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4 Days Fascinating Guided Safari inside Kruger National Park, South Africa

Baluleni Safari Lodge, Plot 13 Grietjie, Balule Nature Reserve, Limpopo, South Africa

Authentic and Scenic Safari South Africa

Prepare yourself for a lifetime safari with Baluleni Safari Lodge Pty (Ltd) in Greater Kruger National Park (Balule National Reserve), South Africa! This safari is created for taking you out and see stunning animals around you during your stay here. Learn the wilderness to a variety of safari activities, both on Balule Nature Reserve inside the greater Kruger Park, and a full day safari in the Kruger National Park itself. Baluleni Safari Lodge Pty (Ltd) is ready to welcome you here.

Overview

  • Starting point and ending point: Balule Nature Reserve
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: various wildlife, which includes the Big 5, birds, giraffes and a variety of antelopes and bird species
  • Children policy: no children under 12 are allowed
  • Vaccines needed: the area is known as a low-risk malaria area; please consult with your doctor or chemist in this regard.
  • Languages: English, Afrikaans, and German

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Kruger National Park
  • Kruger National Park entrance fees included
  • Unfenced camp with frequent visits from wildlife
  • 4 guided safaris in an open 4x4 safari vehicle (Landrover Defender)
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, tea, coffee, water, detox juices all included
  • 3 nights' accommodation in a quaint, mid-range lodge
  • Three-course dinner around the fire under the stars
  • Private safaris available depending on availability
  • Lovely honeymoon chalet available on request

Styles


4 activity days in English
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, German, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

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

The tranquil and peaceful, owner managed, full catering, mid-range safari lodge, is situated on the banks of the Olifants River, in the 50,000 hectares Balule Nature Reserve inside the greater Kruger National Park; and offers the splendor of the natural African bush with breathtaking sunsets, wildlife which includes the Big Five, bird watching, 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".

Baluleni Safari Lodge Pty (Ltd) is a completely un-fenced camp with frequent visitors, such as Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Hippo, Giraffe and a variety of antelope species such as Bush Buck, Impala, Duiker, Kudu and Water Buck that move in and out of camp. Enjoy sitting on your veranda or at the pool spotting animals strolling through camp. Enjoy a unique African Safari experience; go on guided open vehicle safaris, learn about the wilderness on a bush walk, listen to the sounds of the African Bush while dining under the stars, or simply relax and let the animals come to you!

Program

Overview

This three-night package includes a variety of safari activities, both on Balule Nature Reserve inside the Greater Kruger Park, and a full day safari in the Kruger National Park itself. Throughout the three nights, guests will be accommodated at Baluleni Safari Lodge, which occupies its own plot on the banks of the Olifants River.

Open vehicle safaris inside the greater Kruger National Park on the Balule Nature Reserve

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

Kruger National Park full day trip in a safari vehicle

Guests will leave very early in a safari vehicle with a qualified guide, on a full day trip to the Kruger, to reach the gate of the Kruger Park at opening time. All entrance fees, packed breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, water, and juice are included. Breakfast and lunch will be served at a picnic spot or other rest area in the Kruger. Enjoy nature, wildlife and birds in the national park. The guide will return with the guests before the closing of the gates of the Kruger and guests will have time to refresh before joining together in the boma for a three-course dinner around the fire under the stars.

Itinerary

Day 1: Greater Kruger National Park

You will arrive for lunch at 13:00 in the restaurant and relax at the pool or chalet / safari tent. You can enjoy high tea / drinks and see animals in and around the lodge. You will depart at 15:30 with a guide in an open 10-seater safari vehicle for a safari in the Greater Kruger National Park. You will return at 18:30 for drinks and a three-course dinner around the fire in the boma under the stars.

Day 2: Kruger National Park

You will depart at 05:00 with a guide an open 10-seater safari vehicle for an unforgettable full-day journey in the public sector of the Kruger National Park. Packed breakfast and lunch will be served at the picnic spots. You will return to the lodge at about 18:30 for drinks and a three-course dinner around the fire at the boma under the stars.

Day 3: Greater Kruger National Park

You will depart at 06:00 with a guide in an open safari vehicle for a safari in the Greater Kruger National Park. You return at 09:00 for a full breakfast at the restaurant. You can relax at the pool and later have your lunch at 13:00 in the restaurant. Afterward, you can relax at the pool again or in your chalet / safari tent. You can enjoy high tea / drinks and see animals in and around the lodge. You will depart at 15:30 with a guide in an open 10-seater safari vehicle for a safari in the Greater Kruger National Park. You will return at 18:30 for drinks and a three-course dinner around the fire in the boma under the stars.

Day 4: Greater Kruger National Park

%You will depart at 06:00 with a guide in an open safari vehicle for a safari in the Greater Kruger National Park. You return at 09:00 for a full breakfast at the restaurant. You shall depart from the lodge after breakfast.

Location

This safari will take you through Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Features

Activities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Patio

Services

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

Food

Full board accommodation, which includes early morning snacks, tea/coffee at your accommodation, full cooked English and continental breakfast, Lunch, High Tea, 3-course dinner under the African Stars around the fire at our traditional Boma. Packed breakfast/lunch for day tours.

Things to do (optional)

  • Bush spa
  • Guided bush walk
  • Trip to the Endangered Species Center

What's included

  • 4 guided open vehicle safaris inside the greater Kruger National Park on the Balule Nature Reserve
  • 1 full day trip to the Kruger National Park
  • Entrance fees
  • 15% VAT
  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • Packed breakfast and lunch on Kruger
  • Meals

What's not included

  • Any other activity or excursion
  • Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • Transfers to and from Baluleni Safari Lodge
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature

How to get there

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 airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Air Force Base Hoedspruit (HDS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Airport transfer is available for 525 ZAR per bus. Alternatively, you can also book your flight to arrive at Hendrik Van Eck Airport (PHW). Airport transfer is available for 230 ZAR per bus.

Arrival by bus

There is a transfer service available from Three Bridges to Baluleni at ZAR 280 per bus.

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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