberg escarpment, the reserve covers a large area extending from the Pinnacle and Gods Window in the south to beyond the mighty Marieps Kop in the north, and ending at Swadini. The reserve is administered by the Mpumalanga Parks Board and is known primarily for the outstanding natural beauty of the canyon as...
Hoedspruit (40.3 km from Balule Nature Reserve)
Enjoy a lovely boat ride on the Blyde Dam, where you can savour the splendor of the Blyde River Canyon.
Your tour guide will take you to the Kadishi Tufa Waterfall and the majestic Three Rondavels. Wildlife is abundant; you'll be able to spot hippo, crocodile, as well as fish eagle. During the cruise, you can learn more about the history of the...
Game Reserve in Sabi Sand Reserve (77.9 km from Balule Nature Reserve)
Situated in the southwestern part of the greater Kruger National Park, Sabi Sand Game Reserve is famous for having some of the best year-round Big Five viewing in South Africa. Renowned for the high incidence of leopard sightings, Sabi Sand is also one of the best places to see cheetah, lion and wild dogs.Wildlife roam through this unspoiled...
Hoedspruit (23.2 km from Balule Nature Reserve)
This herpetological haven is well worth a stop!
Formerly known as Swadini Snake Park, Khamai Reptile Park is home to some of South Africa’s deadliest snakes. Experienced guides will show you the scariest beasts - black and green mambas, boomslangs and Mozambique Spitting Cobras.
If that isn’t enough to get your pulse racing then check out the...
Phalaborwa (32.6 km from Balule Nature Reserve)
Home to Africa's wild and silky cream liqueur, the Amarula Lapa is a great spot to chill near the Phalaborwa Gate of Kruger National Park.
Here you can relax, stretch your legs and of course, enjoy a glass of Amarula Cream on ice and stock up with a few bottles before journeying on.
Comfortable seating, a shop and a warm African welcome await...
Hoedspruit (38.1 km from Balule Nature Reserve)
Last chance to see? Hopefully not but don't miss seeing some of the rarest of Africa’s breeding wildlife at an amazing centre in the Limpopo. Situated on over 100 hectares within the Kapama Private Game Reserve, the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre was initially established as part of a breeding programme for cheetah.Today the centre has...
Blyde River Canyon (54.8 km from Balule Nature Reserve)
The impressive rock features of Bourke’s Luck Potholes marks the start of the extraordinarily scenic Blyde River Canyon and is one of the tick-offs on the well-beaten path of the Panorama Route.The giant potholes have been carved over centuries by pebbles swirling around in poolswhere the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River. Bourke’s Luck had...
Ohrigstad (53.1 km from Balule Nature Reserve)
The Echo Caves are situated in the northernmost range of the Drakensberg in Limpopo. This interesting geological site can be found 15 km west of the Strydom Tunnel on the Abel Erasmus Pass and 26 km north of Ohrigstad on the Lydenburg/Tzaneen road.
The natural caves are well known for the hollow dolomite in this area. If the stalactites are...
Hans Merensky Nature Reserve (65.5 km from Balule Nature Reserve)
Lying on the banks of the Great Letaba River just west of Kruger National Park and close to Tzaneen, the Hans Merensky Nature Reserve is a fabulous place to view wildlife on foot.
You’ll find none of the big hairy scaries here – just various antelope including rare sable, zebra, wildebeest, warthog, hippo and giraffe. If you’re lucky, you might...
Game Reserve in Selati Game Reserve (35.4 km from Balule Nature Reserve)
Selati Game Reserve encompasses 30 000 ha of the greater Kruger Park area. The landscape is characterised by typical savannah trees and bushveld, and is also home to the Big 5. The reserve is situated nearby to Phalaborwa, one of the largest mineral ore deposits in the world. The endemic cycad forms part of the sprawling habitat which became a...
Spa and Wellness
Hoedspruit (19 km from Balule Nature Reserve)
African Summer Spa is one of the top health and wellness centres in Limpopo province, South Africa.
Offering half-day and full-day packages including lunch, there are a variety of treatments and packages available to ensure that guests feel relaxed and rejuvenated during their stay. Facilities include a hairdresser, nail technician (acrylic and...
Hoedspruit (19 km from Balule Nature Reserve)
Take to the sky in a hot air balloon for the experience of your life! Sun Catchers Hot Air Ballooning offers one-hour long flights from Hoedspruit over the scenic Blyde River.
Soar above a mix of farmland and private nature reserves at the foot of the Drakensberg Escarpment. Weather permitting, Sun Catchers also offer flights over the Kapama...
Game Reserve in Makalali Private Game Reserve (21.9 km from Balule Nature Reserve)
Makalali Private Game Reserve embodies a bold conservation initiative to re-establish the early wildlife migration routes between Kruger National Park and the Drakensberg Mountains. This refuge for the Big 5 and numerous other species of wildlife is just a 5-hour drive from Joburg. Tucked away in this bushveld retreat and on the banks of the...
Hoedspruit (29.5 km from Balule Nature Reserve)
Experience the thrill of riding elephants. The tour is provided at the Kapama Private Game Reserve and lasts for about an hour. Learn how to get onto the back of an elephant. These gracious animals tend to grab a grassy snack along the way. You are returned to the elephant boma after the ride. Videos can be made on request.