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3 Days Safari in Balule National Reserve and Kruger National Park, South Africa

Baluleni Safari Lodge, Plot 13, Grietjie Nature Reserve, Balule Nature Reserve, Phalaborwa 1390, Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality, Mopani District Municipality, Limpopo, South Africa

Safari in South Africa

Baluleni Safari Lodge Pty (Ltd) invites you to join their safari in South Africa. During this safari, you will explore the wildlife of Balule Nature Reserve inside the Greater Kruger National Park. Throughout this safari, you will be accommodated at Baluleni Safari Lodge, which occupies its own property on the banks of the Olifants River. Explore the wilderness of South Africa!

Key Information

  • Starting point and ending point: Balule Nature Reserve
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: the Big Five, various wildlife, and birds
  • Children policy: no children under 12 are allowed; children (12 and older) should always be under parental supervision since this is an unfenced Big Five area.
  • Vaccines needed: the area is known as a low-risk malaria area; please consult with your doctor or chemist in this regard.
  • Group and private safari possible, rates will vary depending on this.
  • Languages: Afrikaans, German, and English
  • All park entrance fees are included

Highlights

  • Packed breakfast and lunch for day tours
  • Three-course dinner around the fire under the stars
  • 2 nights' accommodation in a quaint, mid-range lodge
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, tea, coffee, water, detox juices all included
  • 4 x 3-hour guided safaris in an open 4x4 safari vehicle (Landrover Defender)
  • Lovely honeymoon chalet available on request
  • Early morning snacks/tea/coffee

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


2 activity days in English
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, German, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer available:
Air Force Base Hoedspruit (US$38 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

During this safari, you will be accommodated at Baluleni Safari Lodge. This tranquil and peaceful, owner-managed, and full catering safari lodge is situated on the banks of the Olifants River, in the 50,000 hectares Balule Nature Reserve inside Greater Kruger National Park. The place offers the splendor of the natural African bush with breathtaking sunsets, wildlife, which includes the Big Five, birdwatching, safaris and bush walks, and boma dinners under the stars. Baluleni Safari Lodge is often referred to by guests as paradise or heaven on earth.

The place is a completely un-fenced camp with frequent visitors, such as elephant, lion, leopard, hippo, giraffe, and a variety of antelope species such as bushbuck, impala, duiker, kudu, and waterbuck that move in and out of camp. You can enjoy sitting on your veranda or at the pool spotting animals strolling through camp. The butterflies are also a wonder to witness. Moreover, you can listen to the sounds of the African bush while dining under the stars or simply relax and let the animals come to you!

Baluleni Safari Lodge aims to give visitors a truly unforgettable safari experience by creating a home away from home atmosphere in a small tucked-away bush retreat. They created an authentic bush experience where people and animals live as one. The place consists of chalets and tents and no parties, music, or noise is allowed. Enjoy nature, animals, birds, and peace and tranquillity.

Thatched Chalets

Baluleni Safari Lodge has five secluded thatched chalets (including a Honeymoon Chalet) and each chalet consists of two meters queen size bed with an en-suite shower, a washbasin, a toilet, a built-in wardrobe, a lounge area with a comfortable sleeper coach (except for Honeymoon Chalet), a private patio with view to the Olifants River where guests can enjoy nature, birds, and animals or relax in tranquility, air conditioning, fan, mosquito nets, a fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, a dressing table with mirror and hairdryer, and bathroom amenities.

Luxury Safari Tents

Baluleni Safari Lodge has two luxury safari tents and each consists of two three-fourths beds with en-suite bath, a shower, a washbasin, and a toilet, a wardrobe, a private patio with view to the Olifants River where guests can enjoy nature, birds, and animals or relax in tranquility, a fan, a fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, a dressing table with mirror and hairdryer, and bathroom amenities.

Program

You will begin your safari by departing from the lodge, either in the early morning or late afternoon, during the cooler hours of the day. You will enjoy a three-hour drive in open safari vehicles with drinks (at extra cost) and snacks for sundowners or an early morning coffee stop with homemade rusks. Balule Nature Reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park, inviting free movement of all wildlife through the reserve.

