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Scenic Safari South Africa - Panorama Route, Kruger National Park & Safaris

This package is a combination of guided safaris inside the Greater Kruger National Park (Balule Nature Reserve), public sector of the Kruger National Park, Panorama Route with God's Window, and Blyde River Canyon, showcasing some of South Africa’s most scenic natural attractions. Go on guided open-vehicle safaris, listen to the sounds of the African bush while dining under the stars, or simply relax and let the animals come to you!

Key Information

  • Group and private safari possible, rates will vary depending on this.
  • 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.
  • Starting point and ending point: Balule Nature Reserve
  • Languages: Afrikaans, German, and English-speaking guides
  • All park entrance fees are included

Highlights

  • 2 x 3-hour open vehicle safari with a professional guide in Grietjie Nature Reserve
  • 1 x full day guided tour in Kruger National Park
  • 1 x Half Day Boat Cruise on the Olifants River
  • 3 nights luxury accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and 3-course dinner

Styles


5 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Afrikaans, German
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Air Force Base Hoedspruit (US$49 per person)
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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 Baluleni Safari Lodge is situated on the banks of the Olifants River, in the 50,000-hectare 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, birdwatching, safaris and bush walks, and boma dinners under the stars. Baluleni Safari Lodge is often referred to by guests as a "paradise" or "heaven on earth".

Baluleni Safari Lodge is a completely unfenced camp with frequent visitors, such as elephants, lions, leopards, hippos, giraffes, and a variety of antelope species such as bushbucks, impala, duikers, kudu, and waterbucks that move in and out of camp. You can enjoy sitting on your veranda or at the pool spotting animals strolling through camp. You can also 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

This package offers an exclusive 4-night safari adventure at Baluleni Safari Lodge with safaris, a full-day safari in the Kruger National Park, a guided tour along the Panorama Route and all meals.

Highlights include safaris in an open Safari vehicle, the full-day safari in the Kruger National Park, and the breathtaking Panorama Route exploration.

Panorama Route, Kruger National Park & Safaris

Experience an exclusive 4-night safari adventure in the heart of South Africa. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Kruger National Park and discover the fascinating Panorama Route.

Day 1:

  • 13:00 Arrival and check-in
  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Lunch and time to relax and explore the property
  • 16:00 - 19:00 Evening safari drive
  • 19:30 3-course dinner at Boma

Day 2:

  • 05:30 Full day safari in the Kruger National Park in an open 4x4 safari vehicle with a private guide, including breakfast and lunch to go
  • Return to accommodation in the evening
  • 19:30 3-course dinner at Boma

Day 3:

  • 06:00 - 09:00 Morning safari drive
  • 09:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • Free time to relax and explore the surrounding area
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • Free time to relax and explore the surrounding area
  • 16:00 - 19:00 Evening safari drive
  • 19.30 h 3-course dinner in the Boma

Day 4:

  • 8.00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8.30 Departure for a full-day guided tour along the Panorama Route
  • With visits to sights along the route including lunch to go
  • Return to accommodation in the evening
  • 19.30 h 3-course dinner in the Boma

Day 5:

  • 06:00 - 09:00 Morning safari drive
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 a.m. Check-out and departure

Location

Balule Nature Reserve is a protected area in Limpopo Province, South Africa, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park as a member of the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR). As part of a wildlife conservation initiative, all fences separating APNR reserves - Balule, Timbavati, Klaserie, and Umbabat - and the Kruger National Park have been removed.

The ecological benefits of this initiative has made the region a popular ecotourism destination, and conservation efforts have ensured that the wildlife population includes all of the Big Five game such as lions, African elephants, African buffaloes, African leopards, and white rhinoceros.

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

During this safari, you will be served daily English and continental breakfasts, lunches, and three-course dinner under the African Stars around the fire at the traditional Boma. Packed breakfast and lunches will be provided for the day tours. Early morning snacks / tea / coffee will also be available at your accommodation.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

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)
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)

  • 3 Hour guided Bush Walk
  • Half Day Olifants River Boat Trip
  • Full Day Panorama Route Trip
  • Full Day Kruger National Park Trip
  • Half Day Cheetah Rehabilitation Centre
  • Road transfers to and from Hoedspruit
  • Horse Riding Safari
  • Hot Air Ballooning (advance booking is required, subject to availability)

What's included

  • 1 full-day guided tour to the public sector of the KNP, packed breakfast and lunch
  • 1 x Half Day Boat Cruise on the Olifants River
  • 2 x 3-hour open vehicle safaris inside the greater Kruger National Park
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Coffee / tea, juice
  • Early morning snacks / tea / coffee, full breakfast, lunch / high tea
  • 3-course dinner under the African stars around the fire at the traditional Boma

What's not included

  • Any other activity or excursion
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (payable in cash at the lodge before departure or with an extra 4% credit card charge)
  • Transfers to and from Baluleni Safari Lodge
  • Gratuities
  • 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 airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hoedspruit Air Force Base Airport (HDS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Arrival by bus

There is a transfer service available from Three Bridges to Baluleni at ZAR 700 per bus.

Airport: Air Force Base Hoedspruit Airport transfer available: Air Force Base Hoedspruit (US$49 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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