Schedule

Day 1: Arrival day

  • 13:00 Arrive for lunch in the restaurant
  • Relax at the pool or chalet / safari tent
  • Enjoy high tea / drinks and see animals in and around the lodge
  • 15:30 / 16:00 Depart in an open 10-seater safari vehicle for a safari in the Greater Kruger National Park
  • 18:30 / 19:00 Return for drinks and a three-course dinner around the fire in the boma under the stars

Day 2

  • 05:30 / 06:00 Depart in an open 10-seater safari vehicle for a safari in the Greater Kruger National Park
  • 08:30 / 09:00 Return for a full breakfast at the restaurant
  • Relax at the pool or chalet / safari tent
  • 13:00 Enjoy lunch in the restaurant
  • Relax at the pool or chalet / safari tent and enjoy high tea, coffee, cake, or drinks
  • 15:30 / 16:00 Depart in an open 10-seater safari vehicle for a safari in the Greater Kruger National Park
  • 18:30 / 19:00 Return for drinks and a three-course dinner around the fire in the boma under the stars

Day 3

  • 05:30 / 06:00 Depart in an open 10-seater safari vehicle for a safari in the Greater Kruger National Park
  • 08:30 / 09:00 Return for a full breakfast at the restaurant
  • Depart from lodge after breakfast

Location

This safari will take place in Balule Nature Reserve inside the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Patio

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Mosquito net
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

Snacks, tea/coffee at your accommodation

English and continental breakfast with fruit, yogurt and juices are served at the restaurant,

Lunch, high tea with home baked cakes

3 course dinner under the African Stars around the fire at our traditional Boma

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Getting a bush spa for one-hour full body massage (430 ZAR per guest, two-8 persons, approximately two to three hours) with a qualified ranger)
  • Relaxing at the lodge pool to cool off
  • Visiting Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

What's included

  • 4 x 3 hour’s open vehicle safaris inside the greater Kruger National Park
  • Packed breakfast and lunch for day tours
  • Coffee/Tea/Baluleni’s flavored water, juice
  • All entrance- and conservation fees included
  • Early morning snacks/tea/coffee, full breakfast, lunch/high tea
  • 3-course dinner under the African Stars around the fire at our traditional Boma

What's not included

  • Any other activity or excursion not specified
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Transfers to and from Baluleni Safari Lodge
  • Gratuities
  • Any items of personal nature

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Johannesburg

  • Take the N12 (or N4 from Pretoria) towards Witbank (Emalahleni), Middelburg Plaza.
  • Turn to Belfast, Dullstroom, Lydenburg (Mashishing), Ohrigstad, Abel Erasmus Pass, and J.G.Strijdom Tunnel.
  • 10 kilometers from the tunnel, turn left at fuel service station towards Tzaneen / Phalaborwa.
  • Travel another 10 kilometers to the signboard "Phalaborwa" and turn right towards Phalaborwa.
  • Travel 27 kilometers to T-junction and turn left towards Phalaborwa R40.
  • Pass the Balule, Parsons Gate sign, and continue on R40 (about 20 kilometers) until Grietjie signboard.
  • Turn right into the dirt road.
  • Follow the dirt road for 2.7 kilometers to the gate.
  • After 1.8 kilometers, go straight at the crossing.
  • After 2.8 kilometers, keep left on Y-crossing.
  • After 450 meters, turn left into Baluleni Safari Lodge, Plot 13 Grietjie.
  • After 800 meters, you have reached the lodge.

Driving directions from Hoedspruit

  • Follow the R40 from Hoedspruit for 51.2 kilometers.
  • At the Grietjie signboard, turn right and follow the dirt road (2.7 kilometers) to Balule Gate.
  • Follow another 1.8 kilometers overcrossing.
  • After 2.8 kilometers, keep left on Y-crossing.
  • After 450 meters, turn left into Baluleni Safari Lodge, Plot 13 Grietjie.
  • After 800 meters, you have reached the lodge.

Driving directions from Phalaborwa

  • From Phalaborwa, turn left on the road towards Hoedspruit.
  • After about 20 / 25 kilometers, turn left at the Balule Grietjie signboard.
  • Follow the dirt road to Baluleni Safari Lodge, plot 13.

Driving directions from Polokwane

  • Follow the R71 from Polokwane to Tzaneen through to Gravelotte and continue on straight.
  • Do not turn to Phalaborwa at Gravelotte but continue straight for another 30 kilometers until T-junction.
  • Turn left towards Phalaborwa and continue for about 20 kilometers.
  • Turn right at Grietjie signboard onto the dirt road to Baluleni Safari Lodge, plot 13.

Arrival by bus

There is a transfer service available from Three Bridges to Baluleni at 280 ZAR in 2018 and 360 ZAR in 2019 per bus.

Airport: Air Force Base Hoedspruit Airport transfer available: Air Force Base Hoedspruit (US$38 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

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Pricing information
  • Shuttle service from / to Air Forse Base Hoedspruit in 2019: 675 ZAR per bus
  • Shuttle service  from / to Hendrick Van Eck Airport in 2019: 300 ZAR per bus

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